Tucson tops Redbirds 8-2
Tucson rode four homers and a solid starting effort by Jon Leicester to a series-opening victory.
Recently-resigned Drew Macias clubbed a solo homer in the fifth inning, his first since returning to the organization. In eight games, the left-handed centerfielder has three extra-base hits and a .304 average.
Anthony Rizzo had another strong day at the plate, going 2-for-3 with a double and homer and a pair of walks. His day on the basepaths, however, wasn’t as successful. The big first baseman was thrown out on a stolen base attempt to end the first and brought the fifth to a close by getting thrown out at the plate on a Matt Clark single.
Missions fall to Springfield 3-1
San Antonio took just their second loss of the month as Cardinals pitching limited them to just five hits in the series finale.
Juan Oramas was saddled with the loss despite earning a quality start. The Mexican lefty gave up three runs over six innings. Oramas struggled with control throughout the game, walking three, issuing a wild pitch and hitting a batter, but he also struck out six more. Since making his season debut in May, the 21-year-old’s K rate has improved each month.
Jedd Gyorko had two more hits, including a first inning single which drove in the Missions’ only run of the night. The West Virginia alum has hit in seven of his last eight, and has an 874 OPS this month after a slow start following his promotion.
Storm blanks Modesto 3-0
Lake Elsinore got strong starting pitching and just enough offense for the second straight night, claiming wins in the first two contests of a four-game series.
Starter Jose De Paula scattered five singles and a walk over five innings, but helped his cause considerably with three ground ball double plays. The lefty, whose innings are being controlled by getting six to seven days off between starts, has two or fewer earned runs in each of his past five starts, racking up 22 strikeouts in 26 innings.
Tommy Medica and Nate Freiman each slugged solo homers. Freiman, who was 2-for-4 is now third in the Cal League with 94 RBI. No hitter on the circuit has more extra-base hits with fewer strikeouts than the big first baseman.
Ft. Wayne walks off with 4-3 win over Hot Rods
When Rymer Liriano lifted a fly ball to right field with one out in the ninth, Cory Spangenberg, who’d already used his speed to get to third base, darted in with the winning run to claim a series win for the TinCaps.
Spangenberg was 3-for-4 on the night, with an RBI single and a stolen base. After reaching in the ninth, the first-round pick stole second and advanced to third on a wild pitch. After a miserable three weeks following his promotion from Eugene, the 20-year-old is back on a roll this month, posting a 308/372/487 line through 42 plate appearances.
Keyvius Sampson worked five scoreless innings, holding Bowling Green to just two hits and a walk, though he did hit a batter as well. The 20-year-old righty struck out seven and now ranks fifth in the league with 118 and a 2.53 ERA over 99.2 innings of work.
Emeralds fall to Boise 7-5
James Needy got knocked around – and then out – in a five-run second inning and the Emeralds were unable to regain the lead and fell to the Hawks 7-5.
Needy was charged with five runs (four earned) in just one-plus inning of work. He has had a rough go over his last four appearances, giving up 14 runs in just 12.2 innings.
Sixth-rounder Kyle Gaedele connected for his second homer of the season - and second in as many nights – as part of a 2-for-3 night with a walk. His homer Friday, however, will probably be more memorable than his first as a pro, as he managed an inside-the-park grand slam to center. The big right-handed hitter also swiped his sixth base of the season.
Jace Peterson and Donavan Tate also stole bags in the game, extending the Emeralds’ Northwest League-leading total to 111, nearly 30 more than the number two club. Five of the 13 players in double-figures in the league are Emeralds.
AZL Padres blasted by Angels 13-4
The Padres trailed from start to finish in an all-around ugly contest.
Seventh-rounder Matt Wisler made his professional debut, but it certainly did not go the way he would have hoped. The Ohio high schooler faced five batters and failed to record an out. The 18-year-old surrendered a single, double, two walks and a hitter batter before yielding to Warren Slack.
Cody Decker made his first rehab appearance since an injury knocked him out in San Antonio two months ago. The first baseman was 0-for-4 with a pair of strikeouts.
Yair Lopez constituted most of the offense, going 2-for-3 with a walk, stolen base, and three RBIs. The left fielder now has one walk in each month of the AZL season