Chihuahuas Report: Poor Pitching Eclipsed By Renfroe’s Solid Debut

August 22, 2017

Tacoma, Washington It was a nice crowd for a Monday night game, which began on a clear 78 degree evening. Folks here in Tacoma, Washington enjoyed 93.2% totality during Monday’s solar eclipse. They filed in, filling the park to 5,170 (capacity at about 6,500). Hopefully, everyone had clear vision from staring into the intense sunlight. A few fans, and even Rainiers mascot, “Rhubarb”, donned eclipse glasses for the occasion. Eclipse-themed…

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Down on the Farm: August 21-Potts Continues Hitting Tear

August 21, 2017

DSL Padres (23-43): 4-0 loss vs DSL Reds AZL Padres (23-23): 5-1 loss vs AZL Royals AZL Padres 2 (26-19): 6-3 loss vs AZL Rangers Tri Ciy Dust Devils (35-29): 1-0 loss vs Spokane Fort Wayne TinCaps (61-66): 5-2 loss vs Great Lakes Lake Elsinore Storm (58-69): OFF San Antonio Missions (71-54): OFF El Paso Chihuahuas (64-65): 9-6 loss @ Tacoma Key Performers: RHP Martin Carrasco (5.0IP, 0H, 0R, 0ER,…

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TinCaps Report: Hernandez Struggles; Potts & Easley Homer in 5-3 Loss

August 21, 2017

Fort Wayne, Indiana In his TinCaps debut, starter Osvaldo Hernandez struck out five, but otherwise struggled. On the other side of the ball, the Great Lakes Loons’ Dustin May turned in a masterful performance, limiting the TinCaps to five hits over eight innings, leading to a 5-3 Loons victory. Hernandez started quick out of the gate, retiring the first three Loons batters with only seven pitches in the first inning….

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Fernando Tatis is Jumping to Double-A, Is This a Wise Choice?

August 21, 2017

As the San Diego Padres added 17-year-old defensive wizard Gabriel Arias to Fort Wayne’s roster a few days ago, there were whispers of a possible Fernando Tatis Jr. promotion. Tatis has shown steady improvement in each and every month of his play in the Mid-West League and was surely deserving of a move upward within the Padres system. What surprised many is that the team is having Tatis skip the…

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Down on the Farm: Weekly Review August 14-20- Urias, Avila, Ruiz & Potts

August 20, 2017

Franchy Cordero– OF, Triple-A, El Paso Chihuahuas 9-24, 3 2B, 1 3B, 2 R, 4 RBI, 12 TB Week after week, Franchy Cordero continues to hit, as this marks the third straight week he has been mentioned in the Weekly Review. However, Cordero also continues to strike out, now at a 29 percent rate for the season. That’s clearly better than his near 45 percent strikeout rate in the big…

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Down on the Farm- August 19- Michel Baez is Human

August 19, 2017

DSL Padres (23-42): 5-3 loss vs DSL DBacks 1 AZL Padres (22-22): OFF AZL Padres 2 (26-18): 10-9 win (10 innings) vs AZL Mariners Tri-City Dust Devils (34-28): 4-3 win @ Everett Fort Wayne TinCaps (61-64): 10-1 loss vs Great Lakes Lake Elsinore Storm (58-68): 6-5 win vs Rancho Cucamonga San Antonio Missions (71-53): 3-2 loss @ Tulsa El Paso Chihuahuas (63-64): 2-0 win @ Tacoma Key Performers: RF Mason…

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El Paso Report: Overton Dazzles in Return to Tacoma

August 19, 2017

Tacoma, Washington Dillon Overton made the start for the El Paso Chihuahuas in Tacoma on Saturday. He felt right at home, as El Paso won 2-0. The lef-handed pitcher had made seven appearances for the Rainiers earlier this season (1-2, 9.33 ERA). He even made an appearance against El Paso on June 16th. He went four innings, allowing seven earned runs with four walks. Two days later he was designated…

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Mason House Interview: Arriving Late to the Party

August 19, 2017

The San Diego Padres are loaded with pitching in their minor league system. Adrian Morejon, Cal Quantrill, Eric Lauer, Michel Baez, Logan Allen, Joey Lucchesi, Anderson Espinoza, Jacob Nix, and company provide an excellent nucleus of pitchers to potentially build around. They are all between the ages of 18-22 and still have their whole professional careers ahead of them. The pitching department seems taken care of, but there is a…

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Down on the Farm: August 18- Morejon, Quantrill & Lauer All Pitch

August 18, 2017

Cal Quantrill– RHP, Double-A, San Antonio Missions 3.2 IP, 6 H, 4 R (3 ER), 2 BB, 4 K With just a few weeks left in the season, it appears the Padres are finally starting to more fully manage some of their top prospects’ innings. Coming off Tommy John surgery, which caused him to miss nearly two full seasons, right-hander Cal Quantrill is now just over 100 innings and the…

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TinCaps Batter the Loons 18-5

August 18, 2017

Fort Wayne, Indiana After four and a half innings of back-and-forth baseball, the TinCaps broke open the game after the midway point, scoring 13 runs in the fifth, sixth, and seventh innings for an eventual 18-5 victory over the Great Lakes Loons. With the score tied 5-5 in the bottom of the fifth, the first three TinCaps batters loaded the bases with two walks and a single. After a visit…

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Down on the Farm- August 17- A Near Perfect Game for Fort Wayne

August 17, 2017

DSL Padres Game One: 2-1 loss vs DSL Giants DSL Padres (22-41) Game Two: 3-2 win (10 innings) vs. DSL Giants AZL Padres (22-21): 10-9 loss @ AZL Giants AZL Padres 2 (24-18): 19-14 win @ AZL Indians Tri-City Dust Devils (32-28): 6-2 loss @ Everett Fort Wayne TinCaps (60-63): 7-0 win @ South Bend Lake Elsinore Storm (57-67): 4-2 loss vs Inland Empire San Antonio Missions (71-51): 4-2 win…

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Interview with Michel Baez: Cuban Fireballer Assesses His Performance

August 17, 2017

Fort Wayne, Indiana Michel Baez (ME-shell Bye-ez) has been lighting up radar guns and regularly sending batters back to the dugout since arriving in the Low Class-A Midwest League. Baez, a 6-foot-8, 220-pound Cuban right-hander, hit 98 mph in his first outing July 4 with the Fort Wayne TinCaps. A Parkview Field crowd of 9,266 saw the 21-year-old fan nine Lake County Captains (Cleveland Indians) while walking none in five…

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