Prospect Watch: Anthony Bass turned in his best performance of the season, limiting the Zephyrs to only three hits over seven innings Sunday. The righty, whose ERA barely dipped below six with the strong performance, has struggled since coming back from last year's arm injury, but had a fantastic 2011 campaign in both Triple-A and the majors. Bass threw 95 pitches, 66 for strikes as he worked his first walk-free game in over two months. Danny Robertson continued his hot August, going 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles. After a brutal July, he's hitting .353/.436/.441 thus far this month.
For further reading on the Tucson Padres, see the A rizona Daily Star
Northwest Arkansas Naturals 9 San Antonio Missions 0
Key Statistics: RHP Donn Roach 5IP, 2H, 1R, 0ER, 2K, 1BB
The Missions committed twice as many errors as they had hits Sunday, dropping a game that might not have been as close as the 9-0 final score implies. Rico Noel had a leadoff single in the fourth inning and Austin Hedges lined a single to center in the eighth, representing the whole of the club's offensive performance. … Donn Roach took the loss, but nonetheless continued his recent strong run. The righty gave up an unearned run on two singles over five innings, once again getting nearly three times as many grounders as fly balls. Over his last seven starts, Roach has a 2.43 ERA, but only has one victory to show for it.
For further reading on the San Antonio Missions, see the San Antonio Express-News
Lake Elsinore Storm 2 Rancho Cucamonga Quakes 1
Prospect Watch: Johnny Barbato's conversion back to the rotation seems to be going well. The righty worked five innings for the first time in two years Sunday, giving up only three hits and a walk. Of his 74 pitches, 47 went for strikes. … A.J. Kirby-Jones picked a good day to break out of his slump, grabbing both of the club's RBI's with a double and homer. The slugging first baseman hadn't had an extra base hit in nearly two weeks. Since his demotion to the Cal League, he's hitting .265/.380/.471.
Ft. Wayne TinCaps 4 South Bend Silver Hawks 3
Prospect Watch: Hunter Renfroe got his first Midwest League homer in his second start for the TinCaps. The club's top pick has gone 2-for-4 in both contests with only one strikeout so far. … Third baseman Gabriel Quintan was 4-for-4 on the day with two doubles in the cleanup spot, yet somehow managed to neither score nor drive in a run. The 20-year-old infielder seems to be getting back on track after struggling in his first two weeks back from the disabled list. … Zach Eflin just keeps rolling. The big righty gave up only one unearned run over 5.1 innings of work. Since the start of May, his ERA is 2.07.
For further reading on the TinCaps, see the Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette
Spokane Indians 4 Eugene Emeralds 2 in 13
Prospect Watch: The Ems found yet another unique way to lose on Sunday. After rallying to tie the game in the bottom of the ninth, their final 13 hitters went down in order. Malquiel Brito remains about the only force in the Eugene lineup. The 19-year-old outfielder had three more hits Sunday, pushing his line up to .314/.333/.471 on the year. He's had multiple hits in five of his last six starts. … Righty Genison Reyes is showing some signs of stabilizing in his new bullpen role. The hard-throwing righty struck out two of the three hitters he faced and has a 3.33 ERA in 16 relief outings for the Ems. Most importantly, he has "only" walked nine in 24.1 innings of work. AZL Padres 3 AZL Diamondbacks 2
Prospect Watch: Lefty Payton Baskette continues a fantastic professional debut, working five more scoreless innings for the rookie league club Sunday to lower his season ERA to a league-best 1.46. The 19-year-old got a $100,000 bonus to sign out of a Texas community college as a 16th-rounder this year. … Franmil Reyes collected two more hits Sunday. Much like Kyle Blanks at the same young age, Reyes makes consistent hard contact but hasn't yet started turning his immense size into in-game power the way one might expect. The contact ability will translate into more power as he progresses though.
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