New Orleans, LA- Luke Montz connected on a three-run home run with one out in the bottom of the 16th inning to give the New Orleans Zephyrs an 11-8 victory over the Tucson Padres Tuesday. New Orleans infielder Chase Lambin pitched a scoreless top of the 16th inning and was credited with the win. The Padres squandered multiple late scoring opportunities, leaving on eight runners in extra innings.
The Padres were one out away from a nine-inning loss when Yasmani Grandal hit a single to left field to score two runs. Neither team scored in extra innings until Montz' home run in the 16th. Tucson's James Darnell went 2-for-7 with two home runs. He also flied out to the warning track twice late in the game. Darnell's second home run hit the bottom of the scoreboard at Zephyr Field, a feat rarely seen at the 13-year-old ballpark. Matt Clark went 3-for-8 with a two-run home run, his third homer in the last four games.
Tuesday was the longest game in Tucson Padres team history; the 2011 T-Pads played two 15 inning games. The Padres game Wednesday is scheduled to start roughly eleven hours after Tuesday night's game ended.
Courtesy of Tim Hagerty, Director of Broadcasting and Media Relations for the Tucson Padres.
Not the greatest of games for the Missions and starter Keyvius Sampson as the Missions get blown out 15-3.
After jumping out to an early 1-0 lead, Sampson allowed two runs in the second and then seven in the 3rd before being replaced by Daniel Strange.
The frustrating thing about the night for Sampson was that after allowing the first five runners to reach base safely, Sampson got a strikeout before getting a would be double play ball to third. Unfortunately, Rincon could not turn the double play and they only ended up with1 out. Four runs later Sampson was gone and the game was virtually over.
Essentially the only bright spot was Jaff Decker who was mired in a 1-26 in his last nine games. Jaff went 3-4, with two runs scored and a stolen base. That stolen base in the first was critical as he then scored on a single by Cody Decker.
Lake Elsinore, CA The Storm came from behind in the seventh to take a 3-2 lead but fell short as the High Desert Mavericks rallied in the ninth to capture the win and remain first in the South Division.
The Mavericks scored first in the fourth inning with a leadoff double to right by Julio Morbin. After Steven Proscia singled, Mickey Wiswall reached base on a fielder's choice allowing Morbin to score the first run of the night. Michael McGee scored pushed a SAC bunt down the line to give the Mavericks a 2-0 lead.
Starting in the sixth the Storm scored three unanswered runs to take a late lead.
Their first run came from Chris Bisson who started the inning with a double to center field. With one on and one out Rymer Liriano mixed his speed with his power smacking the ball to dead center scoring Bisson and ending up on third. Liriano would later score off a Connor Powers RBI single to left to tie the game up a 2-2.
But in the ninth the Mavericks hit three singles in a row to tie the game up and would take the lead off a throwing error by the Storm.
Matt Jackson got the start for the Storm going six innings allowing two runs on four hits and struck out one in the no decision appearance. Carson Smith collected the win for the Mavericks pitching the eighth and the ninth allowing two hits but no runs in the contest.
The Storm drops to .500 at 16-16 still chasing the Division leading Mavs who advance their record to 18-15 on the season.
Courtesy of Eric Theiss, Assistant Director of Media Relations for the Lake Elsinore Storm.
Game 1: Fort Wayne Tin Caps 3 – Dayton Dragons 1 (16 innings), Game 2:
Key Stats: Frank Garces 7 IP,4 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K; Ruben Mejia 4 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K; James Needy 3 IP, 0 H, 2 BB, 4 K; Jace Peterson 5-8, 3B, RS, SB (15); Justin Hancock 5 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 K
Dayton, OhioIn a four-hour, twenty-two minute contest in game one of a doubleheader, the Fort Wayne TinCaps defeated the Dayton Dragons by the score of 3-1. After scoring on a Casey McElroy sacrifice fly in the first inning, Fort Wayne (14-17) did not score again until Austin Hedges hit an RBI double in the top of the 16th inning. Corey Adamson added another RBI on a groundout to give Fort Wayne an insurance run.
The lone Dayton (12-19) run came across on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Juan Silva in the third inninng. The two teams endured 12 scoreless frames from the third inning until the Fort Wayne runs in the 16th.
Jace Peterson went 5-8 in the win, as the TinCaps totaled 60 at bats on the evening and won their fourth game in a row. It was the longest game of the year for either Fort Wayne or Dayton. The TinCaps went 2-18 with runners in scoring position and stranded 15 runners on base. Dayton went 0-9 with runners in scoring position and stranded eight men on base.
James Needy (1-0) earned the win in relief, throwing a scoreless 14th, 15th and 16th innings. El'Hajj Muhammad (1-0) took the loss, also working the 14th, 15th and 16th.
Courtesy of Mike Couzens, Media Director of the Fort Wayne