Salt Lake City Bees 5- T-Padres 4
Key Statistics: CF Tekotte 2-4, 2B, CS; 3B Darnell 2-3, HR (1), BB, SB; RHP Reyes 5 IP, 8 H, 4R, 3 ER, 3 Ks, 2BB.
Tucson was spotted an early two run lead when Bees catcher Hank Conger threw a ball away down the right field line on a double play attempt, but then the offense went dormant until the eighth inning, when it did too little too late. Starter Jorge Reyes dropped his second consecutive decision to open the year, giving up three runs – two earned – on eight hits. Through 9.2 innings so far this year, the 24-year-old righty has allowed 21 runners.
James Darnell continued his hot start, clubbing his first homer of the year in the eighth inning to bring Tucson within a run, but they could muster no more on the night. The Padres went 0-for-2 with the bases loaded, and 0-for-10 overall with runners in scoring position.
Outfielder Danny Robertson extended his hit streak to seven.
Tulsa 9 - Missions 3
Key Statistics: RHP Werner 5.1 IP, 8H, 7ER, 7 K, 3 BB; RF J. Decker 1-4, HR, 2RBI; PH C Decker 1-1, HR (3).
In a game that was delayed almost two hours by rain, the Missions fell behind in the first and then had things go downhill from there. Maybe they just should have stayed in the clubhouse?
Jaff Decker clubbed his first homer of the year for the Missions to briefly tie the game in the third inning. The club’s only other extra-base hit on the night came after the game was already out of hand when Cody Decker pinch hit and blasted his third round tripper in just 15 at-bats. The 25-year-old slugger now has 16 homers in just 67 Double-A games across last season and this.
Jeudy Valdez’s ice cold start continued. The 22-year-old Dominican shortstop was lifted for a pinch hitter in the eighth inning after another 0-for-3 night. Valdez compounded his trouble by committing his fourth error in the first seven games as well.
The Storm’s game in Lancaster was postponed, with a makeup scheduled for May 11.
Great Lake Loons 5 - TinCaps 4
Key Statistics: SS Peterson 3-5, 2R, CS; 2B Whitmore 3-4, HR (1) 2B, 3B 2RBI, SB; RHP Joe Ross 5IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 6 Ks, 0 BB.
The Fort Wayne bullpen - and defense - gave up three runs over the final two frames, squandering a strong showing from starter Joe Ross and wasting a late rally to fall to 3-5 on the young season.
For the second straight night, shortstop Jace Peterson collected three hits, but his error in the ninth inning set up the Loons’ winning run. With two outs, Austin Hedges had a runner dead to rights to end the ninth inning, but Peterson missed the throw, allowing the eventual game-winner to advance to third on the play.
Joe Ross, bouncing back from a brutal season opener, gave up just three hits over five innings and struck out six. However, the trio of relievers who followed him to the mound all struggled, with Colin Rea ultimately taking the loss.
The TinCaps had an eventful night on the bases, swiping four bags total, including a pair on a double steal. But the club also had three runners picked off and a fourth caught stealing third base.