FORT WAYNE --- RHP Cody Hebner was taken in the fourth round of the 2011 draft by the San Diego…
The Tucson Padres beat the Nashville Sounds 13-0 Thursday, completing their second shutout of the season. The win was also the biggest margin of victory for Tucson this year. Matt Clark went 4-for-5 with three RBIs and Logan Forsythe was 2-for-4 with a home run, triple and three RBIs. Jedd Gyorko went 2-for-3 with a double and a walk in his Triple-A debut. Nashville had multiple opportunities to get back in the game but could never capitalize, leaving nine runners on base.
The Padres sent nine batters to the plate in the third inning, scoring five times to match a season high for runs in an inning. Seven Padres had a multi-hit game and every position player reached base at least once. Cory Burns and Erik Hamren combined for five strikeouts and two scoreless innings to close the game.
Tucson had six extra-base hits Thursday. The win snapped a four-game losing streak for the 13-27 Padres. Longtime Major Leaguer Kip Wells makes his Tucson Padres debut Friday.
Courtesy of Tim Hagerty, Director of Broadcasting and Media Relations for the Tucson Padres.
San Antonio – The Missions scored 10 unanswered runs, including seven in the fourth inning, for an 11-4 come from behind victory over the Corpus Christi Hooks Thursday night at Wolff Stadium.
San Antonio jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first on Cody Decker's RBI fielder's choice that scored Jaff Decker but the Hooks responded with three in the top of the fourth.
After Cody Decker led off the fourth with a single, Jonathan Galvez doubled down the left field line and they both came around to score on Jason Hagerty's single to right to make it 3-3. The Missions would send 10 more batters to the plate and the inning would end with San Antonio leading 8-3.
The Missions would score twice more the next inning, once again in the eighth and three San Antonio relievers allowed just one run over the final three innings to secure the win.
Hardy, recently called-up from Class-A Lake Elsinore, went six innings, allowed three runs on seven hits, walked one and struck out five. The Missions have now won 10 of their last 14 games to improve to 18-22 on the season.
Courtesy of Jim White, Media Director of the San Antonio Missions
Lake Elsinore, CA The Storm tonight welcomed the second place team in the North Division the Bakersfield Blaze. Tonight it was Eddy Rodriguez who came up clutch in the seventh with a two-run home run over the left field wall to give the storm the lead and the eventual win 3-2.
It was a pitching duel through the fourth as both starters held batters to no runs scored.
The scoreless game would break in the top of the fifth when the Blaze smoked in a run using the speed of top prospect Billy Hamilton. After reaching second base on an error, he picked up his only stolen base of the night ending up on third and would score off Devin Lohman's ground out to Bisson at short stop.
But the Storm would answer back in the sixth when Rico Noel showed off his speed to tie the game up. After a single to left field, he stole second and would then score off a Cory Spangenberg ground out to short stop.
The difference maker would come in the seventh. With one on and one out up came fan favorite catcher Eddy Rodriguez. Rodriguez's blast not only gave the Storm the lead but he now leads the team with four home runs this season lifting the Storm to the victory.
Storm Starter Matt Andriese went five innings allowing only one run, four hits and picked up three strikeouts. New Yorker and reliever Dennis O'Grady would pick up the win for the home team pitching two innings and collecting three strikeouts.
Blaze starter Josh Smith would go six innings and record nine strikeouts in the no decision. Storm Closer Kevin Quackenbush would come in the close the game and pick up his league leading ninth save on the season.
Courtesy of Eric Theiss, Assistant Director of Media Relations for the Lake Elsinore Storm.
Fort Wayne Tin Caps 1 – Lansing Lugnuts 5
Lansing, MI A three-run seventh inning against Fort Wayne reliever Justin Hancock allowed the Lansing Lugnuts to take a late lead and defeat the TinCaps 5-1 on Thursday night at Cooley Law School Stadium. Fort Wayne, held hitless through the first six innings of the game, managed three hits in the loss, which ended their three-game winning streak.
Lansing (28-12) starter Noah Syndergaard pitched four innings and surrendered only a walk while striking out three. Against the Texan righthander, Fort Wayne (19-22) had just two men reach base. Travis Whitmore got aboard on a Syndergaard error in the second inning and Tyler Stubblefield walked to lead off the fourth.
Cody Hebner started for Fort Wayne and twirled five scoreless innings to begin his night. He faced trouble in the sixth, allowing a run on a sacrifice double play off the bat of Andrew Burns. Burns flied the ball to center with one out, Jonathon Berti on third and Kenny Wilson on second. Berti tagged and scored after Kyung Min-Na made the catch, and the throw came in to third base. Wilson was caught in between second and third and was eventually tagged out by Duanel Jones to end the inning.
Fort Wayne's offensive struggles continued into the fifth and sixth as reliever Anthony DeSclafani struck out the side in both frames. In the seventh, Donavan Tate tallied the first single of the game for the TinCaps off of DeSclafani. Whitmore followed with a single to right-center, moving Tate to third. Jones came up next and hit a sacrifice fly to center field, making it 1-1. The TinCaps would not score again.
Hancock's two-inning outing began in the seventh as he gave up a home run to leadoff hitter K.C. Hobson. Leading 2-1, Lansing continued to attack with a triple from catcher Carlos Perez. Kevin Pillar walked, and Kevin Patterson then grounded out, scoring Perez from third and making it 3-1 Lugnuts. Kellen Sweeney singled later in the inning to score Markus Brisker and give Lansing a 4-1 lead. The home team tacked on one more run in the eighth against Hancock (0-3) to make it 5-1.
Hancock allowed four runs in two innings, walked a season-high four batters and struck out two.
Lansing's Brandon Berl surrendered a single and two walks to Fort Wayne, loading the bases in the ninth, but the TinCaps did not score.
Courtesy of Mike Couzens, Media Director of the Fort Wayne TinCaps.