Tucson falls to Tacoma 16-8
Starter Jon Leicester was tagged for 11 runs over three-plus innings as the T-Padres were routed in the second game of a four-game series with the Mariners’ top club.
Leicester opened the fourth inning with back-to-back walks before yielding to Aaron Poreda. The lefty, who has fought control problems since coming into the organization as part of the Jake Peavy trade, proceeded to issue three more walks and a wild pitch in the inning. On the year, he has surrendered 31 free passes in 30 innings of work.
Rehabbing catcher Nick Hundley went 0-for-1 with a walk and run scored in four innings of work. Will Venable was 2-for-4 with a homer and five RBIs. He has loved the environment in Tucson with 11 hits in 25 at-bats, but has just one single in six games on the road since his demotion.
San Antonio defeats Springfield 4-3
The Missions, who are making a habit of walk-off wins, plated two in the bottom of the ninth to claim their fourth last-second victory in five days. After James Darnell slugged his 12th homer of the year to open the ninth inning, Vincent Belnome reached on a walk. Bryan Altman replaced him on the basepaths, ultimately coming around to score on a throwing error by third baseman Zack Cox.
Although he didn’t factor in the decision, starter Anthony Bass tossed five innings of one-hit ball in his return to Double-A after an emergency start for Tucson last week. The 23-year-old righty struck out six on the afternoon, turning in his second straight performance without allowing a walk.
Outfielder Sawyer Carroll connected for his eighth homer of the season to extend his hitting streak to 11 games. During the streak, he’s posted a .395/434/767 line. He also dropped a key sacrifice bunt in the ninth inning to advance Belnome. After a hugely disappointing 2010 season, the University of Kentucky product is rebounding very well in a return performance in San Antonio. The left-handed slugger has a 935 OPS through 47 games this year, though his round-tripper was the first at Wolff Stadium.
Elsinore defeated by Lancaster 12-6
The Storm offense had one comeback in them on Sunday, as they came back from an early 6-0 deficit to tie the game in the fifth inning, but the JetHawks put the game out of reach with a five spot in the eighth inning.
Starter Michael Watt was tagged for six earned runs over four innings of work. For the first time this year, the 22-year-old lefty avoided giving up a walk, but he surrendered a season-high 10 hits, including a grand slam. The former first-round pick continues to rack up a strikeout per inning of work – he now sits just one behind Matt Lollis for the team lead this year – but has been victimized by big innings.
Catcher Jason Hagerty continued his recent torrid hitting, going 2-for-3 with a double to push his season line up to .331/.395/.541. The switch-hitter, who did most of his damage in the second half last year, has been heating up as the season moves on again this year, reaching base in his last 17 games.
Fort Wayne loses to Kane County 7-1
The Tin Caps got another great starting pitching effort on their way to a sweep of the Cougars at home. Starter Mark Hardy followed the recipe he’s used all year, giving up just two hits and one walk in holding Kane County off the board for six innings. Although the 23-year-old lefty has struck out just 24 hitters over 46 innings of work, including two yesterday, he has walked only twelve, helping him toward a 2.54 ERA.
Second baseman Tyler Stubblefield led the club with a 3-for-4 performance that included a pair of doubles. The 2010 draftee joined the club earlier in the week when Pat McKenna went the DL with a broken hand and started back-to-back games over the weekend.
Luis Domoromo capped the Tincaps scoring with a two-RBI double in the eighth inning. While the 19-year-old Venezuelan has continued to get on base at a steady pace – he’s maintaining a .306 average with an OBP of .381 – but the knock was just his second extra-base hit in his last 10 games.