Sacramento, Ca- The Tucson Padres struck out 13 times and were held to four hits Thursday, as the Sacramento River Cats won at Raley Field, 5-1. Vince Belnome had two of the Padres four hits and drove in Tucson's lone run on an RBI double in the second inning. The Padres were unable to capitalize on scoring chances late in the game, leaving two on base in the seventh and one on to close the eighth.
The River Cats came up swinging in the first inning, pounding four hits on the first six pitches of the game thrown by Jeff Suppan. The River Cats scored on RBI singles by Collin Cowgill, Brandon Moss and Derek Norris, plating three runs in the first inning. Sacramento added runs in the fourth and sixth in the comfortable win.
Beamer Weems went 0-for-3 with two lineouts in his first game since April 11 after missing time with a strained hamstring. Catcher Yasmani Grandal was also activated from the disabled list but did not appear in the game. Sacramento outfielder Brandon Moss collected his 1,000th minor league hit with a single in the sixth inning.
Courtesy of Tim Hagerty, Director of Broadcasting and Media Relations for the Tucson Padres.
San Antonio Missions 5 – Frisco Rough Riders 6 (13 innings)
Through the first 5 innings the Missions could only muster 1 hit. That all changed in the 6th when a towering 3 run blast by Jedd Gyorko gave the Missions a 3-2 lead. That lead would be short lived as Erlin would allow the 1st 2 runners on in the 6th before exiting. Ryan Kelly would come in and allow both runners to score.
Down by 1 in the 9th the Missions would even it up after a Dean Anna leadoff double. Jaff Decker, who has been out for the past few games, PR and would score on a Fuentes single forcing the game into extras.
The Missions would get ten runners on base over the past five innings but only managed to score the one run. Finally in the bottom of the 13th Dustin Pease allowed a leadoff single, bunt, and then walk off RBI single to end the game in thirteen.
Robbie Erlin did not have his best stuff on the night allowing nine hits in five plus innings. He did strike out six while walking none, but did not look as comfortable as he did most of last year.
Lake Elsinore Storm 1 – Inland Empire 5
San Bernadino, CA The Storm headed north for the final game in the series against Inland Empire. The Storm fell behind early and the 66ers would prevail winning 5-1.
In the second Taylor Lindsay led off with a triple and would eventually score to give the home team the lead 1-0.
The Storm would tie the game up in the top of the fourth as Rymer Liriano hit his third double of the season to put a man in scoring position. With one out, Eddy Rodriguez struck out swinging but made the catcher throw him out at first allowing Liriano to score.
That would be it for the Storm as the home team scored three in the fifth as catcher Jett Bandy led of with a home run to left field, Jimmy Swift doubled and Randal Grichuk tripled to put the 66ers a head 4-1.
They would tack on more run in the eighth off a Brian Hernandez triple for the 5-1 victory.
Connor Powers still had the hot bat going 2-for-3 including his fifth double of the season in the second.
Storm starter Mark Hardy went four and 2/3 innings giving up eight hits and four runs while picking up a strikeout in the outing.
Inland Empire starter Donn Roach went seven giving up six hits and struck out five in the win.
The Storm are currently only a game behind first place High Desert in the South Division with a 12-9 record and return home to face Rancho Cucamonga Quakes in a three game series at The Diamond.
Courtesy of Eric Theiss, Assistant Director of Media Relations for the Lake Elsinore Storm.
Burlington Bees 2 – Fort Wayne Tin Caps 6
FORT WAYNE, Ind. - Travis Whitmore hit a game-tying two-run home run in the first inning, and provided the go-ahead RBI for Fort Wayne in the eighth inning, leading the TinCaps to a 6-2 victory over the Burlington Bees on Thursday night. Frank Garces tossed five strong innings, striking out seven, helping Fort Wayne to a series-tying win.
Burlington (10-11) scored right out of the gate putting two runs on the board in the first inning against Garces. A one-out triple by Sean Jamieson was followed by a double off the bat of B.A. Vollmuth, which plated the Bees' first run. Vollmuth stole third and came across to score on an RBI groundout by Dusty Robinson.
Down 2-0 in the bottom of the first, Fort Wayne (8-13) went to work. Donavan Tate walked with one out, and then with two out, Travis Whitmore socked a two-run home run to right-center field which tied the game. It was Whitmore's second home run of the season.
The middle innings of the game were commanded by strong pitching. Garces allowed just two base hits over his final four innings of work. Burlington starter Jonathan Joseph retired 11 straight batters from the second to the fifth, and worked six and two thirds innings but did not factor in the decision.
Burlington's Jeff Urlaub (1-1) retired Jace Peterson to begin the TinCaps eighth, but Urlaub would not record another out. Tate singled to center, after which Casey McElroy drew a walk. The game still tied at two, Whitmore drove a 3-2 pitch to right field to break the tie and put Fort Wayne in the lead. Fort Wayne scored three more times in the inning en route to the victory.
Courtesy of Mike Couzens, Media Director of the Fort Wayne TinCaps.