Fresno Grizzlies 4 - T-Padres 1
TUCSON, AZ: The Tucson Padres collected seven hits against Fresno pitching Sunday but could only score once in the Grizzlies 4-1 win. Fresno's Andrew Kown beat the Padres for the third time in two seasons, pitching five innings, allowing just one run. Travis Blackley struck out five Padres in four innings and picked up his first save of the season.
Anthony Contreras hit an RBI triple in the fourth inning for the lone Tucson run. Contreras hit the Padres first home run of the season Saturday and is now batting .375. Tucson left six on base and had at least one baserunner in the first seven innings of the game. James Darnell and Beamer Weems each had two hits for the T-Pads.
Jorge Reyes suffered the loss in his Triple-A debut, allowing four runs, all earned in 4.2 innings. Sunday was the first home afternoon game for the Tucson Padres, who played all night games at home in 2011. Tucson's record is 1-3, while Fresno advances to 3-1.
Courtesy of Tim Hagerty, Director of Broadcasting and Media Relations for the Tucson Padres.
Northwest Arkansas Naturals 3 - Missions 0
Key Statistics: LF Edison Rincon 4-4, 2B; RHP Hayden Beard 5.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 K, 0 and 0 BB
SAN ANTONIO TX: The San Antonio Missions dropped the first game of their three-game series to the NW Arkansas Naturals 3-0 Sunday afternoon at The Wolff.
NW Arkansas scored all three runs in the first inning and Naturals starter Justin Marks combined with two relievers to blank the Missions on just four hits. San Antonio has now been shutout in back-to-back games at home for the first time since May 5-6, 2010.
The Missions scoreless streak is now at 19 innings. They last scored in the seventh inning during their 5-1 victory over the Tulsa Drillers on April 6.
San Antonio first baseman Nate Freiman led off the bottom of the ninth with a walk and left fielder Edinson Rincon followed with a single to left but the rally ended when NW Arkansas reliever Patrick Keating retired the next three batters in a row to seal the win.
Rincon had all four hits for the Missions.
Courtesy of Jim White, Media Director of the San Antonio Missions.
Stockton Ports 4 - Storm 1
LAKE ELSINORE, CA: In the final game of the opening series for Lake Elsinore, the Storm sent Mark Pope to the mound to look for a 2-2 series tie. Stockton left fielder Josh Whitaker wouldn't allow that to happen, going 2-4 and scoring 2 runs as the Ports took game four 4-1.
For the fourth straight game Stockton put up at least one run in the first to take a 1-0 lead as Eliezer Mesa singled up the center and eventually reached third on an error to open the game. Mesa scored off an RBI groundout to shortstop by Whitaker.
Both teams went scoreless till the fourth inning when Whitaker hit a bunt single to lead it off for the Ports. Back-to-back walks by Max Stassi and Rashun Dixon loaded the bases until a throwing error cost the Storm a run allowing Whitaker to score. Stassi was able to score on a fielder's choice before the end of the inning to give the Ports a 3-0 lead.
?The Storm's lone run came in the sixth inning. Now down 4-0, Everett Williams got the inning going with a leadoff double to center field. Rymer Liriano followed that up with an infield single to short stop and Luis Domoromo singled through the right side setting up bases loaded for Lake Elsinore. The Storm were able to pick up one run off a SAC fly to center field by Eddy Rodriguez before the inning came to a close.
No more runs were produced in the last three innings for both teams as Stockton took the series three games to one.
Storm Starter Mark Pope went five innings in the loss recording three hits, three runs, and two strikeouts.
Blake Hassebrock went 6 1/3 innings allowing eight hits and striking out two in the win.
Courtesy of Eric Theiss, Assistant Director of Media Relations for the Lake Elsinore Storm.
Fort Wayne had the day off.