Chihuahuas hit, pitch way to historic night
Triple-A El Paso was firing on all cylinders Monday. The Chihuahuas mashed seven home runs to tie the team's single-game record and defeated Salt Lake, 15-0, for their first shutout of 2019. It was the club's 400th regular-season victory.Padres No. 9 prospectLogan Allen allowed two hits and struck out seven over
Triple-A El Paso was firing on all cylinders Monday.
The Chihuahuas mashed seven home runs to tie the team's single-game record and defeated Salt Lake, 15-0, for their first shutout of 2019. It was the club's 400th regular-season victory.
Padres No. 9 prospect
El Paso recorded 19 hits. Six of the nine hitters in the lineup put together multi-hit efforts, while two of the players with just one hit -- No. 20 prospect
Gettys set the tone for the evening by leading off the home half of the first inning with his dinger. Four batters later, Quiroz took Bees starters
El Paso scored in every inning but the seventh. Urias plated Gettys by ripping a double down the third-base line in the second, and MLB.com's No. 22 overall prospect added a pair of singles to finish 3-for-5, his first multi-hit effort in a week. A torrid finish to April, including a three-homer game, led to Urias being named the Pacific Coast League Player of the Week from April 22-28.
After starting the season in the Minors, the 21-year-old was called up on April 8. He went 2-for-24 during his second career stint in the big leagues.
Through 17 games this season, Urias is batting .355/.430/.776 with seven homers and 14 RBIs. His three triples are tied for second among PCL hitters, while his OPS (1.207) ranks third in the league.
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Of course, he had plenty of help behind him Monday, starting with Quiroz. The Ciudad Obregon, Mexico, native spent seven seasons in the Mexican League before making his affiliated ball debut last season with Double-A Portland in the Red Sox system. For the Sea Dogs, the 27-year-old compiled a .299/.413/.598 mark with seven jacks and 24 RBIs in 87 at-bats over 24 games.
Quiroz headed to the Arizona Fall League, where he hit .276 with a .963 OPS with eight RBIs in 45 at-bats. Boston traded the 5-foot-7 infielder in November for right-hander
In 15 games, the left-handed hitter has carried over the hot bat from last year, evidenced by a .321/.426/.607 slash line with five long balls and 18 RBIs over 56 at-bats. His first two-homer game in the United States came on April 11, 2018 against Reading.
Padres No. 11 prospect
All that damage was done before
And for all of the exploits at the dish, someone had to keep a zero on the board, and that's where Allen (2-1) excelled. MLB.com's No. 70 overall prospect began 2019 with 11 earned runs thorough his first two starts. The left-hander hadn't surrendered more than two earned runs in an outing dating back to April 15, but this was his first scoreless start of the year.
Success at the Triple-A level is nothing new for Allen. After the Padres elevated the 21-year-old from Double-A San Antonio to El Paso in 2018, he yielded five earned runs in five starts while compiling a 4-0 record.
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