Key Stats: Wieland 2 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K; Tekotte 3-4, 2B, 3B, 2 RS, RBI; Clark 1-3, HR (1), 3 RBI, SF; Carroll 1-4, HR (1), 2 RBI
Tuscon, Az- The Sacramento River Cats exploded for 16 runs in the middle innings of Tuesday's game in Tucson and coasted to an 18-6 victory over the Padres. Grant Green's grand slam highlighted a six-run fourth inning, the River Cats added three in the fifth and sent 11 batters to the plate in the sixth inning, scoring seven runs. Sacramento tallied 22 hits, two shy of a franchise record.
The Padres scored the first four runs of the game on two home runs. Matt Clark hit his first of the season in the first inning, clearing the center field batter's eye, a feat only seen once at Kino Stadium in 2011. One inning later, Sawyer Carroll hit his first Triple-A home run to put the Padres in front, 4-0.
All nine Sacramento starters had at least one hit Tuesday. Jermaine Mitchell went 4-for-5 with four singles atop Sacramento's batting order. Tucson's Blake Tekotte went 3-for-4 with a single, double and triple in the loss.
Courtesy of Tim Hagerty, Director of Broadcasting and Media Relations for the Tucson Padres.
Northwest Arkansas Naturals 2 - Missions 10
Key Stats: Oramas 4.2 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K; Cody Decker 2-3, 2 HR (2), 4 RBI, BB; Valdez 1-5, HR (1), 3 RBI.
San Antonio – Cody Decker hit a pair of two-run homers, Nate Freiman went deep for the second time in as many games and Jeudy Valdez hit his first Double-A home run as the Missions defeated the NW Arkansas Naturals 10-2 Tuesday night at Wolff Stadium.
Cody Decker, playing his first game ever in right field, hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the second to erase a 1-0 deficit and give San Antonio a lead they would not relinquish.
In the third, first baseman Nate Freiman hit a solo home run to make it 3-1. Later in the inning catcher Ali Solis chased home two more runs with a double off the wall in the left center to put the Missions up 5-1.
Decker's second blast, a towering shot to left in the fifth, made it 7-1. After NW Arkansas tallied a run in the top of the eighth, San Antonio shortstop Jeudy Valdez hit a three-run blast to make it 10-2 to conclude the scoring.
Courtesy of Jim White, Media Director of the San Antonio Missions.
Inland Empire 7 – Storm 2
Key Stats: Hardy 5 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 4 K; Williams 2-4, 2 RBI; Spangenberg 1-5, 2B, 3 K
Inland Empire 66ers 6- Storm 2
Key Stats: DH Williams 2-4, 2 RBIs; SS Bisson 2-4; CF Noel 2-4, SB (4; LHP Hardy 5.0 IP,8 H 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BBs and 4 Ks.
LAKE ELSINORE, CA: The roles switched tonight as Inland Empire put up a four run third inning led by 2011 first round pick C.J. Cron. The Sixers tacked on two more runs in the seventh as the Storm fell 7-2.
Everett Williams kept a hot stick for the Storm tonight going 2-4 and is on a three game hitting streak. Williams leads the squad with eight RBI's this season.
After scoreless first two innings, the Storm fell behind early in the third. With two men on and one out, Cron hit a double to dead center advancing runners into scoring position and scoring Sixers shortstop Rolando Gomez to start the offense. Later in the inning Jeremy Cruz hit a drive to left center and off to the races he went clearing the bases and hitting an inside the park homerun. Before tonight Cruz was two for 17 and had no home runs yet this season.
Lake Elsinore scored a run of their own in the bottom of the inning. After Chris Bisson singled he was able to come all the way around to score on a Williams single before the inning came to a close down 4-1.
Inland Empire starter Jerome Williams, who was on a rehab start with the Angels went six innings and only allowed six hits and two runs.
Mark Hardy pitched five and gave up eight hits, four runs and four strikeouts in the 7-2 loss.
Courtesy of Eric Theiss, Assistant Director of Media Relations for the Lake Elsinore Storm.
Fort Wayne 8 – South Bend 1
Key Stats: Hebner 5 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 9 K; Hedges 2-5, GS (1), 2B, 4 RBI; Tate 3-5, RS, RBI
SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Cody Hebner tossed five shutout innings, and Austin Hedges hit a grand slam en route to an 8-1 TinCaps win over the South Bend Silver Hawks on Tuesday night. Fort Wayne used the strength of a seven-run fourth inning to surge to the win.
In the first inning, Fort Wayne (2-3) scored the first run of the game when, with runners at first and third, South Bend (2-3) pitcher J.R. Bradley (0-1) was called for a balk. That allowed Donavan Tate to come around and put Fort Wayne ahead 1-0.
The TinCaps led by that same score entering the fourth inning, but the tally would be drastically different at the conclusion of the frame. The first seven batters to the plate in the inning would reach on base hits, and all of them would score. The big play of the inning was Austin Hedges' grand slam that put the TinCaps in front 6-0. It was the first home run of the year for Fort Wayne, which entered Tuesday's game as just one of three teams in the league without a home run. The TinCaps scored twice more in the inning, and never looked back. Hedges finished the game with four runs batted in.
Hebner (1-0) went five innings in his Fort Wayne debut, striking out six of the first seven batters he faced, and nine in total. Luis De La Cruz, Robert Eisenbach and Matt Stites combined for four innings of one-run relief to solidify the win.
Courtesy of Mike Couzens, Media Director of the Fort Wayne TinCaps.