Colorado Springs, Co- The Tucson Padres snapped their four-game losing streak with a convincing victory at Security Service Field Thursday, beating Colorado Springs, 10-2. Padres starter Matt Palmer pitched six innings without allowing an earned run and also helped his cause with a three-run double in the sixth. Thursday's game also featured the T-Pads first weather delay of the season. After playing through rain and brief hail, the game was delayed for 34 minutes in the eighth inning when lightning was seen close to the ballpark.
The Padres scored twice right away on an error in the first inning by Sky Sox shortstop Tommy Field, who misplayed Daniel Robertson's low line drive with the bases loaded. The Padres took advantage of two other Sky Sox errors, scoring six unearned runs in the win. Interestingly, the Padres struck out 15 times in the lopsided win, as Sky Sox pitchers fell one K short of a team record for strikeouts in a game.
Brad Brach pitched a scoreless ninth inning in his first game with Tucson in 2012. Brach was optioned from San Diego on Monday. Blake Tekotte went 2-for-5 with two doubles, extending his hitting streak to 13 games. The Padres have won two of six games on this road trip and now have a 4-11 record.
Courtesy of Tim Hagerty, Director of Broadcasting and Media Relations for the Tucson Padres.
San Antonio – The San Antonio Missions dropped the opening game of their home stand 4-1 to the Midland RockHounds Thursday night at Wolff Stadium.
San Antonio entered tonight's contest having scored 22 runs over their last three games but Midland starter Sonny Gray and two relievers combined to limit the Missions to just four hits.
Midland struck first with three runs in the top of the fourth. With two outs and the bases loaded, shortstop Dusty Coleman drove in two with a single to right then second baseman Tyler Ladendorf squeezed home the third. The RockHounds added their final run in the ninth on an RBI double by left fielder Shane Peterson.
San Antonio catcher Ali Solis drove in the Missions lone run in the eighth with a single to right that scored Cody Decker who led off the inning with a triple.
The Missions fall to 5-8 on the season, including 3-4 at The Wolff
Courtesy of Jim White, Media Director of the San Antonio Missions
Lake Elsinore, CA The Storm returned home to The Diamond for a four game home stand facing the Lancaster JetHawks on the first Thirsty Thursday of the season. Led by starting pitcher Mark Pope, the Storm offensively picked up three runs in the fourth and never looked back as the home team went onto win 8-1.
Both teams struggled to produce in the first three innings each only picking up one hit.
In the bottom of the fourth Luis Domoromo broke the silence hitting a one out single to start the hitting streak for the Storm. After Eddy Rodriguez reached on an error, Rymer Liriano doubled to left field allowing Domoromo to score. Connor Powers hit a SAC fly scoring Rodriguez to put the Storm up 2-0. Noel connected singling to left scoring Liriano before the inning came to a close giving the Storm a 3-0 lead.
Lancaster scored their lone run in the fifth after Domingo Santana hit a triple to right field and eventually scored on a groundout.
The Storm match the JetHawks run in the bottom of the inning after Cory Spangenberg walked, stole second and reached third base on a wild pitch. Spangeberg eventually scored off a sacrifice fly by third baseman Michael Wing.
In the seventh it was Noel who put on a running display. After hitting a single to center, Noel stole second and third and scored off an Everett Williams double.
In the eighth after another scoreless inning for Lancaster, the Storm had the bases loaded after a Liriano hit-by-pitch, and walks by Bisson and Noel. Next up Cory Spangenberg who hit a bases clearing double down the left field line giving the Storm an 8-1 lead.
Reliever Jerry Sullivan came in in the ninth and gave the JetHawks no opportunity to rally giving the Storm their sixth win of the season.
Pope went five innings and held Lancaster to only two hits and one run while striking out eight in his first win in a Storm uniform.
Courtesy of Eric Theiss, Assistant Director of Media Relations for the Lake Elsinore Storm.
Fort Wayne Tin Caps 5 – Kane County Cougars 8
Geneva, Ill. An eighth-inning rally by the Kane County Cougars was enough to topple the Fort Wayne TinCaps on Thursday night, as Fort Wayne fell 8-5 in the first of a three-game set. The TinCaps led 5-4 heading into the eighth inning, but the Cougars, the league's most proficient offense, attacked against Fort Wayne's Michael Kelly and Daniel Sarria (BS), and held on in the ninth for the win.
Kane County's offense chipped away in the early going, scoring one run in each of the first three innings, to lead 3-1 at the end of three. In the fourth the TinCaps would take the lead, though.
Working against Cougars starter Brooks Pounder, Fort Wayne (4-10) used a combination of hits and miscues in the field to its favor. Zach Kometani singled home a run to make it 3-2, and later on a fielding error by shortstop Orlando Calixte, both Kometani and Duanel Jones touched home, giving Fort Wayne a 4-3 advantage.
Pounder worked four innings, gave up four runs on six hits, but only one of those runs was earned. The Cougars committed five errors in the game. Kane County (8-6) scored once in the fifth, tying the game 4-4. In the sixth, the TinCaps touched Cougars reliever Santiago Garrido (2-0) for one run, making it 5-4, as Matt Colantonio doubled, stole third, and came home on a throwing error by Kane County Catcher Jin-Ho Shin. The Fort Wayne lead would hold through both the bottom of the sixth and through a scoreless seventh.
Reliever Michael Kelly held the advantage after coming on in relief of starting pitcher Justin Hancock. It was the first start for Hancock since August of 2011, and he worked four and two thirds of an inning, giving up four runs, three earned, on eight hits, walking one and striking out three.
Kelly, who pitched two and two thirds innings, did not make it out of the eighth. He began by getting Cougars first baseman Murray Watts to fly out to center. Kelly then allowed a single to Shin and walked Tim Ferguson, putting runners at first and second with one out. Daniel Sarria was then called upon from the bullpen, and he allowed four runs, two of which were charged to Kelly, to score.
The TinCaps trailed 8-5 entering the ninth, but sent just three men to the plate against Kane County's Nick Graffeo, as he earned his third save in as many tries.
Courtesy of Mike Couzens, Media Director of the Fort Wayne TinCaps.