ROUND ROCK In only his second game with the Tucson Padres, Andrew Werner pitched a five-hit shutout against the Round Rock Express at the Dell Diamond. The complete game shutout was the first in Tucson Padres history. The left-hander threw only 103 pitches and did not walk a batter in the first complete game of his affiliated baseball professional career.
Daniel Robertson wasted no time putting Tucson on the board by leading off the game with a home run into the left field upper deck of the Dell Diamond. The leadoff home run was the first by a Padres player since Everth Cabrera accomplished the feat on April 17, 2011.
Round Rock's starter Chad Bell shut down the Padres the next five innings until Jesus Merchan hit a solo shot in the top of the seventh. Ryan Spilborghs came close to ending Werner's shutout when he tried to score on a near inside-the-park home run in the bottom of the seventh. Spilborghs hit a deep fly ball to Robertson in center field when Robertson collided with the fence, allowing the ball to skip away. Right fielder Jeremy Hermida picked up the ball and fired it to Andy Parrino who relayed it home to catcher Rocky Gale to apply the tag on Spilborghs.
Courtesy of Tim Hagerty, Media Director for the Tucson Padres
Jackson gives up five runs in the first two innings, but the Missions were still able to come back and get the win.
Rymer Liriano is starting to heat up after his typically slow start to a new level has now had an extra-base hit in each of the last four games.
High Desert 4 – Lake Elsinore Storm 0
The Storm managed only three hits and a pair of walks as they were shutdown by Taylor Stanton and High Desert.
Despite not getting the win it was one of Matt Lollis' better outing since he returned to the California League as a starter. Lollis, who was one of the Padres' top prospects coming into the season, only gave up a single earned run and more importantly only two walks as he has struggled with his control this year.
SOUTH BEND, Ind. The Fort Wayne TinCaps' five-game winning streak was snapped Thursday night in a 16-0 loss at the hands of the South Bend Silver Hawks. The loss ties the Fort Wayne franchise high for margin of defeat, which had not been matched in 15 years.
South Bend (19-20, 54-55) earned a 1-0 lead in the first inning on an RBI double by Matt Helm. That was the first of six runs that scored against Fort Wayne (24-15, 55-54) starter Colin Rea (3-7), although just two of the runs were earned. An error against TinCaps third baseman Tyler Stubblefield began the bottom of the second inning, in which five Silver Hawks runs scored. Roidany Aguila and Raul Navarro knocked in runs, with two more scoring on a ball mishandled by Fort Wayne second baseman B.J. Guinn.
After batting around in the second inning, the Silver Hawks chased Rea in the third inning. Daniel Sarria, activated off of the disabled list Wednesday, came on to pitch for the first time in a TinCaps uniform since April 19. His stay in the game was short-lived, as he retired the final two batters of the third, but faced only two batters in the fourth. Sarria surrendered a lead-off home run to Chris Ellison, and then hit the next batter, Raul Navarro, in the head, prompting an immediate ejection by home plate umpire Clay Park.
Johnny Barbato then entered the game with a 7-0 deficit. He faced seven batters over the remainder of the fourth, allowing the inherited runner, as well as two more Silver Hawks, to score. Barbato lasted two batters into the fifth, giving up a double and walking a batter.
For the first time this year a position player came on to pitch, when Tyler Stubblefield took the hill in the fifth, down 10-0. The Fort Wayne infielder appeared in one game as a pitcher last year with the TinCaps, tossing two-thirds of an inning, allowing one run, in a June 26th loss to Lake County at Parkview Field. Stubblefield, pitching between 75-79 miles per hour, retired the first three batters he faced.
Over the first five innings, the TinCaps collected two hits, and advanced only two runners into scoring position against Andrew Barbosa (2-2). In that same span, the Silver Hawks had picked up 11 hits and had gone 5-for-18 with runners in scoring position.
South Bend tacked on one run in the sixth, another in the seventh and four more in the eighth to complete the night's scoring. Travis Whitmore pitched the eighth inning, which was his first time taking the mound as a professional.
The two other 16-run defeats took place when Fort Wayne's team was known as the Wizards. The first was a 20-4 loss against the Michigan Battle Cats on May 18, 1996, and the second was against the Beloit Brewers on July 20, 1997
Courtesy of Mike Couzens, Media Director of the Fort Wayne TinCaps.
Everett Aquasox 2 – Emeralds 4
Another stellar pitching performance by Eugene. Lefty Juan Marcano threw six scoreless innings and the Ems offense got the most out of four singles and double to plate four runs.
As Steve Mims of the Eugene Register-Guard noted in his game story today the Emeralds' staff only gave up three runs, all unearned, in taking three games from Everett.
AZL D*Backs 8 – AZL Padres 6