Tucson Padres 7 New Orleans 6
Key Statistics: CF Danny Robertson 3-5, 2R; 2B Dean Anna 3-5; RF Mike Wilson 2-5, HR, 3RBI; RHP Burch Smith 5.1IP, 1H, 1ER, 4K, 1BB
Prospect Watch: Burch Smith retired the first 13 batters he faced and allowed only two men to reach base over 5.1 innings. After issuing a one-out walk in the sixth, he was finished with 72 pitches thrown, 51 for strikes. That runner did come around from first to score, tagging the big Texan with a run. It was the longest Smith had gone in a game in well over a month. … Since it became apparent the Padres were going to lose Everth Cabrera to suspension, Dean Anna has been used exclusively at second base in Tucson. But he’s just kept on hitting, adding three more knocks in five plate appearances. He now sits at .339/.418/.512 for the season, an OPS that’s merely 300 points higher than Ronny Cedeno’s big league career line.
For further reading on the Tucson Padres, see the A rizona Daily Star
San Antonio Missions 8 Northwest Arkansas Naturals
Key Statistics: 2B Cory Spangenberg 3-4, 2R, CS; LF Reymond Fuentes 2-3, 2R; 1B Tommy Medica 2-3, 2B, HR, HBP; RHP Josh Geer 7IP, 6H, 1R, 4K, 1BB
After a burst of homers following his return from the disabled list, Tommy Medica had actually been in something of a small cold snap over the last week. That changed Friday night as the slugger had a double and his 14th homer of the year in three at-bats. He’s now at .299/.387/.592 for the season. … Cory Spangenberg has hit in 11 of his last 12 contests has his average for the Missions up to a season-best .280. After enduring an ice-cold start in Double-A, he’s hit .303 since June 23. He’s still only collected six extra-base hits in 31 games since July 1.
For further reading on the San Antonio Missions, see the San Antonio Express-News
Lake Elsinore Storm 9 Rancho Cucamonga 3
Key Statistics: DH Jace Peterson 2-4, 3B, 2R, BB; C Jeremy Rodriguez 3-4, 3RBI; RHP James Needy 5IP, 6H, 2ER, 3K, 2BB
Prospect Watch: Jace Peterson has reached base multiple times in all four games since returning from the disabled list. The 23-year-old shortstop had a single, homer and walk in five plate appearances, scoring a pair and driving in three. Peterson has absolutely murdered lefties this season, but his triple came in the ninth off of righty Blake Smith. … James Needy is starting to rival Donn Roach in terms of his ability to induce grounders. The 22-year-old righty recorded five groundouts, including one double play ball, among the 22 batters he faced. He also induced five pop ups.
South Bend Silver Hawks 7 Ft. Wayne TinCaps 6
Key Statistics: C Rodney Daal 3-5, 2B, HR; DH Mallex Smith 2-4, 2BB, SB; RHP Joe Ross 2.1IP, 5H, 6R, 0K, 4BB
Prospect Watch: After delivering four good outings in a row, starter Joe Ross was pounded heavily on Friday. The 20-year-old righty struggled in all facets, giving up six runs in just 2.1 innings of work. After a one-two-three first inning, he surrendered five runs on four hits and a pair of walks in the second, escaping further damage when his defense cut down a runner on the base paths. Three of the four batters he faced in the third inning reached before he was replaced on the mound. ... The best and worst of Rodney Daal was on display Friday. The 19-year-old catcher blasted a double and homer among his three hits - his first extra-base hits of the month - and he reacted quickly to throw out a trail runner on the bases. However, he also struck out twice, committed his 11th passed ball, and allowed the only would-be base stealer to convert.
For further reading on the TinCaps, see the Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette
Eugene Emeralds 5 Spokane Indians 0
Key Statistics: CF Ronnie Richardson 3-4, BB; LF Donavan Tate 1-4, 2B; C Ryan Miller 3-4, SB, PB; RHP Coby Cowgill 5.2IP, 3H, 0R, 6K, 1BB, WP
Prospect Watch: After getting a pinch-hit appearance on Thursday, Donavan Tate made his first start since rejoining the organization. The former number three overall pick struck out looking in his first at-bat, but had a double and walk in five plate appearances. … Hunter Renfroe also had a hit and walk in five trips to the plate in what will mark his final short-season contest. The club’s top pick this summer finished his tenure with the Ems with a .308/.333/.510 line, with 26 strikeouts against only five walks in 111 plate appearances.
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