SALT LAKE CITYThe Tucson Padres tied their season high for runs in an inning Tuesday, scoring nine times in the fifth in their 9-6 victory over the Salt Lake Bees at Spring Mobile Ballpark.
Salt Lake jumped ahead in the first inning with back-to-back triples by Peter Bourjos and Andrew Romine. Ed Lucas brought home Hank Conger on a sacrifice fly to right field to increase the Bees lead to 2-0 in the second inning.
The Padres sent 13 batters to the plate in top of the fifth to take a 9-2 lead. Daniel Robertson's RBI single and Andy Parrino's hit by pitch with the bases loaded tied the score at two. Jedd Gyorko put Tucson ahead of Salt Lake with a sacrifice fly to center field. Matt Clark followed with a two-run single to right field and Vince Belnome later singled him home for a 6-2 score. The next batter, Sawyer Carroll blasted a three-run home run to left field for the final runs of the inning.
The Bees got one run back in the bottom half of the fifth from Romine's sacrifice fly to left field. Salt Lake had an opportunity for another run in the seventh on a single by Romine, but Padres left fielder Jonathan Roof threw out Trevor Crowe trying to score from second base. Cory Aldridge's three-run home run in the bottom of the eighth cut Tucson's lead in half to 9-6.
Ross Ohlendorf earned his first win with Tucson, pitching six innings in relief of starter Anthony Bass. Salt Lake starting pitcher Brad Mills allowed eight hits and six runs in his ninth loss of the season.
Courtesy of Tim Hagerty, Media Director for the Tucson Padres
San Antonio Missions 5 – Midland 6 (10 innings)
Robbie Erlin racked up the strikeouts, unfortunately he also racked up the pitches. The idea was that Erlin was on a 75 pitch limit, and hopefully he would get through six innings. In just five innings Erlin threw 84 pitches with 57 for strikes. Sadly that meant that Erlin had to leave with a 5-1 lead in the 6th inning and that is when the flood gates opened.
The pen and poor defense would allow five runs over the next five innings (only two were earned), as the 5-1 lead became a 6-5 loss.
The final straw happened in the tenth inning. After a double and a ground out to get the runner to third with one out, the Missions played the infield in. A grounder to second was going to lead to a bang bang play at the plate. Unfortunately that never happened as second baseman Dean Anna threw the ball away ending the game.
The Storm are giving Smith a few extra innings for his overall yearly innings limit as they are trying to clinch a playoff spot. Unfortunately a lack of offense and a bad pen led to another defeat. The Storm are now three games back with six left to play, all at home.
They have two games left with San Jose before four final games against Inland Empire, who is currently two games up against the Storm and one game behind Lancaster.
LANSING, Mich. – The Fort Wayne TinCaps secured a narrow victory against the Lansing Lugnuts, defeating the first half champions, 7-6, and earning a split of the four-game series at Cooley Law School Stadium. The TinCaps churned out a season-high 18 hits, all singles, and overcame their largest deficit of the season in the win.
Travis Jankowski began the night with a single to center field, stretching his hitting streak to a season-high-tying 11 games, and came in to score on a Travis Whitmore RBI single, giving Fort Wayne (35-29-66-68) a 1-0 lead after the top of the first inning.
TinCaps starter Ruben Mejia could not hold the lead, as he allowed Lansing (32-30, 79-52) to score twice in both the second and third innings, which made it a 4-1 Lugnuts advantage. Cody Hebner let up one run in the fourth, making it 5-1.
Prior to Tuesday night, the largest deficit the TinCaps had overcome to win a game in 2012 was three runs. Down by four, Fort Wayne scored four times on three consecutive run-scoring hits from Yeison Asencio, Travis Whitmore and Austin Hedges to tie the game.
In the top of the sixth, the TinCaps added two more runs, with Travis Jankowski picking up an RBI single and Jace Peterson scoring a run on a groundout. Jankowski finished the night 4-5, marking his first four-hit game as a professional.
The lead held at 7-5 heading to the bottom of the eighth. Jeremy Gigliotti came on to pitch and was removed after two batters . He hit Kevin Patterson and walked Andy Fermin, which prompted Manager Jose Valentin to bring on Matt Stites for a six-out save. Stites avoided danger in the eighth by striking out two of the three batters he faced.
In the ninth, Stites, who had allowed three runs in 44 innings of work, gave up a leadoff home run to Nick Baligod, which shrunk the TinCaps lead to one, 7-6. Jason Leblebijian and Chris Hawkins hit back-to-back singles, which put the tying and winning runs on base. Stites then retired the next three batters, earning the save. Luis De La Cruz (5-8) earned the victory with two scoreless innings of relief. Lansing's Blake McFarland (5-6) took the loss.
Fort Wayne is once again tied with Lake County in the second half standings. With six games remaining, the TinCaps and Captains hold a two-game edge over West Michigan. Due to Midwest League tiebreakers if Lake County and Fort Wayne were tied at the end of the regular season, the Captains would be the second half champions and the TinCaps the second half wild card.
Courtesy of Mike Couzens, Media Director of the Fort Wayne TinCaps.
Spokane Indians 4 – Eugene Ems 5
Joe Ross is dominant as he strikes out seven in just 5 innings allowing only three baserunners. The Ems built a 3-0 lead only to have the pen, just like in San Antonio, give up the lead. In the 9th inning with the scored tied at three, Matt Stites allowed a run to put the Ems behind.
In the bottom of ninth the Ems would launch an attack of singles. With the bases loaded, one out, tie game, Corey Adamson would single to left for the game winning hit.
With a win today and Vancouver losing to Yakima, the Ems take a ½ game lead with only three games left (Vancouver has four left).
The Ems have their final 3 games at home against Spokane (27-46) while Vancouver has 4 left @ Yakima (36-36).
AZL Royals 17 – AZL Padres 14
Key Stats: RHP Michael Kelly 4IP, 6H, 3R, 2ER, 3BB, 4Ks; CF Henry Charles 3-5, 3 RS, 3B, 3 RBI, BB; 3B Chris Burke 2-6, 3B, RS, 4 RBI; LF Alexi Colon 3-4, 3 RS, 2 3B, 2 RBI, BB; DH Anthony Renteria (Rick Renteria's son) 3-3, 2 2B, 2 RS, 2 RBI, BB.