Reno 4 Tucson Padres 2 (12 Innings)
Key Stats: 2B Gyorko 2-4, 2B, HR (7; 13 overall); RHP Bay Bear 6IP 2H, 0R, 2K, 0BB
The Padres were one out away from a win Thursday when Reno scored twice in the ninth to tie the game. The Aces then added two in the 12th inning and on an RBI triple by Jake Elmore and RBI single by Ryan Wheeler.
Tucson struck first on a first-inning home run by Jedd Gyorko, his seventh in 21 Triple-A games this season. Neither side scored again until the seventh, when Matt Clark blasted a solo home run, his 11th of the season. Brad Boxberger struck out the first hitter in the top of the ninth but allowed back-to-back hits to A.J. Pollock and Mike Jacobs with one out. Taylor Harbin singled to score Pollock and Cole Gillespie hit a two-out, RBI single to score Jacobs with the tying run.
Tucson starter Bear Bay pitched six shutout innings, his longest outing since signing as a minor league free agent at the end of April.
Courtesy of Tim Hagerty, Director of Broadcasting and Media Relations for the Tucson Padres.
Frisco 4 Missions 0
Check out John’s on-site recap for details on how the Missions got shut out.
Lake Elsinore Storm 8 High Desert 5
Key Stats: CF Noel 3-5, SB (40), PO/CS (7), OF assist; DH Medica 2-4, 2B, HR(6); RHP Andriese 5IP, 7H, 3R (1ER), 4K, 1BB
After the Mavs took a 3-0 lead in the first, Elsinore stormed back in the middle innings to pick up their 32nd win of the season to stay within one of the Mavs for first place in the division.
Eddy Rodriguez hit his team leading seventh home run of the season in the fourth, to get on the board. The University of Miami product finished 3-for-4 with three RBIs.
The Storm took the lead in the fifth. Rico Noel led off with a bunt single and stole his 40th base. After Cory Spangenberg reached on an error at first base, Tommy Medica smacked his eighth double of the season to left field scoring Noel. Medica was two-for-four on the night and three RBI and is currently batting .324 in just 19 games with a team-high .703 slugging percentage.
The Storm picked up their final run in the ninth when Rymer Liriano hit a solo home run to dead center. Closing in on his 21st birthday, the fleet right fielder has been on a tear lately to push his season line to 306/368/440. During his current nine-game hitting streak, he is 17-for-33 with four extra-base hits and four walks against seven strikeouts .
Courtesy of Eric Theiss, Assistant Director Media Relations of the Storm with contributions from David Jay.
West Michigan 11 Ft. Wayne TinCaps 2
Key Stats: RF Asencio 2-5; C Hedges 2-4, 2B, E (4); 3B Jones 2-4, 2E (22 – that is not a typo); RHP Portillo 1 IP, 2H, 5R (1ER), 1K, 2BB
Adys Portillo turned in the shortest outing of the year for a TinCaps starting pitcher, tossing one-plus inning, as Fort Wayne lost 11-2 Thursday night, tying its largest margin of defeat for the season. The TinCaps have now lost four consecutive games for the second time this year.
Fort Wayne (27-33) fell behind 2-0 after one inning on two unearned runs. Portillo struck out Dean Green with a man on second, but the third strike was a wild pitch by Portillo. Catcher Austin Hedges threw the ball down the right field line scoring one run and putting Green at second base. Green later scored on a single.
Portillo was knocked out of the game in the second inning. The 20-year-old pitcher walked the first two batters of the frame and was pulled after a sacrifice bunt attempt by Chad Wright was thrown wide of first by Duanel Jones, resulting in a third West Michigan run. Jones had two errors on Thursday.
James Needy allowed both inherited runners to score, then settled in. The big righty from Santee worked a season-high four innings, allowing one earned run while striking out two to drop his Midwest League ERA to 0.72. Luis De La Cruz and Johnny Barbato each pitched for the TinCaps, giving up three and two runs, respectively.
The first TinCaps run came in the third on a solo home run by Kyle Gaedele. It was his second home run of the year. The other Fort Wayne was tallied on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Austin Hedges in the sixth. The TinCaps went 1-12 with runners in scoring position, and stranded 14 men on the basepaths. The four errors committed by Fort Wayne in the game tied a season high.
Courtesy of Mike Couzens, Media Director of the Fort Wayne TinCaps with contributions from David Jay.