TPadres 9 - Las Vegas 51s 5
It was back and forth game all night until Jesus Guzman came up with the bases loaded and 2 outs in the 6th and slugged a bases clearing double off of former Padre Will Ledezma. With a 4 run lead in the 9th Perdomo got into trouble giving up back to back singles (one of which to former Beaver Craig Stansberry), but Scribner came on and got a pop up and strikeout to earn his 6th save of the year.
Matt Buschmann got his 2nd win of the year for Tucson despite allowing 5 ER on 10 H in 6 IP. He did not walk a batter and struck out 5. The 5 strikeout game has been his highest mark since being promoted to AAA in mid May. Buschmann has not walked a batter in his last 15.2 IP.
Rizzo got the day off, and Venable went hitless (though he did score twice) which meant someone else had to step up. Guzman had the big hit (his only hit of the day), but it was truly a team effort has 7 different Padres scored a run, 5 different Padres had a RBI, and everyone except Will had a base hit. Bobby Kielty played in his first game since April 18th, and went 2-4, 2B, 2 RBI, RS.
AA San Antonio
Missions 3 - Arkansas Travelers 2
In the bottom of the ninth C Ali Solis homered with two outs to tie the game at two. Closer Brad Brach held serve in the ninth striking out two. CF Daniel Robertson led off the tenth with a double but the Travelers rallied striking out DH Jaff Decker and 1b Kyle Blanks then intentionally walking one of the better hitters in the league, 3b James Darnell. 2b Vince Belnome then stroked a single into left field for the walk-off win.
The Missions are now 33-17 with the best record in the Texas League. The star of the game was Solis, who hit the game tying home run to go along with a 3 for 4 day. He is now hitting .327 for the season since becoming the everyday catcher with the promotion of Kyle Phillips to the big club.
LHP Rob Musgrave started the game and went five innings, allowing the only two runs of the game. The San Antonio bullpen came in and held Arkansas scoreless for the next five innings with closer Brad Brach getting his first win. Out of the four the most encouraging news is the bounce back of relief pitcher Craig Italiano who pitched two scoreless innings. Tonight was the first hit he has now not given up a run, earned or unearned, in his past eight appearances.
LF Danny Payne was 2 for 4 with a pair of doubles.
High-A Lake Elsinore
Storm 6 - Inland Empire 66ers 5
Fast forward to the bottom of the 9th, game tied at 5. Olabasi gets a lead off walk. Fuentes tries to sac bunt him over but with his speed beats out the throw. (1st and 2nd no outs). Anna then struck out, to bring up the mighty Gyorko. Well he grounded into a force out. Rincon came up with 2 outs, and must have been some kinda intimidating as the IE pitcher decided to throw 2 WP to end the game. That's right, a walk off wild pitch.
Sullivan got the start and was cuffed around a bit allowing 4 R (3 ER), on 7 H in 5 IP. He walked 1 and struck out 5. The bigger story of the game was Jose De Paula, coming off the DL and making his first appearance of the season as a reliever. It was a good one as he went 2 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K
Offensively, the Storm managed no extra base hits, only 6 H, and only 3 players having a hit. They still turned it into 6 runs and a win so more power to them. Fuentes went 2-5, 2 RS, and stole 3 bases (20). He is now on pace to break his PR of 42 SB he set last year. Gyorko also had 2 hits, 2 RS, and an RBI. Jedd couldn't match the 3 SB, but did manage to steal his 9th base of the year. Not bad for a prospect that some rated "slow for a catcher."
Low-A Fort Wayne
Clinton Lumber Kings 6 - TinCaps 4
The TinCaps lost their third in a row after winning their four previous games. Clinton held Fort Wayne to six hits, with C Emanuel Quiles having the only extra base hit; a double. Offensively 2b Chris Bisson had a nice night going 1 for 3, with a walk and scoring twice.
RHP Chris Franklin took the loss giving up three hits and a walk with two outs in the eighth inning as the LumberKings scored two to break the 4-4 tie.
RHP Zach Cates, a third round pick in the 2010 draft, had a so-so night going five innings with four strikeouts against three walks as he gave up four earned runs. Cates put up good numbers in May holding the opposition to a .232 average. Relief pitcher Yefri Carvajal rebounded from a brutal previous outing that saw him five earned runs in a third of an inning to pitch a scoreless frame tonight with two strikeouts.