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Sunday's best: Santana leads Tulsa to finals

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Dennis Santana certainly picked a good time to post one of his best starts this season.

In the decisive fifth game of the Texas League semifinals, Santana spun an absolute gem as Double-A Tulsa topped Northwest Arkansas, 6-1, on Sunday night.

Dennis Santana certainly picked a good time to post one of his best starts this season.

In the decisive fifth game of the Texas League semifinals, Santana spun an absolute gem as Double-A Tulsa topped Northwest Arkansas, 6-1, on Sunday night.

Santana, the Dodgers' No. 12 prospect, matched his career high with 11 strikeouts and threw 72 of his 100 pitches for strikes across seven scoreless innings.

Santana's 11th strikeout

The 21-year-old got off to a fast start, striking out five in a row across the first and second innings and retiring 10 of the first 11 batters faced.

Santana, who posted a 4.11 ERA in 24 games across two levels this season, walked two and yielded just three hits in the outing.

The win secured the Drillers a spot in the Texas League Finals, where they will take on the Midland RockHounds.

Other top prospect performances from Sunday's action:

No. 55 overall prospect Fernando Tatis Jr. (Padres No. 4) provided all of Double-A San Antonio's offense with one swing as he hit a solo homer in a loss to Midland. Tatis, who finished 1-for-4, hit .350 in five games during the playoffs after batting .278 across two levels during the regular season.

Tatis' solo shot

• No. 93 overall prospect Tyler O'Neill (Cardinals' No. 4) hit his third homer of the postseason in Triple-A Memphis' 13-10 win over Colorado Springs in the decisive Game 5 of the Pacific Coast League semifinals. O'Neill, who came up big with a 3-for-6, four-RBI performance in Game 4, put the Redbirds on the board early with a two-run homer in the first before finishing 3-for-5 with three RBIs.

O'Neill goes yard

Athletics No. 11 prospect Sean Murphy helped propel Double-A Midland to the Texas League finals with a solo homer in a win over San Antonio. Murphy, who hit a career-high 13 homers during the season, has gone deep twice in five games during the postseason.

Murphy hits solo homer

Brewers No. 19 prospect Jacob Nottingham came through off the bench with a clutch two-out hit for Triple-A Colorado Springs. Nottingham was called upon as a pinch-hitter and came up with an RBI single in the ninth inning, but it wasn't enough as the Sky Sox comeback bid ultimately fell short.

D-backs' No. 24 prospect Andy Yerzy put up a pair of extra-base hits, but it wasn't enough as Rookie-level Missoula lost to Great Falls in Game 1 of the Pioneer League semifinals. Yerzy, who hit .298 with 13 homers during the regular season, hit a two-run homer in the sixth and later added a double, finishing 2-for-4 with two RBIs.

• Padres No. 27 prospect Reggie Lawson led Class A Fort Wayne to a win with five scoreless innings on the mound. Lawson, who posted a 5.30 ERA across 17 starts this season, gave up four hits and struck out five as the TinCaps evened up the Midwest League semifinals 1-1 with Dayton.

Watch: Lawson notches strikeout

Rays prospects Joe McCarthy (No. 18) and Nick Ciuffo (No. 25) combined to go 3-for-8 in Double-A Montgomery's loss to Pensacola. McCarthy led off the game with a solo homer, his second of the postseason, and Ciuffo finished 2-for-4 with an RBI of his own.

Twins prospects Lewin Diaz (No. 10) and Travis Blankenhorn (No. 11) came up clutch for Class A Cedar Rapids in a much-needed win over Quad Cities. The duo combined to 3-for-7 with two RBIs as the Kernels tied up the Midwest League semifinals at one game apiece. Blankenhorn homered as part of a 1-for-3 game, while Diaz went 2-for-4 and scored a pair of runs.

Blankenhorn goes deep

• Twins No. 17 prospect LaMonte Wade had a productive day and helped lift Double-A Chattanooga to a share of the Southern League title as he went 3-for-4 at the plate. Wade led off the ninth with a base hit and scored the tying run on Jonathan Rodriguez's walk-off homer.

William Boor is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com. Follow him on Twitter at @wboor.