Tucson blanked by Redbirds
It’s not quite the same game when you leave Tucson and get into the American North division in the PCL, a lesson the T-Padres’ offense was reminded of as they collected only two hits and were shut out in Memphis.
Jeremy Hefner, making just his third start at sea level in the last three months, enjoyed the opportunity, giving up only one run in seven innings. The righty surrendered only five singles and a walk while striking out six. Over his last 42 innings, Hefner has racked up 39 strikeouts after carrying a very pedestrian 5.6 K/9 rate through his first 16 games.
Chris Denorfia made his first rehab appearance since going on the big league club’s disabled list, going 0-for-1 with a walk while playing four innings of defense in right field.
San Antonio stymied by Travelers 2-1
A one-out hit in the eighth inning kept the Missions from the ignominy of being no-hit for the second time in only three weeks, but the club managed just one run for the third straight night. The game ended as Dan Robertson tried to score from second base on an infield single by Carlos Sosa, but was thrown out.
Dean Anna, who has been ice cold, lined a clean single to left to break up the no-hitter. The utility infielder had been oh-for his last 17 at-bats and had only three hits in 31 at-bats this month.
As he has been for most of the year, Casey Kelly was solid but nothing more on the night. The highly-regarded athlete worked five innings, giving up two runs on four hits and four walks, while striking out four as well. He continues to rack up groundouts, a positive indicator for the future.
Storm comes up short in Modesto 5-4
Lake Elsinore came up short in their ninth inning rally when Jeudy Valdez, who had just driven in a run with a single, was thrown out trying to steal second to end the game.
Valdez had an eventful night. At the plate, he was 1-for-3 with a walk and sacrifice fly, collecting a pair of RBIs. But in addition to the mistake to end the game – his 10th caught stealing on the year - he also booted a grounder for his 26th error of the season.
Jerry Sullivan’s long slog through the Cal League continued as the third-rounder from the 2009 draft took the loss by surrendering three runs over five innings. The big righty yielded six hits and a walk while striking out only two. On the year, opponents are hitting .321 against him and he’s managed only 65 strikeouts in 120 innings of work.
TinCaps beat Lansing 8-4
Fort Wayne had only one extra base hit, but strung together a dozen singles and six walks to plate eight runs and top the Lugnuts for their fourth straight victory and move to within one game of second place in the MWL Eastern division.
Wes Cunningham picked up the lone extra-base hit, a triple, as part of his 3-for-4 night that also included a walk and a stolen base. The Murray State product has been on a tear of late, collecting hits in 11 of his last 12 contests, good for a 378/429/578 line on the month.
Kevin Quackenbush’s ridiculous professional debut continued as the righty earned his sixth save. After entering the game with a runner on first and one away, Quackenbush struck out a pair to get out of the eighth inning, then sandwiched two more K’s around a ground out in the ninth. Over 10.1 innings since his promotion from Eugene, the eighth-rounder has struck out 18 while allowing 9 base runners, staying on a nearly identical pace to his showing in the Northwest League.
Eugene outslugs Hawks 14-10
Eight different Emeralds scored as the club wrapped up a four-game series in which they put up 44 runs on the way to a split at Boise.
Donavan Tate drove in a team-high four runs with a double and triple, and also walked twice to push his Northwest League line to 301/416/442 over 29 games. The former third overall pick has significantly cut down his strikeout rate over the last six weeks, whiffing just 11 times in his last 84 plate appearances.
Second baseman Justin Miller extended his hitting streak to eight games, going 2-for-4 with a pair of walks. The undersized middle infielder, who signed as a 30th-round pick out of Southeastern Oklahoma State, continues his impressive play which already earned him a promotion from the complex league, where he hit .407 across 17 games. Since joining Eugene in mid-July, he has a 360/449/480 line including a 15-for-35 stretch on the current road trip.
AZL Padres top A’s 8-7
Cody Decker’s fifth inning homer provided the Padres with a lead that three relievers held on to over the final four frames to claim the victory.
Decker, in his third rehab start, went 3-for-4 including the two-run blast after an 0-for-7 in his first two contests. As he has in both previous appearances, the first baseman stayed out of the field defensively. After an eighth inning single, Alberth Martinez pinch ran for him and stayed in as the team’s designated hitter.
Corey Adamson collected his first professional home run as part of a 3-for-4 afternoon. Over his last 30 games, the 19-year-old Australian has hit .285 with 14 walks, but his rawness in game situations is betrayed by 29 strikeouts and a dreadful stolen base percentage of 7 in 15 attempts.