MadFriars' Daily Farm Report: June 8

Ross was almost perfect Saturday

If Saturday turns out to have been Joe Ross's final game in the Midwest League, he certainly will have gone out with a bang. The 2011 first-round pick yielded only one hit in seven innings.

Sacramento River Cats 10 Tucson Padres 5

Key Statistics: 2B Dean Anna 1-3, HR(8), 2BB, E(3); 1B Brandon Allen 2-4, HR(6);

Prospect Watch: For the second consecutive night, the River Cats shelled Tucson pitching, cruising to a 10-5 victory. With Burch Smith called up to join the big league club, righty Matt Branham bounced up from Lake Elsinore to make a spot-start for Tucson. Things didn't go well for the former 27th-rounder. Branham gave up five runs on seven hits over three innings. … Dean Anna extended his hitting streak to 13 games with a two run homer in the seventh. He also drew two more walks, pushing his on-base percentage to .420, the highest it's been since the fourth day of the season. He now ranks third in the PCL with a 975 OPS and a .346 batting average.

For further reading on the Tucson Padres, see the Arizona Daily Star

Corpus Christi Hooks 5 San Antonio Missions 1

Key Statistics: Yeison Asencio 1-4; RHP Kevin Quackenbush 1.1 IP, 0H, 0R, 4K

The Missions managed only five singles in the contest, managing just one unearned run in the bottom of the ninth. First baseman Johan Limonta was the only San Antonio hitter with multiple hits on the night. The 29-year-old Cuban who signed as a minor league free agent earlier this season, now owns a .290 average though he has only five extra-base hits in 27 games. … Kevin Quackenbush continues to chew up the Texas League and spit it out. The right-handed reliever faced four batters and struck out all of them. In 28 innings this year, he has given up only one earned run and has 41 strikeouts.

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

Bakersfield Blaze 7 Lake Elsinore Storm 3

Key Statistics: 1B Robert Kral 1-4, 2B; RHP James Needy 6IP 4H, 3R, 1ER, 6K, 1BB

Prospect Watch: James Needy may be finding his stride in the Storm starting rotation. The big righty from Santee turned in his best start of the year, giving up one earned run on four hits over six innings. Needy struck out six in the contest and now has 23 Ks in his last 22.2 innings of work, against five walks. The Blaze only hit five balls out of the infielder against Needy, though one was a first inning homer. Definitely a confidence-booster for the 2009 sixth-rounder, who is still just 22 years old. … The gasp you heard last night was the collective sound of the Padres' front office when Austin Hedges, barely a week off the disabled list, got hit by a pitch. Hedges missed a month after taking a pitch off his hand in early May, but appears unfazed this time.

Ft. Wayne TinCaps 1 Lansing Lugnuts 0

Key Statistics: 2B/SS Maxx Tissenbaum 3-4, 2B, BB, RBI; CF Mallex Smith 1-5, SB(23), R; RHP Joe Ross 7IP, 1H, 0R, 5K, 0BB

Prospect Watch: In a show-down of 2011 first-rounders, Joe Ross turned in one of the best pitching performances of the year. The only base runners to reach against the 20 year old righty got on via an error in the second and a single in the sixth. Ross had a stellar 14:2 groundout/flyout ratio and cruised through his outing, reducing his ERA for the year to 3.02. … Facing Robert Stephenson – three months older than Ross, his former travel ball teammate, with an ERA a few points lower – the TinCaps didn't do much better, with the exception of Maxx Tissenbaum. The lefty-hitting infielder had three of the club's five hits, including the only extra-base hit of the game. Tissenbaum ultimately pushed across the winning run with a single in the 12th. The Canadian is now hitting .271 for the year.

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

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