Minor League Recap for July 16

Jeudy Valdez almost pulled off a cycle in the Cal League, but the offense struggled around much of the rest of the system. Matt Lollis is making the most of his move to the bullpen just as Sam Deduno enjoys moving out of it. Pedro Martinez tries on another uniform, Mark Pope joins Eugene and two new arms debut in Peoria.

Tucson stumbles late to Vegas
A night after they rallied for a late victory, the T-Padres couldn't convert on a strong start by Sam Deduno and ultimately fell in the ninth inning.

Samuel Deduno made the most of his longest start since moving into the rotation in June, holding the 51s to just two singles and a walk over six innings while striking out five. The 27-year-old righty needed just 68 pitches to get through his outing. Deduno, who had worked exclusively as a starter in the Rockies' minor league system, had been in the Tucson bullpen for his first 27 appearances of the year, posting a 3.11 ERA over 37.2 innings of work.

Matt Clark was the only Padre hitter to collect multiple hits, dropping a pair of singles out of the DH slot. The lefty has been crushing the ball since the first of June, slugging a .690 over his last 120 at-bats to bring his season OPS up to 924.

San Antonio stumbles to Midland 6-5
The Missions had the RockHounds down to their final at-bat twice, but could not hold on either time, ultimately falling 6-5 in 12 innings. After San Antonio scored two in the top of the 12th, Colt Hynes surrendered three in the bottom half to take the loss.

In his third game since coming up from Elsinore, Jason Hagerty drove in a pair of runs while going 1-for-2 with a sacrifice fly. The switch-hitting backstop was also hit by a pitch hitting sixth in the Missions' lineup. Fellow promote Jedd Gyorko continues his strong hitting, going 2-for-3 with three walks.

Lefty Pedro Hernandez had a solid outing in his first Texas League appearance, giving up two runs on five hits over five innings. The 22-year-old, working at his third level of the season, held the RockHounds scoreless for four innings before surrendering a pair in his final inning.

Lake Elsinore pounds JetHawks 14-2
The Storm pounded out nine runs in the bottom of the first and never looked back, cruising to an easy victory to open their series with Lancaster.

Jeudy Valdez, who clinched Thursday night's win with a walk-off homer, hit a grand slam in his second at-bat of the first inning Friday, then added a double and triple later in the contest. The shortstop had a shot at the cycle in both the sixth and eighth innings, but could not come up the single. He has eight extra-base hits in his last 10 contests, pushing his season slugging percentage up to .439.

Jose DePaula and Matt Lollis were the beneficiaries of all the offense, stymieing the JetHawks. DePaula worked five, giving up one run on three hits and two walks with four strikeouts. Lollis followed for the final four frames, surrendering one more run but striking out six. In three outings since moving to the bullpen, Lollis has 15 strikeouts with no walks in 9.1 innings of work. Expect more on this development from John's trip to Elsinore.

Fort Wayne needs 13 innings to top Peoria
B.J. Guinn singled with two outs in the top of the 13th to drive in the winning run and open the series against the Chiefs with a win.

Dennis O'Grady cruised through six innings in his third Midwest League start, giving up just two hits while striking out eight. But after getting the first out in the seventh, he yielded back-to-back doubles and a homer to allow the tying run to come across. The Duke product has 19 strikeouts in 17.1 innings since joining the TinCaps.

Chris Bisson led the offense going 3-for-5 with a triple and two runs scored. With Cory Spangenberg getting the night off after two hitless games in a row, the University of Kentucky product started at second, shifting over to third base late in the game.

Eugene falls to Tri-City 3-1
The Ems managed only two hits and one unearned run against the Dust Devils, falling in the second game of the series. With Colin Rea working limited innings, Mark Pope made his Northwest League debut in relief, giving up one run over three innings. The Georgia Tech product struck out three and issued one walk.

AZL Padres fall to Mariners 5-4
Hard-throwing righty Genison Reyes's bumpy debut continued as he gave up five runs in the second, but he rebounded and didn't allow another run over the rest of his five innings.. The younger brother of Padres pitching prospect Eugenio, struck out a season-high five hitters.

Tommy Medica helped the club chip away, pushing one run across with a sacrifice fly and then hitting a solo homer in the seventh. In three rehab appearances, he is 5-for-12 with two walks.

Undrafted free agents Thomas Pearson and Warren Slack both made their system debuts, working one scoreless inning each. The two college righties each recorded a strikeout though Slack's inning was a bit choppier with a hit, walk and wild pitch surrendered.

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