Oklahoma City Dodgers 13 - Chihuahuas 2
Key Stats: 3B Patrick Kivlehan 2-for-3, BB, R; LHP Frank Garces 5IP, 7H, 6R (5ER), 4K, 2BB
Prospect Watch: After three innings, El Paso had a 1-0 lead and looked like they might be in position to snap their latest three-game losing streak. Then the Dodgers rattled off 13 unanswered runs and sent the Chihuahuas to their tenth loss in 13 August games. Patrick Kivlehan was the only El Paso hitter with two hits in the game, and nobody collected an extra-base hit for the visitors, whose division lead has only held steady at eight games because Las Vegas has dropped seven straight. Kivlehan, a waiver claim from Seattle earlier this month, went 2-for-3 with a walk while playing third base for the first time in the organization. A former fourth-rounder from New York, the 26-year-old has multiple hits in four of his last five games. ... In his second start back, Hunter Renfroe went 0-for-3 with a walk. He's still looking for his first hit since missing a week with a hand contusion after he was hit by a pitch.
Missions 4 - Northwest Arkansas 0
Key Stats: RHP Dinelson Lamet 6IP, 2H, 0R, 9K, 1BB, WP; LHP Kyle McGrath 1.1 IP, 1H, 0R, 4K; LF Luis Tejada 2-for-2, 2B, 2BB, RBI, 2R
Prospect Watch: Dinelson Lamet turned in his second consecutive stellar outing, holding the Naturals to only two hits over six innings while striking out nine - one off his career high set two starts ago. It's the second straight six inning shutout performance for the hard-throwing 24-year-old. Lamet, now approaching his innings cap for the year with 134 already under his belt a year after tossing only 105.1, is finishing the year strong, with 39 K's over his last 27 innings. ... With so many strong showings among Padres minor league relievers, Kyle McGrath has gotten a bit lost in the mix this year. But the Louisville Cardinal has been fantastic in his second full season since being selected in the 36th round. The lefty didn't allow a run in 17 innings to open the year in Lake Elsinore, and has now gone on to a 1.47 ERA with a fantastic 47:6 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 43 Texas League innings. On Sunday, he recorded all four of his outs via strikeout and extended his streak of innings without allowing a walk to 17.
Bakersfield Blaze 11- Storm 9
Key Stats: CF Michael Gettys 2-for-6, HR (6), 2R, RBI; 1B Josh Naylor 2-for-5 HR( 2), 2RBI, R; RF Franmil Reyes 3-for-5, 3 2B
Prospect Watch: For the first time since joining the Storm, Jerry Keel had a rough outing, giving up eight runs over just three innings as the Blaze cuffed him around for three home runs. The big lefty from the high desert saw his Cal League ERA jump almost four points in his third Cal League start. Last Tuesday, Keel needed 91 pitches to go eight innings. Sunday, he threw 72 pitches to record nine outs. The CSU-Northridge product is in the midst of an impressive debut season, sporting a 3.59 ERA across 92.2 innings split across the two Single-A clubs. ... Right fielder Franmil Reyes continued his second-half surge, knocking three doubles. Since the All-Star break, the big man has hit .305/.361/.505 as he's incorporated his legs into his swing more consistently. He's been on fire this month, posting a 1.106 OPS, though much of that damage was done in a three-game series at Lancaster.
Bowling Green Hot Rods 2 - TinCaps 1
Key Stats: 3B Peter Van Gansen 3-for-5, R; 3B Carlos Belen 2-for-5, 3K; RHP Jake Nix 6IP, 6H, 2ER, 3K, 0BB
Prospect Watch: The Hot Rods turned the tables on Fort Wayne and squeaked out a 2-1 victory a night after dropping a game by the same score. Jake Nix was the tough-luck loser, dropping the decision despite giving up only two runs in six frames. Last year's third-rounder threw a season-high 82 pitches, 54 for strikes. He's been in the zone a lot recently, having walked only three in his last 39 innings. He's on track to finish his first professional season with just over 100 innings of work. ... Centerfielder Rod Boykin had a hit in four trips to the plate and swiped his 12th base of an abbreviated season. The dynamic outfielder spent more than two months on the shelf with a wrist injury, but provides the team with true up-the-middle defense in the outfield and top-of-the-charts speed on the basepaths. The 21-year-old Alabaman continues to struggle to put the bat to the ball on a regular basis, whiffing twice on Sunday to keep his season keep his season K-rate at 30 percent.
Boise Hawks 11 - Dust Devils 4
Key Stats: 2B Nate Easley 2-for-2, 3B, 3 BB, R; RHP Hansel Rodriguez 3.1 IP, 4H, 2ER, 2K, 3BB
Prospect Watch: Tri-City leadoff man Nate Easley reached base five times in as many trips to the plate, but the rest of the offense lagged as the Devils dropped the middle contest of a five-game series in Boise. The struggles are nothing new for the Dust Devils, who are last in the Northwest League in both on-base and slugging percentages. a recipe for a league-low 3.93 runs a game. Righty Hansel Rodriguez labored through 3.1 innings of work in his third outing since joining the organization. He was charged with two runs over 3.1 innings, tossing 73 pitches along the way. The righty has walked eight against only five strikeouts in his 12.1 NWL frames, a reversal of the 26:11 ratio he posted before coming over from Toronto.
AZL Rangers 2 - Padres 1
Key Stats: 2B Hudson Potts 1-for-4, 2B, R; DH Tre Carter 2-for-4, RBI, SB; LHP Dan Dallas 3IP, 4H, 2ER, 2K, 1BB, 2WP; RHP Jake Smith 1IP, 1H, 0R, 2K, 0BB
Prospect Watch: Lefty Dan Dallas stretched out to three innings of work in his third professional appearance, giving up two runs on four hits. The 18-year-old seventh-round selection struck out two and has nine Ks against three walks in his first six frames. ... Tre Carter, taken four rounds later out of high school in Tennessee this June, collected his first two professional hits and swiped a base in his second game. The highly-regarded athlete had his debut delayed by some health issues, but did a nice job of flashing what he's capable of doing on Sunday. ... Jake Smith made his organizational debut on a rehab assignment, giving up a scratch infield single before getting a groundout and two strikeouts. The 26-year-old righty was a waiver claim just over a month ago when he was already on the shelf with the Giants. The South Carolina native was a beast in the Cal League last year, striking out 118 in 84.1 innings of relief, but had been knocked around for a 7.08 ERA in his first taste of Double-A. He's likely to get a few weeks of work in the Missions' pen to end the season.
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