Key Statistics: 3B/LF Cabrera 2-4 3B RBI; RF Carroll 2-4 2B; C Grandal 1-4 HR(3) 2 RBIs; LHP Hynes 6.0 IP 8 H 2 R 2 ER BB 3 Ks
Oklahoma CITY, OK: The Tucson Padres' late comeback fell one run short Saturday, as the Padres lost to the Oklahoma City RedHawks, 6-5. The Padres entered the eighth inning down six runs and scored five times, sending ten batters to the plate in the frame. After Alexi Amarista's RBI groundout, Blake Tekotte hit an RBI double to right, Everth Cabrera drove in Tekotte with an RBI triple and Yasmani Grandal hit his third home run of the season, a two-run shot to get the Padres within one run. In the ninth, Beamer Weems reached second on an error by left fielder Brian Bixler, but Weems was left on base when Jose Valdez pitched a scoreless ninth for his seventh save.
The Padres were shut down the first seven innings by RedHawks starter Paul Clemens, who did not allow a Padre to reach second base in his seven shutout innings. The T-Pads mustered just three singles against Clemens, who did not walk a batter. Tucson starter Colt Hynes threw well also, allowing two runs in six innings of work. Cory Burns retired Oklahoma City in order in the bottom of the eighth to hold the Padres deficit at one.
Cabrera was 2-for-4 with an RBI to extend his hitting streak to 15 games. Cabrera has now surpassed Blake Tekotte's 14 game hitting streak and owns the longest hitting streak by a Padres player in 2012. (Alexi Amarista's 18 game hitting streak began when he played for Salt Lake.)
Courtesy of Tim Hagerty, Director of Broadcasting and Media Relations for the Tucson Padres.
Missions 8 - Midland Rockhounds 5
Key Statistics: LF Altman 2-3 HR(1) RBI BB; DH C. Decker 0-1 RBI 2 BBs; CF Fuentes 1-3 2B RBI BB SB; LHP Erlin (W) 5.0 IP 9 H 3 R 3 ER 2 BB 9 Ks; RHP(S) McBryde 1.1 IP 2 H 1 R 1 ER BB 3 Ks.
San Antonio, TX The San Antonio Missions defeated the Midland RockHounds 8-5 Saturday night at Wolff Stadium.
San Antonio has now won three straight games and seven of their last nine to improve to 15-20 on the season.
Robbie Erlin surrendered three runs on nine hits in five innings but struck out nine as he earned his second win of the season.
The Missions scored six of their seven runs over the first three innings. Bryan Altman's first home run of the season, a solo shot in the sixth, extended the San Antonio lead to 7-4. Two innings later Altman would score on an error by Midland right fielder Jeremy Barfield.
The RockHounds would threaten in the ninth but Missions closer Jeremy McBryde limited them to just one run to earn his third save of the season.
San Antonio will go for the series sweep tomorrow with the first pitch scheduled for 4:05 p.m. Right-hander Dan Straily (1-3, 3.57 ERA) will start for the RockHounds while left-hander Juan Oramas (2-4, 6.23 ERA) goes for San Antonio.
Courtesy of Jim White, Media Director of the San Antonio Missions
Lancaster Jethawks 8 - Storm 4
Key Statistics: CF Noel 2-3 RBI; LF Domoromo 2-5 2B SB(6); DH Williams 2-3 BB SB(2); SS Bisson 2-4; RHP Roach 5.0 IP 6 H 4 R 1 ER BB 8 Ks; RHP Quigley (L) 1.0 IP 4 H 4 R 4 ER.
LANCASTER, CA: After Lancaster swept the Storm Friday with two wins led by George Springer who had four home runs on the day and continued their run winning 8-4 as Domingo Santana hit a walk-off grand slam to give the JetHawks the win.
A walk, a single by Springer, and a fly out by Adam Bailey put the JetHawks on board 1-0 as Ben Orloff crossed the plate in the first.
In the fifth the game got interesting as the Storm took their first lead of the game. Chris Bisson would tie the game up off a Cory Spangenberg single to center. Spangenberg would steal second, reached third on an error and score when Connor Powers singled giving the Storm a 2-1 lead.
The JetHawks did not waste time regaining the lead in the bottom of the inning. The scored three highlighted by doubles by both Rene Garcia and Erik Castro.
The Storm tied the game at 4-4 in the eighth with Everett Williams hitting a leadoff single and a stolen base. Bisson hit a single to put runners on the corners with Rico Noel up to the plate. Before Noel could connect, Brian Streilein balked scoring Williams. Rico followed that up with a single to right as Bisson would score for the Storm for the second time tonight to tie the game at 4-4.
In the bottom of the ninth, with the bases loaded Santana hit the ball over the centerfield wall for the win.
Courtesy of Eric Theiss, Assistant Director of Media Relations for the Lake Elsinore Storm
TinCaps 12 - West Michigan Whitecaps 4
Key Statistics: 2B Whitmore 4-5 2B, 2 RBIs; 3B Jones 2-5, HR (1) SS Stubblefield 1-2 HR(1) 2 BB; LF Gallic 3-3 2B RBI; C Hedges 2-5 2B 3 RBIs; 1B Murphy 2-5 3 RBIs ;RHP Hebner (W) 5.0 IP 4 R 4 ER 3 BB 2 Ks.
FORT WAYNE, IN: .The Fort Wayne TinCaps scored eight runs over the first four innings on Saturday evening en route to a 12-4 victory over the West Michigan Whitecaps at Parkview Field. Travis Whitmore collected four hits, Duanel Jones and Tyler Stubblefield each hit a home run, while Austin Hedges and Clark Murphy each knocked in three runs during the series-opening win.
Fort Wayne (16-20) pounced on West Michigan (17-19) starter Wilsen Palacios in a four-run first inning. Whitmore sent Stubblefield home on an RBI single, Mike Gallic followed two batters later with an RBI single of his own, and Murphy picked up a two-run single to score both Whitmore and Gallic.
In the second against Palacios (2-3), TinCaps shortstop Tyler Stubblefield, in just his second game with the club this season, hit a home run off the metal railing atop the fence in left center field, giving Fort Wayne a 5-0 advantage. Murphy once again came through with a run-scoring single in the third, stretching the lead to 6-0. Palacios' night ended after three innings. He allowed six runs, five earned, while striking out three and walking one in the losing effort. Cody Hebner (5-1) surrendered one run in the fourth, as Steven Moya reach on an error and came in to score on a sacrifice fly from Jason King. The run was unearned. Hebner received more run support in the bottom of the fourth on a two-run homer from Duanel Jones, making the score 8-1. It was the first home run of the year for the third baseman.
Hebner allowed three runs in the fifth inning, as the Whitecaps sent seven men to the plate and three of the first four batters to the plate reached on doubles. At the end of five innings, Fort Wayne led 8-4. Hebner's five innings qualified him to pick up the win, as he allowed four runs, three earned, on six hits, while walking three and striking out two.
Hedges cleared the bases in the sixth with a two-out, three-run double and the last TinCaps run came home on a Whitmore RBI single in the seventh, to make the final margin 12-4. The 12 runs match a season high for Fort Wayne.
James Needy pitched two scoreless innings of relief for the TinCaps, as did Yordany Ramirez, who made his 2012 Fort Wayne debut. Yordany played in Fort Wayne in 2005 as an outfielder, and began his conversion to pitching two seasons ago in the Houston Astros farm system.
Courtesy of Mike Couzens, Media Director of the Fort Wayne TinCaps