The Tucson Padres entered the ninth inning leading by four runs Tuesday when the Tacoma Rainiers scored five times to win the first matchup between the two teams, 10-9. Tacoma had five singles and a walk in the rally. Shawn Kelly retired the Padres in the ninth inning without a baserunner reaching.
Former Tucson catcher Guillermo Quiroz was batting for Tacoma with the bases loaded in the ninth, with the Padres leading by one run. Quiroz hit a broken-bat ground ball to second baseman Amadeo Zazueta, who tried to tag Johan Limonta. When Limonta successfully dodged the tag, Zazueta threw to first base for one out and the tying run came in to score. A few pitches later Brad Brach's slider eluded Yasmani Grandal and the eventual winning run scored on the wild pitch.
Carlos Quentin went 2-for-3 with a three run home run for Tucson in his first regular season game of 2012. Quentin is with the Tucson Padres on an injury rehab assignment after having knee surgery in March. James Darnell hit his third home run of the year one pitch after Quentin's homer, giving the Padres their first set of back-to-back home runs of the season. Daniel Robertson hit three singles in the loss for the T-Pads.
Courtesy of Tim Hagerty, Director of Broadcasting and Media Relations for the Tucson Padres.
San Antonio – The San Antonio Missions lost a 2-0 decision to the Frisco RoughRiders in the opener of a four-game home stand Tuesday night. San Antonio has now lost five of their last seven games and eight of their last 10.
Missions starter Robbie Erlin struck out a season-high 10 in eight innings but suffered the loss. San Antonio loaded the bases in the bottom of the ninth with no outs but Frisco closer Johan Yan retired the next three Missions to preserve the win.
Game two of the series is tomorrow at 11:05 a.m. Left-hander Juan Oramas (1-3, 11.15 ERA) will start for the Missions and right-hander Carlos Pimentel (2-1, 1.35 ERA), the Texas League leader in ERA, makes the start for the RoughRiders.
Courtesy of Jim White, Media Director of the San Antonio Missions
Adelanto – With the Storm heading to game one of six on the road to take on the High Desert Mavericks, both teams battled for first in the South Division tonight. Tonight the Storm ran into Mickey Wiswall who went 3-for-4 for the Mavericks helping the home team to a 7-2 win putting High Desert back into first place in the division.
The Storm let the Mavericks collect a five run lead before the California League Champions picked up a score.
In the fourth, High Desert doubled their lead as Hicks singled before James Jones hit his first triple of the season scoring Hicks and then later scored himself off a wild pitch later in the inning to go ahead 4-0.
In the fifth Wiswall would hit his second home run of the season to end the night for Storm starter Matthew Andriese.
Andriese went 4 2/3 innings giving up five runs, eight hits but struck out six in the game.
The Storm would collect their first run of the night off the bat of Eddy Rodriguez. His hit travelled all the way over the center field wall for his second home run of the season with Lake Elsinore down 5-1.
In the eighth Jones would homer for the Mavericks to take on two more runs to their lead.
Michael Wing would hit his first home run of the season in the top of the ninth but it would be a little to late for the Storm.
Courtesy of Eric Theiss, Assistant Director of Media Relations for the Lake Elsinore Storm.
Fort Wayne had the day off