Tacoma's bullpen contained multiple late-inning Tucson rallies, helping the Rainiers hold on to a 6-4 win Thursday at Kino Stadium. The Padres loaded the bases in the seventh inning and James Darnell stung a line drive to left field, but Johan Limonta made a leaping catch to preserve the lead. Anthony Contreras led off the bottom of the ninth inning with a single but the Padres did not score, falling Thursday and losing the series two games to one.
Thursday's game showed offense early, as both teams scored three times in the first inning, with all runs coming with two outs. The Padres had three straight, two-out RBI hits in the first by James Darnell, Sawyer Carroll and Vince Belnome. Carroll was 2-for-3 with two doubles and two RBIs for the T-Pads.
Jorge Reyes pitched 5.1 innings for the Padres, allowing six runs, all earned. The Padres bullpen was strong, with both Cory Burns and Alex Hinshaw pitching scoreless outings. Hinshaw struck out three batters in a row in the eighth inning.
Courtesy of Tim Hagerty, Director of Broadcasting and Media Relations for the Tucson Padres.
San Antonio – Jedd Gyorko had three hits and three RBI and Keyvius Sampson limited the RoughRiders to one run on three hits as San Antonio snapped a season-high four-game losing streak with a 4-2 win over the Frisco RoughRiders Thursday night at Wolff Stadium.
Gyorko drew a two-out walk in the bottom of the first and Nate Freiman then followed with a double down the left field line to put the Missions up 1-0.
Two innings later, Gyorko hit a two-run homer over the left field wall scoring Reymond Fuentes ahead of him to give San Antonio a 3-0 lead. The Missions lead increased to 4-0 after Gyorko's RBI single in the fifth scored Dean Anna.
Sampson struck out five and walked just one as he earned his second win of the season.
The fourth and final game of the home stand is tomorrow night at 7:05 p.m. Right-hander Barret Loux (5-0, 1.63 ERA) will start for Frisco while left-hander Andrew Werner (0-3, 4.76 ERA) takes the hill for San Antonio.
Courtesy of Jim White, Media Director of the San Antonio Missions
Adelanto, CA The Storm looking to retain their spot at the top of the Southern Division battling against the home team High Desert Maverick in the rubber match fell tonight 7-5.
The first inning the two team each scored by way of doubles. For Lake Elsinore, Cory Spangenberg hit a double to left field and would later score off a Michael Wing single with two outs.
The home team would continue to stretch out their lead in he third as Miller hit his second double of the game and Steven Proscia singled to give the Mavericks a 3-1 lead.
They would pick up yet another run in the fourth off a Trevor Coleman home run that went over the centerfield high wall.
The Storm would make a comeback, In the seventh Rico Noel and Chris Bisson reached base on catchers interference and a walk before Rymer Liriano singles allowing both to score cutting the lead to 3-7.
Neither team scored in the eight, but in the ninth the Storm would have a chance. With two outs and no one on, Bisson singled up the middle and Spangenberg singled to right field to put two men on base. Liriano hit a single of his own scoring Bisson and the Storm looking to rally. Michael Wing doubled scoring Spangenberg but the inning came to a close too soon and the Storm fell out of first place in the division by a half a game.
Jackson suffered only his second loss of the season going five innings and allowing nine hits and seven runs. Dennis O'Grady and Matt Branham came in relief combining to strike out five and allowing no runs.
The Storm will fall to 15-12 but still remain in the hunt for first in the South Division when they move on to face Rancho Cucamonga Quakes in a three game series this weekend.
Courtesy of Eric Theiss, Assistant Director of Media Relations for the Lake Elsinore Storm.
Fort Wayne Tin Caps 1 – Western Michigan Whitecaps 2 (11 innings)
Cornstock Park, Mich. Aaron Westlake's solo home run in the bottom of the 11th inning lifted the West Michigan Whitecaps to a 2-1 victory over the Fort Wayne TinCaps on Thursday night at Fifth Third Ballpark. The TinCaps held a 1-0 advantage after six innings, but could not hang on for the win despite a stellar outing from starter Adys Portillo.
The 20-year-old right-hander threw a career-high seven innings, and allowed just two hits. Portillo walked one batter and struck out six, as he retired the final 13 batters he faced in order.
Fort Wayne (10-17) was held without a base hit over the first five innings. A walk issued to Casey McElroy and Mike Gallic being hit by a pitch accounted for the only two baserunners the TinCaps had over the first five. In the sixth, Jace Peterson reached on a two-out walk, stole second, and was singled home by Justin Miller to make it 1-0 Fort Wayne.
Daniel Cropper (BS) came on in relief of Portillo, trying to hold a 1-0 lead for Fort Wayne and send the game to the ninth. Cropper surrendered a one-out double to Curt Casali, and then got Jeff Holm to ground out for the second out of the frame. Chad Wright, however, tied the game at one in the eighth with an RBI single to left. At the time, that was only the third hit of the game for the Whitecaps.
The TinCaps did not put a runner on base in either the ninth or the 10th against West Michigan's Michael Torrealba, and despite putting runners at first and second in the 11th against Daniel Bennett (2-1), they could not score.
Successful at keeping the Whitecaps at bay in the ninth and 10th, Luiz De La Cruz (1-3) stayed in the game to pitch the 11th for the TinCaps. But with one out in the inning, Aaron Westlake lined a ball over the fence in right for a walk-off home run. It was the first extra innings affair of the year for Fort Wayne, while West Michigan (14-13) improved to 2-2 in extras.
Courtesy of Mike Couzens, Media Director of the Fort Wayne TinCaps.