Key Statistics: 2B Parrino 3-4, 2RBIs, BB, (3)2B; CF Robertson 2-4, RBI; DH Gyorko 3-4, 2RBIs, 2B; SS Weems 1-3, 2B,BB; LHP Hynes(L) 4.0 IP 12 H 9R 9ER 2Ks.
The Salt Lake Bees scored five first inning runs on their way to a 10-7 victory over the Tucson Padres Saturday. The Padres closed the gap early, scoring twice each in the first and second innings, but the Bees added four more in the fifth inning and never looked back. Eddie McKiernan picked up the win in his first career game against the Padres, pitching 6.1 innings, allowing six runs, all earned. Salt Lake's Hank Conger and Efren Navarro had three hits each.
The Padres had strong offensive performances in the loss. Andy Parrino went 3-for-4 with three doubles, a walk and two RBIs. Jedd Gyorko continues his hot-hitting homestand, going 3-for-4 with a double and two RBIs. Gyorko has an eight game hitting streak and is 8-for-15 over the last four games. Jeremy Hermida left the game after five innings and went 1-for-2 before exiting. Hermida is with the Tucson Padres on a Major League injury rehab assignment after groin surgery and has gone 2-for-4 with two singles so far.
Padres relievers Brad Boxberger, Cory Burns and Miles Mikolas all pitched scoreless outings in the loss. The Padres have lost two in a row and have dropped seven of nine against Salt Lake (Angels affiliate) this season.
Courtesy of Tim Hagerty, Director of Broadcasting and Media Relations for the Tucson Padres.
Missions 5 - Tulsa Drillers
Key Statistics: RF Liriano 2-4 2B; SS Valdez 3-4 HR(6); C Kral 1-2, RBI, BB; RHP Beard(W) 6.0 IP 4H 2R 2ER 2BB 2Ks; RHP Strange(S) 1.0 IP K; TONIGHT'S GAME: The Missions defeated Tulsa 5-4 in the second-game of their series…with the win San Antonio extends their season-high winning streak to seven games…the Missions improve to 7-1 in the second-half to remain in first place in the Texas League South Division. FEAR THE BEARD: San Antonio starter Hayden Beard allowed two earned runs on four hits in six innings of work to improve to 5-4 on the season…in his last four starts, Beard has a 1.46 ERA (4 ER/24.2 IP) and an ERA of 2.48 (10 ER/36.1 IP) over his last six starts.
BAKER'S DOZEN: The Missions are a Texas League-best 11-2 in their last 13 games.
EARNING IT: Tulsa jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the second inning on an RBI single from right fielder Kent Matthes…it was the first earned run allowed by a Missions starter in the last 24 innings.
IT'S BEEN A WHILE: When the Drillers took a 1-0 lead, it marked the first time the Missions have trailed in the last 53 innings.
HERE'S THE PITCH: Over the last 13 games, the Missions pitching staff has posted a 1.66 ERA (23 ER/125 IP) while limiting opposing batters to a .192 average (86-for-449).
START ME UP: San Antonio starters have gone 7-0 with an ERA of 1.51 (13 ER/77.2 IP) over these last 13 games…they have allowed just 46 hits while walking 24 and striking out 68 during this span…no Missions starter has allowed more than two earned runs in an outing.
JEUDY, JEUDY, JEUDY!: Shortstop Jeudy Valdez went 3-for-4 with a home run and two RBI tonight…he entered tonight's contest with just five hits in his last 37 at-bats (.135).
RACKING UP THE HITS: San Antonio is hitting .293 (129-for-440) in their last 12 games while collecting double-figure hits six times.
Courtesy of Jim White, Media Director of the San Antonio Missions.
Storm 6 - San Jose Giants 2
Key Statistics: 2B Wing 2-3, 2B; RF J. Miller 2-4, BB; DH Medica 3-5, 3RBIs, (2)2B; 3B Belnome 3-4, 2 RBIs, BB; SS Bisson 2-4, SB(25); RHP Branham 4.0 IP 2H 2R 2ER 2BB 3Ks; RHP Franklin (W) 1.0IP BB K.
On Saturday, the Storm set yet another early tone hitting five consecutive single to begin the game en rout to a 6-2 win and claim their third series in a row.
Rico Noel, McElroy, Miller, Medica and Belnome all hit singles to give the Storm a 3-0 lead.
The Giants would battle back to cut the lead to within one in the fourth.
Ricky Oropesa hit his third triple of the season to put a runner in scoring position for the Giants. Luke Anderson would double to right field allowing Oropesa and Alex Burg to score with the Storm lead now at 3-2.
In the fifth the Storm put the game out of reach. Returning to the Storm, Michael Wing led the inning off with a single to shortstop. Wing scored along with Miller off another Medica double to put the Storm ahead 5-2. Medica would later score on a force out.
Relief pitcher Chris Franklin would capture the win going the fifth allowing one hit and one walk in the outing.
Courtesy of Eric Theiss, Assistant Director of Media Relations for the Lake Elsinore Storm
TinCaps 4 - Great Lakes Loons 3
Key Statistics: CF Jankowski 1-4, 2RBIs, 3B, BB; 1B Whitmore 2-5, RBI; DH Gallic 2-4;C Colantonio 2-3; RHP Rea (W) 6.0 IP 6H 3R 2ER BB 5Ks; RHP Cropper(S) 1.0 IP BB 2Ks.
MIDLAND, Mich. – A three-run seventh inning, bolstered by a two-run triple off the bat of newcomer Travis Jankowski, led the Fort Wayne TinCaps to a 4-3 come-from-behind victory over the Great Lakes Loons on Saturday night. With the victory, the TinCaps earned a third consecutive series win.
Fort Wayne (6-3, 37-42) fell behind in the bottom of the second inning when Great Lakes (4-5, 38-41) catcher Pratt Maynard hit his first home run of the year. The solo shot gave the Loons a 1-0 advantage. That lead did not hold for long, though, as the TinCaps plated a run in the top of the third when Travis Whitmore grounded into a double play, scoring Jankowski.
Great Lakes immediately retaliated with another run in the bottom of the third against TinCaps starter Colin Rea (2-4). Third baseman Jeff Hunt hit a ball back to the mound, which was fielded by Rea. The pitcher's throw to first went wide of the bag, and Hunt was credited with a base hit while Rea was charged with an error, allowing Hunt to end up at third. He later scored on a sacrifice fly, giving the Loons a 2-1 lead.
That advantage stretched to 3-1 on a sixth-inning home run by James Baldwin. Rea departed after the sixth as the pitcher of record on the losing end. He surrendered six hits, three runs, two earned runs, walked one and struck out five.
The tide turned for Rea in the top of the seventh when the Fort Wayne offense sprung to life. After Matt Colantonio and Kyle Gaedele both singled off of Loons starter Arismendy Ozoria, he was pulled in favor of lefty Mike Thomas (2-2). The southpaw surrendered a two-run triple to Jankowski, which tied the game at three. Travis Whitmore followed two batters later with a single, scoring Jankowski and giving the TinCaps a 4-3 lead.
In the ninth, Daniel Cropper came to finish the game, but allowed the first two runners he faced to reach base. The righthander then struck out two consecutive batters before inducing a pop-out to finish the contest, as he earned his seventh save of the year.
Courtesy of Mike Couzens, Media Director of the Fort Wayne TinCaps
Eugene had the night off.
AZL Angles 16 - AZL Padres 7
1B Gabella 2-3, 2 RBIs, 2BB; RHP Kelly(L) 0.1 IP 5 H 8R 6ER 2BB; RHP Diaz 0.2 IP 6H 6R 1ER BB K.