Key Stats: DH Grandal 3-4, 2 2B, BB, 3RBI; 2B Contreras 3-4, 2B;
Tucson gave up five runs in the top of the seventh inning Friday to fall 11-6. The 51s sent 10 batters to the plate in the rally and chased reliever Josh Spence from the game after Spence recorded only one out. Las Vegas won three of the four games in the series and now holds a nine games to two advantage over the T-Pads in the season series.
The Padres had a productive inning of their own Friday, with a nine-batter, five-run third. Yasmani Grandal hit a two-run double in the rally, one of his three hits on the night. Anthony Contreras went 3-for-4 with a walk and has 13 hits in his last 20 at bats. Tucson starter Matt Palmer pitched six innings and allowed six runs on 10 hits. Jason Ray threw his second scoreless outing of the series after missing 20 days with a biceps injury. Clint Everts picked up his first win of the season after pitching three innings of scoreless relief for Las Vegas.
The Padres are 23-51, in fourth place in the Pacific Conference Southern Division, 23 games out of first place. Las Vegas moved a half game closer to the top of the Southern Division, now sitting four games behind first place Sacramento.
Courtesy of Tim Hagerty, Director of Broadcasting and Media Relations for the Tucson Padres.
San Antonio 8 Midland 3
Key Stats: 2B Anna 3-4, BB, 3B, 2RBI; 3B Rincon 2-5, R, E; RHP Sampson 4IP, 1H, 2ER, 8K, 4BB
San Antonio sent eight men to the plate and scored four runs in the second inning, then never looked back as the club opened their second series of the second half with a victory.
Six Missions had multiple hits on the night led by second baseman Dean Anna, who went 3-for-4 with a walk including one of the team's two triples. The bottom half of the lineup combined to go 11-for-22.
Starter Keyvius Sampson continued to struggle with command, walking four and throwing a pair of wild pitches over four innings of work. The 21-year-old righty, who bypassed High-A after a dominant season last year, has had trouble adjusting to the more advanced approach of the hitters he is facing, not getting them to chase pitches that Midwest League hitters regularly went after. When he hit spots, Sampson's stuff remains quite strong, with eight strikeouts on the night.
Visalia 7 Storm 4
Key Stats: 2B McElroy 4-4, 2R; 3B Powers 2-4, 2B, HR(6), 4RBI; RF Liriano 2-4, 2B; RHP Smith 5IP, 1H, 7K, 0BB
Newcomer Casey McElroy went 4-for-4 scoring two runs leading the Storm to a 6-2 win over the Lancaster Jethawks.
Starting pitcher Burch Smith carried a perfect game through five innings before giving up a leadoff single to open the sixth. The big righty yielded to the bullpen after that. Smith has won four of his last five starts and now holds a 3.68 ERA.
The Storm jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first when Tommy Medica hit a two out RBI double to right field to extend his hit streak to eight games. Connor Powers duplicated Medica in the second hitting his 15th double of the season after McElroy singled giving the Storm an early 2-0 lead. Powers was 2-for-4 on the night with a double a home run and scored four RBI in the process.
The Storm had a three-run fourth when Rymer Liriano started off with his 21st double of the season. McElroy singled to right field to put two on and two out for Powers who hit a three-run bomb over the left field wall for back-to-back nights with a homerun.
In the fifth the Storm picked up their sixth run of the game by way of stolen bases. Rico Noel led off with a walk and pulled the Billy Hamilton stealing second and wasting no time to steal third and then scoring on a sacrifice fly by Justin Miller. Noel swiped three bases and now totals 50 on the season.
Courtesy of Eric Theiss, Assistant Director of Media Relations, Lake Elsinore Storm TinCaps 9 South Bend 4
Key Stats: SS Peterson 1-3, 2B, 2BB, SB; CF Tate 2-5, 2B, SB; LHP Garces 5IP, 7H 1ER, 3K, 1BB
After finishing the first half on a five-game losing streak, Fort Wayne scored four runs in the first three innings en route to a 4-3 win over the Lake County Captains. Donavan Tate went 2-5 with an RBI, leading the TinCaps to the series-opening victory.
Fort Wayne began the bottom of the first inning with back-to-back doubles by Jace Peterson and then Tate. The second of the two extra-base-hits made it a 1-0 game. Austin Hedges later singled home Tate, stretching the advantage to 2-0.
Lefthander Frank Garces worked five innings, giving up a run on seven hits, walking one and striking out three. After earning a win in his last start, Garces has now picked up back-to-back wins for the first time since beginning his professional baseball career in 2009. Ruben Mejia worked two scoreless innings of relief, keeping the game at 4-1 through the sixth and the seventh. Johnny Barbato allowed a two-run home run to Luigi Rodriguez in the ninth, but hung on for his second save of the season.
Courtesy of Mike Couzens, Media Director of the Fort Wayne TinCaps Boise 6 Eugene 4
Key Stats: CF Albert Martinez 2-5; 1B Kallunki 2-3, R; RHP Church 2IP 1H, 1R, 5K, 0BB, HBP
Starter Will Scott was touched for three runs in the first, digging a hole from which the team never escaped as the Emeralds dropped their second straight to the Boise Hawks.
Eugene put individual runs up in the first and third, but their best chance came in the fourth inning. With the bases loaded and one out, Brian Adams walked to push a run across and Jairo Gomez hit a sacrifice fly to draw to within one run. However, Eric Charles got picked off third base and was thrown out at home to end the inning. The club put runners on third base three other times in the contest, but couldn't push another run across.
AZL Royals 19 AZL Padres 12
Key Stats: 1B Luis Tejada 3-4, 2B, 3B, BB; LF Filpo 1-3, HR (1), 3 RBI; RHP Diaz 1IP, 2H, 2ER, 1K, 2BB
The members of the 2012 draft class and first-time domestic players got their first taste of early morning baseball on the back fields in Peoria, and they didn't really enjoy it. After falling behind 13-3 by the middle of the sixth inning, they did make a late run to close the gap to "only" seven runs.
Big righty Luis Tejada, a 19-year-old who has played in the Dominican for the last two years, came a homer short of a cycle. Righty Malcolm Diaz and lefties Drew Harrelson and Christian Miller, who were all selected out of high school between the 10th and 19th rounds this month, all made their professional debuts. Over 4.2 combined innings, they surrendered eight earned runs.