Inman made it 3 starts in a row allowing 3 runs or less, Rizzo hit a 3 run blast and the T-Pads were able to hang on to a 5-4 win
In picking up his first win of the year, Inman did not walk a batter in his 5 IP. He gave up 2 ER scattering 5 hits while striking out 5. After a 1,2,3 6th, Burke came out in the 7th, gave up 2 hits, then was removed in favor of Randy Flores then proceeded to allow both runs to score, although he did strike out 4 in his 1.2 IP of work. Neshek got the final 4 outs for his 2nd save.
What doesn't Rizzo do? He went 3-4, HR (8), 3 RBI, AND if that wasn't good enough he also stole his 4th base of the year. By comparison Durango stole his 3rd base today (2-4, RS). Quiroz hit his 2nd HR of the year a 2 run shot, which gave the T-Pads a 5-0 lead. Cintron, who was signed to fill in for the injured ECab, went 2-4, 2B, RS.
AA San Antonio
Through the first half of the game it looked like an easy Missions victory. The Missions were up 3-0 behind a Jaff Decker 3-run HR, and Anthony Bass was cruising. Bass had allowed just 1 baserunner, a single, through the first 5 innings. It all changed in the 6th Frisco hit for the cycle in 1 inning, tieing up the game at 3. San Antonio left Bass in there for the 7th and he would give up 2 more runs. The Missions had no answer as they fell 3-5
Bass lasted 7 innings giving up 8 H, 5 ER, 0 BB, 9 K. Unfortunately 7 of those hits and the last 5 runs all came in the final 2 innings. Before that he was DOMINANT. Bass struck out 6 in the first 5 innings, and anything that wasn't a strike out was a ground out or a weak pop out. Bad end to a great start. Vincent tossed the final inning striking out the side.
The Missions got all 3 of their runs in the 3rd on a 3-run HR by Jaff (9). In the last 1.5 weeks Jaff has no 2B, no 3B, but 5 HR. Dan Robertson went 2-3, RS. C. Decker had a leadoff triple in the 5th, but was stranded there after a couple of strike outs.
High A Lake Elsinore
Another rough start for Lollis but the bullpen steps up. In the bottom of the 9th, Nate Freiman came up with 2 outs and the bases loaded down by 1, Freiman laced a line drive single to center, scoring Meeley easily, and Noel just beat the throw to give the Storm a walk off 6-5 victory
I guess the good news for Lollis was that he didn't walk a batter in his 5 IP. He did, however, give up 5 R (4 ER), on 9 H with 5 K. Lollis has good K/IP numbers with 34 in 31.1, but the 1-4 record and 5.46 ERA is a bit off putting so far for the ace of the Storm. Beard, Pease, and Hamren all were terrific for the Storm and kept them in the game.
Offensively Jeudy Valdez hit his first HR of the year, a solo shot. Outside of that and an RBI double by Rincon, all other hits were singles. Gyorko continued his tear through the Cal League going 3-4, 2 RBI, BB. Even more impressive might be that Gyorko stole his first base of the year tonight. Galvez went 1-5, but scored 2x.
Low A Fort Wayne
BJ Guinn doubled with 1 out in the 3rd, stole 3rd, then scored on a sac fly by Garcia to give Fort Wayne a 1-0 lead. Western Michigan would come back the next inning with a leadoff single and double. But Branham was able to pick off the runner on 2nd, and then thanks to a great throw by Dore, nail the runner at the plate for a 7-2 inning ending DP. With Branham and Hardy on the mound that was all the Tin Caps would need as they win 2-0.
Matt Branham improved t 2-2 on the season by tossing 5 scoreless. He scattered 3 hits while walking none and striking out 3. This is his first win since his opening start. Branham has now walked 1 batter in his last 15 innings while striking out 15. Mark Hardy came on and pitched 3.2 great innings. He only allowed 2 baserunners (both singles) while striking out 5. Carvajal came in and stuck out the final batter of the game to earn his 1st save.
Fort Wayne went 1-8 with RISP and left 12 runners on base, 7 of which were in scoring position. Not a great number as the Fort Wayne remains last in the league in HR and xbh. The only xbh was Guinn, who went 2-4, 2 RS, 2B, 3 SB (7). Liriano went 1-4, SB (3). Every player on the Tin Caps reached base safely via hit, BB, or HBP. At least they got the W