Prospect Watch: Burch Smith picked up the win in his second start since heading back to the minors. The big Texan was charged with two earned runs over five innings – always a solid performance in the thin air of Reno. While he struck out five, he also walked four. As he learned in his big-league cameo, controlling the ball down in the zone is going to be important for his further development. … Logan Forsythe's foot is clearly feeling just fine. The 26-year-old came up a homer short of the cycle and is 7-for-11 in four games since coming back from plantar fasciitis. … Fellow rehab assignee Cameron Maybin hit his second homer in 23 at-bats for Tucson. Perhaps as important, he has as many walks as strikeouts (five of each).
For further reading on the Tucson Padres, see the A rizona Daily Star
NW Arkansas Naturals 6 San Antonio Missions 5
Coming off his best performance of the year, Keyvius Sampson had a rough outing Sunday. The 22-year-old righty only made it through four innings, requiring 87 pitches in the process. While 61 percent went for strikes, he was struggling for feel throughout, issuing three walks, a pair of wild pitches and a hit batter. … A.J. Kirby-Jones and Adam Buschini were the only Missions with multiple hits on the day. Not surprisingly, both of Kirby-Jones's knocks went for extra bases. On the year, the thick slugger from Tennessee has continued to play to the profile he had when acquired as part of the Tyson Ross trade from Oakland. While he has prodigious power, he struggles to make good, consistent contact in games, leading to a 231/310/404 line through his first 36 games.
For further reading on the San Antonio Missions, see the San Antonio Express-News
Lake Elsinore Storm 7, 5 Inland Empire 66ers 2, 4
Prospect Watch: Jace Peterson is starting to click again. The athletic shortstop had a pair of hits in both contests Sunday, including his second homer of the season. The 23-year-old has hit in seven of his last eight games, including five multi-hit contests along the way. He's gotten his average back up to .279, the highest it's been in nearly a month. … Austin Hedges was 1-for-2 with a double and a walk in his first game back from the disabled list. He spent 30 days on the shelf, recuperating from getting hit on the hand, slid into at the plate, and a rough start to the year with the bat (perhaps not in that order). … Matt Jackson had his second strong outing in his last three games. The big righty from Alabama worked all seven innings of the first game, giving up a pair of runs while scattering six hits. He has only issued one walk in his last 23.1 innings of work.
Ft. Wayne TinCaps 8 West Michigan Whitecaps 6
Prospect Watch: The TinCaps came back for the victory on a day when Max Fried's loose command led to his worst outing as a pro. The 19-year-old walked four and gave up six hits across only 3.1 innings of work. His ERA took a further beating when two runners he left on both scored. … Alberth Martinez continued his hot streak with a pair of extra-base hits. The 22-year-old outfielder now sports the best OPS on the team. … Fellow outfielder Brian Adams had a pair of doubles on the good side of the ledger, and two more strikeouts on the other. The ultra-toolsy former wide receiver has a modest four-game hitting streak to get his average back over .200, but has struck out a stunning 63 times in 169 at-bats.
For further reading on the TinCaps, see the Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette
For the box scores of all the games please go to the MiLB.com scoreboards