Minor League Recap for July 17

The TinCaps blasted Peoria for 16 runs Sunday, a total higher than the rest of the system's count for hits. Lake Elsinore managed to rally for a victory, but Tucson needed a late surge to avoid a no-hitter and the Ems barely avoided a shutout.

Tucson shut down by Vegas
The T-Padres managed only one walk over their first seven innings against PCL All-Star starter Brad Mills, but Matt Clark hit a clean single to open the eighth and break up the no-hit bid. In all, they wound up dropping three of four on their visit to Fort Wayne.

Jon Leicester took the loss, giving up four earned runs, five total, on four hits and a season-high five walks. The righty, who signed as a minor league free agent in the offseason, falls to a 4-4 record on the year with an ERA hovering over six.

The Padres patchwork lineup included Shawn Tolleson at short and newly-promoted Tyler Stubblefield at third as the club was called upon to provide Everth Cabrera and Logan Forsythe as reinforcements for the major league lineup this weekend.

San Antonio dumped by RockHounds again, 3-1
The Missions gave up a few early runs and struggled to put much together at the plate, falling to Midland 3-1 and dropping their four-game series.

Juan Oramas took the loss after giving up three runs – two earned – in five innings. While he struck out six, he was touched for four extra-base hits among the seven he surrendered, costing him early. Over his last five starts, the lefty has a 2.15 ERA in 29.1 innings, with 31 strikeouts against six walks, putting him back on track among the top Padre pitching prospects.

Andy Parrino drove in the club's only run with a groundout in the fourth, one at-bat after extending his hitting streak to six games with a single. In 10 games since coming down to be the everyday starter in Beamer Weems's absence, the switch-hitter has a .375/.386/.600 line.

Lake Elsinore rallies past Lancaster 3-2
The Storm offense managed only one run three hits through the first eight innings, but Mike Watt and three relievers kept it close enough that the home team was able to rally for the win with a pair of runs in the bottom of the ninth to claim their third straight victory.

Jonathan Galvez homered in the seventh to get the Storm on the board and keep his season average above .300. In the ninth, after a leadoff walk to Reymond Fuentes, Jeudy Valdez collected his second single of the night to put runners on the corner. Mike Baxter tied the game with a sacrifice fly before another walk set up Daniel Meeley driving in the winning run with a single.

Making his first rehab appearance since early-season shoulder surgery, lefty Joe Thatcher worked a perfect sixth inning, recording a pair of strikeouts around a fly ball out. Originally acquired from the Brewers for Scott Linebrink, the 29-year-old had never appeared for the Storm previously.

Fort Wayne tops Peoria 16-7
The trio of up-the-middle collegiate draft picks the Padres selected in 2010 performed exactly the way the club imagined they would last June, leading the TinCaps to an easy 16-7 victory over the Chiefs.

The Padres tabbed Chris Bisson (fourth round), Rico Noel (fifth) and B.J. Guinn (11th) out of college last year in an effort to bolster the organization's athleticism in the middle of the field. However, all three have struggled mightily as professionals, until the last month. Noel, who earned a demotion from Elsinore earlier in the year, went 1-for-4 with a hit-by-pitch and sacrifice bunt. Bisson and Guinn were each 3-for-3, with Bison adding a pair of walks and Guinn getting hit as well. The trio scored seven total runs. Bisson turned it on in June, hitting .307 for the month, while his classmates are finally finding their strides this month, combining for a .312 average.

Robert Lara and Yefri Carvajal continue to have bumpy rides in their conversion to the mound. After starter Todd Privett gave up only three unearned runs in six innings, the duo of strong-armed former position players were touched for three earned runs in their combined three innings of mop-up work. Both avoided their biggest problem on the year, issuing no walks, but the surrendered seven hits.

Eugene shut down by Tri-City
The Emeralds had only a pair of hits through eight innings, finally managing to put one run on the board without a hit in the final frame to avoid the shutout, falling 4-1 to the Dust Devils.

James Needy took the loss, but continues to show strong progress after missing all of 2010. The righty from East County worked six innings, giving up just one run on four hits. The righty struck out a season-high five and issued one walk. The outing was his longest of the year and dropped his ERA for the season to 2.95 over 21.1 innings of work.

Mykal Stokes, hitting in the leadoff spot, drew a pair of walks and ultimately scored the club's only run despite an 0-for-2 line at the plate. The athletic center fielder from Orange County had drawn just one free pass through his first 99 Northwest League plate appearances coming in. Drafted by the Padres in both 2009 and 2010, Stokes is hitting .217 overall at three levels on the year.

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