Key Statistics: RF Dan Robertson 4-5, 3B; 1B/LF Brandon Allen 2-6, 2B; SS Logan Forsythe 1-2, 2 BBs, RBI; CF Jaff Decker 1-3, HR, 2 RBIs, 2 BBs; PH/LF/SS Dean Anna 2-4, 2B, RBI; RHP Anthony Bass 4.0 IP 8 H 4 R 4 ER 7 Ks HR; RHP Miles Mikolas (W, 2-1) 2.0 IP H.
Prospect Watch: Dean Anna's RBI single in the top of the tenth was the go-ahead run as the T-Padres put two up in the top of the tenth and Miles Mikolas was able to blank the Aces in the bottom of the tenth to give Tucson their fifth win in six games..Anthony Bass made his first start of the year and struggled giving up four earned runs in four innings...I know we have been raving about Dean Anna this year but he is off to a great start as evidenced by tonight when he came off of the bench as a pinch-hitter in the fifth, played both left field and shortstop and then got the go-ahead base hit in the tenth. Anna is now hitting .335/.402/.532...Although Sean O'Sullivan didn't pitch he got his third pinch hitting call of the year when he struck out, but O'Sullivan is now 2-3 on the season as a pinch-hitter.
For further reading on the Tucson Padres, see the A rizona Daily Star
Missions 5- Northwest Arkansas Naturals 2
Key Statistics CF Rico Noel 2-5, SB(32); C Rocky Gale 2-4, 2B; RHP Matt Andriese 5.0 IP 5 H R ER K; RHP Chris Rearick (W, 3-0); RHP Jeremy McBryde (S) 1.0 2 Ks Prospect Watch: Rico Noel stole his thirty-second base of the season in thirty-nine attempts to lead the Texas League and the organization. After a slow start he bounced back in May at .326/.436/.368. While the Padres seem to be lacking in corner outfield prospects they have three very similar players in Noel, Reymond Fuentes and Travis Jankowski, in Lake Elsinore, in center. Fuentes may have a bit of an edge right now with his combination of speed and power...With much of the attention going deservedly to Kevin Quackenbush and Matt Stites in the bullpen Jeremy McBryde has been overlooked. The big Oklahoman has a 1.99 ERA and Texas League batters are hitting .185 against him. When his power sinker is on he is very tough to hit at any level.
Storm 5 - Inland Empire 66ers 3
Prospect Watch: Holder, a third round pick of the Washington Nationals in 2009, got his first win in the Padres' organization in four starts. It is still unclear why the Nats released the twenty-six year old Holder who was having a decent year in AA Harrisburg...CF Travis Jankowski stole his thirty-first base putting him one behind Rico Noel for the organization lead but first in the Cal League...Great story with Robert Kral whose bat has put him on the prospect radar. According to Kral when Hedges comes back the organization is going to play him some at first and in left field in addition to DH. He's not a bad catcher either according to his manager Shawn Wooten and the extended playing time behind the plate is helping his game immensely on the defensive side. Kral is now hitting .279/.416/.614 with an organization lead of 10 home runs...Nice to see a good night by Kyle Gaedele, one of the better athletes in the system.
West Michigan Whitecaps 8- TinCaps 7 (make-up of Friday's suspended game)
Key Statistics: CF Alberth Martiniez 3-5, HR; 2B Maxx Tissenbaum 2-5, 2B; 1B Luis Tejada 2-5, 2B; RF Corey Adamson 2-5; 3B Chris Burke 2-4, 2B; DH Diego Goris 1-4, 2B, 2 BBs; RHP Walker Weickel 5.1 IP 6 H 4 R 4 ER, 3BB 3 K 2 HRs, RHP Roman Madrid (W, 5-1) 1.0 IP 2 H 3R BB K.
Prospect Watch Heavy rains forced a postponement of last night's game with the score in the bottom of the eleventh inning with the TinCaps trailing 7-3. Starting at 6:30 PM on Saturday, Fort Wayne rallied for an 8-7 win culminating in 1B Luis Tejada's walk-off double...Closer Roman Madrid now leads the club in wins with 5 and saves with 9. The Texan by way of the University of Central Florida has allowed only 14 hits in 25.2 innings and has allowed a grand total of one earned run through the first two months of the season. West Michigan WhiteCaps 3- TinCaps 1
Key Statistics: DH Diego Goris 2-4, 2B; 3B Chris Burke 2-4; RHP Joe Ross (L, 3-2) 5.0 IP 6 H 2 R 2 ER 3 BB 5Ks.
Prospect Watch: As TinCaps' announcer Mike Couzens' noted in his press release, Fort Wayne went 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position and left nine runners on base. They brought the tying run to the plate three times in the bottom of the ninth after a leadoff single by Chris Burke, but could not muster another baserunner...Ross took his second loss of the year and after starting off hot in April with a 1.33 ERA cooled off in May at 4.94.
For further reading on the TinCaps, see the Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette
For the box scores of all the games please go to the MiLB.com scoreboards