Key Statistics: SS Petit 3-4 HR(1),RBI; C Rivera 3-4, HR(1), 3 RBI; RF J. Decker 1-5 HR(1), RBI; RHP Stauffer 3.9 IP 7H 4ER BB K; RHP Boxberger (L) 1.2IP H 2R ER BB, K.
SALT LAKE CITYThe Salt Lake Bees sent ten batters to the plate in a five-run seventh inning in their 9-5 win over the Tucson Padres Thursday. It was the first game of the season at Spring Mobile Ballpark.
Trailing 4-0 in the fourth inning, Tucson outfielder Jaff Decker hit an opposite-field home run to give the Padres their first run of the season. Rene Rivera hit a three-run homer over the left field wall in the seventh to tie the score, 4-4.
In the bottom of the seventh inning, Tucson reliever Tommy Layne walked Chris Snyder with the bases loaded to give Salt Lake a one-run lead. The Bees brought home three runs on the very next play when Daniel Robertson dropped a fly ball in center field with the bases loaded. John Hester's RBI single plated the final run of the inning for Salt Lake and put the Bees ahead, 9-4.
Gregorio Petit hit the Padres' third home run of the game in the top of the ninth, but it was not enough as the Bees held on for the victory. Salt Lake reliever David Carpenter earned the win, while Tucson's Brad Boxberger was charged with his first loss of the year. Tim Stauffer started for Tucson and went four innings, yielding seven hits, four earned runs and a walk.
Courtesy of Tim Hagerty, Director of Broadcasting and Media Relations for the Tucson Padres.
For further reading on the Tucson Padres please see the Arizona Daily Star
Missions 7 - Tulsa Drillers 1
Key Statistics: 1B Medica 2-3, BB, 2B; LF E. Williams 2-5, 2B, 2RBI; SS Valdez 2-4, 2B; C E. Rodriguez 2-4, 2 RBI; 3B Blackwood 2-3, 2 2B, RBI; RHP Roach (W) 5.0 IP H, 2BBs, 4Ks
Prospect Watch: If the Missions can hit just a little this staff is going to carry them a long way. A solid outing by Donn Roach and his sinker and also a nice start by first baseman Tommy Medica who is going to have carry much of the offense this year. A nice start by Everett Williams, the Padres‘ second round pick in 2009. Maybe coming home for the Texas native will awake his bat which got a lot of hype in his amateur career.
Rancho Cucamonga Quakes 5 - Storm 4
Key Statistics: 2B Spangenberg 2-5; CF Jankowski 2-3, BB,2B; RHP Wisler 5.0 IP 3H, 2BBs, 5Ks; RHP Cruz(BS)(L) 1.0 IP, H, 3R, 2 BBs, HR.
TinCaps 5 - Great Lakes Loons 2
Key Statistics: DH Smith 2-4, HR(1), BB; CF Adams 2-5, HR(1), 2 RBI; RHP Ross (W) 5.0 IP H, BB, 4Ks; RHP Madrid (S) 0.1 IP.
MIDLAND, MI: The Fort Wayne TinCaps used an early burst of offense and a pristine pitching outing to earn a win in the opening game of the 2013 season. Outfielders Mallex Smith and Brian Adams each hit fourth-inning home runs, and starting pitcher Joe Ross provided five, shutout innings in a 5-2 victory over the Great Lakes Loons Thursday night.
Ross (1-0), who began the 2012 season with Fort Wayne, allowed one hit over his five innings, walking one and striking out four. Only four Loons batters reached base against the 19-year-old, who, in his first start last year, did not reach the end of the second inning, allowing seven runs in a loss against Lake County. Ross' Thursday counterpart, Great Lakes' Angel Sanchez (0-1), pitched four innings and allowed five earned runs while walking three and striking out one.
Fort Wayne (1-0) scored the first run of the game on a Smith RBI single in the top of the third, plating Brian Adams. Outfielder Jeremy Baltz doubled to left later in the third, plating Smith and giving the TinCaps a 2-0 advantage.
The remainder of the Fort Wayne runs came across in the fourth. Adams delivered a two-run blast over the wall in left, a towering shot that cleared the lawn seating at Dow Diamond. Two batters later, Smith hit a solo home run to right field, extending the lead to 5-0.
Great Lakes (0-1) scored its two runs in the ninth inning against TinCaps pitcher Erik Cabrera. The righthander, who pitched in five games with Fort Wayne in 2012, allowed a leadoff RBI single to Eric Smith and was responsible for the second run of the inning scoring on a wild pitch. Roman Madrid relieved Cabrera and picked up the final out of the game, earning his first save in the process.
Courtesy of Mike Couzens, Media Director of the Fort Wayne TinCaps
For further reading on the TinCaps' home opener please see the Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette
. For the box scores of all the games please go to the MiLB.com scoreboards