Padres Minor League Recap July 31

Simon Castro tries to get back to last year's form

Anthony Rizzo keeps hitting for Tucson. Simon Castro deals for his second straight start in San Antonio. Jose De Paula continues to stymie the JetHawks, while Keyvius Sampson puts up an unusual line for Fort Wayne.

T-Padres come up short against Salt Lake
The Bees rallied for a walk-off win after letting Tucson back into the game with a ninth inning run, making Sam Deduno's strong start go for naught.

Tucson was down heading into the ninth inning, but an Anthony Rizzo sacrifice fly extended his torrid streak and gave the club another shot at victory. Rizzo's RBI came on top of a double and homer he already had on the night as the only Tucson batter with multiple hits. In ten games since returning to the PCL, Rizzo is hitting .400, with a .925 slugging percentage.

Deduno turned in a solid start, giving up just two runs on four hits over seven innings. The righty walked four, but had a season-high eight strikeouts. The 28-year-old still hasn't claimed a victory in five starts despite a 3.90 ERA.

San Antonio defeated by RoughRiders 4-3
The Missions got their second consecutive highly encouraging start from Simon Castro, but an unearned run in the eighth cost them the game.

Castro worked eight innings, giving up three earned runs on eight hits and only one walk. The righty also recorded a season-high 10 strikeouts. In his last two starts, Castro has struck out 19 in 16 innings and lowered his season ERA by more than three runs.

San Antonio got on the board quickly, scoring three off of emergency starter Tyler Tufts in the first inning after scheduled starter Robbie Erlin was traded to the Padres organization. However, after Dean Anna hit a sacrifice fly to plate the final run of the first inning, the club couldn't manage another run.

Erlin officially joined the Missions staff, along with Joe Wieland, at the end of the game.

Storm walks off with 3-2 win over Lancaster
Reymond Fuentes singled in the winning run with two outs in the ninth to claim victory for Lake Elsinore Sunday evening. The hit, the only one of the night for the 20-year-old center fielder, extended his mini hitting streak to six games.

Lefty Jose De Paula gave up only two runs in six innings, allowing just four baserunners. The 21-year-old matched his season high for strikeouts with seven. The start was his third straight against the JetHawks, who he has held to four runs over 16 innings in that stretch.

Fort Wayne falls to Loons 6-4
Keyvius Sampson had an inconsistent start for the TinCaps, but still left them with a chance for the victory before the bullpen once again failed to hold a lead and cost the team a chance to pull two games ahead of the Loons in the second half standings.

Sampson was tagged with two unearned runs despite only giving up one hit over 4.1 innings. While the defense let him down with a pair of costly errors, he also set himself up for failure by walking five hitters. Although he got three easy groundouts in the first and struck out the side in the second and fourth innings, he struggled with command in his other frames. Sampson was also victimized by three more stolen bases, a problem he has had all year.

Rymer Liriano was once more the most interesting – if not always best – guy on the field to watch. In the plus column were his 3-for-4 night to extend his lead for the batting title and his 48th stolen base of the season. On the flip side, he was also picked off and booted an attempt to field a single in the third, allowing a Loons run on his eighth error in the Midwest League.

Emeralds beaten by Spokane 8-6
Three unearned runs against Colin Rea in the second inning were the difference in the game as Eugene continues its more recent hitting.

Rea took the loss, despite just one earned run. The Padres' 12th-rounder out of Indiana State worked four innings, and actually saw his ERA go up to 1.03 for the year. In addition to a two-base error behind him in the second, Rea had a bit of bad luck as two grounders on the infield went for hits in the frame.

Travis Whitmore hit his first professional homer as part of a 3-for-4 night at the plate. The infielder, taken in the 35th round, came in with only one extra-base hit in his previous 10 games, but launched a two-run blast in his first plate appearance and later drove in his third run of the night with a two-out single.

AZL Athletics rally past Padres 6-5
Tyler Norwood's tough summer continued as he faced only four batters, and all of them came around to score, pushing the 2010 draftee's ERA above nine for the year. Norwood hit his first batter, walked the next, gave up a single, uncorked a wild pitch and was victimized by a passed ball while issuing another walk, and was done for the day. A double against his replacement Jeury Castillo plated the two runners he left on base. A 19th round pick out of community college in Alabama, Norwood has walked 22 in 19.2 innings of work this year.

Center fielder Alberth Martinez had another strong showing at the plate, going 2-for-4 with a double and homer. The 20-year-old Venezuelan is hitting .500 over his last 10 AZL games, with an absurd .975 slugging percentage in that time. Overall, he is third in the league in both slugging percentage (.661) and OPS (1.082).

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