Key Statistics: 1B Belnome 2-4, 2B, 3RBI; SS Cabrera 2-3, 1R, 1SB (11), BB; RHP Reyes 5IP, 7H, 4ER, 3K, 1BB
The Tucson Padres have their first winning streak of 2012 after coming back to beat the Sacramento River Cats 6-4 Saturday night at Raley Field. The Padres had two outs and no baserunners in the sixth inning when they exploded for five runs on six hits. Vince Belnome's three-run double was the key hit in the inning and put the Padres in front to stay. Jorge Reyes picked up his first Triple-A win, pitching five innings and allowing four earned runs.
After a slow start to the year, Belnome has now hit in seven straight games. The 24-year-old infielder from the University of West Virginia has all three of his extra-base hits for the season in the last week.
The Padres bullpen threw four shutout innings Saturday and at one point struck our five batters in a row. Tucson pitchers combined to strike out 11 hitters. Brad Brach picked up his first save of the year as he and Brad Boxberger flipped roles at the back end of the Tucson bullpen.
Courtesy of Tim Hagerty, Director of Broadcasting and Media Relations for the Tucson Padres with contributions from David Jay.
San Antonio 9 Midland 6
Key Statistics: 2B Gyorko 2-4, R, 2B, BB; DH J. Decker 1-3, 2R, BB; 3B Rincon 2-4, 1R, 2RBI, RHP Sampson 3.1 IP, 2H 5ER, 6K, 6BB
The Missions offense exploded for six runs in the sixth inning to bail out Keyvius Sampson and claim only their second win in 10 games. Jason Hagerty was the only San Antonio batter without a hit as the club came up one run and one hit shy of their season highs.
Through the first three innings, Sampson was dealing, recording five strikeouts without a hit allowed. But after a leadoff strikeout in the fourth, the wheels came off as Sampson went walk, single, walk, walk, double before he was lifted. In all, just 48 of the righty's 92 pitches went for strikes.
Edinson Rincon, playing third base for the seventh consecutive appearance, had a key two-out, two-run single to spur the Missions' big inning. The 21-year-old hadn't had a multiple hit game since April 8 and had seen his line fall to .174/.200/.203 before the night.
Lake Elsinore 4 Rancho Cucamonga 1
Key Statistics: CF Noel 2-4, SB; 3B Stubblefield 2-3, HR(1), 2R, RHP Jackson 7.2IP 1H, 1ER, 13K 2BB, HBP
Righty Burch Smith turned in the top pitching performance of the year thus far for the Storm, striking out a career-high 13 and yielding just one run over 7.2 innings. The University of Oklahoma product slid to the Padres in the 14th round of last year's draft and signed a six-figure bonus just before the deadline. A six-foot, four-inch righty from Texas, Smith struck out 90 in 87.2 innings in his only season with the Sooners after two years at junior college.
The bottom of the Storm lineup gave Smith all the offense he would need in the third inning when Michael Wing, Tyler Stubblefield and Everett Williams strung together hits, including a ground-rule double for Williams. After a groundout plated Stubblefield, Williams came around on a single by Chris Bisson.
TinCaps 6 Peoria Chiefs 5
Fort Wayne rallied for a 6-5 win, and John was there to see it all. Check out his coverage on the front page of MadFriars.