Tucson Padres 0 – Colorado Springs Sky Sox 2
Key Stats: Jorge Reyes 5.2 IP, 9 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 0 K; Dan Robertson 2-3, 2B, BB; Brad Boxberger 1 IP 0’s
Colorado Springs, Co- One day after being held to only one run, the Tucson Padres were shut out in Colorado Springs Wednesday afternoon, 2-0. The Sky Sox struck four straight singles to start the fifth inning and scored twice for the only two runs of the game. It was the first Colorado Springs shutout win at Security Service Field since August 21, 2010.
The Padres had a walk and two hits in the seventh inning but could not score. Rocky Gale hit a single to left in the inning and Sawyer Carroll tried to score from second but was cut down by left fielder Hernan Iribarren. The Padres also picked up two hits and a walk in the fourth but were held scoreless in that frame.
Tucson's Daniel Robertson went 2-for-3 with a walk and Blake Tekotte collected a hit to push his hitting streak to a team-high 12 games. The Padres bullpen continued an excellent April, with Dale Thayer and Brad Boxberger pitching scoreless outings. Thayer has now pitched 7.1 innings this season and hasn't allowed a run. The Padres (3-11) have lost four consecutive games, while the Sky Sox (9-5) have won five in a row.
Courtesy of Tim Hagerty, Director of Broadcasting and Media Relations for the Tucson Padres.
The Missions had the day off
Lake Elsinore Storm 0 – Stockton Ports 8
Key Stats: Burch Smith 5 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 5 K; Only two singles for the Storm, Domoromo and Powers
Stockton, CA The Storm came into the game looking for yet another road win and a series sweep tonight but ran into A.J. Kirby Jones who hit three home runs in the game as the Ports took the victory 8-0.
In the top of the second, Luis Domoromo was the first Storm to reach base as he singled on a line drive to center field, but Lake Elsinore fell into a double play, as they remained scoreless.
In the bottom of the second with one out Kirby-Jones hit his first of three jacks, this one over the right field fence giving the Ports a 1-0 lead.
The Storm again struggled to get men in scoring position in the third and fourth and newly acquired catcher Robert Kral was the lone player to reach base on a walk.
Stockton had the big bats tonight as Michael Gilmartin and Miles Head both hit home runs giving the home team a 3-0 lead.
Connor Powers produced the only other hit for the Storm tonight in the top of the seventh, singling to right field but two quick ground outs brought the inning to a close.
Kirby-Jones hit his second home run in the seventh tacking two runs on the board for the Ports as he brought home Josh Whitaker.
Kirby-Jones’ final homerun was in the bottom of the eighth with two outs putting the game out of reach for Lake Elsinore.
Storm Starter Burch Smith went five innings allowed four hits and struck out five.
Blake Treinen pitched seven and struck out seven on the mound for the Ports.
Courtesy of Eric Theiss, Assistant Director of Media Relations for the Lake Elsinore Storm.
Dayton Dragons 9 – Fort Wayne Tin Caps 4
Key Stats: Joe Ross 5 IP, 7 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 3 K; John Barbato 1.2 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 K; Jace Peterson 2-4, 2B, 2 RS, BB; Donavan Tate 1-3, 2 RBI, SF
Fort Wayne, Ind. In Wednesday’s matinee series finale with the Dayton Dragons, the Fort Wayne TinCaps committed a season-high four errors en route to a 9-4 loss. Two Dayton home runs, one from Junior Arias and another from Yovan Gonzalez, were daggers in the TinCaps’ quest for their first back-to-back wins in 2012. Tanner Robles (1-0) pitched five and two thirds innings, allowing four runs, walking one and striking out five, to earn the victory for the Dragons.
The game, tied 1-1 after one inning, turned in favor of Dayton (6-7) in the fourth. Junior Arias launched a three-run home run against Joe Ross (0-2), which put the Dragons in front 4-1. Dayton scored another run in the fifth and led 5-1 at the end of four and a half innings.
Fort Wayne (4-9), in its most fruitful inning of the afternoon, plated two runs in the fifth to pull to within two, at 5-3. In the sixth, TinCaps catcher Matt Colantonio grounded out to score Duanel Jones, and Fort Wayne trailed by just one run.
The seventh inning proved decisive, as Dayton scored four runs aided by three TinCaps errors. On the day, six different Dragons batters knocked in runs, led by Junior Arias’ three. Seven of the nine Dayton starting position players had at least one hit, and Theo Bowe along with Juan Perez both contributed multi-hit performances.
Fort Wayne’s Jace Peterson and Justin Miller both chipped in two hits apiece. Catcher Matt Colantonio has now hit in five straight games, and outfielder Kyle Gaedele has picked up a hit in six consecutive contests.
Courtesy of Mike Couzens, Media Director of the Fort Wayne TinCaps.