AA San Antonio
Missions 11 - Corpus Christi Hooks 1
Three big home runs by LF Jaff Decker, 3b Jedd Gyorko and 2b Vince Belnome powered the Missions past the Hooks as starting pitcher LHP Robbie Erlin picked up his first win as a Mission throwing five scoreless innings with ten strikeouts.
Despite not having a win with the Missions before tonight, Erlin has pitched well in his previous five starts with a 1.71 ERA and a 21/4 K/BB ratio.
High-A Lake Elsinore
Lancaster Jethawks 11 - Storm 3
LHP Nick Schmidt took the loss going three innings and giving up 7 earned runs.
Low-A Fort Wayne
TinCaps 6 - West Michigan Whitecaps 5
The TinCaps won Saturday night's game with Grand Rapids in dramatic fashion. With one out and a runner on first Closer Kevin Quakenbush punched out the WhiteCaps batter as the runner on first attempted to steal second. The umpire called batter's interference and that was the game.
With the victory the TinCaps now need one more victory in the two regular season games to clinch the final playoff spot in the Midwest League. Tonight the catalysts were three impressive midseason additions, 2011 first round pick 2b Corey Spangenberg, Closer Kevin Quakenbush and as he has been doing all year 1b Connor Powers who has gone from an afterthought at the beginning of spring training to someone that has put himself on the Padres' radar.
Powers' three run home run was the big difference maker in the top of the seventh and was hitting .338/.419/.523 coming into the game. Although he had an error on a tough one hopper in the ninth, Spangenberg was 3-4 on the night with a walk and an RBI. Quakenbush, an eighth round pick of the University of South Florida in the 2011 draft, came in and got the final four outs.
Quakenbush now has 32 strikeouts in nineteen and two-thirds innings to go along with an 0.98 ERA and is a perfect 8 for 8 in save opportunities.
As was reported yesterday the TinCaps "four lead-off" hitters, Spangenburg, CF Rico Noel, 3b Chris Bisson and SS B.J. Guinn, got on base eight times and were responsible for half of Fort Wayne's six runs.
Yakima Bears 5 - Emeralds 4
In Yakima the Bears beat the Emeralds as RHP John Barbato took his fourth loss of the year. Eugene made it interesting in the eighth when 1b Zach Komentani hit a three run home run to go along with an earlier run they plated to tie the game.
The Bears came back in the bottom of the inning with one of their own which was good enough for the win.
Top 2011 draft pick Austin Hedges caught the game and was 0-3 with a walk. Defensively Hedges was one for three in throwing out the opposition on the bases.