The Tucson Padres scored seven times in the third inning Wednesday and beat the Memphis Redbirds, 9-3. It was the most runs the Padres have scored in an inning this season, and extended their season high winning streak to three games. The victory also sealed the first series win of the season for the T-Pads.
Kip Wells pitched six innings and allowed two runs in his second Tucson start. He faced the minimum through three innings and didn't allow a hit until the fourth. Wells was relieved by Anthony Reyes, who struck out six Redbirds in three innings of work to close the game. Logan Forsythe had the biggest hit of the game for Tucson, clearing the bases with a triple over the right fielder's head in the third inning with the bases loaded. Anthony Contreras went 2-for-3 with three RBIs and Daniel Robertson was 2-for-4 with an RBI. .
Tucson outfielder Cody Decker was hit by a pitch in the second inning. He remained on the bases and scored a run, but did not take the field in the third and was replaced by Contreras in left field. The Padres have outscored Memphis (Cardinals affiliate) 27-8 in the series. .
Courtesy of Tim Hagerty, Director of Broadcasting and Media Relations for the Tucson Padres.
San Antonio – The Missions dropped a 3-2 decision to the Springfield Cardinals in the opening game of their home stand Wednesday night at Wolff Stadium.
San Antonio jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first as Jaff Decker scored on a Dean Anna groundout after leading off the inning with a triple.
Springfield scored twice in the third and once more in the fourth off Missions starter Mark Hardy and his counterpart, Richard Castillo, held San Antonio to the one run on six hits over seven innings to earn his first win of the season.
The Missions put two on in the bottom of the eighth but Springfield reliever Keith Butler got Nate Freiman, the Double-A leader in RBI, to line out to short and end the threat. In the ninth Jonathan Galvez drew a walk to start the inning and Ali Solis' RBI double brought him home to make it a one-run game but their rally was over when Butler struck out Reymond Fuentes to end the game.
It was San Antonio's fourth straight loss as they fall to 19-26 overall.
Courtesy of Jim White, Media Director of the San Antonio Missions
Storm had the night off as Don Roach gets ready for his eighth win tomorrow
Fort Wayne TinCaps 7 – South Bend Silver Hawk 5
SOUTH BEND, Ind. – In the opener of a three-game series with the South Bend Silver Hawks, the Fort Wayne TinCaps utilized an early offensive attack as they picked up a 7-5 victory. Lee Orr hit his third home run in nine games, and relievers Ruben Mejia, Robert Eisenbach and Daniel Cropper hurled five scoreless innings of relief in the winning effort.
Fort Wayne (22-24) scored the game's first run with Orr's second-inning homer. In the bottom of the inning, South Bend (24-22) returned fire with an RBI single by Marc Bourgeois, which tied the game at one.
In the fourth inning both teams put up big numbers, with the TinCaps getting things started. Although Mike Gallic and Lee Orr were retired to begin the frame, Fort Wayne began to attack with a Yeison Asencio single to center field. With Austin Hedges up next, Siemens hurled two wild pitches, allowing Asencio to advance to second, and then third. Hedges then singled, scoring Asencio and pushing the lead to 3-1. Duanel Jones came up next, and Siemens uncorked another wild pitch, his third of the inning, and Hedges advanced to second base. Jones followed with a single to center, plating Hedges and making it 4-1. Tyler Stubblefield later reached on an error, and Jace Peterson narrowly missed a home run, hitting a line drive off of the wall in right-center field. That hit scored Jones and Stubblefield, putting the TinCaps up 6-1.
Cody Hebner didn't have an easy bottom of the fourth, though, as the Silver Hawks responded by sending nine men to the plate and scoring four runs. Hebner left after four innings with his team leading 6-5. The five runs are the most surrendered by the righthander this season.
Ruben Mejia (1-1) followed Hebner and tossed three scoreless innings. Robert Eisenbach worked a perfect eighth, holding the lead at one run.
In the ninth inning, Fort Wayne scored an insurance run on a single by Donavan Tate. The left fielder extended his hitting streak to seven consecutive games, going 2-5 with two runs batted in. Peterson, in his return to the lineup, paced the team with three hits and two runs batted in.
Daniel Cropper worked the ninth for his fourth save in five tries. Cropper has now pitched in three straight games, and is tied with Matt Stites, who is on the disabled list, for the team lead in saves.
Courtesy of Mike Couzens, Media Director of the Fort Wayne TinCaps.