Padres Minor League Recap July 24

A James Darnell blast ends a Tucson win, while at the bottom of the system Duanel Jones pounds three homers in a laugher. Keyvius Sampson, Jose DePaula and Rob Musgrave pitch their clubs to victory.

T-Padres go extra innings to beat Vegas 9-8
Brad Brach had rare struggles, giving up three runs to blow a ninth inning lead, but James Darnell blasted a solo homer in the 13th to seal Tucson's second straight victory.

Darnell, playing left field again, had been hitless with three strikeouts through the first 12 innings before launching his sixth PCL homer in 15 games since his promotion. Overall, he is carrying a 334/436/617at two levels for the season, with 23 homers and 63 walks against 62 strikeouts.

Missions top Midland 4-2
Rob Musgrave and Blake Tekotte powered San Antonio to a victory over the RockHounds and help the club maintain a one-game lead in the second half division race.

Musgrave worked out of trouble all night, giving up only two runs over six innings despite surrendering 10 hits and three walks. After a 1-2-3 first inning, he put at least two men on in each of his remaining frames. Despite yielding a season-high in hits, the 25-year-old lefty lowered his Texas League ERA to 3.21 on the year.

Tekotte went 3-for-4 with two RBIs. The lefty had a chance to go for the cycle when he reached the plate in the eighth inning, but struck out swinging in his final plate appearance. He was stranded on deck in the ninth inning before getting one last crack at it. Tekotte is having a huge series, going 8-for-14 with four extra-base hits.

Storm hold off Lancaster 4-3
Lake Elsinore got just enough offense and a strong showing from the bullpen to claim their second straight victory over the JetHawks.

After a rocky first inning in which three unearned runs came across following a Jonathan Galvez error, lefty Jose DePaula had a solid outing. The 21-year-old Dominican worked five innings, giving up just one earned run. While he allowed seven hits, only two went for extra-base hits (that counts as an accomplishment at Clear Channel Stadium). Despite a 5.63 ERA on the year, DePaula now lays claim to an 8-4 record.

Nick Blackwood, who was the only Storm hitter with multiple hits, had the decisive blow with a leadoff homer in the sixth inning. The blast was his second in two nights and third overall since a late-June promotion. The 25-year-old, who signed out of the independent leagues this winter, is 9-for-23 over his last six contests, but still is hitting just .241 in the Cal League.

Fort Wayne snags 2-1 win over QC
Keyvius Sampson and a trio of relievers shut down the River Bandits as the TinCaps claimed their second consecutive victory over the Cardinals affiliate.

Sampson gave up one run over five innings of work, yielding just three hits while striking out five. The only run scored on a solo homer, just the fifth round-tripper he has surrendered all year. The Padres have been incredibly cautious with the righty, who was shut down with arm problems last year, but never required surgery. The 20-year-old has only gone longer than five innings three times all year, and it has been two months since he last took the ball on only four days' rest. Even with the precautions, he will finish the year with well over 100 innings of work, noticeably more than double his workload in 2010.

With Cory Spangenberg in the DH slot, Chris Bisson slid back over to second base defensively. The left-handed hitter drove in the go-ahead run with a triple in the seventh inning. With Rico Noel at the plate, he was then caught trying to steal home to end the threat. The 21-year-old sports a 333/459/467 line over his last 10 games.

Emeralds blanked by Everett 3-0
Donavan Tate returned from his suspension and third-rounder Matt Andriese continued his dominance in the Northwest League, but Eugene's offensive woes continued as they dropped their series opener to the AquaSox.

AZL Padres clobber Royals 12-2
Duanel Jones blasted three homers to pace the AZL Padres in a laugher over the Royals in an abbreviated contest in Peoria. For the slugging third baseman, the display of power was his third three-hit game in his last six contests, and pushed his season totals to 289/378/557.

Dutch catcher Rodney Daal is getting only limited game time as the second-youngest player on a roster in the U.S., but after a rocky start, he is beginning to make the most of it. After a 2-for3 night, the 17-year-old righty has hit in each of his last six contests and has a 385/515/500 in eight games this month.

Yoan Alcantara had a strong day both at the plate and in the field. The athletic 18-year-old had a triple as part of his 2-for-5 night and drove in three runs while scoring a pair. From right field, he earned a pair of assists, throwing out runners at both second and third. He has gunned down six baserunners in 21 games on the year.

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