San Antonio 4 NW Arkansas 1
Key Stats: 1B Freiman 1-4, HR(18), 2RBI; CF Fuente 1-3, 2B, 2RBI; RHP Sampson 6.2IP, 4H, 1ER, 5K, 0BB
Midway through June, Keyvius Sampson took an extra side session to work on his mechanics. It appears to be working. After working six scoreless innings last Wednesday, the 21-year-old righty carried a three-hitter into the seventh inning before giving up a solo homer on his last pitch of the night. The organization's 2011 Pitcher of the Year has given up five runs over his last 21.2 innings, and has walked only one hitter in his last two games. If Sampson can post a strong second half, the decision to skip him over High-A will look a lot better than it did three weeks ago.
After missing most of a month, Jason Hagerty has returned with a vengeance. The switch-hitting catcher went 2-for-5 with a homer in his first game back Saturday, and on Sunday he blasted a double then came around to put the Missions on the board in the third inning. He finished the night 2-for-4.
For his second consecutive appearance, Daniel Stange struck out the side to record a save. The 26-year-old righty signed with the Padres after a short stint in the independent leagues this spring when the Diamondbacks released him. Since reporting to San Antonio, the hard-throwing righty has posted a 1.74 ERA with 31 strikeouts over 31 innings.
Storm 3 Bakersfield 2
Key Stats: DH Medica 1-4, RBI, BB; CF Noel 1-4, BB< SB(61); RHP Pope 6.2IP, 4H, 2R, 4K, 1BB; RHP Quackenbush 1IP, 0H, 0R, 3K, 0BB
The Storm extended their winning streak to seven games on the back of another strong start by Mark Pope and some timely hitting. Elsinore is now 15-3 in the second half and owns a six game lead in the South Division of the California League.
Pope, who threw six no-hit innings at home against Bakersfield the last time out, had only slightly more trouble this time out. The righty from Georgia Tech went 6.2 innings, giving up a pair of runs on four hits and a walk. His four strikeouts were his highest game total since a spot start in Tucson two months ago.
At the plate, Eddy Rodriguez continued a solid week at the plate, going 2-for-5 and scoring the Storm's first run. Tommy Medica extended his hitting streak to 24 games with an RBI single in the seventh which proved to be the deciding run. Since the All-Star break, Medica has hit 452/545/699 in 18 games. Everett Williams pushed his own hitting streak to five games with an RBI double, and also added a walk.
South Bend 3 TinCaps 1
Key Stats: SS Peterson 2-3, BB, SB; RHP Hebner 4.1IP, 5H, 3R, 7K, 1BB
The TinCaps needed a one-out sacrifice fly from Duanel Jones in the ninth inning to avoid getting shut out as the club dropped their third straight contest. Jones, 19, has been on a roll since the All-Star break, posting a 298/358/511 line through 15 games.
Righty Cody Hebner gave up three runs as he failed to make it out of the fifth inning. The 2011 fourth-rounder yielded five hits and a walk, but did strike out seven to push his season total to 83 in 79.1 innings. Hebner was spared further damage when Johnny Barbato got a quick double play after coming in with two men on and one out in the fifth. Barbato gave up only one walk over 2.2 innings of work and struck out a pair.
Salem-Keizer 17 Eugene 2
Key Stats: SS Carmon 2-4, HR; 1B Philips 1-3, 2B,
Eugene was down 4-0 before they came to bat, and the game just went downhill from there for the Emeralds as they were blown out by their in-state rivals. Six different pitchers and a pair of position players took the mound for Eugene, which surrendered six unearned runs thanks to three errors.
Starter Will Scott gave up six runs, four earned, through two innings of work. Matthew Shepherd, a 2012 draftee from Tennessee Tech, followed with a pair of perfect innings, yielding only one hit batter. The wheels came off for Eugene in the eighth when Mike Watt and Collin Reynolds combined to give up eight runs, though only four were earned.
Things weren't much better at the plate, though 10th-rounder Stephen Carmon blasted his first professional homer and was the only Ems batter to collect multiple hits.
AZL Royals 22 AZL Padres 15
Key Stats: CF Moreno 5-6, 3 2B, 6RBI; 3B Perez 2-6, 3RBI; RHP Eflin 1.2IP, 2H, 3ER, 3K, 2BB
Zach Eflin worked a perfect first inning and opened the second with a strikeout. Then things went horribly awry for the Padres' rookie league club and the Royals scored multiple runs in each of the next seven frames. Eflin gave up a single, double and walk to load the bases then, after another strikeout, walked in a run. He yielded to 17-year-old Cam Stewart, who surrendered a single and walk to allow two inherited runners to score before getting a groundout to end the frame.
In addition to supplemental pick Eflin and Stewart, who the Padres drafted in the 20th round, two additional high school draftees were hit hard in the game. Lefty Griffin Russell, a 28th-round pick from Texas, gave up five runs and three walks, getting tagged for seven runs, although only two were earned. Thirteenth-rounder Malcom Diaz, a product of the Puerto Rico Baseball Academy, gave up five runs (three earned) in just one third of an inning, walking four, uncorking a pair of wild pitches and mixing in a balk for good measure.
Center fielder Edwin Moreno, who signed a day after he turned 16 in 2010, had three doubles as part of a 5-for-6 performance out of the leadoff spot. Third baseman, whose debut was delayed a few weeks by a short DL stint after signing as a third-round pick, continued his hot start. The lefty-hitting infielder added a pair of singles and is now 10-for-20 through his first five professional games.