On Independence Day Tucson and San Antonio keep rolling while the bats stay at home for the Storm,…
Prospect Watch: Tucson took three of four from Vegas, claiming each of their wins by one run. Dean Anna was the only Padres batter to collect multiple hits on the day, going 2-for-3 with a double. After driving in a run, he leads the club in RBIs by six. … Brendan Kloess continues to post markedly better strikeout and walk rates as a starter than a reliever. The 28-year-old righty whiffed five in 5.1 innings of work and now has nearly 11 K/9 in the rotation, almost four more strikeouts per nine innings than he had out of the bullpen.
For further reading on the Tucson Padres, see the A rizona Daily Star
San Antonio Missions 9 Springfield Cardinals 7
Tommy Medica missed just over two months with a strained oblique, but he's making up for lost time already. The righthanded slugger, who the Padres took in the 14th from Santa Clara in 2010, is 5-for-17 with a 1.017 OPS in his five games back. Medica clubbed a double and a homer on Sunday, driving in a pair out of the third slot in the lineup. … Cory Spangenberg slid into the leadoff spot for the first time since his promotion to the Missions and went 2-for-5 with a double and run scored. Through his first month in Double-A, the 2011 first rounder has a tepid .237/.300/.280 line, though he's been reaching base at a much better clip over the last two weeks. His double Sunday was just the third extra-base hit in 109 plate appearances.
For further reading on the San Antonio Missions, see the San Antonio Express-News
San Jose Giants 2 Lake Elsinore Storm 0
Prospect Watch: Elsinore was held to only four hits in the game as Jeremy Baltz went hitless for the first time in 17 Cal League contests. In the lineup as the designated hitter, the St. John's alum went 0-for-3 with a pair of strikeouts and reached base after being hit with a pitch. … Trevor Holder, who was blasted in his first six appearances for the Storm seems to have found his footing a bit. The 26-year-old righty has given up four earned runs over his last 19 innings, though he has only eight strikeouts in that stretch.
Great Lakes Loons 8 Ft. Wayne TinCaps 4
Prospect Watch: Joe Ross's second half lull continued as the righty was again lit up on Sunday. In three starts since the midway point, the 2011 first-round pick has been torched for 16 runs on 28 hits in only 13.1 innings. He finished the first half with a 2.71 ERA. … Corey Adamson has picked up three triples in his last 15 plate appearances, his only three extra-base hits in the last 12 games. The lefty-hitting Australian saw his slugging percentage drop off the table in May and June after posting a solid .449 mark in April.
For further reading on the TinCaps, see the Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette
Spokane Indians 8 Eugene Emeralds 4
Prospect Watch: The Emeralds bullpen remains a disaster area, giving up six runs in the eighth inning as the Ems dropped their third game in a series in which they've held the lead late in all four contests. On the year, the bullpen is allowing nearly six runs per nine innings, although a full quarter of the runs they've surrendered have been unearned. … The Ems came in with only eight homers in 23 games, but unloaded three round-trippers on Sunday. First baseman Trae Santos hit his club-best third while outfielders Wynton Bernard and Henry Charles each got their first.
AZL Padres 3 AZL Dodgers 0
Prospect Watch: Righty Pete Kelich, taken in the 38th round out of Bryant College, was impressive in his first professional start, working five scoreless innings and giving up only one single. The 22-year-old has 16 strikeouts without a walk allowed in 12 innings, trying hard to earn a ticket out of Surprise. … Australian teenager Sam Holland picked up his third save with a scoreless ninth inning. The 19-year-old, who signed last winter, has an impressive 14:1 strikeout-to-walk ratio in his first 9.1 professional innings. ... In his first game since turning 18, Franmil Reyes had a pair of hits. He has a .304 average in his first eight contests in the Arizona League.
For the box scores of all the games please go to the MiLB.com scoreboards