Manager Terry Kennedy's cobbled-together lineup was not quite up to the task as they opened a four-game series in Vegas Friday, falling to the 51s 10-8.
The T-Padres' starting outfield of Matt Clark in right, James Darnell in center and Bobby Kielty in left, each had a pair of hits on the night including Clark's seventh homer of the month. After a very slow start to the year, the big lefty, who had never played anywhere but first prior to this season, has an 1.140 OPS since June first.
Reliever Luis Perdomo took the loss, giving up a pair of runs on three hits in two innings of work. The righty, who the Padres elected to keep instead of Rule 5 pick Ivan Nova at the end of spring training in 2009, has struck out 40 against 37 walks in 54.2 innings this year.
San Antonio falls to RockHounds 5-1
Juan Oramas had his first sub-par start in over a month and the offense continued its recent struggles as the Missions dropped another one to Midland. The club has now lost six of their last seven against the A's Texas League affiliate.
Oramas was solid if not spectacular over the first five innings, but then gave up a three-spot in his sixth and final frame. Overall, he finished the night allowing four runs on eight hits, striking out just three against a pair of walks. For the first time this year, he tossed 100 pitches.
Dan Robertson continued his torrid July, going 2-for-4 and scoring the Missions' only run of the night. The Oregon State product singled and swiped second before coming around on a Blake Tekotte single with two outs in the eighth to avoid a shutout. Robertson sports a 382/429/513 line this month, earning him a spot back at the top of the Missions lineup.
Lake Elsinore falls to IE 11-9
The Storm squandered two leads as the 66ers came back from 7-3 and 9-7 deficits to beat the Elsinore bullpen Friday evening.
Jason Ray was tagged with a blown save and loss despite giving up no earned runs. After entering with the tying run on first, and one out, Ray induced a grounder, but Jake Blackwood booted it for an error. Ray then surrendered a single and double wrapped around a sacrifice fly to yield two unearned runs.
Reymond Fuentes paced the offense with his second straight four-hit night in San Bernardino, including another triple. The With three, the slight lefty has as many extra-base hits in the series as he had in the previous month.
Both Jeudy Valdez (arm injury after getting hit with a pitch) and Dan Meeley (leg injury after legging out an infield hit) had to leave the game with injuries. We will work on status updates for you. Tommy Medica replaced Meeley to get his first Cal League action after he completed his rehab stint in Arizona, taking the roster spot of Mike Baxter, who was claimed off waivers by the Mets.
Fort Wayne stumbles to Cedar Rapids 4-1
A Luis Domoromo homer accounted for all the TinCaps offense as the Kernels rolled to a 4-1 victory to avoid a series sweep.
Domoromo's blast extended his hitting streak to seven games, during which he is 11-for-31 with a pair of homers and two doubles. The 19-year-old lefty is at 295/352/443 for the year. Rymer Liriano was the only TinCaps hitter to reach base safely multiple times, drawing a pair of walks. He swiped second base each time, but was stranded in both cases.
Zack Cates took the loss, giving up three runs on seven hits over five innings. The righty had a 4-to-1 strikeout to walk ratio for his third consecutive start.
Eugene shut down by Vancouver
The Emeralds dropped their eighth in 10 contests Friday, continuing their recent offensive struggles. With the loss, the Ems have fallen into a tie atop the standings with Vancouver.
James Needy gave up individual runs in each of the first three innings and was chased by a two-run homer in the fifth as the 21-year-old right struggled through his worst appearance of the year. Needy surrendered season highs in hits (10) and runs (5) over just 4.1 innings of work, striking out a pair and issuing no walks.
Lee Orr kept the club from getting shut out with a sacrifice fly in the sixth inning. The right-handed slugger now leads the club with 23 RBIs on the year as part of a solid 258/403/464 professional debut.