Colorado Springs Sky Sox 11 – Chihuahuas 3
Key Stats: RHP Michael Kelly 5 IP, 9 H, 7 R, 5 ER, 4 BB, 3 K; SS Luis Sardinas 1-4, 2B, RS; RF Hunter Renfroe 1-4, HR (28), RBI; C Austin Hedges 3-4, 2B, RS
Prospect Watch: Michael Kelly was promoted, again, this morning before today's start. It was his first outing in Triple-A in August, as he continues to bounce around between San Antonio and El Paso. Since he was promoted to Double-A in mid-May, Kelly hasn’t spent an entire month at a level without being promoted/demoted… Recently claimed shortstop Luis Sardinas made his first start since being acquired by the Padres. Sardinas is another one of “Prellers' guys,” as he signed and helped develop him into a Top 100 prospect while he was with the Texas Rangers. He was traded to the Brewers as the centerpiece of the Yovani Gallardo trade before later being shipped to Seattle for Ramon Flores. Whether Sardinas can hit at the big league level is another story, but he will probably be used to bridge the gap to Javier Guerra or Rudy Giron… RF Hunter Renfroe hit his first home run since being hit by a pitch on August 6th. He has gone just 3-16 since coming back, but you have to imagine a lot of it has to do with the lingering effects from being hit on the wrist.
The Missions were rained out
Storm 8 – Inland Empire 66ers 5
Key Stats: RHP Enyel De Los Santos 3 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 K; CF Michael Gettys 1-4, 2 RS, 2 RBI, BB; LF Taylor Kohlwey 2-4, 2B, 3B, 2 RS, RBI; SS Luis Urias 3-4, 3 RBI; 1B Josh Naylor 2-4, HR (3), 2 RS, RBI
Prospect Watch: The Storm had been running a very thin outfield with only three outfielders (Gettys, Franmil Reyes, and Edwin Moreno), when Moreno went down someone had to be called up. With a depleted outfield the Padres promoted 21st round pick Tyler Kohlwey from Tri-City to Lake Elsinore. In the five games since the call-up he has reached base in every game and has shown both power and speed. The call-up should just be temporary as Moreno shouldn’t be out for too long, but Kohlwey is making a great impression… Last year the big knock on Luis Urias, besides a lack of power, was that he had one good month in Fort Wayne (.374/.441/.396) and then just held on over the last 30 games (.236/.328/.297). This year he has easily shot down that theory. With three hits tonight he is just one hit away from his entire August total last of year and has also struck out just three times. The one slight concern is that over his last 14 games he has just one extra-base hit; but its still tough to complain about a shortstop with a .328/.402/.428 slash line.
Dayton Dragons 3 – Tin Caps 2
Key Stats: RHP Anderson Espinoza 4 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 4 K; SS Ruddy Giron 1-4, HR (2), RBI; 2B Peter Van Gansen 2-4, C Austin Allen 2-4; LF Tyler Selesky 1-4, HR (1)
Prospect Watch: RHP Anderson Espinoza made one mistake in the fourth inning and it was smacked for a two-run home run. It was his second walkless start in a row, and he has struck out four in each of his last three outings… SS Ruddy Giron hit just his second home run of the season. That wouldn’t be surprising if it were Luis Urias, but last year Giron hit his second home run on May 21st, his fourth game with the Tin Caps. Giron and the Padres can be optimistic that his second half numbers (.279/.337/.393) are more in line with what the Padres were hoping from him… While 21st round pick Tyler Kohlwey doing well in Lake Elsinore is slightly surprising, undrafted free agent Tyler Selesky tearing up Fort Wayne is even more so. The outfielder, who was called up from AZL (.299/.398/.429 in 22 games) has now reached base safely in all 19 games with Fort Wayne and has a .343/.403/.457 line over those games.
Dust Devils 7 – Boise Hawks 6
Key Stats: LHP Eric Lauer 3 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 5 K; SS Chris Baker 3-4, 2B, 2 RS, 3 RBI; C Kyler Overstreet 2-5, 2B, RS, RBI; DH Luis Asuncion 3-5, 2 2B, 3 RBI
Prospect Watch: Making his seventh professional appearance, LHP Eric Lauer gave up three earned runs for the first time. It was also his first time allowing a run since being promoted to Tri-City. Despite the bad start he has still struck out 22 batters in just 16 innings with the Dust Devils… Former University of Washington star Chris Baker got his average back over .300 with a three-hit game. He has 16 multi-hit games since joining the Dust Devils, with no other member of the Northwest League squad is even in double digits, although second baseman Nate Easley does have nine.
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