Missions 1 – Tulsa Drillers 0
Key Statistics: 2B Jedd Gyorko 1-1; Yeison Ascencio 3-4; 1B A.J. Kirby-Jones 1-2, 2B, BB; RHP Keyvius Sampson (W, 5-4) 7.0 IP 2 H Bb 12 Ks; RHP Jeremy McBryde 1.0 IP BB; RHP Matt Stites (S, 6) 1.0 IP 2 Ks.
Prospect Watch: First the big news Jedd Gyorko , on a big league rehab assignment, felt some tightness in his groin as he tried to stretch his hit into a double. Gyorko left the game and according to the Missions press release is day-to-day with his removal from the game being precautionary…The big news of the game was Keyvius Sampson who threw seven shutout innings with 12 strikeouts. In his last three starts, 18.2 innings, Sampson has not allowed an earned run…Cory Spangenberg made his first career start in left field with Gyorko at second and had a hit…Closer Matt Stites is averaging more than a strikeout per inning to go along with a 1.42 ERA.
Storm 9 – High Desert Mavericks 8 11 innings
CF Travis Jankowski 3-4, 2B, BB; 2B B.J. Guinn 2-5, 2B; SS Jace Peterson 2-5, RBI; 1B Robert Kral 3-4, 2 RBI, BB, HR (11); LF Jeremy Baltz 2-6, 4 RBI, HR (2); C Austin Hedges, 2-6, 3B; RHP James Needy 4.2 IP 7 H 7 ER 3 BB 3 Ks HR; RHP Johnny Barbato (BS, 3)(W, 1-2) 2.0 IP 3 H R ER 4Ks.
Prospect Watch: High Desert is one of the parks in the Cal League that plays more like a pinball machine than a baseball diamond but tonight the Storm got the tilt their way scoring last with back-to-back triples by Hedges and DH Travis Whitmore to put the Storm ahead by one with the game tied at 8 in the eleventh innings…Jeremy Baltz, a second round pick out of St. John's in last year's draft, continues to swing the hot bat with a .346/.370/.615 line since being promoted from the TinCaps…Robert Kral had his first home run since of the month after coming into the month with an organization leading 10…Tough night for pitchers but keep an eye on Barbato. His ERA is high at 5.26 but he is still struck out 50 batters in 39.1 innings against only 17 walks. He has good size and can go more than one inning.
For further reading on the Storm please see the Southwest Riverside News Network.
Lansing Lugnuts 7 – TinCaps 5
Prospect Watch: Recently demoted pitcher Colin Rea gave up two runs in the eighth as the TinCaps fell for the first time in ten tries this season…Keep an eye on second baseman Maxx Tissenbaum at .287/.391/.393 for the season.
For further reading on the TinCaps, see the Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette
Salem-Keizer Volcanoes 5 – Emeralds 1
Prospect Watch: Perez was supposed to be the starting third baseman for the TinCaps this year before injuries in spring training shut him down. According to many prospect mavens the left-handed swinging Perez was one of the Padres' better hitting prospects in the 2012 draft.
For further reading on the Emeralds, see the Eugene Register-Guard.
Prospect Watch: DH Tommy Medica cracked a home run in his first game back since straining his oblique. It's still unsure when he will return to San Antonio…Nice start by Dustin Peterson, the Padres second round pick out of this year's draft. He's off to a nice start in the AZL and it will be interesting to see if the Padres break their practice and promote a high school player to Eugene.