Prospect Watch: Through three innings, Sean O'Sullivan and Juan Nicasio were locked in a pitcher's duel. However, after a rain delay of more than an hour, the Padres came back with a vengeance, knocking out a season-high 21 hits to blow the game open against three relievers. O'Sullivan only allowed one hit and a walk in three innings to finish June with a 3.34 ERA. … Jonathan Galvez enjoyed the stay in Colorado Springs. With two doubles Sunday, the second baseman/left fielder tallied five extra-base hits in the series after managing just four the rest of the month. Even with his surge, Galvez finished June with a 267/333/396 line, his worst month of the season.
For further reading on the Tucson Padres, see the Arizona Daily Star
San Antonio Missions 3 Springfield Cardinals 2
Juan Oramas returned to the Missions rotation Sunday, working four solid innings. The 23-year-old Mexican gave up five hits and walked one, but allowed only one run and struck out four. The lefty, returning from Tommy John surgery last spring, threw 64 pitches, 37 for strikes. Before the injury, he was one of the top lefties in the system. … Matt Stites came close to making it an entire month without surrendering a run, but the Missions' closer wound up yielding one with one out in the ninth. The fireballing righty did bounce back to hold onto the lead and record his eighth save of the season. For the month, he gave up only four hits in 12.2 innings, striking out 14 against only one walk. For the season, he has a 41:7 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 40 innings.
For further reading on the San Antonio Missions, see the San Antonio Express-News
Inland Empire 66ers 18 Lake Elsinore Storm 2
Prospect Watch: The nightmare season continued for Matt Jackson and Brandon Alger Sunday as the two combined to give up 17 runs in 4.1 innings. Jackson, 25, has never found his footing this year as he has been asked to shuttle across multiple levels after a solid campaign in 2012. The big righty has a 6.32 ERA overall, including a 5.99 mark in his 13 Cal League appearances. Alger, who jumped straight from Eugene, started the year in the rotation, but has been knocked around heavily. The Indiana native, who turns 22 later this week, has been incredibly hittable, yielding a .343 opponents' batting average. … Jeremy Baltz added two more hits on Sunday, extending his hitting streak to 10 games to begin his stint in the Cal League. The 22-year-old outfielder has a pair of hits in each of his last six games.
Lake County Captains 1 Ft. Wayne TinCaps 0
Key Statistics: RHP Bryan Rodriguez 5IP, 4H, 1R, 4K, 1BB
Prospect Watch: Bryan Rodriguez's second start back from the DL was a strong one as the righty only gave up one run in five innings. After he missed all of last season, it was alarming when the 21-year-old hit the shelf earlier this month, but he only missed one turn in the rotation, and has eight strikeouts in 9.1 innings since coming back. … Brian Adams entered the game as a pinch runner in the ninth inning, but committed one of the cardinal sins in baseball as he continues to work to turn his great athleticism into good baseball skill. The fleet outfielder was thrown out trying to steal third base to end the game, snuffing out the closest thing to a rally the club had all day.
For further reading on the TinCaps, see the Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette
Boise Hawks 6 Eugene Emeralds 5
Prospect Watch: Yimmi Brasoban made one mistake on the day, but it was a big one that turned into a three run homer. The 19-year-old righty did bounce back to work two more scoreless innings after the blast and owns a 2.65 ERA in four starts so far. … Rancho Bernardo alum Wynton Bernard had three hits and a walk in the leadoff spot, and now sports – in incredibly limited action – a .400 average in two different leagues this year. The 22-year-old outfielder, a late round pick out of Niagara last year, has a .294 overall average in 51 at-bats across the lowest three levels of the system.
AZL Giants 8 AZL Padres 6
Prospect Watch: In addition to the high-profile young arms at the top of their draft class last year, the Padres took a number of high school pitchers in later rounds who were bigger projects. Texan Griffin Russell, 19, is one of those guys. The lefty, who signed as a 28th-round pick, has serious command issues, but good stuff when he can harness it. Sunday, he didn't. He walked four and gave up a pair of hits while failing to make it out of the first inning. … Malcolm Diaz, a 13th-round pick out of high school in Puerto Rico, bounced back after a pair of his own rough outings. The 19-year-old allowed one run in 2.1 innings. He didn't walk anyone, a feat for a guy who came in with 31 free passes in 22 professional innings.
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