Joe Martinez pitched seven shutout innings for Reno Thursday in the Aces 4-1 win over the Tucson Padres. Martinez allowed four hits and struck out four to pick up his second win over the Padres in the last six days.
Reno scored its first run in the first inning on an RBI single by Ryan Wheeler, giving him his Pacific Coast League-leading 62nd RBI of the season. The Aces took a two-run lead on Jake Elmore's RBI single in the fourth inning. A.J. Pollock hit a two-run home run in the fifth, his first Triple-A homer.
Daniel Robertson hit a solo home run in the eighth for the T-Pads only tally. The Padres have lost eight consecutive games and have dropped all four games of their current road trip. Reno manager Brett Butler was ejected for arguing balls and strikes with home plate umpire Matt Schaufert in the eighth inning.
Courtesy of Tim Hagerty, Director of Broadcasting and Media Relations for the Tucson Padres.
Another day, another loss. Missions have now lost four in a row, 8 of their last 9, and are 2 and 10 in June. To be brutally honest this first half Mission's team is showing a very very faint pulse. With Jaff Decker (who was only hitting .184) and Jason Hagerty (.244) out, Jedd Gyorko and Cody Decker promoted, this offense has failed to have any consistency to it. The Missions are no longer playing like a team on a mission, and more like a team, that is starting to give up.
After five innings the Storm were up by two and Burch Smith was nearly unhittable only surrendering one hit. That changed in the 6th, after a costly error opened the gates for two runs to score. In the seventh, Burch would give up a single seeing-eye single. Two batters later Smith would allow a two-run home run, who was hitting below the Mendoza line.
The Storm would get 2 on with 1 out in the 8th, but Liriano struck out and Eddy Rodriguez grounded out to end the last threat.
FORT WAYNE, Ind. – In front of the third-largest crowd in the history of Parkview Field, the Fort Wayne TinCaps were defeated 5-4 by the Lansing Lugnuts on Thursday night. A crowd of 8,531 saw Fort Wayne lead 4-2 into the eighth inning, until a Kevin Patterson three-run home run gave Lansing the lead for good. With the loss, the TinCaps were eliminated from qualifying for the playoffs in the first half. Fort Wayne (31-36) fell behind 1-0 in the second inning, when K.C. Hobson hit an RBI double off of TinCaps starter Colin Rea. Rea worked six innings, walking none and striking out a career high eight batters.
The TinCaps responded with a run in the bottom of the third inning on an RBI single from Yeison Asencio. He finished the game with three hits in five at bats, and two runs batted in. Lansing (46-20) yielded three more runs to the TinCaps in the fifth inning, making it a 4-1 score in favor of Fort Wayne. Johnny Barbato worked the seventh inning for the TinCaps, and allowed one run on an RBI single from Shane Opitz. Fort Wayne carried the 4-2 lead into the eighth inning.
Chris Haney (0-2), then pitching for the TinCaps, allowed a one-out single to Andy Burns and a two-out single to K.C. Hobson. That drew Kevin Patterson to the plate, and he delivered for Lansing, serving a three-run home run over the wall in center field. The Lugnuts would hold that 5-4 lead for the remainder of the game.
Kramer Champlin (3-1) earned the win in relief for Lansing, and Ajay Meyer, who tossed two perfect innings, notched his league-leading 20th save.
The TinCaps finish the first half on the road against the Bowling Green Hot Rods. First pitch of Friday's game is scheduled for 8:05 PM. The scheduled starters are Matt Wisler for Fort Wayne and Parker Markel for Bowling Green.
Courtesy of Mike Couzens, Media Director of the Fort Wayne TinCaps.