Prospect Watch: Padre fans are scratching their head wondering where this Clayton Richard has been all year. The lefty was back to his 2012 form tossing six strong innings. He threw 85 pitches 64 of which were for strikes… Unfortunately he lost the duel with fellow rehabbing major leaguer Matt Garza. The Cubs ace allowed only two base runners in six innings while striking out six. The Padres managed only four hits, all singles in the game.
For further reading on the Tucson Padres please see the Arizona Daily Star.
Prospect Watch: After three starts where Sampson did not pitch terrible, but did not get the results he wanted, he finally had a quality start. This was the first start since his demotion to AA that Sampson pitched into the sixth inning. While Sampson's ball/strike ratio was solid at over 2:1, the biggest difference between this year and prior years is the lack of swings and misses. There are a lot of long at bats as hitters are continuing to foul off pitches they were swinging through back in Fort Wayne.
Prospect Watch: Not much to report tonight as the Storm are still struggling to find their stride offensively. The team that was billed as having the best lineup of the Padres affiliates just isn't there. Three of the top offensive prospects in the system are all struggling to raise their OPS over .700. Hedges (.676 on DL), Peterson (.674), and Jankowski (.695) were expected to be the leaders of the team, and instead are keeping the team in the cellar of the California League.
For further reading on the Storm please see the Southwest Riverside News Network.
Prospect Watch: Two of the top pitchers in the Midwest League, based on ERA, met in Fort Wayne. It was no contest as Justin Hancock was nearly perfect through six innings, while Hot Rods ace Dylan Floro gave up five runs on nine hits in only four innings... Unfortunately when the bullpen took over the TinCaps lost... After praising Roman Madrid for the last few weeks, he came in with runners on tonight, and ended up blowing the save, taking the loss, and giving up his first earned run of the year… Stat of the night RHP Leonel Campos came in with a runner on 3rd and two outs in a 6-3 game. He struck out the batter only to have a throwing error by Daal allow the batter to be safe and the run to score. He then struck out the next hitter to end the inning. Giving him the great line of 0.1 IP, 2 K
For further reading on the TinCaps' please see the Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette.
. For the box scores of all the games please go to the MiLB.com scoreboards.