Prospect Watch: Casey Kelly’s second outing back in Triple-A went much better than his first as the righty allowed just a pair of runs in six strong innings. Kelly, 25, threw 59 of his 83 pitches for strikes as he did not walk a hitter. He’s now thrown 92.2 innings on the year, close to the ceiling the organization projected for him, so it will be interesting to see what they do with him both as the Chihuahuas try to close their 1.5 game deficit with nine games left, and as the big league club looks at expanded rosters in September. … Nick Vincent struck out the side in one inning of relief to extend his scoreless streak to 14.2 innings. He and the recently-acquired Jon Edwards, who joined Dale Thayer in working one clean inning each Sunday, are both in line to bolster a Padres bullpen that has been taxed by over-use in the last month. … Cody Decker had his first multi-hit game in two weeks as the slugger, who has seen his playing time diminish in the second half of this month, collected a single and double. His .171/.293/.300 line for August is by far his roughest monthly total since June, 2012, his first month in Triple-A.
For further reading on the El Paso Chihuahuas, see the El Pas Times.
Corpus Christi Hooks 2 – Missions 1
Prospect Watch: San Antonio managed only three hits once again on Sunday as the club was held to two runs or less for the eighth time in their last 13 contests. Alberth Martinez, in the lineup as the designated hitter, drove in the only run with a one-out double off highly-regarded Astros prospect Michael Feliz in the fourth. … Bryce Morrow had his best outing of the year, tossing seven innings of one-run ball. The 27-year-old righty had worked primarily out of the Missions’ bullpen since he spent seven weeks on the disabled list earlier this season, but slid back into the rotation 10 days ago and has been solid in three appearances.
For further reading on the San Antonio Missions, see the San Antonio Express-News.
Lancaster Jethawks 19 – Storm 2
Prospect Watch: For the second time in three days, the Storm lost by double-digits as they were blasted 42-10 in their three-game trip to Lancaster. Sunday’s contest was the sixth time this month the staff had surrendered at least 10 runs. Michael Kelly made it through only four innings before getting chased. The 22-year-old righty gave up six earned runs for the second straight outing and has been tagged for 25 in 24 innings of work over his last five starts. …Rafael DePaula, who had been solid since moving to the bullpen a month ago, failed to record an out as he was tagged for five runs. … Nick Torres had a pair of hits, including his 44th double of the year, a day after his 10-game hitting streak came to an end.
Lansing Lugnuts 8 – TinCaps 3
Prospect Watch: Despite Sunday’s loss, the TinCaps locked up a playoff berth, assuring that they’ll appear in the postseason for the seventh straight season. They own a three-game lead in the division with eight remaining, though they weren’t able to reduce their magic number on Sunday. … Reliever Kyle McGrath has been simply amazing in the second half of the year. The 23-year-old lefty, who came out of Louisville as a 36th-rounder last year, worked two more scoreless frames on Sunday, to extend his streak in Fort Wayne to 21 games and 38 innings since he last allowed a run on June 4. Since the All-Star break, he has struck out 42 while allowing only 24 hits and two walks in 31.1 frames. …Centerfielder Edwin Moreno has quietly put up a strong season as the club’s primary fourth outfielder. The 21-year-old, who was the only TinCap with two hits Sunday, owns a .318/.353/.464 line in 82 contests and has been especially valuable in the second half, when he has produced a .902 OPS.
For further reading on the TinCaps, see the Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette.
Everett AquaSox 5 – Dust Devils 4
Key Statistics: C Austin Allen 2-for-4, 3B, R, 2RBI; RHP Adrian DeHorta 3.2IP, 5H, 4ER, 3K, 4BB, WP, HBP
Prospect Watch: The Dust Devils are limping into the last week of the season, having lost seven of their last 10. They open their final homestand of the year Tuesday as they prepare for the playoffs in their inaugural season in the Padres organization. … When Adrian De Horta’s had his control this year, he’s been quite effective. But Sunday was another game when he couldn’t find the zone with any consistency, walking four, hitting one and issuing a wild pitch in only 3.2 innings of work. It was the sixth time in 14 appearances at two levels that the 20-year-old has walked at least three hitters, and he’s issued 15 free passes in his last 22.2 innings.
For further reading on the Tri-City Dust Devils, see the Tri-City Herald.
The AZL Padres finished their season on Saturday, August 30 with a 23-42 record.
For the box scores of all the games please go to the MiLB.com scoreboards.