Minor League Recap for June 26

While the Missions came up just short in their comeback effort, Tucson walks off with a victory. Elsinore rallies late, but the TinCaps collapses. Eugene skipped all the drama as they cruised to an easy win.

Tucson tops Fresno 10-9
Ced Hunter hit a two out, walk-off double to help the T-Padres sneak out their second straight victory over the Giants' top farm club.

With the club working short-staffed before Evan Scribner arrives from the big-league club, manager Terry Kennedy had to juggle when John Leicester left after five innings of work. Will Inman made his first appearance out of the bullpen since his days in Low-A ball. The righty worked 1.2 innings, giving up an unearned run and striking out one. Regular relievers Luis Perdomo and Colt Hynes, however, yielded five runs over the last inning and a third .

Aaron Cunningham continues to perform for Tucson, going 3-for-5 with a double, homer and four RBIs. The right-handed outfielder has a 900 OPS since returning from his most recent stay in the majors,

Matt Clark's hot June carried forward as well. The left-handed slugger went 2-for-4 with a double and two runs scored. He now sports a .370/.416/.630 for the month, pushing his season average north of .300.

San Antonio falls to Midland 7-6
The Missions won't go undefeated through the second half of the season after all. San Antonio, which had won their first four games after a banner first-half of the year, left the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth as their latest attempt at late-inning heroics came up just a bit short.

The Missions found themselves in a big hole early after Casey Kelly was unable to put anything together on the mound against the RockHounds. The highly-touted righty gave up seven earned runs across four-plus innings of work. Kelly surrendered seven hits (four for extra bases) and five walks. He had only walked four in his previous 26 innings of work.

Blake Tekotte had his best game since returning from the big league club, going 3-for-6with a triple and a run scored. After limping through May, the rangy centerfielder has responded well to the call-up, posting an OPS above 900 in 17 games since he got back to the Texas League.

Jaff Decker drew four walks while going 1-for-2 on the night. He's drawn at least one free pass in 11 straight games and in 20 of his 24 contests this month.

Lake Elsinore tops Inland Empire 10-7
A procession of four relievers stifled the 66ers after Michael Watt was chased in the fifth inning, giving the Storm offense an opportunity to put together a late surge and sweep a four-game series at Inland Empire.

After flying out in his first at-bat, Jonathan Galvez poked a single, double and triple in order to drive in four runs, including the go-ahead runs in the seventh inning. The 21-year-old middle infielder then added a single in the ninth for good measure. Over the last month, Galvez has been as hot as anyone slugging over .600. Defensively, however, he still has work to do as he committed his 15th error – 12th at second base – on the year.

Watt had another rough outing, giving up six earned runs on 10 hits over just 4.2 innings of work. The righty did strike out five, but as has often been the case for the Orange County native, the contact he gave up was too solid. He has failed to make it through five innings in four of his last five starts and has seen his June ERA swell to 12.33.

Fort Wayne falls to Lake County, 12-8 in 13 innings
The TinCaps relief corps and defense conspired to blow an early lead, as the Loons ultimately put up six unearned runs to claim a series sweep.

Zach Cates continued to put the rough start to his month behind him, giving up just one earned run over six innings of work while striking out a season-high eight batters. The 2010 third-rounder was charged with a pair of unearned runs in his final inning when his infielders committed two errors and Cole Tyrell was tagged with two of his three passed balls. Cates has had to live with 11 unearned runs through 14 starts this year.

Chris Bisson and Rico Noel, who were taken in the fourth and fifth rounds respectively last year, keyed much of the TinCaps offense. Bisson smacked a bases-loaded triple then scored on a Noel sacrifice fly in the second inning, then later singled and scored on a Noel hit. Both finished with two hits and two runs, while Noel swipe three bags.

Utility infielder Tyler Stubblefield was pressed into service on the mound after the Loons scored two runs against reliever Jeff Ibarra in the 13th inning. Ibarra hadn't worked more than two innings this season, but Shawn Wooten was working with a short bullpen a night after needing five relievers, and sent the lefty back out for a third frame. He yielded a walk, homer and single before handing the ball over to Stubblefield, who gave up two singles and a sac fly in his first professional appearance as a pitcher.

Luis Domoromo, who had just one extra-base hit in his last 10 contests coming in, came up a homer short of the cycle as he went 4-for-4 with two walks and a sacrifice fly.

Eugene Blasts Everett 14-4
Donavan Tate had exactly the sort of day Padre fans can dream on, leading the offense with a 5-for-6 performance that included a pair of doubles and triple. The uber-athletic outfielder also swiped a pair of bases on his way to scoring four runs. After starting the Northwest League season 0-for-13 as he came back from the early-season collision in Fort Wayne, Tate has hit in six of seven contests with seven extra-base hits.

Every Emerald hitter collected at least one hit in the game. Getting his first start of the season in the leadoff hole, Clint Moore – who appeared at shortstop – went 3-for-6, including another double and his first homer en route to scoring four times. Cory Spangenberg collected a double and round-tripper as well in six at-bats, racking up five RBIs. Michael Gallic also nabbed his first extra-base hit since the Padres took him out of Marist College in this month's draft.

Although his day was over long before the offense finished their pummeling of the Mariners' affiliate, perhaps the most heartening news from the game was that James Needy worked three innings in his first start since the summer of 2009. A sixth-round pick out of East County's Santana High, the tall righty missed all of last year with a series of knee injuries. The 21-year-old gave up three runs – only one earned – on four hits and two walks. He recorded three strikeouts.

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