Patrick Kivelhan had another solid night for El Paso. (Photo: Jorge Salgado)

Sugar Land Skeeter, Chihuahuas 2

Key Stats: RHP Nick Kuzia, 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K; LF Patrick Kivlehan, 2-for-4, HR, R, RBI; SS Matt Batten, 1-for-4, 2B, RBI; C Michael Cantu, 1-for-3, 2B, R

Matt Batten has hit .302 for El Paso this season. (Photo: Jorge Salgado)

Prospect Watch: The final homestand of the season kicked off at Southwest University Park, with the Chihuahuas hosting Sugar Land in an unusually late series due to schedule changes at Triple-A. El Paso jumped out to an early lead courtesy of a  Patrick Kivlehan solo home run. For Kivlehan, it was his 20th big fly in only 300 Triple-A at-bats this season. Between injury, a brief stint with the Padres, and playing in the Olympics in Tokyo, Kivelhan was limited to 80 games with the Chihuahuas, but has been red hot in September, slashing .327/.404/.510 in 49 at-bats. … El Paso extended the lead in the bottom of the 3rd on a double courtesy of Matt Batten. The 26-year-old Batten is in the midst of a five-game hitting streak, and is batting .295 for the year, including a .302 average for El Paso since joining the team from San Antonio in mid-May. … Batten’s double scored Michael Cantu, who had reached base on a two-bagger of his own. Cantu, signed by the Padres after the 2017 draft, debuted for El Paso in a six-game stint in 2019 before spending the 2021 season with the Chihuahuas. He has split time between 34 appearances behind the plate, seven at first base, and four as a DH. The double was his second of the season to go with three home runs and has 19 RBI. … Tonight’s game was the second Triple-A appearance for Nick Kuzia, and the 25-year-old righty threw a scoreless inning of relief. Kuzia, also an undrafted free agent from 2017, has a 4-8 record and 3.33 ERA in 48.2 innings, primarily with Double-A San Antonio. He has also pitched to a 1.17 WHIP and 65:25 K: BB in 39 appearances.

Michael Cantu hit his second double of the season. (Photo: Jorge Salgado)

Roster Move: The Padres released RHP Parker Markel yesterday. The 30-year-old Markel spent all season with El Paso after signing as a minor league free agent in the offseason. In 41 appearances for the Chihuahuas, Markel posted a 3-2 record and 4.42 ERA with 91 strikeouts against 45 walks in 57 innings.


Posted by Mark Wilkens

Born in San Diego and raised in Escondido, Mark now calls Phoenix home. Prior to MadFriars, Mark had multiple articles featured on Bleacher Report and covering the Padres, Angels and Clippers.

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