Padres prospect Michael Curry bats for Tri-City

Michael Curry’s double put the Dust Devils ahead in the eighth inning. Photo Credit: Judy Simpson.

PASCO, Wash. — The Dust Devils broke a six-game losing streak on Saturday night as left fielder Michael Curry’s two-out bases-loaded double in the eighth inning drove in three runs and put Tri-City up 4-1.  Left-hander Ramon Perez shut down Hillsboro in the top of the ninth to preserve the victory.

“I knew he was a splitter guy and I was able to work the count to 3-1,” said Curry after the game.  “I was thinking right-center and I was able to do some damage.”

Michael Curry’s it a bases-clearing double to put the Dust Devils up 4-1 on Saturday. Photo Credit: Judy Simpson

Curry, 21, was drafted in the 16th round of this year’s draft after hitting .322/.395/.532 for the University of Georgia. While he caught for much of his college career, he shifted to the outfield in his junior season and the Padres are keeping him there.

“It’s been great.  It’s a learning curve for me now, but I am learning every day.”

In addition to Curry’s heroics, the Dust Devils pitching staff held Hillsboro to a single run for the second night in a row, only this time they came out on top.

Right-hander Angel Acevedo,19, got the start and went six strong innings with four strikeouts and no walks as he threw consistently in the 89 to 92 MPH range.  Acevedo, who was signed in the giant J2 class of 2016 out of Venezuela, has been one of the best starters for the Dust Devils with a 2.88 ERA in 40.2 innings with 34 strikeouts and 12 base-on-balls for a 4-1 record.

Second baseman Tucupita Marcano, 18, also a member of the same J2 class and a native of Venezuela as well, tied the game in the fifth inning with an RBI single to center.  Marcano was 1-for-3 with a walk on the day. Fellow 18-year-old middle infielder Xavier Edwards drew a pair of walks

Perez threw the final three innings and got the win, holding the Hops scoreless while striking out five with no walks. After missing a turn in the rotation with shoulder discomfort late last month, the Cuban-born 19-year-old has been brought back slowly in relief. In his three outings from the bullpen since then, he’s struck out 11 without a walk in seven innings.

Center fielder Grant Little, 21, was 1-for-3, with a walk and two stolen bases. 

Dust Devil Notes:  Mexican native Adrian Martinez, 21, has the start Sunday.  Martinez is 2-4 on the year with a 7.32 ERA. … Watching Chandler Seagle, 22, catch is one of the more entertaining things to do in the Padres’ organization.  Seagle is an excellent athlete who seems to have some sort of rapport with everyone on the field.  He can block, frame and throw but like another great defensive catcher in the system, A.J. Kennedy needs to hit more to move up.  Regardless if he hits or not, he is a lot of fun to watch play.

Posted by John Conniff

John grew up in Poway and has written for MadFriars since 2004. He has written articles for Baseball America, FoxSports San Diego, the El Paso Times, San Antonio Express-News, Amarillo Globe-News, Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette and Pacific Daily News in addition to appearing on numerous radio programs and podcasts. He can also break down the best places to eat for all five of the affiliates. There is no best place to eat in Peoria, Arizona.

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