Key Statistics: CF Robertson 2-3, BB; 2B Belnome 2-4, HR(5), SB(4), RBI; 3B Gyorko 1-3, HR(23), BB, 2 RBIs; RHP Bay (W) 7.0 IP R ER, 8Ks.
TUCSONBear Bay tied his season-high in strikeouts with eight in the Tucson Padres 3-1 victory over the Colorado Springs Sky Sox on Saturday at Kino Stadium. Bay threw seven innings, yielding seven hits, one run, and no walks in his third win of year.
The Sky Sox had an opportunity to score with the bases loaded in the top of the second with one out, but Bay forced a double play to end the threat. Vince Belnome clubbed a solo home run to right field in the bottom half of the inning to give Tucson an early 1-0 lead. The Padres had chance to score another run in the inning on Daniel Robertson's two-out single, but Rocky Gale was thrown out at home plate by Sky Sox center fielder Tim Wheeler.
Jedd Gyorko's two-run home run to center field in the fifth increased Tucson's lead to 3-0. The home run was his 23rd of the season and his fifth in the past seven games. Colorado Springs scored their first run of the game in the top of the sixth on a Brendan Harris two-out RBI single to left field.
Jason Ray closed out the ninth inning with his first save for the Padres. Colorado Springs starting pitcher Guillermo Moscoso went 4.2 innings allowing seven hits and three runs in his sixth loss with the Sky Sox.
Courtesy of Tim Hagerty, Director of Broadcasting and Media Relations for the Tucson Padres.
Corpus Christi Hooks 5 - Missions 2
Key Statistics: 3B Rincon 2-4, 2B; RF C. Decker 1-3, BB; RHP Portillo (L) 4.0 IP 5H 4R 4ER 3BB 2Ks.
The Missions playoffs hopes ended on Saturday as last year's Texas League champions could manage only five hits all evening with third baseman Edison Rincon having the only one for extra-bases; a double.
Adys Portillo, who pitched so well in low-A Fort Wayne earlier in the year, took his fifth loss against only one victory since being promoted to AA. In seven starts with the Missions Portillo has an 8.40 ERA and his command has left him with a 22/18 BB/K ratio in thirty innings pitched.
The San Antonio Express-News is reporting that RHP Casey Kelly is being sent up to San Diego to make his major league debut on Monday.
Storm 11 - JetHawks 3
Key Statistics: SS Bisson 3-6, 2B, RBI; RF Miller 3-5, 3 RBIs; LF Domoromo 3-6, RBI; 3B McElroy 3-6; 1B Wing 2-6, RBI; 2B Spangenberg 3-5, RBI; C Kral 2-3, 2BBs; RHP Andriese 6.2 IP 3R 3ER 3BBs 4Ks.
The Storm scored four runs in the fourth and fifth innings and plated a final three runs in the top of the ninth to send the home town JetHawks down 11-3 on Saturday night. RF Justin Miller was the offensive star with three RBIs as every Storm position player had at least one hit.
Of Lake Elsinore's twenty-one hits on the night only three went for extra-bases. SS Chris Bisson, a fourth round draft pick out of the University of Kentucky in 2010, is having his best year in the minors as he has pushed his batting average up to .296 with 43 stolen bases.
TinCaps 7 - Lansing Lugnuts 2
Key Statistics: CF Jankowski 3-4, BB, 2B; 1B Whitmore 2-3, BB, 2B, RBI; RHP Cabrera (W) 5.1 IP 2R ER 3BBs 5Ks.
LANSING, MI. – The Fort Wayne TinCaps defeated the Lansing Lugnuts, 7-2, on Saturday night at Cooley Law School Stadium, winning the opener of a four-game series. Starter Erik Cabrera earned his first win in a TinCaps uniform, pitching into the sixth inning and turning in his best effort in his four starts.
Lansing (30-29, 77-51) scored the game's first run, aided by two walks from Cabrera (1-2) in the first inning. A Chris Hawkins groundout sent Nick Baligod across home plate, making it 1-0 Lugnuts. Fort Wayne (34-27, 65-66) then went on to score the next five runs.
The TinCaps touched up starter Aaron Sanchez (8-4) for two runs in the third inning, as Jace Peterson drew a bases-loaded walk and Travis Whitmore laced an RBI single to center field. Facing reliever Phil Brua in the fifth, Fort Wayne scored three more runs. Lee Orr narrowly missed a three-run home run, smashing a ball off the top of the right field fence to scored Travis Jankowski. Two batters later, Austin Hedges hit a ball of the top of the left field fence, plating both Whitmore and Orr, to extend the lead to 5-1.
Cabrera retired the side in the bottom of the fifth, but faced three batters in the sixth before turning the ball over to Cody Hebner. Cabrera had put runners on first and second, and Hebner allowed one to score, bringing Lansing within three at 5-2. Fort Wayne's starter walked three, struck out five and scattered just three hits in five and one-third innings.
Hebner did not allow a run over his time on the hill. He went the distance—three and two-thirds innings—for his first career save.
The TinCaps added single runs in the seventh and eighth innings, stretching their advantage to 7-2.
Courtesy of Mike Couzens, Media Director of the Fort Wayne TinCaps
Emeralds 5 - Tri-City Dust Devils 4 (11 innings)
Key Statistics: LF Baltz 3-5, BB, 3B, RBI; RF Adamson 2-4; RHP Hancock 3.1 IP 4H R, ER, BB; RHP Madrid (BS)W) 2.0 IP 2H 2R 2ER 2Ks.
The Emeralds got the extra-inning win in Pasco, Washington as center fielder Alberth Martiniez made it happen with his legs. In the eleventh inning with one out Martiniez bunted the ball down the third base line and then stole second and moved to third on a throwing error. He was able to score on SS Stephen Carmon's infield ground out to give Eugene the victory.
Although he didn't get the victory RHP Justin Hancock had another good start in the Northwest League. This season Hancock has 1.73 ERA in 67.2 innings pitched with 61 strikeouts.
AZL Mariners 6 - AZL Padres 5
Key Statistics: LF Charles 3-4, 2B, RBI; LHP Fried 2.0 IP 0H 0R 0ER 0BB 2Ks; RHP Lockett 2.0 IP 2H 2R 2ER BB 3Ks; RHP De La Cruz (L) 3.1 IP 4R 4BBs 2Ks.