Key Statistics: 3B Merchan 3-4, RBI; C Grandal 1-3, 2B, BB; RHP Wells(L) 5.2 IP 10 H 6R 5ER 3BBs 3Ks.
LAS VEGAS --The Tucson Padres lost two different leads Wednesday, falling to the Las Vegas 51s, 6-5. The Padres have lost seven consecutive games, a season low for losses in a row, and were swept for the second straight series. The Padres had a 4-2 lead with two outs and two strikes in the bottom of the sixth inning with the bases loaded when Anthony Gose hit a chopper to the mound. Tucson starter Kip Wells knocked the ball down, but threw it past first baseman Matt Clark and all three runners scored. The T-Pads scored once in the seventh on a wild pitch but weren't able to plate the tying run in the eighth or ninth innings.
Wells pitched 5.2 innings, allowing six runs on 10 hits and took the loss. Las Vegas starter Jesse Chavez, who was traded for Wells in 2006, pitched 6.2 innings and allowed four earned runs in his seventh victory of the season. Former Major League infielder Jerry Gil picked up his fourth save of the season on the mound for Las Vegas.
Jesus Merchan went 3-for-4 for Tucson and is 5-for-8 since joining the Padres organization from the independent Atlantic League yesterday. Tucson outfielder Daniel Robertson was ejected in the fifth inning by home plate umpire Tripp Gibson after arguing a called third strike.
Courtesy of Tim Hagerty, Director of Broadcasting and Media Relations for the Tucson Padres.
Corpus Christi Hooks 10 – Missions 6
Key Statistics: CF Fuentes 2-5, 3B SB(11); RF/LF Anna 2-5, RBI; C Solis 2-4 (2)2B; SS Valdez 2-4, 2B, HR(4),2 RBIs; RHP Cashner 3.1 IP 4 H 2R 2ER 3Ks; RHP Lollis (BS 4)(L 1-4) 0.2 IP 5 H 7R 7ER 2BBs.
In what has been a dismal season for the Missions the Hooks completed their second four game sweep of San Antonio on Wednesday night as Matt Lollis gave up seven runs in one inning including a grand slam despite having the a nice boost to begin the game with Andrew Cashner and a home run by SS Jeudy Valdez.
High Desert Mavericks 5 – Storm 4
Key Statistics: DH Miller 2-4, 3 RBIs; SS Bisson 2-3; RHP Roach 6.0 IP 5H 1R 1ER BB 7Ks; RHP Wilkes (BS(L) 2.0 IP 6 H 4R 4ER.
Lake Elsinore — The Storm have played the High Desert Mavericks in four series in the first half of the 2012 season and have failed to clinch any as the Mavericks came from behind to take the 5-4 win allowing the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes to take sole possession of first by a game.
All three teams, the Storm, Mavericks and Quakes are within a game of each other with three games remaining in the first half of the season. The team who wins the first half in their respective division receives an automatic bid and a first round bye in the playoffs.
Storm starter and Cal League All-Star Donn Roach had yet another superb outing going six strong innings allowing only one run on five hits. Roach gave up one walk and struck out seven batters on the night.
Miller advanced his batting average to .405 with the storm and is in the midst of a five game hitting streak.
After scoreless fifth and sixth innings by both teams, High Desert struck again in the top of the seventh. A leadoff triple by Mario Martinez set a tone for the visitors. He scored on the next play as James Jones singled up the middle to tie the game up. A sacrifice bunt and a wild pitch put Jones on third, which scored on a sacrifice fly to left field for the 3-2 lead.
The Mavericks put themselves ahead 5-2 in the eighth when Kevin Rivers came in to pinch run and came all the way around scoring and McGee scored after singling with two outs.
The Storm matched the run production in the bottom of the inning with Miller again who came up big. After back-to-back singles by Bisson and Noel, Miller singled himself to right field scoring a pair ending the night going 2-for-4 with three RBI, but the Storm were unable to capitalize in the ninth falling a game out of first.
The Storm now head to Bakersfield to face the Blaze in a three-game series. Last time these two met was back in May where the Storm captured the series and held high-flying top prospect Billy Hamilton to only two stolen bases.
Courtesy of Eric Theiss, Assistant Director Media Relations of the Storm
Lansing Lugnuts 7 – TinCaps 0
Key Statistics: DH McElroy 2-4; RHP Portillo(L) 5.0 IP 3R 2ER 2BB 6Ks.
FORT WAYNE – The Lansing Lugnuts proved their worth as the league's top team on Wednesday night at Parkview Field, blanking the Fort Wayne TinCaps 7-0. It was the first time the TinCaps have been held scoreless this season. Lansing's Anthony DeSclafani and Noah Syndergaard combined to allow seven hits and strike out nine in the Lansing victory.
Fort Wayne (31-35) fell behind 1-0 in the second inning on a solo home run by K.C. Hobson. TinCaps starter Adys Portillo (4-4) surrendered two more runs, one of which was unearned, in the third inning, allowing Lansing to advance to a 3-0 lead. Portillo worked five innings, surrendering four hits, three runs, two of them earned, walking two and striking out six.
Lansing (45-20) pitching was dominant throughout, allowing just one hit over the first three innings. DeSclafani went a career-high five innings for the victory. He allowed four hits, walked two and struck out three. Syndergaard worked the final four innings, giving up three hits, walking two and striking out six. He earned his first career save.
The TinCaps went 0-6 with runners in scoring position, and stranded eight men on base.
Fort Wayne is the last Midwest League team to be shut out this season. Every other team in the league had been blanked at least once.
Courtesy of Mike Couzens, Media Director of the Fort Wayne TinCaps.