Grant Wickes

San Diego Padres Daily Minor League Report: May 20

Michael Kelly extends his scoreless innings streak to lead the Missions to victory.

Oklahoma City Dodgers 7 Chihuahuas 3

Key Statistics: CF Franchy Cordero 3-for-5, SB (6); 2B Jose Pirela 2-for-5, 2HR (8); RHP Walker Lockett 5IP, 3H, 5R (0ER), 1K, 2BB 

Prospect Watch: In a role reversal from the previous night, the Chihuahuas jumped out to an early lead in the first, then stalled out while Oklahoma City surged past them. Starter Walker Lockett allowed only three hits in five innings, but was nevertheless saddled with five unearned runs and the loss. In the third innings, a pair of errors behind him allowed one run to come across. After a leadoff error in the fifth at second base by Jose Pirela, Lockett had a chance to work out trouble, but after a walk and single, Okoyea Dickson launched the first of his two homers on the night. Following that frame, Lockett was lifted after only 71 pitches - 45 of which were for strikes. The sinkerballer has struck out 29 against 11 walks in 49.2 innings of work. He and Tyrell Jenkins are the only two active starters on the 40-man roster who aren't already in the big club, giving them a leg up as potential options to replace Jered Weaver when his turn comes up again in the rotation. ... Pirela made his first appearance at second base in over a month. The organization has been showcasing him primarily at first base since Jamie Romak went to Korea, and he's provided the representative offense in that role with a .963 OPS. Despite shifting to his right today, the 27-year-old kept the bat going as he hit a pair of home runs for the second straight game and third time in six contests. He now sports a .333/.394/.592 slash line and has raised his OPS an astounding 208 points over the last week.

Missions 6, Midland RockHounds 0

Key Statistics: SS Jose Rondon 2-for-5, 2B, 3B, 3RBI; 3B Ty France 2-for-4, HR (1), HBP; DH Franmil Reyes 2-for-3, 2B, BB; RHP Michael Kelly 6IP, 4H, 0R, 3K, 3BB, WP

Prospect Watch: The Missions jumped out to an early lead and never looked back as Michael Kelly turned in a strong outing and the team combined for its sixth shutout of the year. After working six scoreless frames today, Kelly hasn't allowed a run in 16 innings and has dropped his ERA to a team-best 2.84, good for ninth in the Texas League. The righty has struck out just under one batter per inning and, although he's allowed three walks in two straight starts, still owns a 49:19 strikeout-to-walk ratio. The 2011 first rounder made 10 starts for El Paso last year and seems likely to be headed back to the PCL quite soon. ... When Jose Rondon went on the disabled list a week into the season, he hadn't yet collected an extra-base hit. After collecting a double and triple Saturday, six of his 16 hits since returning to the lineup early this month have gone for extra-bases. The 23-year-old infielder - he's still logging the bulk of his time at shortstop, but has played a lower percentage of his innings there this season than any time in his career - edged his OPS above 600 with his two hits. ... With two doubles today, Nick Schulz equaled his extra-base hit total from the previous nine contests. After his torrid run through the first six weeks of the season, he's hit only .140 over his last 10 games, though he still has a strong 904 OPS for the year. ... With a leadoff single, Luis Urias extended his latest hitting streak to seven games.

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Stockton Ports 3 Storm 1

Key Statistics: RF Auston Bousfield 1-for-4, HR (1); 3B Ruddy Giron 1-for-3, 2B; RHP Jesse Scholtens 6IP, 5H, 3R (2ER), 5K, 1BB, WP, HBP

Prospect Watch: The Storm bats were held in check by Ports starter Evan Manarino. A leadoff double in the third inning by Ruddy Giron was the only ball hit out of the infield through four frames, and the team appeared to be on track to be blanked for the third time. However Auston Bousfield, who came down from San Antonio to fill in when Edwin Moreno hit the disabled list earlier this week, hit an opposite-field homer as the first batter after Manarino left the contest to get on the board. Bousfield last had an extended stretch of success in the summer of 2015 when he was with Elsinore in the midst of his first full professional season. The 23-year-old from Ole Miss labored through a challenging campaign split across San Antonio and El Paso last year and had hit just .220/.267/.244 through 13 contests with the Missions to open this year. ... Jesse Scholtens was the tough-luck loser, giving up just two earned runs over six innings of work in his second Cal League appearance. After posting a 2.45 ERA for Fort Wayne to begin 2017, he's yielded five earned in 11 innings for the Storm, but has struck out 10 against three walks at the new level.

Great Lakes Loons 7 - TinCaps 1

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