Key Statistics: CF Tekotte 3-5, HR (3), 2RBI; 2B Amarista 2-4; RHP Geer 6IP, 9H, 2ER, 3K, 2BB, 2WP
Tucson allowed the RedHawks to claim a walk off win as Nick Vincent and Brad Boxberger yielded five late runs. One batter before the game-ending hit, Tucson's Daniel Robertson threw out Brett Wallace on a play at the plate to keep the Padres chances alive.
The Padres scored the first three runs of the game in the third inning when Robertson scored on a wild pitch and Blake Tekotte later hit a two-run home run. The RedHawks chipped away at the lead and eventually pushed ahead with three runs in the seventh. One inning later Tucson's Brad Davis hit an RBI groundout to tie the game, but the Padres left the potential go-ahead runner on in scoring position in both the eighth and ninth innings.
Tucson's Josh Geer had a strong start, allowing two earned runs in six innings of work. Cory Burns threw a scoreless outing for the second straight game.
Courtesy of Tim Hagerty, Director of Broadcasting and Media Relations for the Tucson Padres.
San Antonio 7 Midland 4
Key Statistics: 1B Freiman 4-5, HR (13), 4RBI; RF C. Decker 3-5, HR (13); LHP Oramas 5IP, 7H, 4ER, 6K, 0BB
Nate Freiman and Cody Decker continued their game of "anything you can do, I can do better," on Sunday afternoon as the Missions stormed back from an early 4-0 deficit to claim their fourth straight victory.
Decker got the team on the board with a solo shot to left. With his seventh long ball in the last 14 games, the 25-year-old slugger briefly claimed sole possession of the Double-A lead with 13. However, one inning later, Freiman hit his third blast of the week, a three-run shot that gave the Missions a lead they would never give up. The two sluggers finished with seven of the club's 12 total hits.
Lefty Juan Oramas yielded three runs in the first inning despite only allowing one sharply-hit ball, but bounced back to end strong. After a brutal April, Oramas, who turned 22 earlier in the week, had delivered back-to-back great outings. Sunday was not as strong, but Oramas did finish by retiring nine of the final 10 hitters he faced.
Lake Elsinore 13 Inland Empire 6
Key Statistics: 2B Spangenberg 2-4, 4RBI, 2SB; DH Liriano 3-5, 2 2B, 2R, LF Williams 3-5, 2 RBI, SB
Lake Elsinore pounded out 16 hits as seven different hitters reached base multiple times, as the Storm and 66ers played a typical Cal League afternoon offensive marathon Sunday afternoon.
Cory Spangenberg went 2-for-4 to extend his hitting streak to 10 games, driving in four and swiping a pair of bases on the day. During the streak, the 21-year-old left-handed hitter has posted a 429/419/619 line, adding five stolen bases and striking out only three times. He has now pushed his season average above .300.
Left fielder Everett Williams turned in his third straight multi-hit game, going 3-for-5 from the eight-hole. The 21-year-old former second-rounder has a 726 OPS over his last 10 contests.
White Caps 5 TinCaps 3
Key Statistics: DH Gallic 2-4, 2B, SB; LHP Garces, 5IP 3H, 1ER, 3K, 1BB
A four-run eighth inning propelled West Michigan to a 5-3 come-from-behind win over the Fort Wayne TinCaps. A two-run home run by Dean Green in the sixth broke a 3-3 tie as the Whitecaps evened the series at one game apiece.
For the second straight night, Fort Wayne (16-21) put the first runs of the game on the board. Scoreless after three innings, the TinCaps got help from the West Michigan defense to take a 1-0 lead. Casey McElroy began the fourth by drawing a walk, then advanced to third on a double by Mike Gallic. On that play, the throw into second base got away, and McElroy came home.
West Michigan scored one run to tie the game in the fifth against starter Frank Garces. The 22-year-old lefty went five innings, allowing one run, three hits, walking one and striking out three. His season ERA dropped from 2.52.
Justin Hancock (0-2) pitched a scoreless sixth and seventh, but faced trouble in the eighth against the Whitecaps lineup. Jeff Holm led off with a double, and was sacrificed to third on a bunt by Colin Kaline. Hancock then walked Chad Wright, and gave up an RBI single to Brandon Loy, which made the score 3-2. Hancock was pulled from the game in favor of Matt Stites, who had not allowed a run to score in 13 2/3 innings to begin the year. Stites yielded a sacrifice fly to Eugenio Suarez, tying the game at three, and that was followed by a two-out, two-run blast to left by Dean Green, giving West Michigan a 5-3 cushion, which would hold for good.
Courtesy of Mike Couzens, Media Director of the Fort Wayne TinCaps