The Stockton Ports game versus Inland Empire started at 10:30 am on Wednesday, and it appeared for much of the game that the bats on both sides were still in a deep slumber. Stockton was limited to one first inning run through the first six innings of the game. That run came when Cliff Pennington scored on a sacrifice fly by Luke Appert. Despite scoring only one run through the first six innings, the Ports were still in the lead, as Stockton starter Vince Mazzaro was nearly flawless against Inland Empire.
Mazzaro threw 6.2 no-hit innings before allowing two singles in with two-outs in the top of the seventh inning. He would wriggle out of that jam to finish his start with a line of seven innings pitched, two hits, three walks, six strikeouts and no runs allowed.
Mazzaro left clinging to a 1-0 lead. However, Stockton was able to give Mazzaro a little breathing room by scoring three runs in the bottom of the seventh. The big blow came when Anthony Recker hit a two-run homer. Raul Padron had an RBI double in the inning, as well.
Trent Peterson took over for Mazzaro in the eighth, but he immediately ran into trouble. He allowed two runs in two-thirds of an inning. Robert Semerano bailed Peterson out of the eighth by recording the final out and then he pitched a scoreless ninth inning to collect his first save.
Mazzaro's outing bumped his record up to 3-0 and lowered his ERA to 2.42. Mazzaro is limiting opposing batters to a .180 batting average, having allowed only 16 hits in 26 innings this season.
Appert extended his hitting streak to 15 games. The homer was Recker's second of the season.
Midland Blasts Five Homers In Win Over Corpus Christi
The Rockhounds turned a pitcher's duel into a laugher by scoring seven runs in the final two innings, securing a 9-3 win over Corpus Christi.
Vince Faison, Richie Robnett, Brant Colamarino and Jason Perry all homered. Perry actually homered twice, with one coming in the eighth and the other coming in the ninth. Faison added a triple along with his homer. Myron Leslie and Brian Snyder also doubled to give Midland a remarkable eight extra-base hits in the game.
Starter Brad Knox had a good outing, but he couldn't quite last long enough to benefit from the Rockhounds' late offensive surge. Knox allowed three runs in 6.2 innings, scattering seven hits. He walked two and struck out one.
Reliever Jeff Gray came on in the bottom of the seventh with two-outs. He recorded the final out of the inning and pitched a scoreless eighth and ninth to earn his second win. Gray struck out four and walked one.
Robnett extended his hitting streak to five games, during which time he has collected three doubles, two homers and five RBIs. Robnett has his average up to .292 and his OPS up to 943. He is tied with the team-lead in homeruns with four with Perry, who is batting .341 for Midland.
Gregorio Petit had another two-hit game, this time out of the ninth spot. Petit is batting .322 for the Rockhounds.