Greg Smith pitched eight innings Tuesday for Salt Lake and threw only 85 pitches, holding the Tucson Padres without a baserunner from the fifth through eighth innings in Salt Lake's 8-3 win. Kevin Jepsen held the Padres scoreless in the ninth inning, giving Salt Lake two wins in the four games in Tucson. It was a back-and-forth game early, with the Padres holding leads of 1-0 and 3-2 early on.
Jedd Gyorko hit a solo home run in the bottom of the first inning, his 11th Triple-A home run of the season. After Salt Lake scored twice in the top of the third, the Padres went ahead again on a sacrifice fly by Jeremy Hermida and an RBI double by Nick Hundley. The two fourth inning tallies were the final Tucson runs to cross home plate, as Salt Lake scored six unanswered runs from the fifth inning on. Gyorko was the only Padres player with a multi-hit game, going 2-for-4 with an RBI.
Four Salt Lake players had two hits each, including Luis Jimenez, who went 2-for-5 with three RBIs. Padres starter Bear Bay suffered the loss, allowing four earned runs in six innings of work. The Padres went 4-3 on the homestand and travel to Las Vegas for an Independence Day matchup with the 51s (Blue Jays affiliate).
Courtesy of Tim Hagerty, Director of Broadcasting and Media Relations for the Tucson Padres.
NW Arkansas Naturals 0 – San Antonio Missions 2
Keyvius Sampson had his best start of the year as the Missions win their ninth straight. While Milb.com and many others are making a big deal of his on hit allowed in six innings, it was actually his second start in a row he allowed only one hit. More impressive than the one-hitter was only giving up one walk.
His one walk was the first time since May 19th that Sampson had walked fewer than three hitters in a start.
The Missions didn't get on the board until the 6th when Freiman and Decker started off single, single. Blackwood hit into a double play but Freiman was able to score from third to give the Missions a 1-0 lead. The Missions would score again in the seventh when Liriano walked, stole second, and then scored on a single by SS Dean Anna.
Key Statistics: 2B McElroy 2-5; 3B J. Miller 1-2, 3 RBIs, 2BBs; DH Medica 2-3, 2B, 2 RBIs; RF Williams 2-4, 2B, RBI, BB; LF Tate 1-3, 2 BBs; 1B Powers 2-4, 2RBIs; SS Bisson 1-2, 2 RBIs; CF Noel 1-4, BB, 2 SBs (58); RHP Pope(W) 6.0 IP 0H 0R 0ER BB. The Storm took a no-hitter into the ninth before losing it on the second to last batter of the game. What is interesting is the starting pitcher Mark Pope, a fifth-round pick from Georgia Tech, didn't record a strikeout in the six innings he pitched but also only walked one batter. Offensively once second baseman Corey Spangenberg comes back the team is going to have to find a place for Casey McElroy's bat. The former Auburn star is hitting .500/.569/.795 in 11 games with the Storm.
EASTLAKE, Ohio – For the second time in three days, the Fort Wayne TinCaps played a shortened game, succumbing to both the rain and the Lake County Captains in a 2-1 loss on Tuesday night. Heavy rain, thunder and lightning rolled into Classic Park in the middle of the fifth inning, ending Fort Wayne's bid for a three-game series sweep against Lake County.
The TinCaps were looking for their first three-game road sweep dating back to August 13-15, 2011 against the Lansing Lugnuts. Fort Wayne (8-4, 39-43) fell behind 1-0 in the bottom half of the second on Tuesday, as Captains first baseman Alex Monsalve homered to the bleachers in left, off of TinCaps starter Ruben Mejia (1-3).
The TinCaps responded in the third, with Travis Jankowski lacing a one-out triple to put himself in scoring position. In just five games with Fort Wayne, the 44th overall pick in this year's draft has two triples. One batter later, Tyler Stubblefield singled to left to bring Jankowski home and tie the game at one. Over the first four innings, Fort Wayne put five runners in scoring position against Captains starter Elvis Araujo (3-6), but only pushed across one baserunner.
Jerrud Sabourin plated the go-ahead run for the Lake County (6-6, 37-44) in the fourth inning with an RBI single to plate Jordan Smith. Mejia was aided by the arm of catcher Austin Hedges, who threw out Bryson Myles as he tried to steal second, and that putout ended the inning, stranding a runner at third base.
The rains came in the middle of the fifth inning, with the Captains due up to bat. The game did not resume, as the field had by that point become unplayable.
Courtesy of Mike Couzens, Media Director of the Fort Wayne TinCaps.
Everett AcquaSox 5 - Emeralds 4
C Phillips 3-5, 2B, HR(1) 2 RBIs; RHP Scott (L) 4.0 IP 5H 5R 2ER 2BB K.
The Emeralds finished their two-week road trip, to avoid conflict schedules with the US Olympic trials on Tuesday, with a close lost to the AcquaSox. Eugene was 6-7 on their road trip with one game rained out.
Catcher Dane Phillips continues to hit with three hits on Tuesday for a .310/.442/.452 line in the twelve games he has been with Eugene since being drafted in the second round out of Oklahoma City College and most importantly he hasn't made an error in seven games behind the plate.
AZL D*Backs 6 – AZL Padres 8