Key Statistics: 3B Darnell 1-4, HR, 2RBI, 2K; CF Tekotte 1-3, 2B, BB, Outfield assist
The Tucson Padres late comeback fell one run short Sunday, losing to the Salt Lake Bees, 5-4. After being held to one hit through seven innings, the Padres came alive in the eighth, scoring four runs, three of which came with two outs. Blake Tekotte hit an RBI double in the rally, one batter before James Darnell's two-run home run to center field. Daniel Robertson reached base representing the tying run in the ninth, but was left on base when Mike Trout ran down Matt Clark's fly ball on the warning track in center to end the game.
Padres reliever Colt Hynes made a spot start for Tucson, pitching 4.2 innings, allowing two runs. Hynes was able to pitch 4.2 innings on only 46 pitches before departing. Ryan Kelly pitched a scoreless top of the ninth to keep the deficit at one. The Padres used four relievers instead of a standard starting pitcher to fill Joe Wieland's spot in the rotation.
Courtesy of Tim Hagerty, Director of Broadcasting and Media Relations for the Tucson Padres.
San Antonio's series opener in Northwest Arkansas was postponed and will be made up as part of a doubleheader on Monday.
Lake Elsinore 7 Lancaster 5
Key Statistics: CF Noel 2-4, BB, 3R, 3SB, CS; LF Domoromo 1-4, HR (1), 3RBI; RHP Andriese 1.2IP, 5H, 4ER, 4K, 1BB
Starter Matt Andriese got knocked around in the second inning, yielding four runs on five singles and a walk before giving way. But the bullpen, led by former catcher Robert Lara, yielded only one more run over the next seven-plus innings and the Storm offense came back to snap a four game losing streak.
Speedster Rico Noel paced the Elsinore attack at the plate and on the bases. He led off the game with an infield single, then promptly stole second and third before coming around on a Michael Wing double. In the fifth, after drawing a one-out walk, the 23-year-old center fielder managed to go from first to third on an infield single, setting himself up to score on a sacrifice fly. In the seventh, he bunted for a single, stole second, then advanced on a sacrifice bunt before crossing the plate on a wild pitch. The 2010 fifth rounder didn't get a ball out of the infield all night.
Cult hero-slash-closer Kevin Quackenbush picked up his fourth save of the year with a scoreless ninth inning. The 2011 draftee from South Florida gave up a single and walk with two outs, but came back to strike out the final hitter. The 23-year-old reliever put up gaudy numbers after signing as an eighth rounder last year and could well be on the fast track moving forward.
Great Lake Loons 6 TinCaps 5
Key Statistics: RF Adamson 1-4, HR (1), 2RBI; RHP Hebner 5IP, 6H, 2ER, 3K, 0BB
The Tincaps got an early lead, but their bullpen gave up four runs in the middle innings. Although they closed the gap to within one run, the game ended with the tying run on first base.
Cody Hebner was solid in his second start of the year, but didn't dominate the way he did in the first outing. The righty from Green River CC gave up six hits and two runs over five innings, striking out only three, but without issuing a walk. The 21-year-old fourth-rounder has 12 strikeouts against only 10 runners allowed in his first 10 innings of work.
Australian outfielder Corey Adamson's season got off to a brutal start as he went 0-for-18 through his first week of full-season ball. But in the second inning, the 20-year-old followed doubles by Duanel Jones and Austin Hedges with an opposite-field homer. The heft-handed hitter spent all but one week of his first three seasons stateside in short-season ball.