Colorado Springs Sky Sox 8 - T-Padres 7
Key Statistics: CF Tekotte 2-4; 3B Gyorko 3-5, RBI;1B Clark 1-3, 2B, BB; LF/1B C. Decker 2-5 (HR(3) 2 RBIs; 2B Contreras 2-4, 2B, RBI; RHP Wells 6.2 IP 6 H 4 R 1 ER BB 2 Ks; RHP Boxberger 1.0 IP 4 H 3 R 3 ER 2 BBs and 2 Ks; RHP Burns (L) 0.1 1 H 1R 1ER 2 BBs.
Colorado SPRINGS, CO: Brendan Harris was hit by a pitch in the bottom of the ninth inning with the bases loaded, providing a bizarre ending to the Colorado Springs Sky Sox 8-7 win over the Tucson Padres Saturday. With the score tied in the bottom of the ninth, Tommy Field whacked a line drive off the left field wall, falling a few feet shy of a game-ending home run. With Field at second after his off-the-wall double, Tim Wheeler sacrificed him to third. Padres manager Terry Kennedy decided to walk the bases loaded with one out, and Cory Burns hit Harris on the back to end the game.
Saturday's game was a back-and-forth affair that saw four different lead changes. Tucson trailed by a run in the top of the eighth when Anthony Contreras drove home Jonathan Roof to tie the game with two outs. After Brad Boxberger allowed three runs in the bottom of the eighth, the Padres matched the Sky Sox again, scoring three times in the ninth to tie the game. Beamer Weems hit an RBI double and Jedd Gyorko struck an RBI single in the ninth inning rally.
Padres starting pitcher Kip Wells pitched 6.2 innings, allowing only one earned run. Wells did not factor in the decision and now has a 2.78 ERA in four starts with Tucson. Cody Decker went 2-for-5 with a home run and two RBIs for the T-Pads. Gyorko was 3-for-5 in the loss and is hitting .338 in 17 Triple-A games.
Courtesy of Tim Hagerty, Director of Broadcasting and Media Relations for the Tucson Padres.
Arkansas Travelers 6 - Missions 5 (13 innings)
Key Statistics: 2B Anna 3-6, RBI, SB(2), BB; LF Blackwood 2-5, RBI; RF Steel 2-6, SB (4), 3 RBIs, CF Fuentes 2-6, 2B, SB(9); LHP Werner 7.0 IP 6 H 3 R 2 ER 7 Ks; RHP Lollis 2.0 IP 1 H 0 r, 0 ER, 2 Ks; RHP McBryde 2.0 IP 1 H 0R 0 ER, 2Ks; RHP Jones (L) 0.1 1H, 1 R 1 ER and BB.
In Little Rock the Missions fell for the tenth time in the past thirteen games to give them the worst record in the Texas League. A sacrifice fly in the bottom of the thirteenth inning gave the home team Travelers the win.
The Missions had opportunities, they had the bases loaded in the eleventh inning with no outs, but couldn’t bring the winning run home. C Ali Solis was called out on strikes, 1B Nate Freiman popped to first base in foul territory and LF Jake Blackwood grounded out to the shortstop.
The promotions of 3b Jedd Gyorko and OF/1B Cody Decker along with injuries to 2B Jonathan Galvez has decimated San Antonio’s offense.
On the positive side the pitching, especially out of the bullpen, especially with Jeremy McBryde who has only given up one earned run in his past seven outings.
Storm 5 -Visalia Rawhide 3
Key Statistics: 1B Medica 2-4, 2B, RBI; RF/CF Liriano 3-4, (2)2B; RHP Andriese 6.0 IP 5 H 0R 0ER BB 6 Ks; RHP Quakenbush(BS)(W) 1.2 IP 1 H 2 BB K.
Lake Elsinore – The Storm welcomed the Northern Division Visalia Rawhide for the first time this season at The Diamond. With the throw home to try and keep the Storm at bay the Rawhide failed to throw out the speedy Cory Spangenberg helping the home team break the 3-3 tie and grasping the win for the Storm 5-3.
The Storm lead early after a three run second inning. With Tommy Medica on first Rymer Liriano hit his 15th double on a line drive shot to right field to put both runners in scoring position. Miller would score both of them hitting his first triple for Lake Elsinore to go ahead 2-0. Miller would then score when Chris Bisson singled before the inning came to a close.
Liriano went 3-for-4 tonight and picked up two stolen bases and currently leads the team with 29 RBI.
Storm starter and Southern Californian Matt Andriese had one of his best outings going six scoreless innings allowing only five hits while facing 23 batters and recorded six strikeouts.
In the seventh the Rawhide ended the shutout with back-to-back leadoff singles by Carter Bell and Tyson Van Winkle. Bell scored on a sacrifice fly to right field and Van Winkle scored after Mike Freeman tripled to dead center to cut the lead to only one run.
In the eighth Visalia tied the ball game 3-3 when Keon Braxton scored on a single again by Bell.
The resurgent Storm would not give up. Everett Williams led off the bottom of the eighth with a single to left field. Spangenberg hit a push bunt down the first baseline and was able to out run the throw by the pitcher to reach base with no outs.
Medica doubled off the high wall in right field to pick up an RBI allowing the Storm to regain the lead. Miller picked up an RBI when Spangenberg scored beating the throw home.
The Storm are 29-27 and are only a half game back of the division leading High Desert Mavericks whom the Storm will visit for a three game series beginning Tuesday.
Courtesy of Eric Theiss, Assistant Director of Media Relations for the Lake Elsinore Storm.
TinCaps 3- Lake County Captains 1
Key Statistics: C Hedges 0-2, 2BB; 2B McElroy 1-4, 2B; SS Stubblefield 1-3, 2B, RBI; RF Asencio 1-4, HR(2); RHP Wisler (W) 5.0 IP 0 R, 0 ER, BB 8 Ks; RHP Needy 2.0 IP 1 H 1 R 0 ER, BB, 2 K’s RHP Barbato(S) 2.0 IP 0 H 0 R 0 ER 4 Ks.
EASTLAKE, OH – TinCaps starting pitcher Matt Wisler has two wins this year and both of them have come in his home state of Ohio. His second victory came Saturday night as the Bryan, Ohio native struck out a career-high eight batters in a 3-1 win over the Lake County Captains. Yeison Asencio aided the cause with a two-run home run in the fourth inning.
Wisler (2-3) tossed five innings of shutout baseball, allowing five hits and one walk. Asencio’s home run gave Fort Wayne (27-29) a 2-0 lead in the first, and Tyler Stubblefield added an RBI double in the fifth to give the TinCaps their third run of the night.
James Needy followed Wisler and worked the sixth and the seventh. An unearned Lake County (26-29) run scored in the seventh inning, as Fort Wayne committed two errors in the frame. The TinCaps tied their season high by committing four errors in the game.
Johnny Barbato pitched the eighth and ninth innings for Fort Wayne, facing the minimum six batters. Barbato recorded four strikeouts, fanning all three Captains he saw in the ninth. The 19-year-old from Miami earned his first save of the year.
The 14 strikeouts notched by TinCaps pitching tied a season high for a nine-inning game.
Courtesy of Mike Couzens, Media Director of the Fort Wayne TinCaps