T-Padres 5 – Sacramento River Cats 0
Key Statistics: CF Tekotte 1-4, HR(2); 2B Belnome 2-4, 3 RBIs; RHP Geer 6 IP, 4 H, 0 R, O ER, 1 BB and 3 Ks.
TUCSON, AZ: Sacramento entered Thursday's game with the highest batting average and most runs scored in the Pacific Coast League, but four Tucson Padres shut out the River Cats, 5-0.
Josh Geer pitched six scoreless innings, scattering four hits and striking out three. Alex Hinshaw, Dale Thayer and Cory Burns each pitched a scoreless inning for the T-Pads to close the game. The Padres now have a 2-6 record, while Sacramento drops to 6-2.
The Padres struck first in the fourth inning with two outs on back-to-back RBI singles by Sawyer Carroll and Vince Belnome. Sacramento threatened with runners on in four of the first five innings but bounced into three double plays in that span. Blake Tekotte's second home run of the season gave the Padres a three-run lead and Tucson added two insurance runs in the bottom of the eighth when Belnome hit a two-run single.
Courtesy of Tim Hagerty, Director of Broadcasting and Media Relations for the Tucson Padres.
Missions 2 – Tulsa Drillers 1
Key Statistics: CF Fuentes 2-4, 2B, SB(1); 1B Nate Freiman 1-4, HR(4); C Hagerty 1-3, HR(2),BB; RHP Sampson(W) 5.1 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1ER, 4 Ks and 0 BBs, RHP Mikolas (S) 1.0 IP.
Keyvius Sampson got his first win in AA going five strong innings as the visiting Missions beat Tulsa on the back of a pair of home runs by 6’7” first baseman Nate Freiman and catcher Jason Hagerty.
Freiman is off to a red-hot start with four of six hits this year going over the wall. The Duke graduate is hitting .286/.375/.857 in his first six games in AA.
Lancaster Jethawks 6 – Storm 2
Key Statistics: SS Bisson 1-2, HR, 2 RBIs, BB; RHP B. Smith 4.0 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB and 6 Ks.
In Lancaster California the Storm went down to a 6-2 loss as RHP Jerry Sullivan took the loss giving up the deciding two runs in the sixth inning to put the JetHawks ahead for good.
SS Chris Bisson, a fourth round pick in the 2010 draft, is off to the best start of his professional career with his performance last night. Bisson is currently hitting .391/.440/.609 in the first week of the season and has the ability to play second, short and third. The left-handed hitting Canadian has plus speed, a good glove and could be someone to watch in the California dessert.
TinCaps 5- Great Lake Loons 2
Key Statistics: SS Peterson 3-5, 3B, HR (1), 2 RBIs; 1b Kometani 2-5, 2B, RBI; 3b D. Jones 2-4, 2B; 2b Whitmore 1-4, HR (1) BB; RHP Portillo 6.2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BBs and 5 Ks.
MIDLAND, MI: TinCaps shortstop Jace Peterson went three for five, and starting pitcher Adys Portillo tossed six and two thirds innings, propelling Fort Wayne to a 5-2 victory over the Great Lakes Loons on Thursday night. Peterson homered to lead off the ballgame, and finished a double shy of the cycle, while also knocking in two runs. Portillo (1-0) equaled the longest outing of his career while allowing two hits, two earned runs, walking two and striking out five.
The TinCaps (3-4) struck first against the Loons with two home runs in the first inning. Just two batters later, Travis Whitmore hit a solo home run, his first longball of the year, to stretch the lead to 2-0.
Peterson led off the third inning with a triple over the head of Great Lakes (2-5) center fielder Noel Cuevas. On the next pitch, Peterson was singled home by Donavan Tate, and the TinCaps led 3-0. Tate stole second, advanced to third on a passed ball, and was knocked in on a groundout off the bat of Zach Kometani to make it 4-0 in favor of Fort Wayne. In the fourth, Alberth Martinez scored on a groundout by Peterson, making it 5-0.
In the bottom of that frame, Loons first baseman Joseph Winker took Portillo deep to right field, which marked the second and final hit Portillo would surrender on Thursday night. Great Lakes also scored once more in the sixth, which set the score at 5-2.
The only other time that Portillo had worked so deep into a game was July 14, 2011 in a road game against the Burlington Bees. He did not earn the win that night. Thursday’s game also marked just the fifth time in his 53-game, four-year career that Portillo had worked six innings or more. Fort Wayne reliever Robert Eisenbach faced four batters, retiring them all, and served as the bridge to Daniel Sarria, who struck out two in the ninth to earn his first save in 2012.
Great Lakes starter Brandon Martinez (0-2) went five innings, allowing all five Fort Wayne runs, and struck out three. Reliever Mike Thomas pitched four scoreless innings, surrendering just two hits.
Courtesy of Mike Couzens, Media Director of the Fort Wayne TinCaps.