Key Stats: 3B Gyorko 3-4, 2B,2RBI; LF C. Decker 2-5, 2 2B
Colorado Springs beat Tucson Padres 6-2 Sunday, handing the T-Pads their fifth consecutive loss to tie a season mark for longest losing streak. Tucson scored first Sunday on an RBI double by Jedd Gyorko in the first inning but fell behind after three unearned runs crossed for the Sky Sox in the bottom of the second. Jimmy Cesario picked up an RBI single in the rally and added another RBI hit in the third inning to put the Sky Sox up, 4-1. Gyorko drove home Blake Tekotte in the sixth inning to put the Padres down by two, but that was as close as Tucson would get.
Tucson starter Anthony Reyes allowed one earned run in four innings of work. Reliever Chris Haney has been impressive since arriving from High-A Lake Elsinore. Haney pitched two scoreless innings Sunday and now has an ERA of 3.00 in his first three Triple-A outings. Josh Spence pitched a scoreless inning for the Padres. Tucson put two on base in the top of the ninth, but Colorado Springs manager Stu Cole brought in Dustin Molleken, who retired the final two batters for his first save of the season.
Gyorko is now 6-for-9 with three RBIs in the series. Cody Decker went 2-for-5 for the Padres with two doubles. The Padres left 15 runners on base in the loss.
Courtesy of Tim Hagerty, Director of Broadcasting and Media Relations for the Tucson Padres.
San Antonio Missions 16 Springfield Cardinals 2
Key Stats: C Solis 5-6, 3R, 2RBI; 3B Rincon 2-4, HR, RBI, E (8); 1B Freiman 1-4, HR
The Missions erupted for 16 runs as every player in the starting lineup came across the plate at least once in a rare laugher for San Antonio. The offense was paced by catcher Ali Solis, who collected five singles in six trips to the plate, pushing his season average up 26 points to .308. The 24-year-old from Mexicali has at least three hits in four of his last six games.
Nate Freiman, who had been slumping since mid-May, clubbed his 15th homer of the season in the second inning. The big first baseman is still second in the Texas League, even after a three week drought. Edinson Rincon and Jake Blackwood also launched homers in the contest.
Starter Hayden Beard took advantage of the huge outburst, giving up a pair of runs across six innings. The 27-year-old Australian gave up five hits, with four strikeouts and two walks.
Lake Elsinore Storm 7 Visalia Rawhide 5
Key Stats: 1B Medica 3-4, 2B, CS; 3B Justin Miller 2-3, R; RHP Roach 6.2IP, 5H 1ER, 6K, 2BB
San Diego Padre Huston Street. Making his second and final planned rehab appearance with the Storm, threw 20 pitches, allowing two runs on one hit. He walked Mike Freeman then yielded a homer to Bobby Borchering
Rawhide starter Ray Hernandez set himself up for his sixth win of the season pitching six scoreless innings allowing six hits and recorded eight strikeouts in the outing. But the Storm struck back in the bottom of the seventh. All nine batters had an opportunity at the plate, scoring six runs on four hits and three errors to take the lead. After Justin Miller started with a leadoff walk and both Eddy Rodriguez and Luis Domoromo reached base on fielder's choice, Chris Bisson sent Domoromo home by way of a double down the right field line. Rico Noel earned his way to base after a catcher's interference to load the bases for Everett Williams, who singled scoring Rodriguez. Connor Powers then hit a bases-clearing double that rolled into the home bullpen to give the Storm the 5-3 lead.
Donn Roach, who followed Street to the mound, worked 6.2 innings to pick up his league-leading ninth win of the season. The righty acquired from the Angels in the Ernesto Frieri trade now has a 1.98 ERA overall in the Cal League, with an even more impressive 1.77 mark since joining the Storm. He has increased his strikeout rate in the Padres organization, while still racking up ground ball outs at a nearly 3-to-1 rate.
Both Miller and Bisson currently hold eight-game hitting streaks for the Storm.
Courtesy of Eric Theiss, Assistant Director Media Relations of the Storm with contributions from David Jay. Lake County Captains 7 Ft. Wayne TinCaps 2
Key Stats: RF Asencio 4-4, 2B, RBI; SS Stubblefield 2-3, BB, R, SB; RHP Mejia 5IP, 4H, 1ER, 4K, 4BB
A five-run rally in the eighth inning Sunday pushed Lake County to a 7-2 win over the TinCaps. The Captains batted around against Daniel Cropper in the eighth, collecting seven hits, and tying the series at one game each. In the losing effort, Yeison Asencio collected four hits for Fort Wayne.
Ruben Mejia, making his second start since joining the rotation, allowed just one run over five innings. The 20 year old righty struck out four, but issued four walks. Originally signed as a 16-year-old on July 2, 2008, Mejia spent his first three seasons in the Dominican before coming stateside at the end of last year. He has yielded 25 hits with 24 strikeouts and eight walks since joining Ft. Wayne.
Asencio knocked in Tyler Stubblefield with a one-out single in the sixth, tying the game at one. The 22-year-old outfielder, who played under the name Yoan Alcantara last season, has posted a 346/404/558 line in his first 15 games since resolving his visa problems. The righty also threw out the third baserunner of his abbreviated season.
Daniel Cropper (3-1) came on to pitch for the TinCaps in the eighth with the score tied at two. Prior to Sunday, the 24-year-old undrafted signee had worked 17 innings and allowed three runs. Cropper surrendered seven hits and five runs in the frame, pushing his season ERA to 4.00. The Captains batted around in the inning, which came to an end when Jordan Smith, who was trying to score from second, was thrown out at home by Mykal Stokes.
Courtesy of Mike Couzens, Media Director of the Fort Wayne TinCaps with contributions from David Jay.