Tacoma Rainiers 13 – Tucson Padres 6
Key Stats: 3B Forsythe 3-5, 2B; 2B Gyorko 1-5; LF C. Decker 3-4, 2B, BB
Tacoma scored nine early runs and held on to beat the Tucson Padres, 13-6 Friday. It was the second consecutive loss for the Padres, who dropped to 17-31 on the season. Down by eleven runs, Tucson mounted the beginnings of a comeback attempt in the fifth inning, scoring four times and leaving the bases loaded. The four fifth inning runs would be the final runs of the game, as neither team scored after the fifth in the slugfest.
Tucson starter Tom Layne walked three of the first four Rainiers of the game, and later allowed a two-run single by Carlos Truinfel. Casper Wells and Vinnie Catricalla added RBI doubles in the first inning rally. Tacoma's second inning rally came by way of the longball, with both Carlos Peguero and Wells launching two-run home runs. Wells went 3-for-4 with two doubles and a walk on the day he was optioned to Tacoma by the Seattle Mariners.
The Padres had multiple bright spots in the loss. Nick Vincent and Josh Spence pitched two scoreless innings of relief each, with Vincent striking out four in his outing. Logan Forsythe continues to spark the Padres offense on his Major League injury rehab assignment, going 3-for-5 Friday. Forsythe now has a .361 batting average in 10 games with Tucson.
Courtesy of Tim Hagerty, Director of Broadcasting and Media Relations for the Tucson Padres.
Springfield Cardinals 3– San Antonio Missions 2
Key Stats: RHP Sampson 6.2IP 8H 3ER 4K 3BB
Springfield starter Scott Gorgen and two relievers limited San Antonio to just five hits as the Cardinals took two of three from the Missions at The Wolff for the first time since August 21-23, 2010.
In the second inning, Jake Blackwood singled, stole second, advanced to third on a groundout and then scored on a fielding error by Springfield second baseman Kolten Wong to give San Antonio a 1-0 lead.
Cardinals catcher Audry Perez doubled home two runs in the top of the fourth to put his team up 2-1. Springfield made it 3-1 an inning later on an RBI groundout by third baseman Jermaine Curtis and Gorgen and the Cardinals bullpen made the lead stand as the Missions have now lost five of their last six games to fall to 20-27.
San Antonio grounded into three double plays tonight and eight in the series.
Courtesy of Jim White, Media Director of the San Antonio Missions
Lake Elsinore Storm 13 Rancho Cucamonga Quakes 2
Key Stats: LF Carlos Quentin 3-4 HR, 3R, 3RBI; RF Liriano 3-4, 2B, 2R, 2RBI; CF Noel 2-4, 3SB, 3R; RHP Smith 3.2IP 5H, 2R, 7K 1BB
The Storm kicked off a Memorial Day weekend with a game of fireworks on the field to go with the ones after the game as the rolled over Rancho Cucamonga Quakes 13-2. Carlos Quentin looked healthy and strong tonight going 3-for-4 scoring three runs, and three RBI that included a two-run home run to centerfield in the sixth.
After going down a run in the top of the second the Storm bats came alive and continued thru the night. Quentin led off the inning with a single up the middle. After Rymer Liriano continued his recent hit streak by singling to shortstop, Connor Powers doubled to left center to give the Storm a 2-1 lead they would not give up.
The top of the lineup rolled for the Home team with Rico Noel, Everett Williams and Cory Spangenberg hitting consecutive singles to lead off the inning. The Storm would eventually come away with a three run inning taking a 5-1 lead.
The Storm topped that off with a six run fifth highlighted by a Liriano RBI double to centerfield advancing his hit streak to 12 games and eight consecutive hits.
Courtesy of Eric Theiss, Media Director of the Lake Elsinore Storm
SilverHawks 4, TinCaps 3
Key Stats: SS Peterson 2-5, 2 2B; CF Gaedele 2-5, 2B,R; RHP Portillo 6IP 1H, 0R, 4K, 1BB
An 11th inning James Needy wild pitch allowed South Bend’s Ender Inciarte to race home and score the winning run, as the TinCaps lost 4-3.
Adys Portillo retired the first nine batters he faced in order and his success continued through all six innings of his outing. He issued a one-out walk in the fifth to Ryan Court, and allowed a two-out single to Chris Ellison in the sixth. Through six innings, Portillo allowed no runs, while striking out four. He lowered his Midwest League-leading earned run average to 1.48.
In the bottom of the seventh, the score still 3-0 Fort Wayne, Justin Hancock came on to pitch for the TinCaps. The righthander had allowed at least one run in each of his prior four outings, and that streak stretched to five games on Friday night. Hancock surrendered three runs, giving up back-to-back RBI singles to Roidany Aguila and Inciarte. Aguila knocked in two and Inciarte plated one run, and the game was tied at three at the end of seven innings.
The game was without another run until the 11th, although there were plenty of chances to score from the seventh inning onward. Fort Wayne had at least one baserunner in the 8th, 9th, 10th and 11th innings but failed to score in each frame. In the ninth, Duanel Jones was thrown out at home trying to score on a base hit by Matt Colantonio. The TinCaps finished the game 2-11 with runners in scoring position and stranded nine men on base.
In the bottom of the 11th James Needy (2-1) was on the hill for the TinCaps. He entered with two outs in the bottom of the ninth and struck out Ryan Court with two runners on base to send the game to extras. Needy worked a scoreless 10th, and in the 11th retired Aguila for the first out of the inning. Inciarte singled, and Josh Parr then popped out to Casey McElroy for the second out of the inning. With Chris Ellison at the plate, a balk was called on Needy. TinCaps Manager Jose Valentin was ejected while arguing the balk, which allowed Inciarte to move to second. Needy then intentionally walked Ellison, after which the Silver Hawks executed a double steal, putting runners at second and third with two away. With Court at the plate, Needy hurled a wild pitch, and Inciarte scrambled home ahead of a throw from Colantonio, and South Bend (25-23) escaped with a 4-3 victory.
Courtesy of Mike Couzens, Media Director of the Fort Wayne TinCaps.