TUCSONThe Omaha Storm Chasers completed a sweep of the Tucson Padres Monday, defeating Tucson 5-2 at Kino Stadium. The Padres have been swept four times this season and are currently on a six-game losing streak dating back to August 8 in Albuquerque.
The Storm Chasers struck first in the top second with an RBI single from Max Ramirez to right field. The Padres jumped ahead 2-1 in bottom of the third. Andy Parrino singled home Daniel Robertson to tie the game and a fielding error committed by Storm Chasers third baseman Johnny Giavotella with two outs gave Tucson the one-run lead.
Omaha's David Lough evened the score in the fourth inning with an RBI ground out to score Wil Myers. The Storm Chasers regained the lead in the fifth with back-to-back RBI hits from Giavotella and Myers. Omaha added another run in the top of the sixth to take a 5-2 advantage.
Donnie Joseph tossed a two-inning save to secure the victory for Omaha. Storm Chasers starting pitcher Ryan Verdugo earned his tenth win of the year and struck out seven batters in six innings. Bear Bay lost his eighth game for the Padres, surrendering 11 hits and four earned runs.
Courtesy of Tim Hagerty, Media Director for the Tucson Padres
SAN ANTONIO - The Missions defeated the Arkansas Travelers 4-3 in the third and final game of their series Monday night at Wolff Stadium. It was also the last game of San Antonio's season-long 11-day, 10-game home stand.
Arkansas touched Jackson for three first inning runs, ending a string of 22 straight scoreless innings by Missions starters. San Antonio cut the deficit to two in the bottom of the frame on Nate Freiman's RBI single that scored Jonathan Galvez.
The Missions loaded the bases in the fourth on a walk by Freiman and back-to-back infield hits by Edinson Rincon and Jason Hagerty. Jeudy Valdez's single plated Freiman to make it 3-2 and the bags remained full. Reymond Fuentes grounded out to pitcher Nick Maronde who threw home to retire Rincon but catcher Carlos Ramirez's throw, in an attempt to double up Fuentes, was wild which allowed Hagerty to race home from second with the tying run.
Freiman drove in the Missions go-ahead run the following inning on single to left center as Rymer Liriano, who was running on the play, scored all the way from first. Two batters later Rincon doubled down the left field line but Freiman was gunned down at the plate to end the inning.
After the rocky first, Jackson settled down, allowed just one hit the rest of the way and retired the final 20 batters he faced. He went eight innings, matched a career-high with eight strikeouts, walked none and earned his second win of the season. It was the third straight game a Missions starter has gone eight innings.
Freiman's 96 RBI's are the fifth-most in a season in the Wolff Stadium era (1994-present) and now trails Matt Clark by one for fourth place on the list.
Courtesy of Jim White, Media Director for the San Antonio Missions
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DAYTON – Facing a three-game sweep at the hands of the Eastern Division's last-place team, the Fort Wayne TinCaps out dueled the Dayton Dragons, winning 6-3 on Monday night at Fifth Third Field. Fort Wayne's bullpen provided seven innings of scoreless relief, allowing just three hits, as the TinCaps salvaged the series.
Frank Garces, who had won eight of his last nine starts, allowed three runs over his two innings of work, which was his shortest outing of the season. He left in line for a loss, his team trailing, 3-1. Fort Wayne (29-21, 60-60) pulled to within one, at 3-2, in the third inning on an RBI groundout by Mike Gallic.
In the top of the sixth, Dayton (21-27, 51-67) starter Stalin Gerson (6-8) began to falter. He allowed back-to-back singles to Yeison Asencio and Lee Orr to begin the inning. Austin Hedges then laid down a bunt, which Gerson fielded, but his throw sailed over first baseman Sean Buckley, allowing Asencio to score and tie the game at three. Kyle Gaedele then walked, and Gerson was removed from the game in favor of reliever Carlos Gonzalez.
Gonzalez uncorked two wild pitches, which brought both Hedges and Gaedele in to score, and gave the TinCaps a 5-3 lead. While Fort Wayne was building its comeback, the bullpen was compiling scoreless innings. James Jones (2-3) worked three scoreless frames, Johnny Barbato twirled two more scoreless innings and Matt Stites retired the side in order in the eighth and ninth innings, earning his 12th save.
The TinCaps added their final run of the night in the eighth inning on an RBI single from Travis Jankowski. Five of the six runs scored by Fort Wayne were unearned runs, due to three errors committed by the Dragons.
Courtesy of Mike Couzens, Media Director of the Fort Wayne TinCaps.
Tri-City Dust Devils 5 – Eugene Ems 7
Joe Ross made his fifth rehab start in Eugene and had his best results. Ross did not allow a hit or run over four innings. Ross walked four and struck out three. Over those five starts Ross has allowed three earned runs in 12.2 innings pitched with eight hits and five walks and 11 strikeouts for a 2.13 ERA.
By the time Ross left the game the Ems were up 4-0, mainly thanks to walks. The Ems only managed four hits, all singles, in the entire game. But three of those hits came with runners in scoring position and thanks to twelve walks, three errors, and two hit batters by the opposition; the Emeralds managed to score seven times and held onto an eventual 7-5 win.
AZL Game 1: Dodgers 9 – Padres 3
AZL Game 2 Dodgers 15 – Padres 9