Key Statistics: SS Weems 1-3, HR(3), RBI; LF Parrino 1-4; 3B Gyorko 1-4; RHP Bay 6.1 IP 3H 0R 0ER 2BBs 2Ks; RHP Hamren (BS)(L) 0.2 IP 1H 2R 2ERBB K.
The Tacoma Rainiers didn't score until they had two outs and two strikes in the ninth inning Friday, when Luis Rodriguez hit a two-run home over the right field wall to beat the Tucson Padres, 2-1. Tucson starter Bear Bay pitched 6.1 scoreless innings while his counterpart, former Padres minor league pitcher Steve Garrison, pitched eight innings, only allowing one run.
Neither team scored until the eighth inning Friday, when Beamer Weems hit a solo home run, his third homer of the season and second against Tacoma. Tucson closer Erik Hamren recorded two quick outs in the bottom of the ninth before walking Alex Liddi. When Rodriguez hit the walk-off home run, it ended a stretch of 20 consecutive scoreless innings by Tucson pitchers.
The Padres split the four game series in Tacoma and finished the road trip 5-3. All four games at Cheney Stadium were decided by one run.
Courtesy of Tim Hagerty, Director of Broadcasting and Media Relations for the Tucson Padres.
Frisco RoughRiders 14 - Missions 4
Key Statistics: LF C. Decker 2-4, RBI; 2B Anna 1-4, 2 RBIs; CF Fuentes 0-2, BBs; RHP Kunz (L) 4.0 IP 9H 8R 8ER 4BBs 2K.
In Frisco Eddie Kunz, a former top pick of the New York Mets whom the Padres traded for their first round pick who didn't work out, Allen Dykstra, had a rough night in his fourth outing as a starter. Top Frisco prospect 3B Mike Olt, who is the subject of many trade talks, hit his twenty-seventh home run of the year.
Rancho Cucamonga Quakes 14 - Storm 5
Key Statistics: CF Tate 2-4, BB; LF Williams 3-5, 2B, HR(5), 2 RBIs; DH Domoromo 2-3 2B, 2 RBIs,BB; SS Bisson 0-2, 3BBs; RHP Lollis 5.0 IP 6H 3R 3ER 5BBs 2Ks; RHP Carvajal (L) 2.0 IP 5H 3R 3ER.
A very rough eighth inning which saw the Quakes plate eight runs to blow the game open sent the Storm down on Friday night. Matt Lollis made his fifth start of the season and like last year is still having difficulty with his command. In his five starts he has a 20/17 K/BB ratio.
OF Everett Williams is having his best month in Lake Elsinore hitting .319/.373/.594 in July.
SliverHawks 5 - TinCaps 4
Key Statistics: CF Jankowski 2-3, RBI, BB; RF Asencio 4-5, (2) 2Bs, RBI; C Colantonio 3-4, 2B; LF Gaedele 1-2, 2B, RBI, BB; RHP Rea 5.0 IP 4H 2R 2ER 2BBs 5Ks; RHP Barbato (BS)(L) 2.0 IP 3R 0ER 0 BB 3Ks.
FORT WAYNE – A seventh-inning error proved crucial Friday night, as it led to three unearned runs and a lead that would hold for good, propelling the South Bend Silver Hawks to a 5-4 win over Fort Wayne. South Bend picked up a series victory over Fort Wayne, winning two of three, and now leads the season series 11 games to seven.
Leading 4-2 in the top of the seventh inning, Fort Wayne (19-14, 50-53) called on Johnny Barbato (5-1) for a second inning of relief. The righthander allowed a leadoff single to Eric Groff, which brought Chris Ellison to the plate. Ellison hit a ground ball which TinCaps second baseman Tyler Stubblefield was unable to handle and he was charged with an error. Following that miscue Barbato gave up three unearned runs, allowing South Bend a one- run lead.
Despite late opportunities, Fort Wayne was not able to capitalize. The TinCaps left the bases loaded in the bottom of the eighth, and the game came to a close with two runners on base, as a Stubblefield liner to right field was snagged by a diving Chris Ellison.
Fort Wayne broke the ice with a Yeison Asencio RBI single in the first inning, but South Bend (18-15, 53-50) answered back on a Marc Bourgeois RBI double in the top of the second. Matt Colantonio and Travis Jankowski uncorked RBI's in the bottom of the second, putting the TinCaps in front, 3-1.
Silver Hawks starter Alex Capaul went just two innings, turning things over to Jesse Darrah (7-5). Darrah went five innings, allowing one run. Fort Wayne led 3-2 in the bottom of the sixth when Kyle Gaedele doubled off of Darrah, pushing the TinCaps advantage to 4-2.
The TinCaps went 4-13 with runners in scoring position and left 12 men on base, and came one shy of their season high with six doubles.
Courtesy of Mike Couzens, Media Director of the Fort Wayne TinCaps
Salem-Keizer Volcanoes 14 - Emeralds 6
Key Statistics: LF Baltz 2-4, RBI, 2B; 2B Tissenbaum 2-5; SS Roof 2-3, RBI; 1B Kallunki 2-4 (2)2B; RF/CF Martiniez 2-5, RBI; LHP Marcano (L) 4.2 IP 9H 11R 3ER 2BBs 3Ks.
A tough night with the gloves as the Emeralds made five errors for their third straight loss as only five of the Volcanoes' fourteen runs were earned.
Six-foot five first baseman Goose Kallunki had two doubles on the night and is now hitting .294/.355/.471.
Kallunki was as twenty-seventh round pick out of Utah State College. Kallunki had a great senior year for the Woverines in Orem, Utah where he was among the nation's leaders in Batting average, .419, slugging percentage, .734, OPS, 1.215, hits, 96 and total bases, 168.
Mercifully the AZL Padres had the night off.