Tucson outlasts Sounds 4-3
Luis Martinez’s two-RBI double during a three-run seventh inning put the Padres ahead for good and helped secure a series split in Nashville.
Martinez, who also drew two walks, has reached base in six of 12 plate appearances since rejoining the Missions from the Majors. On the season, the Florida native has hit almost 70 points higher on the road than in the friendly confines of Kino Stadium, with an OPS more than 200 points better.
Jeremy Hefner held the Sounds to just one run over 6.2 innings, recording seven strikeouts against just six baserunners. The righty gave way to rehabbing Ernesto Frieri with a runner on second, but Frieri coughed up the tying run to cost Hefner the chance at a victory. In addition to his work on the mound, Hefner also plated the first run of the game on his first homer of the year.
San Antonio beats Springfield 4-1
Four Missions pitchers combined to two-hit the Cardinals and Carlos Sosa led the offense to a series sweep and a six game lead in the Texas League’s Southern Division.
Sosa, who had been out of affiliated ball for more than two years before signing with the Padres two weeks ago, continued his torrid hitting, going 2-for-3 with a homer and two runs scored. The 28-year-old spent six seasons in the Giants’ system after signing out of the Dominican in 2001.
Joe Wieland earned the victory with a strange night. The righty, making his third start since joining the organization in the Mike Adams trade, gave up only one unearned run and a pair of singles in five innings. While he issued no walks, he also did not strike out a batter. In 10 Texas League starts, the 21-year-old has posted a 1.50 ERA while allowing 58 runners over 60 innings.
Storm quieted by Bakersfield
Nate Freiman’s three-run homer in the first inning put Lake Elsinore in position to hold their division lead outright on Friday, but Jerry Sullivan couldn’t make the early lead hold up and the Storm fell into a tie with Rancho Cucamonga.
Freiman’s blast, his 20th of the year, extended his career-high RBI total to 103, just five off the Cal League lead. The giant first baseman also drew a walk over his five plate appearances, and extended his hitting streak to 10 games.
Sullivan’s choppy season continued as he surrendered five runs over five innings. The righty out of Oral Roberts yielded seven hits, including the 16th and 17th homers he has allowed this year. On the season, opponents are hitting .322 against Sullivan.
Ft. Wayne Pounds Whitecaps 10-2
For the second straight night, the TinCaps posted double-digit runs as they continued their late-season surge and claimed a series victory over West Michigan.
First-round pick Cory Spangenberg led the 16-hit attack with four of his own. The lefty-hitting second baseman’s recent hot streak has pushed his August average up to .360 and brought his overall average across two levels back over .300.
Keyvius Sampson earned his 10th win of the year in yet another five run outing, giving up two earned runs on three hits and three walks. The righty from Ocala, Florida, struck out six, keeping to his season pace of striking out 30% of the batters he has faced.
Eugene downs Volcanoes 5-1
Jace Peterson tripled in two runs then came around to score the final run as the Emeralds closed to within one game of Salem-Keizer for second place in the division with their second straight victory in the showdown series. Peterson, whose average has spiked this month but had been without an extra-base hit in his last 75 plate appearances, also swiped his 29th base and is now one of four Emeralds players in double digits on the season.
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AZL Padres fall to Giants 5-2
Jean Corpas made his first start in the desert, but was roughed up in the first inning and the Padres were never able to overcome the early three run deficit.
Corpas, a 20-year-old righty from Panama, gave up four runs on eight hits. While he didn’t walk anyone, he hit a batter and uncorked a pair of wild pitches. With four strikeouts over three innings, he stays on track with his rate of one per inning since coming stateside in June.
Corey Adamson collected the club’s only extra-base hit, a triple to lead off the seventh and then came around on an infield single. The Aussie has hit in seven of his last eight games, but has nine strikeouts against one walk in that stretch.