The San Diego Padres Minor League affiliates played to an even 2-2 record on Monday night in alternating fashion, with AAA El Paso and A Lake Elsinore winning and AA San Antonio and Low-A Fort Wayne losing.
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Highlights in AAA include Cody Decker hitting a grand slam in the 13-7 win over Fresno as reported by Jeff Sanders. Last year Decker led all Padres minor leaguers in home runs, but this was just his third homer of the season. Alex Dickerson also drove in four runs and Ramiro Pena went 3-4 and scored four runs. Relief pitcher Shawn Kelley got in two innings of scoreless relief in his rehab as well. Hopefully he has more success this time around on the major league level for a bullpen that continues to struggle but is starting to see more consistent performances out of Brandon Maurer.
The AA Missions lost in 11 innings but it wasn’t pitcher Elliot Morris‘ fault. He struck out seven over six innings and allowed just 3 unearned runs. San Antonio finished 2-16 with runners in scoring position in the 4-3 loss.
For the Lake Elsinore Storm pitcher Rafael de Paula struck out 7 in 5 innings and despite allowing 3 runs the Storm were able to defeat the San Jose Giants 5-4. Second baseman Fernando Perez drove in 2 runs and catcher Adolfo Reina also had 2 hits.
Finally in Low A Fort Wayne, the 7-15 TinCaps fell to Dayton 5-1 after starting pitcher Jimmy Brasoban allowed 5 runs (4 earned) in 3 2/3 innings. First baseman Trae Santos did collect two doubles in the losing effort.
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