MadFriars' Daily Farm Report: August 4

Keyvius Sampson has been among the best pitchers in all of minor league baseball for the last two months. He delivered more of the same on Sunday. Tucson rallied late, Elsinore cruised, the TinCaps split a double-header on some strong work by Joe Ross and Walker Weickel, and even Eugene got a comfortable win.

Tucson Padres 8 Nashville Sounds 5

Key Statistics: RF Jaff Decker 3-5, 2B, CS, E; 2B Dean Anna 3-4, BB; RHP Anthony Bass 5IP, 8H, 5R, 3ER, 5K, 3BB; RHP Brad Boxberger 2IP, 0H, 0R, 5K, 0BB

Prospect Watch: Tucson rallied for four runs in the ninth to win just their second game on their current road trip. Jaff Decker returned to the field after three days off following a slide into the wall in Memphis. The outfielder was no worse for wear, going 3-for-5 with a double, pushing his post-All-Star break OPS to 1.101. He did commit an error and was caught stealing in the game. … Brad Boxberger struck out five of the six batters he faced. He now has an eye-popping 77 strikeouts against only 18 walks in 51.1 innings on the year.

For further reading on the Tucson Padres, see the A rizona Daily Star

San Antonio Missions 1 Frisco RoughRiders 0

Key Statistics: LF Reymond Fuentes 1-3, BB; C Austin Hedges 1-3, RBI; RHP Keyvius Sampson 7IP, 4H, 0R, 6K, 1BB

We've almost used up our superlatives to describe the run Keyvius Sampson continued on Sunday. The 22-year-old righty worked seven more scoreless innings, giving up only four hits. Since the start of June, Sampson has an absurd 1.86 ERA with 82 strikeouts in 72.2 innings. He's allowed only 65 baserunners in that time. He can't have much more of a wait for a return shot at Tucson, can he? …Jeremy McBride is enjoying the chance to close again for the Missions. The 26-year-old Oklahoman has picked up a save in four straight outings. He's posted a 1.71 ERA since the All-Star break and has issued only two walks in his last 21 innings.

For further reading on the San Antonio Missions, see the San Antonio Express-News

Lake Elsinore Storm 12 Inland Empire 66ers 2

Key Statistics: LF Jeremy Baltz 2-5, 2 2B; 1B Lee Orr 3-4, 2B, 3RBI; 3B Duanel Jones 2-5, 2 2B, 2RBI, 2R; 2B B.J. Guinn 1-3, HR, 2BB

Prospect Watch: Justin Hancock's adjustment to the Cal League continues to be a rough one. After abusing the Midwest League, the 22-year-old righty has had trouble with his promotion. Hancock needed 91 pitches to get through four innings. Although he only yielded two runs, he walked five and labored throughout the game. In nine starts since joining the Storm, he's walked 26, against only 22 strikeouts, in 41.1 innings. … Lee Orr wins for streakiest hitter in the organization this year. After obliterating everything he saw in April, he was a mess around injuries in May and June. He's bounced back recently however and has now hit in nine of ten games, posting a .410/.465/.744 line along the way. His double Sunday was the seventh extra-base hit in the current hot stretch.

Ft. Wayne TinCaps 3,2 Lansing Lugnuts 2,3

Key Statistics: RHP Joe Ross 5.1IP, 5H, 2ER, 2K, 2BB; RHP Walker Weickel 4.2IP, 4H, 1R, 1K, 2BB; RF Alberth Martinez 1-6, 2B, RBI

Prospect Watch: The TinCaps and Lugnuts split a pair of 3-2 seven-inning games in their double-header Sunday as both clubs combined for exactly 11 hits across 14 innings. Alberth Martinez collected Ft. Wayne's only extra-base hit of the day with an RBI double in the second game. Even after being held in check in the opener, he's hitting a tidy .346 since coming off the disabled list last week. … Joe Ross was charged with two runs in the early afternoon loss, though neither run came across while he was on the mound. After rolling through five innings, he was chased after allowing a walk and double with one out in the sixth. The 20-year-old has a 12.27 ERA after the fifth inning on the year.

For further reading on the TinCaps, see the Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette

Eugene Emeralds 6 Tri-City Dust Devils 1

Key Statistics: RF Hunter Renfroe 3-5, R, RBI; 1B Trae Santos 3-5, 2 2B; RHP Coby Cowgill 5IP, 3H, 1R, 0ER, 8K, 1BB

Prospect Watch: Hunter Renfroe got of the snide, collecting three singles to snap an 0-for-16 stretch that began right after the Ems started making noise about his impending promotion. The Padres' top draft pick also went without a strikeout for the first time in seven contests. … Malquiel Brito homered for the second consecutive night and raised his Northwest League line to .302/.326/.488. The 19-year-old Dominican was 6-for-13 in the Tri-City series.

For the box scores of all the games please go to the scoreboards

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