Tuscon, AZ: The Tucson Padres were shut out on Opening Night, falling to the Fresno Grizzlies, 3-0 Thursday at Kino Stadium. The Padres had multiple scoring opportunities, with at least one baserunner in seven of their nine innings. The T-Pads left 11 runners on base.
Fresno's Charlie Culberson hit an RBI single in the first inning and the 1-0 lead stayed until the sixth, when Joaquin Arias hit a two-out, two-run single for Fresno. The Padres threatened in the ninth inning, bringing the tying run to the plate, but first basemen Todd Linden made a lunging play on Blake Tekotte's ground ball to end the game.
Tucson starter Joe Wieland struck out seven Grizzlies in his Triple-A debut and allowed three runs on eight hits. The Padres bullpen was strong Thursday, with Cory Burns, Alex Hinshaw and Colt Hynes pitching scoreless outings.
Courtesy of Tim Haggerty, Media Director of the Tucson Padres
Missions fall 7-2 to Drillers in season opener
San Antonio, TX: The Tulsa Drillers scored four runs in the first inning on their way to a 7-2 win over the Missions in front of 7,032 fans in the season opener at Wolff Stadium.
Missions starter Juan Oramas gave up the four runs on four hits, hit a batter and walked two and lasted just two-thirds of an inning, the shortest outing of his career.
Tulsa shortstop Josh Rutledge began the scoring for the Drillers with a leadoff home run to left. Tulsa pitcher Edwar Cabrera helped his own cause with a two-run single to center off Oramas to conclude the opening inning scoring and end the night for Oramas.
San Antonio first baseman Nate Frieman put the Missions on the board in their half of the second with a towering solo home run to center field but Cabrera silenced the San Antonio offense during his six innings of work. The southpaw limited San Antonio to just the lone run on three hits while striking out six.
With Tulsa up 5-0, Missions third baseman Jedd Gyorko cut the Drillers lead with a solo bomb of his own in the bottom of the seventh to make it 5-2, but Tulsa added two more runs in the top of the eighth to conclude the scoring.
Courtesy of Jim White, Media Director of the San Antonio Missions
Storm 2 Stockton 7
Mark Hardy allowed 5 runs (4 ER) in the 2nd inning, and that was all Stockton would need as they cruised to a 7-2 win against the Storm on opening day at the Diamond.
The Storm tried to get back in the game in the 3rd when Noel, Spangenberg, and Williams each had consecutive singles scoring Noel. Spangenberg and Williams pulled off a successful double steal to put runners on 2nd and 3rd for Liriano. Unfortunately Rymer couldn't produce as he weakly grounded out to short to end the inning and the threat.
Fort Wayne falls late 4-3
Fort Wayne, IN. – The Fort Wayne TinCaps received a strong pitching performance from starter Frank Garces on Thursday night, but were defeated by a final of 4-3 at the hands of the Lake County Captains.
Lake County (1-0) scored the first run of the game with a combination of walks, passed balls and a stolen base. LeVon Washington walked to open the ballgame, but was wiped off the basepaths as Francisco Lindor grounded into a fielder's choice. Lindor stole second and advanced to third on a passed ball. Alex Monsalve then walked, and on the inning's second passed ball, Lindor came around to score and give Lake County a 1-0 advantage.
The TinCaps answered with two runs in the third off the bat of shortstop Jace Peterson. Working against Lake County righty Felix Sterling (ND), Peterson lined a one-out fastball into the left field corner to score teammates Austin Hedges and Alberth Martinez. Peterson's double gave Fort Wayne a 2-1 advantage, but the shortstop was stranded there to end the third inning.
Both starting pitchers settled down after the early innings, as Fort Wayne (0-1) starter Frank Garces (ND) retired ten straight batters from the end of the second through the last out of the fifth inning. Garces finished his TinCaps debut tossing six innings, surrendering two hits, one unearned run and striking out nine while walking just two.
In the sixth, the TinCaps extended their advantage. Third baseman Travis Whitmore led off the inning with a triple into right-center field, and was plated on a single by Austin Hedges. After seven innings at Parkview Field, Fort Wayne led 3-1.
In the top of the eighth, Lake County center fielder Luigi Rodriguez dropped down a bunt and safely reached first base just ahead of the throw from Fort Wayne reliever Justin Hancock. LeVon Washington followed with a bunt single that was picked up by catcher Austin Hedges. Hedges' throw to first baseman Jose Dore trickled down the right field line, which allowed Washington to score. Hedges was charged with an error and Rodriguez scampered to third base on the play. Hancock retired the next two batters, but left-handed reliever Robert Eisenbach was brought in to face lefty Jordan Smith. Eisenbach's first pitch found its way to the backstop, allowing Rodriguez to score and tie the game at three.
In the ninth, facing Fort Wayne's Colin Rea (0-1), Jerrud Sabourin of Lake County reached on an error by shortstop Jace Peterson. Rodriguez followed with an RBI triple, and gave Lake County a 4-3 advantage. In the bottom of the ninth against Mason Radeke (1-0), the TinCaps did not record a base hit.
Courtesy of Mike Couzens, Media Director of the Fort Wayne TinCaps.