Tucson rode a balanced offensive attack and a strong start by recently-signed John Van Benschoten to victory on Saturday.
Van Benschoten, a San Diego native, worked seven innings, giving up three runs on four hits and a pair of walks. The 31-year-old righty, signed out of the independent leagues last week to help fill out the Tucson rotation, struck out four.
Aaron Cunningham returned from the disabled list and picked up where he left off. The center fielder went 4-for-5 with a double and triple, but somehow managed to avoid either driving in or scoring a run. The right-handed hitter had six multi-hit games in the 10 contests before he went on the disabled list with a concussion.
San Antonio falls to RockHounds in 12
The Missions and Tulsa had eight runs apiece after just five innings, but then both bullpens locked in until the 12th inning, when Midland walked off.
Jorge Reyes returned from the disabled list, but had a rough welcome back. The first five RockHounds hitters reached, with a pair of walks, hit batter and two singles pushing across a pair. Overall, the righty was touched for six runs over just three innings, allowing five hits and four free passes.
Jaff Decker got himself on track a bit Saturday night, joining Blake Tekotte and Jason Hagerty with three hits each. Decker had double and walk, but also struck out twice in his six plate appearances. His rough July has dropped his season OPS below 800. For Hagerty, it was his first multi-hit game since his promotion to the Texas League.
Lake Elsinore tops Lancaster 4-3
Nick Schmidt claimed his first Cal League victory in over a year, holding the JetHawks to just a pair of runs over six innings. The lefty, who the Padres took with the 23rd overall pick in 2007, gave up just three hits and two walks, striking out five along the way.
Jonathan Galvez delivered the key blow for the Storm offense, clubbing a three-run double in the sixth inning. It was the 20-year-old second baseman's only hit of the night, but was enough to keep his average over .300 for the season.
Jeudy Valdez was back in the lineup a night after having to leave the game when he was hit in the arm with a pitch.
Fort Wayne walks off with 8-7 victory over QC
Wes Cunningham's two-out single in the bottom of the ninth pushed Cory Spangenberg across with the winning run, giving the TinCaps a series-opening victory after they had twice rallied to tie the score.
Cunningham had a season-high six RBIs as part of his 3-for-5 night. The 23-year-old from Murray State has been putting his raw power to work in games this month, sporting a 333/377/500 line in July. After collecting 17 RBIs in his first 59 contests, he has 16 so far this month.
Spangenberg went 3-for-5, his first multi-hit contest since the promotion from Eugene. After destroying the pitching in short-season, Spangenberg's timing was way off in his first week at Fort Wayne. However, in the last three days, he's showing signs of the strong approach he used in his debut, reaching base in six of 13 plate appearances.
Eugene downs Vancouver 2-1
John Barbato showed the skills that earned him a seven-figure bonus out of the 2010 draft to lead the Ems to a key victory that pushed them back into a one-game lead over the Canadians for the year. Barbato allowed just one run and two hits over six innings of work, striking out a season-high 10 hitters. Check out the full game story on the site for details.
Ranges pound AZL Padres 16-5
Genison Reyes's difficult stateside debut continued as he gave up 11 runs over 3.1 innings of work in the desert Saturday. The big hard-throwing righty gave up 11 hits and three walks in his worst outing of the season, pushing his ERA to 12.91
Duanel Jones paced the offense, clubbing three doubles in five at-bats. The 18-year-old has flashed his power at times this year, giving hints of the raw ability scouts saw when he was considered one of the top prospects in the Dominican in 2009.