Happy 4th of July! I hope everyone enjoys their day off, which should be filled with fireworks, picnics, pools, and lots of baseball action.
- Danny Hultzen hasn't been good since being promoted to Triple-A, and despite earning his first win on Tuesday, still wasn't sharp, giving up two runs (one earned) but only getting through five innings because of his high pitch count, reports T.J. Cotterill of The [Tacoma] News Tribune.
- Bryan Holaday had a three-hit night, including a two-run double, leading his Tigers prospects to a 4-2 victory, according to The Columbus Dispatch.
- Keyvius Sampson turned in what has become a rare good start this season for the Padres right-hander, throwing six scoreless innings and giving up just one hit, says Ashley Marshall of MiLB.com.
- Rangers right-hander Barret Loux earned his minor league-leading 12th win of the season, allowing just an unearned run over seven innings of work, reports David Heck of MiLB.com.
- In his first start after missing five weeks with a knee injury, the Mariners kept James Paxton on a 55-pitch limit, but he still managed to throw four shutout innings in the outing, writes Robert Emrich of MiLB.com.
- Matt Barnes turned in the worst start of his professional career, as the Red Sox 2011 first-rounder got touched up for six runs in 3 2/3 innings, and taking his second Carolina League loss.
- Marlins left-hander Adam Conley took a no-decision, giving up three runs in five innings while striking out five.
- The Royals have been waiting for 2011 third-rounder Bryan Brickhouse to pitch like he did on Tuesday, as the right-hander allowed just an unearned run over six innings of work, says Jonathan Raymond of MiLB.com.
- Clayton Blackburn was sharp on Tuesday, as the Giants continued his domination of the South Atlantic League, tossing eight innings of one-hit ball while striking out nine, and lowered his ERA to 2.95.
- Noah Snydergaard outpitched J.R. Bradley on Tuesday, as the Blue Jays prospect earned his fifth win of the season by striking out six over five innings to defeat the Diamondbacks prospect, who gave up six runs in five innings of his own.
- Rockies 2010 first-rounder Peter Tago put forth the best start of his brief professional career, striking out five batters in as many innings while allowing just a single run, earning his first career victory. Jeimer Candelario collected two more hits in the game, and the Cubs prospect is now hitting .352 on the season.
- Bubba Starling collected two more hits, giving him a four-game hitting streak and raising his batting average to .333 on the brief season.