Key Statistics: Contreras 2-3, 2B, BB, 2 RBIs; 3B/LF Darnell 2-5, HR(4); RBI; DH Belnome 4-5,2B, HR(1), 2 RBIs; 1B Clark 2-5, 2B; SS Weems 4-5, HR(1), 2 RBIs; RHP Geer 5.2 IP 8 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 3 BB, 3 K and RHP Brach (W) 1 IP 1 H.
TUCSON,AZ: Anthony Contreras hit a double in the bottom of the ninth inning to score Yasmani Grandal and give the Padres a 9-8 win over Tacoma Wednesday in a back-and-forth game that saw five lead changes. Tucson scored twice in the eighth to tie the game on a Vince Belnome RBI single and Beamer Weems' RBI bloop hit one batter later. Belnome and Weems had four hits each, the first Tucson hitters to collect four hits in a game in 2012.
Both teams hit three home runs in the game. Belnome and Weems hit their first Triple-A home runs and James Darnell hit his team-leading fourth. Brad Brach pitched a scoreless ninth for his second win with the T-Pads.
The Padres 18 hits were five more than their previous high for hits in a game. Carlos Quentin went 1-for-2 with a single and played three innings in left field in the second game of his injury rehab assignment. Quentin is on the San Diego Padres disabled list after having right knee surgery in March.
Courtesy of Tim Hagerty, Director of Broadcasting and Media Relations for the Tucson Padres.
Frisco RoughRiders 2 – Missions 1
Key Statistics: DH C. Decker 2-4, HR(7); LHP Oramas (L) 7.0 IP, 2 R, 2 ER, 5 K.
SAN ANTONIO,TX: The Frisco RoughRiders defeated San Antonio 2-1 Wednesday afternoon at Wolff Stadium in the second-game of the four-game home stand. The Missions have now lost a season-long four games in a row and drop to 8-18 overall and 4-8 at home.
Cody Decker put the Missions on the board with his seventh homer of the season, a solo shot in the bottom of the fifth that landed deep on the berm in left that cut the RoughRiders lead in half.
Courtesy of Jim White, Media Director of the San Antonio Missions.
Storm 6 – High Desert Mavericks 5
Key Statistics: 2B Spangenberg 2-5, 2 RBIs; RF Domoromo 2-5, 2B; 3B Roof 2-4; LHP Hardy 5.0 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 1 ER, 10 Ks and Quackenbush (S) 1 IP, K.
DH Michael Wing, a minor league Rule V pickup from the Angels in the off-season, hit a solo home run in the top of the tenth to put the Storm ahead for a 6-5 victory in Adelanto, California as Kevin Quackenbush came in to get his seventh save of the season.
The Storm rallied to tie the game with two outs in the ninth as third baseman Jonathan Roof, who singled with two outs in the inning, scored from third base on the Maverick's Jonathan Arias' wild pitch.
The win broke a two game losing streak for the Storm as saw 2B Corey Spangenburg bring his batting average up to .248.
West Michigan Whitecaps 8 – TinCaps 4
Key Statistics: 2B McElroy 2-4, 2B, 3B; LHP Garces (L) 4.0 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 3 ER, BB, 3 Ks.
COMSTOCK PARK,MI: A five-run fourth inning helped the West Michigan Whitecaps to a series-opening 8-4 victory over the Fort Wayne TinCaps on Wednesday night. Fort Wayne starter Frank Garces worked four innings-- his shortest outing of the season--and allowed six runs, three earned, as he took the loss. Newcomer Kyung-Min Na notched two RBI in his Fort Wayne debut.
West Michigan (13-13) took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning against Garces (1-2). The TinCaps scored a run of their own in the top of the third to tie the game. Casey McElroy launched a triple to the warning track in right-center field, scoring Jace Peterson.
The fourth inning for Garces would be his last, and it was also where the game turned in favor of West Michigan. Garces allowed a leadoff double to Jason King, which was followed by a fielding error on third baseman Duanel Jones, allowing Aaron Westlake to reach. Brandon Loy singled to center, loading the bases with nobody out. The score tied at one, Danry Vasquez doubled home King and Westlake to push the Whitecaps' advantage to 3-1. West Michigan poured three more runs across before the inning, and Garces' night, came to a close. West Michigan led 6-1 at the end of four innings.
Fort Wayne (10-16) relief allowed one run each in the fifth and sixth innings, as Michael Kelly, Colin Rea and Daniel Cropper followed Garces. Kelly tossed one and one third innings, allowing two runs, walking four and striking out one.
The TinCaps pushed three runs across in the seventh inning, chasing West Michigan starter Wilsen Palacios. Na plated two with a single and Jace Peterson grounded into a double play, which scored the fourth and final run for Fort Wayne. Palacios (1-2) worked six innings, allowing four earned runs and walking one batter. Melvin Mercedes earned his first win of the year as he threw three innings of scoreless, one-hit relief.
Courtesy of Mike Couzens, Media Director of the Fort Wayne TinCaps.