Tucson Padres 3 Las Vegas 51s 2
Key Statistics: LHP Jason Lane 7IP, 7H, 2ER, 2K, 1BB, 3-3 at the plate;
Prospect Watch: Jason Lane had his best performance as a pitcher Sunday, giving up two runs over seven innings. The former big-league outfielder also went 3-for-3 at the plate, making him the only hitter in the Tucson lineup with multiple hits. … Jonathan Galvez was the only position player for Tucson on Sunday under the age of 26. Despite going 0-for-3 at the plate, he had an RBI and swiped his 22nd base of the year. The second baseman has hit .328 since the All-Star break, but his power has completely evaporated as he’s worked to reduce his strikeout rate.
San Antonio Missions 13 Corpus Christi Hooks 9
Key Statistics: DH Tommy Medica 4-5, 2B, 2HR, 3RBI, 4R; CF Rico Noel 2-5, 3B; LHP Juan Oramas 5IP, 3H, 3ER, 8K, 3BB
Tommy Medica is finishing the season with some serious flare. The right-handed slugger had a double and two more homers on Sunday, pushing his season line to .301/.377/.591. He’s hit in eight of his last nine contests and has nine extra-base hits in that span. Although he missed too much time to qualify in Texas League rankings, his .591 slugging percentage is the best among hitters with 200 or more plate appearances, comfortably edging out George Springer. … After posting a dreadful .247/.333/.280 line in August, Rico Noel had a pair of hits, including a triple on Sunday. The speedster has spent two years trying to become a switch-hitter, but still has shown no ability to hit the ball with authority from the left side. It should be interesting to watch whether he goes back to hitting from his natural side full time next year. … Juan Oramas has completely disappeared from the consciousness of even those national prospect-watchers who once recognized what he brings to the table. But the lefty, who is now 14-months post-Tommy John surgery, has a legitimate shot at starting in the majors in 2014. Oramas, 23, struck out a season-high eight hitters over five innings. While the three earned runs were more than he gave up in all of August, he’s still headed into the off-season with better than 10.3 K/9 and more than four times as many strikeouts as walks.
For further reading on the San Antonio Missions, see the San Antonio Express-News
Lake Elsinore Storm 11, 7 High Desert Mavericks 1, 8
Key Statistics: SS Bridger Hunt 2-8, 2B, HR, 5RBI, BB; CF Kyle Gaedele 3-7, 3B, 2BB; 3B/DH Duanel Jones 4-7, 2 2B; RHP Justin Hancock 6I, 8H, 1ER, 4K, 1BB
Prospect Watch: After blowing out High Desert in the first contest, the Storm clawed back to a one-run lead in the seventh inning of the nightcap before a walk-off homer off current closer Dennis O’Grady ended the double-header in a split decision. Nothing like playing two in nearly 100 degree heat in front of a crowd of dozens on the next-to-last day of the season when you’ve been eliminated from the playoffs for weeks! A.J. Kirby-Jones has had a forgettable season, but the big slugger’s bat has finally come alive over the last few weeks. The first baseman who came over from Oakland with Tyson Ross has slugged nearly .600 over his last dozen games, but it’s hard to see where the 24-year-old fits into the organization next spring. … Duanel Jones heads into the final game of the season with a modest six-game hitting streak. The 20-year-old third baseman didn’t rise to the occasion after his second consecutive aggressive assignment, hitting just .227/.284/.330 for the Storm this year. While he looks the part in batting practice, Jones atrocious pitch recognition has led to 123 strikeouts in 445 at-bats this season.
Ft. Wayne TinCaps 6 Great Lakes Loons 1
Key Statistics: DH Mallex Smith 1-2, 2BB, 2SB; SS Tyler Stubblefield 3-4, 2 2B; LHP Colin Rea 6IP, 2H, 0R, 4K, 4BB
Prospect Watch: Indiana State product Colin Rea has been a major asset for Ft. Wayne since moving backward from Elsinore. The 23-year-old lefty moved into the rotation two weeks ago after posting a 1.93 ERA out of the bullpen, and has helped the staff as the young guns come up against their innings limits before the playoffs. Rea worked six innings for the TinCaps, giving up only two hits. In 15 innings over his three starts, Rea allowed nine hits and struck out 15. … Mallex Smith has really turned on the burners in the second half of the season. In 60 games since the break, he’s stolen 40 bags. With 64 overall steals, he’ll come up just short of Travis Jankowski for the system lead this year. The left-handed hitter has had a strange reverse split this year, posting an impressive .341/.439/.374 line against lefties, but just a 670 OPS against right-handers.
For further reading on the TinCaps, see the Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette
Salem-Keizer Volcanoes 15 Eugene Emeralds 1
Key Statistics: SS Felipe Blanco 1-3, HR
Prospect Watch: It’s a shame that Eugene has to come back out and play one final game on Monday, because Sunday’s abomination would have been the perfect way to finish off a dreadful season. The club had only one hit until the ninth inning, when ninth hitter Felipe Blanco hit a leadoff homer to get on the board and close the Volcanoes’ lead to only two touchdowns. Between Fernando Perez’s leadoff single in the second and Blanco’s homer, the Ems didn’t hit a ball that reached the outfield.
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