TUCSONThe Tucson Padres had a one-run lead with two outs and two strikes Tuesday when Carlos Triunfel hit a two-run single in Tacoma's 3-2 win. The Rainiers had two walks, one intentional, in the ninth inning before Triunfel's hit against closer Erik Hamren. The Rainiers won five of the nine games the two teams have played in the last eight days.
Tucson scored in the first inning on an RBI single by first baseman Matt Clark and the lead held until Darren Ford's RBI single in the third tied the game. Rocky Gale grounded to shortstop with a runner at third in the fourth inning to put the Padres ahead, 2-1. Neither side scored again until the ninth inning. Tucson's Colt Hynes had his second straight magnificent start against the Rainiers, pitching 6.2 innings, allowing one run. In Hynes' last two starts, he has combined to pitch 13.2 innings while only allowing one run.
Tacoma's D.J. Mitchell was also excellent Tuesday, pitching seven innings without allowing an earned run. Mitchell did not factor in the decision. The Padres finished the month of July with a 14-14 record, their second winning month in team history.
Courtesy of Tim Hagerty, Director of Broadcasting and Media Relations for the Tucson Padres.
The Missions came back from being down by five runs but it wasn't enough as the Hooks held on in the ninth to eek out an 8-7 win.
1B Cody Decker hit his twenty-first home run of the year which is good enough for second in the Texas League despite spending over a month in the PCL.
High Desert 12 – Lake Elsinore Storm 3
Five errors did in the Storm, including two by SS Chris Bisson to give him 26 for the year did in the Storm.
Additionally the Storm walked five batters, hit two more, balked and had a passed ball.
The only real postive news was that Tommy Medica hit another home run and Corey Spangenberg returned last night at second base after being out for over a month.
SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Six innings of dominant pitching from Frank Garces paired with home runs from Duanel Jones and Tyler Stubblefield led the Fort Wayne TinCaps to a 3-2 win over the South Bend Silver Hawks on Tuesday afternoon. Fort Wayne has now won four straight games, and six of its last seven on the road.
Garces (8-5) picked up his seventh win in his last eight starts, pitching six innings and allowing one run. The lefthander struck out seven batters and did not issue a walk, marking just the second time all season he did not issue a free pass. He allowed a run in the fifth inning on a Tom Belza sacrifice fly.
Fort Wayne (23-14, 54-53) got out to a 1-0 lead in the second inning against Silver Hawks starter Tyler Green (3-7). Duanel Jones launched a home run into the seats in left for his fourth home run of the year. In the third inning, Tyler Stubblefield hit his fifth home run of the year, a two-run blast, that gave the TinCaps a 3-0 lead.
South Bend (18-19, 53-54) threatened several times after Garces' departure, but notched just one more run. In the eighth against James Jones, a Kerry Jenkins fielder's choice scored Tom Belza, cutting the TinCaps lead to 3-2. Daniel Cropper came on for the ninth, earning his eighth save in ten tries.
Courtesy of Mike Couzens, Media Director of the Fort Wayne TinCaps.
Everett Aquasox 1 – Eugene Ems 4
Em's catcher Rodney Daal in only his sixth game with Eugene, came up big with two-run single in the eighth inning to increase the lead from 2-1 to the final score of 4-1.
Daal, who is from the Netherlands, signed with the Padres at sixteen two years in 2010 hit .306/.385/.553 in the AZL before being promoted.
AZL Padres 10 – AZL A's 9
Key Stats: Tim Stauffer 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 K; Walker Weickel 2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 K; Edwin Moreno 3-5, 3B, 2 RS, 2 RBI; 3B Gabriel Quintana 3-4, 2 2B, HR (4), 3 RBI, CF Mallex Smith 2-5, 2 RS, 2 RBI, SB (8).