Key Stats: RHP Cashner IP, 2H, 0R, 4K, 1BB; 1B Clark 3-4, 2B;
Andrew Cashner continued his rehab with a second solid appearance for Tucson. The 25-year-old righty, returning from an oblique strain, worked three scoreless innings. He yielded two hits and a walk while striking out four. After tossing two innings in his first appearance last week, Cashner stretched out to 46 pitches on Sunday, 35 of which went for strikes. He is on track to make one more appearance when Tucson is in Reno on Friday before returning to the big league club.
Eddie Kunz earned the loss in relief, giving up four runs in the fourth inning. The righty gave up four hits and also committed a throwing error on a would-be double play grounder. In 39.2 innings in Triple-A, the former Mets first round pick has walked 20 against only 12 strikeouts.
Corpus Christi 2 San Antonio 1
Key Stats: OF C. Decker 2-4, HR(23); RHP Jackson 5IP, 6H, 2ER, 4K, 0BB
The Missions' late-season slide continued as the Hooks dropped them for the second straight game. The club has lost 10 of the last 12 to get eliminated from the Texas League playoff race.
Although starter Matt Jackson took the loss, he gave up only two earned runs on six hits in five innings. The righty struck out four and, for the third consecutive appearance, didn't issue a base on balls. In 41 Texas League innings, he has only walked five, and at three levels this season, he has walked only 21 in 138 innings.
Cody Decker, who played both corner outfield spots in the game, was the lone bright spot offensively for the Missions. The slugger blasted a homerun as he went 2-for-4. The 25-year-old had a brutal month in Triple-A, but is tied for second in the Texas League with 23 homers in 311 at-bats.
Lancaster 7 Lake Elsinore 4
Key Stats: DH Medica 2-5, 2B, HR (17), 3K; RF Miller 3-4, 2B, BB; CF Tate 2-4, SB
The Storm fell a game back in the chase for a Cal League wild card as they dropped their second of three games in Lancaster Sunday. They now sit one game behind the JetHawks and Inland Empire, who finish the season at The Diamond next weekend.
Starter Chris Fetter's second Cal League appearance didn't go any better than the first. The 25-year-old righty, still coming back from 2011 Tommy John Surgery, gave up four runs, three earned, in just 2.2 innings. The JetHawks got to him for six hits, including three extra-base knocks, but Fetter was undone by his own wildness as the gigantic righty walked four and uncorked a wild pitch.
As has been the case for much of the second half, Tommy Medica, Casey McElroy and Justin Miller paced the offense. The trio went 7-13 with a pair of walks. Each had at least one extra-base hit, including Media's 17th homer of the season. Donavan Tate was the only other Storm hitter with multiple hits though and the club stranded 12 men, going just 4-for-14 with runners in scoring position.
Lansing 4 Fort Wayne 0
Key Stats: CF Jankowski 1-4, SB, K; RF Asencio 1-4;
To prospect Noah Syndergaard and two relievers shut out the TinCaps as the Lugnuts evened up the series with Fort Wayne.
The TinCaps managed only four singles against Syndergaard, who pushed his season total against them to 16 scoreless innings. In their last matchup, the club was hitless over three innings and they haven't collected an extra-base hit against him yet this year.
Starter Frank Garces took the loss, giving up three runs, two earned, in 3.2 innings. The 22-year-old lefty led the Midwest League in ERA for much of the year, but has given up 10 earned runs in 10.2 innings in his last three starts to push his ERA up to 2.85.
Eugene 4 Tri-City 2
Key Stats: LF Baltz 1-4, 2B, 3RBI; SS Carmon 2-4, 3B, BB, 2R; LHP Marcano 5.2 IP, 2H, 0ER, 5K, 1BB
Jeremy Baltz knocked a two-run double and then came around to score on Maxx Tissenbaum's single as the Emeralds rallied for three runs in the eighth inning on their way to a 4-2 victory. The club, now tied for the second-half division lead, heads home for a five-game series against Spokane to end the season
Juan Marcano picked up the win with his strongest performance in almost a month. The lefty was summoned with two men on in the fourth and struck out both batters he faced to escape further damage. Marcano, who turned 22 earlier in the week, then worked five more innings, giving up only two singles and a walk, and struck out five.
Rodney Daal returned from the disabled list and Edwin Moreno made his Northwest League debut after a strong stateside debut in the Arizona League. The 18-year-old Dominican, signed in October 2010, posted a 298/319/461 line in 42 games in the desert. Both players were 0-for-3 in the game.
AZL Padres had the night off. They play their final three games of the season this coming week.