Key Stats: Palmer 5 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 K. Robertson 2-3, RBI, BB, Davis 2-4, 3B, HR, RS, 2 RBI
Tuscon, Az- Tucson's ninth inning rally fell short Monday, and the Padres lost to Sacramento, 5-4. Trailing by two runs, Sawyer Carroll reached on a one-out single to left in the bottom of the ninth. Brad Davis, who had homered two innings before, then smashed a triple to right-center, scoring Carroll. With the tying run at third base, Sacramento brought the infield in and Beamer Weems lined out to a leaping Adam Rosales at shortstop. Sacramento's closer Neil Wagner then struck out Anthony Contreras to leave Davis at third and end the game.
Matt Palmer made his Tucson Padres debut Monday and threw five innings, allowing three earned runs. The Padres weren't able to capitalize on the wildness of Sacramento starter Fabio Castro, who walked three and allowed four hits in four innings of work. The Padres left four runners on base when Castro was in the game, including leaving the bases loaded in the first inning.
Blake Tekotte led off Tucson's first inning with a home run, his first of the season. The Padres scored on an RBI single by Daniel Robertson in the third. Robertson went 2-for-3 and is now hitting .400 through the first five games of the season. The Padres are now 1-4, while the defending Division Champion River Cats move to 4-1.
Courtesy of Tim Hagerty, Director of Broadcasting and Media Relations for the Tucson Padres.
Northwest Arkansas Naturals 3 - Missions 4
Key Stats: Erlin 2.2 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 K. Lollis 2.1 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K. Jaff 1-3, RS, BB. Gyorko 2-3. Freiman 2-4, HR (2), 2 RBI. Hagerty 2-4, HR (1), RBI.
San Antonio – The San Antonio Missions catcher Jason Hagerty led off the bottom of the ninth and deposited the first pitch he saw off the scoreboard in right field to give San Antonio a 4-3 win over the NW Arkansas Naturals Monday night.
NW Arkansas took a 3-0 lead but the Missions scored twice in the sixth and once more in the eighth to tie it up and set the stage for Hagerty.
The Missions loaded the bases in the bottom of the sixth and first baseman Nate Freiman's RBI ground out scored Jaff Decker to make it 3-1 and end San Antonio's 24-inning scoreless drought in the process. Edinson Rincon then followed with a sacrifice fly to pull the Missions within one. San Antonio loaded the bases once more but second baseman Dean Anna grounded out to end the inning.
Frieman's solo home run, his second of the season, tied the game at 3-3 in the bottom of the ninth.
Tomorrow is the final game of the three-game series and it's also the sixth and final game of the season-opening home stand. NW Arkansas will start lefty Chris Dwyer (0-1, 2.08 ERA) and fellow southpaw Juan Oramas (0-1, 54.00 ERA) goes for the Missions.
Courtesy of Jim White, Media Director of the San Antonio Missions.
Inland Empire 66ers 1 – Storm 8
Key Stats: Andriese 4 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K; Spangenberg 1-4, RS, BB, SB (2); Williams 3-4 2B, 3B, 4 RBI, BB; Liriano 0-5, RBI; Bisson 2-4, 2B, 2 RS, RBI
Lake Elsinore, CA – The offense came alive tonight at The Diamond in Lake Elsinore as the Storm eight runs off of 12 hits against Inland Empire to take game one of the three game series against the 66ers.
Storm leftfielder Everett Williams hit a booming shot to center field that landed him a triple in the first that set the tone for the evening. Williams would finish the game going three for four to be the third Storm player to do so this season. He eventually scored off a Rymer Liriano groundout to give the Storm the lead 1-0.
After starter Matt Andriese only allowed one hit, no runs, and no errors in the top of the second the Storm found the tempo they have been looking for at the plate.
In the bottom of the second the Storm reached base first by Connor Powers who was hit by a pitch that came up in the positive column for Lake Elsinore. Powers scored on the next play as Chris Bisson hit a double in the left field corner doubling their lead. After back-to-back walks by Rico Noel and Cory Spangenberg up came Williams with the bases loaded. Williams hit a rocket to right center field clearing the bases and giving the Storm a 5-1 lead going into the third.
Andreise again allowed no runs and the Storm picked up two more runs off the first home run for the Storm this season hit by catcher Eddy Rodriguez with a man on now up 7-0.
The 66ers lone run came in the top of the fourth as Travis Witherspoon singled, stole and scored on a double hit by Randal Grichuk.
The Storm tacked on one more run for good measure in the eighth via singles by Bisson, Noel and Williams to score the final run of the night.
Andreise went four innings and allowed only three hits, one run, and struck out four in the matchup.
The Storm bullpen held Inland Empire to no runs and only one walk in the final five innings.
66er Brian Diemer let up five hits, seven runs and seven errors for the loss.
The Storm had a season high in runs and hits and tonight their first five runs were extra base hits.
Courtesy of Eric Theiss, Assistant Director of Media Relations for the Lake Elsinore Storm.
South Bend SilverHawks 5 – TinCaps 1
Key Stats: Wisler 4 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 4 K; Tate 0-4, 2 K, RS; Hedges 2-3, threw out 2 of 4 base stealers
SOUTH BEND, Ind. – On a chilly Monday evening at Coveleski Stadium, the South Bend Silver Hawks defeated the Fort Wayne TinCaps 5-1. The Silver Hawks' Jesse Darrah pitched six strong innings, allowing one unearned run and striking out three, en route to his first win of the year.
Fort Wayne (1-3) jumped out to an early lead in the ballgame. In the first inning, Donavan Tate reached on a fielding error by Silver Hawks shortstop Niko Gallego. Casey McElroy doubled, sending Tate to third base. Zach Kometani then came up and plated Tate with a sacrifice fly, and the TinCaps jumped out to a 1-0 lead.
TinCaps starter Matt Wisler (0-1) tossed three scoreless innings to begin the game, facing just nine batters in the process. However in the fourth was where the young righty met trouble. A leadoff single by Ender Inciarte started the eight-batter inning for South Bend (2-2). Fidel Pena then struck out swinging following the single for the first out. With Chris Ellison at the plate, Inciarte stole second, and Ellison then walked. Matt Helm grounded into a force out at second base, and Inciarte scored, making it 1-1. Helm was safe at first base as second baseman Casey McElroy's throw on an attempted double play sailed high. Bobby Stone, Roidany Aguila, and Gerson Montilla all followed in order with run-scoring hits, and the Silver Hawks led 4-1 after four innings.
In the eighth inning, the Silver Hawks added another run on sacrifice fly off the bat of Helm. The TinCaps put just six runners on base over the final eight innings.
Courtesy of Mike Couzens, Media Director of the Fort Wayne TinCaps.