The Fresno Grizzlies hit two home runs and beat the Tucson Padres 7-3 Saturday. Fresno scored three times in the second inning on three hits and an Anthony Rizzo throwing error, and later sent eight batters to the plate in the fifth inning in a three-run, five-hit frame. Tucson starting pitcher Jeremy Hefner pitched six innings, allowing six runs, four earned, on 11 hits.
Down 3-1 in the fifth inning, the Padres loaded the bases, but Andrew Kown struck out Jesus Guzman, leaving three Padres runners on base; three of nine the T-Pads would strand in the game. Guzman was 2-for-4 with a double, one night after his 12-game hitting streak ended. Rizzo hit a solo home run in the fourth inning, his tenth of the season. Only Reno's Wily Mo Pena has more PCL home runs (12).
Fresno's lineup had a Major League feel, with Andres Torres and Mark DeRosa with the Grizzlies on injury rehab assignments. The Padres have now lost four of six on the current road trip, after winning four straight at home last week. Tucson is now five games out of first place, in a third place tie with Las Vegas in the South Division. (Credit to Tim @Tucson sports)
AA San Antonio
The offense returns. Jaff, Blanks, and Darnell each had a multihit game as the Missions offense put up 10 runs. Another solid start by Matt Buschmann gave the Missions a 10-1 win
Buschmann was terrific again allowing only 1 hit over 6 IP. He improved to 4-1 on the year while lowering his ERA to 3.74. If Casey Kelly was doing this we would be stoked, but for the 27 year old pitching in San Antonio for the 4th time we need to keep our enthusiasm in check. It is still great to see tough. Italiano and Spence each pitched a scoreless inning. The lone run was surrendered by Kunz.
It was nice to finally see the middle of the order produce. Jaff (2-4, 2B, 3 RS, HBP, SB), Blanks (2-4, 2B, RS, 2 RBI, BB) and Darnell (2-4, RS, RBI, BB) all reached base safely 3 times. Weems had 2 doubles and Solis had the big hit with a bases clearing double in the 6th. Blanks has now hit safely in 9 of his last 10 and has a .941 OPS over this time.
High A Lake Elsinore
The Storm were down 5-0 early but had a monstrous comeback including a 2 out 2 RBI single in the 9th to tie the game at 7. In the 10th the Storm had a runner on 2nd with no outs, and the bases loaded with 1 out, but could not score. In the 13th Stockton loaded the bases with 1 out, Gyorko was able to cut down the leader at home plate (2 outs). Next batter hit a sinking line drive to LF that glanced off a diving Wandi Olabasi's glove to plate 2. Storm lost 7-9 in 13. Storm fall to 10-20 on the year
Sullivan was hit hard, allowing 7 runs, 5 earned, in 4.2 IP. He also gave up 10 H, 1 BB, 4 K. The Ports would then get only 1 baserunner in the next 5.1 IP as Beard (2.1 IP, 3 K), Herr (1 IP, 3 K), Mikolas (2 IP, 1 H, 4 K) dominated. Hamren pitched 2 rough scoreless innings allowing 3 hits. Schraeder came in to give up those 2 runs and take the loss.
The Storm were hurt offensively when the last 11 Storm were retired to end the game on a sad note. Fuentes (0-6), Valdez (1-6, 3 RBI), Gyorko (1-6 2 RBI), Rincon (1-6), Freiman (1-6) were a disappointment at 1-5. Meeley had 3 hits including 2 RS. Outside of Rincon's 2B to leadoff the 10th that was the only xbh on the day
Low A Fort Wayne
So many errors. UGH! The Tin Caps commit 5 errors leading to 5 unearned runs as the Tin Caps cant overcome the bad play falling 5-7
Zach Cates got the start and immediately felt the wrath of bad defense. Of course he didn't help matters by committing 2 errors. On the day Cates went 5 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K. With the loss Cates fell to 0-3, but did manage to lower his ERA by nearly a run. He now has 31 K in 25 IP, and has struck out more than IP in all but 1 start. Remember Cates ERA (which is now just under 5) is ballooned because of the 4-27 game when he allowed 6 ER in 0.1 IP.
The Tin Caps actually had offense for once. As the leadoff batter Guinn reached base 3 times going 2-4, RS, BB, 2 SB (11). Liriano had 2 Sac fly's and his 7th SB. Medica went 1-2, RBI 2B, BB, RS. Quiles hit a 2 run HR (1) in the 8th. Tin Caps went 1-13 with RISP