Tucson surges pass Aces
The T-Padres scored 10 unanswered runs over the final four frames and a lineup cobbled together with guys playing out of position or above their typical lead topped Reno 10-3.
Starter Rob Musgrave picked up his third consecutive win by giving up three runs over seven innings. The lefty struck out four and walked a pair while recording nine groundouts. After a rough transition to Triple-A, the 25-year-old 2008 draftee has posted a 2.00 ERA over his final three starts of the year, with a 15-3 strikeout-to-walk ratio.
Mykal Stokes, who rejoined the club from Elsinore prior to the game, had the big hit in Tucson’s eight-run outburst in the sixth inning, knocking a bases-clearing triple. The ultra-athletic outfielder has shuttled between four stops this year, skipping only the complex league and San Antonio. Overall, in 199 at-bats, he sports a 226/276/291 line.
Missions pound Corpus again
The San Antonio Missions are steaming toward the playoffs, erupting for double-digit runs against the league-doormat Hooks for the second consecutive night. Riding four homers over the first four frames, the Missions ultimately prevailed 10-3.
Vince Belnome’s fantastic performance this year has continued unabated after a nearly two-month layoff. The 23-year-old infielder went 2-for-3 with a walk and three RBIs and his 16th homer of the season. Since returning last week, Jedd Gyorko’s former teammate at West Virginia is hitting .429 with four walks and two strikeouts in 36 plate appearances.
Pedro Hernandez and Jorge Reyes, both working on reduced inning loads, pitched three scoreless innings apiece. Hernandez, a 22-year-old lefty from Venezuela, was perfect in his ninth Texas League appearance, striking out three hitters and dropping his ERA for the season – which has included stops in Elsinore and Tucson – to 3.49.
Storm fall in extras to Lancaster
A Danny Payne three-run homer in the 10th inning wasn’t enough for Elsinore as Jason Ray had a brutal outing at the JetHawks and took the loss. Ray was tagged with an unearned run in the ninth to get hit with a blown save, and then came back in the 10th to surrender four earned runs while recording only one out. The righty has seen his ERA jump more than a run over the last 10 days, taking a bit of shine off an otherwise strong year out of the pen.
Payne’s homer was part of a 3-for-5 night for the former supplemental first-rounder. Just four days before his 26th birthday, Payne had his second consecutive multi-hit game, but still finished up with a 238/376/429 line for Elsinore on the year.
Starter Matt Lollis gave up only three singles in his first four innings of work, looking to put a positive cap on a fairly disappointing season. However the big righty, who hadn’t worked more than four innings in any appearance in the last two months, gave up four consecutive two-out hits in the fifth inning, costing him and the Storm four earned runs before he was pulled. Lollis, who had a huge amount of helium entering the year, finished the season with a 5.35 ERA despite 114 strikeouts in 119.1 innings of work.
TinCaps whipped by West Michigan
Needing a win to clinch a spot in the playoffs, Fort Wayne instead laid an egg in a 10-3 loss, setting up a final day showdown with the Whitecaps to determine which team will reach the Midwest League playoffs.
Zach Cates’ first professional season ended much the way it has gone all season. The righty, converted to the mound during his junior college career, struck out four to finish the campaign with 111 in 118 innings, but also walked three more hitters and was tagged with three earned runs in 4.2 innings of work. The 21-year-old pitcher finished the year with a 4.73 ERA and a 4-10 record in large part because he walked just over four opponents per nine innings of work. His stuff remains interesting if he can find better control as he continues his development on the mound.
Mike Gallic, an 18th-round pick out of Marist in June, had a rough day despite a solid professional debut this year. The 22-year-old outfielder was 1-for-2 with a walk, but was picked off first base both times he reached. The righty also committed his first error for the TinCaps in right field, allowing a run to come around and score. Despite today’s struggles, Gallic sports a .316 average for the TinCaps and a .304 mark overall.
Eugene awaits playoffs
The Emeralds open their first-round series with Vancouver on Monday.