Moises Sierra hit three home runs for the Las Vegas 51s in their 11-1 victory over the Tucson Padres Friday. Sierra hit a two-run shot in the fourth, a solo homer in the fifth and launched a two-run home run over the Padres left field bullpen in the ninth. Las Vegas had a powerful series, pounding 61 hits in the four game series, taking three of four games from the T-Pads.
The Padres lone run came on a solo home run by Beamer Weems in the bottom of the first inning. No Padre had more than one hit in the loss. Tucson starter Bear Bay allowed six runs, five earned, in four innings of work. Las Vegas starter Bill Murphy, who spent three years in Tucson as a Diamondbacks' farmhand, allowed just one run in six innings of work, his longest outing of the season. Las Vegas reliever Clint Everts pitched three shutout innings to close the game and earn his first save of the season.
The Padres have lost seven of their last nine games and drop to 19-36 on the season. The Padres are in fourth place, 17.5 games out of first in the Pacific Conference Southern Division.
Courtesy of Tim Hagerty, Director of Broadcasting and Media Relations for the Tucson Padres.
Springfield Cardinals 6 San Antonio Missions 2
Key Stats: RHP Sampson.2IP 3H 5ER 2K 4BB
Starter Keyvius Sampson struck out two of the first three hitters he faced, but then completely lost it, putting the next six batters on base, including three walks and a homer before giving way to Robert Lara.
After falling into the early hole, the Missions offense couldn't manage much of anything. After just two singles through the first five innings, the club left runners in scoring position the next two frames. They finally broke through when Rymer Liriano doubled in a pair of runs with no outs in the ninth. For Rincon, 21, it was the second consecutive evening with multiple hits.
Tom Layne, making his first appearance in San Antonio after his demotion, worked five strong innings out of the bullpen. The 27-year-old lefty gave up just one hit and a pair of walks, striking out a pair. Layne began the year in the Diamondbacks organization.
Rancho Cucamonga Quakes 8 Lake Elsinore Storm 3
Key Stats: 2B Spangenberg 2-4, R; RF Liriano 3-4, 2B, R, RBI CS (6); RHP Street 1IP, K
Rehabbing Padre reliever Houston Street worked a perfect inning including one strikeout to open the contest, but regularly-schedule Storm starter Mark Pope struggled through two-plus innings behind him, giving up five earned runs.
Rymer Liriano, still 20 years old, continued his torrid pace from May, going 3-for-4 with a double and run scored. The Dominican native struggled through April, but finished May with a 330/397/450 line to go along with 13 stolen bases. Liriano tied the game at two in the fourth inning with a single, and finished the scoring after his 14th double of the season in the ninth.
TinCaps 7, 6 Great Lakes 4, 5
Key Stats: SS Peterson 2-4, 2B, 3B, SB, 4BB; RHP Portillo 5IP 5H, 2R, 5K, 1BB
Early offense in both games of a Friday night doubleheader at Parkview Field sent the Fort Wayne TinCaps to two victories over the Great Lakes Loons. The TinCaps won game one 7-4 and took game two 6-5.
In game one, Great Lakes (28-27) starter Gustavo Gomez (4-5) did not make it through the first inning. Fort Wayne (26-29) scored seven runs and sent thirteen batters to the plate, knocking Gomez out after the eighth hitter of the game. That scoring attack marked the third time this season the TinCaps have scored seven runs in an inning. Fort Wayne did not score again after the first inning of game one.
Adys Portillo (4-2) worked five innings and surrendered two runs. The reigning Midwest League Pitcher of the Week walked one and struck out five, earning his first win since May 14th. Dennis O'Grady, making his 2012 Fort Wayne debut, coughed up two runs in the sixth inning on a home run by Loons left fielder Scott Schebler. Matt Stites pitched the ninth for his fifth save.
Game two saw the TinCaps get on the board early once again. Donavan Tate and Lee Orr contributed run-producing hits in the first inning, making it 2-0. In the third, Fort Wayne knocked Loons starter Arismendy Ozoria (3-2) out of the game. The righty walked the first four batters of the inning, sending home the third TinCaps run. He finished having thrown two innings, and was charged with six runs, four of them being earned. Juan Noriega relieved Ozoria, and allowed all three inherited runners to score.
Leading 6-0 heading into the fifth, Fort Wayne starter Colin Rea issued his fifth and sixth walks of the night, and was pulled from the game. Luis De La Cruz (3-4) worked the next two innings in relief, with Daniel Cropper finishing the ballgame for his team-leading sixth save.Between the two clubs on Friday night, 26 walks were issued in 26 innings of work. Loons pitchers surrendered 17 of those walks, and no Great Lakes pitcher walked fewer than two batters.
Courtesy of Mike Couzens, Media Director of the Fort Wayne TinCaps.