Key Statistics: SS Cabrera 2-4, BB; CF Tekotte 1-4, 2B, BB, RBI; 1B Belnome 1-2, 3 BBs; 2B Contreras 1-3, 2B, 2 BBs, 2 RBIs, C Davis 1-4, HR, 2 RBIs.
SALT LAKE CITY, UT: The Tucson Padres never trailed in Saturday's game in Salt Lake, beating the Bees 8-4. Sawyer Carroll hit an RBI single in the first inning and Brad Davis hit a long, two-run home run to left in the second. Salt Lake tried to chip away at the lead early but Tucson pitching was able to leave eight Bees runners on base in the first four innings. Leading by one run in the ninth, the Padres scored three insurance runs, capped off by Anthony Contreras' two-run double, his 500th professional hit.
The Padres bullpen was very strong Saturday, as Alex Hinshaw, Dale Thayer and Brad Boxberger each threw a scoreless outing. Boxberger was appearing in a game for the first time since his blown save Wednesday and was able to strike out Paul McAnulty, a veteran of the Padres' organization, to end the game after two Bees hit singles.
Blake Tekotte went 1-for-4 with a double, extending his team-high hitting streak to nine games. The Padres stole seven bases Saturday, including three by Everth Cabrera. Salt Lake pitchers walked 12 Padres in the game, tying a franchise record. Heavy rain fell in the third inning but play resumed uninterrupted.
Courtesy of Tim Hagerty, Director of Broadcasting and Media Relations for the Tucson Padres.
Tulsa Drillers 5 - Missions 3
The Missions dropped the series with a defeat Saturday night in Tulsa. Jaff Decker led off the game with a triple and scored on 3B Jedd Gyorko's ground out to the second baseman to put the Missions on the board first.
The home team scored all of its runs for the evening on the back of three doubles and held on despite two late runs by the visitors.
Jaff Decker looks like he is beginning to come out of his slump and his "brother" Cody Decker just keeps on hitting. Cody has seen action at first, DH, left and right fields this year and is hitting .368/.455/.842 forcing Missions' manager John Gibbons to find a place for him in the lineup everyday.
Lancaster Jethawks 4- Storm 1
Key Statistics: 1B Powers 3-4; C Kral 3-4, 2B; RHP Pope 5.0 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, BB and 5 Ks.
Three early runs by the JetHawks in the first inning were enough to win the game as the Storm were held scoreless until the ninth inning when first baseman Connor Powers scored on a Lancaster error with two outs. It wasn't enough to ignite a rally as CF Rico Noel struck out with two on.
2B Cory Spangenberg is in a bit of a slump with an 0-4 day to drop his batting average to .200. Uber prospect Rymer Liriano also had a tough night with three strikeouts in four at-bats to drop his batting average to .172.
Great Lakes Loons 4 - TinCaps 3
Key Statistics: 1B Whitmore 3-4, 2B, RBI; C Colantonio 1-3, BB, RBI; RF Gaedele 1-2, BB RBI; RHP Wisler 5.0 IP 4 H, 4 R, 2 ER, BB and 4 Ks.
MIDLAND, MI: Despite committing four errors and picking up just four base hits, the Great Lakes Loons outlasted the Fort Wayne TinCaps by a 4-3 final score on Saturday afternoon at Dow Diamond. Fort Wayne starter Matt Wisler (0-2) allowed four runs, just two of which were earned, in his five innings, and that was all the Loons would need en route to their second straight victory.
The TinCaps (3-6) put both the tying and go-ahead runs on base in the ninth inning, but could not complete the comeback. Fort Wayne scored one run in the seventh, and another in the eighth to pull to within one. With two outs in the ninth, both Matt Colantonio and Alberth Martinez walked, putting runners at first and second, but Jace Peterson grounded out to end the game.
The Great Lakes (4-5) offense sprung to life early, scoring one run in four of the first five innings. Scott Schebler doubled home Kevin Taylor in the first inning to make it 1-0 Loons. In the second, James Baldwin doubled to lead off. With Justin Boudreaux batting, Wisler twirled to attempt a pickoff play at second base, but his toss sailed into center field, allowing Baldwin to scramble to third. Wisler was charged with an error. Baldwin would later score to make it 2-0.
In the fourth, Schebler tripled leading off the inning, and was plated on a Noel Cuevas sacrifice fly. Leading 3-1 in the fifth, Great Lakes' Jesus Arredondo got aboard on a fielder's choice. He stole second base and advanced to third on a throwing error by TinCaps catcher Matt Colantonio. Arredondo would later come in to score on a passed ball charged to Colantonio, who was tabbed with three over the course of the game.
Colantonio contributed an RBI single in the 7th, and first baseman Travis Whitmore an RBI double in the 8th, but the TinCaps offense fell just short.
Fort Wayne's bullpen worked three scoreless innings in relief of Wisler. John Barbato worked the sixth and the seventh, retiring all six batters and throwing only eleven pitches. Matt Stites tossed a perfect eighth.
Gustavo Gomez (1-1) earned the win for Great Lakes, working five and two thirds innings, allowing one run on two hits, walking two and striking out three. Jason West earned his first save of the year working an inning and a third to close the game.
Courtesy of Mike Couzens, Media Director of the Fort Wayne TinCaps.