Key Statistics: CF Robertson 3-5, 2B, RBI; RF Roof 2-4; LF C. Decker 1-2, 2 BBs; RHP Reyes (L) 6.0 IP 9H 8R 7ER BB 5Ks.
RENOYasmani Grandal hit a two-run home run in the top of the ninth inning to get the Tucson Padres within one run Friday, but the Padres couldn't get the tying run on base and lost to the Reno Aces, 8-7. The Padres have dropped nine consecutive games, their longest losing streak in their two-year team history.
The Padres scored four times in the second inning and Jedd Gyorko hit a solo home run in the top of the third to put Tucson in front, 5-2. Reno sent nine batters to the plate against Jorge Reyes in the third, scoring five times on six hits. The biggest hit in the rally was Rusty Ryal's three-run home run.
Daniel Robertson doubled to lead off the top of the ninth and scored on Grandal's home run, but that was as close as the Padres would get. Tucson had a strong offensive night, tallying more hits than Reno, 12-11. Eight of the nine Padres starting players had at least one hit. San Diego infielder Andy Parrino went 1-for-3 in his first injury rehab game. Parrino is on the Major League disabled list with a wrist injury.
Courtesy of Tim Hagerty, Director of Broadcasting and Media Relations for the Tucson Padres.
Missions 6 - Midland Rockhounds 2
Key Statistics: 1B Freiman 1-4, 2B, 3 RBIs; C Solis 1-4, HR(5) 2 RBIs; RHP Beard 6.2 IP 8 H 2R ER 5Ks; RHP Vincent(W) 1.0 IP 2Ks.
Despite only punching out three hits San Antonio made them count since two of them were doubles and one went over the wall as the Missions won for only their second time in eleven games. The win snapped a five game losing streak for San Antonio.
Nate Freiman, who despite the Missions' dismal record is leading the Texas League in RBIs, had the big blow with a three-run bases loaded double down the third base line in the top of the ninth inning. Ali Solis followed with a two-run home run which was enough to give San Antonio a much needed win.
Storm 8 - Bakersfield Blaze 4
Key Statistics: 2B Spangenberg 2-5; 1B Medica 2-4, 2B, RBI, BB; RF Liriano 3-5, 2B, RBI, SB(21); LF Domoromo 2-4, RBI; RHP Jackson 5.0 IP 5H 3R 3ER BB 2 Ks.
Bakersfield — With one game left to play in the first half the Storm are looking to end on a high note as they scored early and held on for the 8-4 win over the Bakersfield Blaze.
A pair of doubles put the Storm on the board in the first kicked off by Medica who hit his 10th double of the season scoring Cory Spangenberg. Medica would score himself after Rymer Liriano smacked his 20th double of the season to right field to go ahead 2-0.
Jackson went five innings allowing three runs on five hits and struck out two but picked up his fourth win in a Storm uniform.
The Storm doubled their lead in the second on a slew of singles. Domoromo singles and stole second to put a runner in scoring position allowing Chris Bisson to drive him in with a single to right field.
Bisson would score himself off a two-out single by Spangenberg giving the Storm a 4-0 lead.
Bakersfield would score runs in the second, third and fourth to come within one of the Storm, but that's as close as they would get.
Medica would score again in the fifth after a leadoff walk and the Storm rattled off a three-run seventh when Michael Wing hit a bases clearing double giving the Storm eight runs on 13 hits on the night.
Courtesy of Eric Theiss, Assistant Director of Media Relations for the Lake Elsinore Storm
Bowling Green Hot Rods 1 - TinCaps 0
Key Statistics: DH Whitmore 2-3, BB; C Hedges 1-3, BB; RHP Wisler 6.0 IP 3 H 0R 0ER, 6Ks; RHP Jones(L) 3.1 IP 2H R ER 1K.
Bowling Green – In a game dominated by pitching, it was offense that had the final say on Friday night at Bowling Green Ballpark.
Despite holding the Bowling Green Hot Rods to just three hits over the first nine innings of play, the Fort Wayne TinCaps lost 1-0 in ten innings in the opener of a three-game series. Todd Glaesmann's walk-off triple scored Drew Vettleson from first base, giving the Hot Rods the game's only run.
Fort Wayne (31-37) starter Matt Wisler turned in one of his strongest outings of his career. He worked six innings, allowed three hits and struck out six. He did not issue a walk.
Bowling Green's Parker Markel matched Wisler nearly blow-for-blow, hurling six scoreless innings of his own. Markel allowed three hits, struck out five and also did not issue a free pass.
The TinCaps' best offensive chance came in the top of the ninth inning. Bowling Green (36-32) reliever Jason McEachern, in a scoreless ballgame, walked the bases full.
Prior to that inning, neither team had drawn a walk on the night. Fort Wayne third baseman Duanel Jones came to the plate with a chance to give his team a lead but he struck out, brining the inning to a close.
James Jones (1-1), appearing in his fourth game for Fort Wayne this season, worked 3 1/3 innings in relief of Wisler. In the 7th, 8th and 9th, Jones did not allow a baserunner. In the tenth, though, he faltered and with one out, allowed a single to Drew Vettleson. One batter later, Glaesmann delivered a frozen-rope triple off of the outfield wall in left-center field, sending Vettleson in to score the winning run.
Fort Wayne is now 2-5 in extra-inning contests this season. The TinCaps were 0-4 with runners in scoring position Friday night. The only TinCaps player to record a multi-hit game was Travis Whitmore, who extended his team-best hitting streak to eleven games. During that span, he has gone .333 (14-42).
Hot Rods reliever Austin Hubbard (1-4) earned the win, working 1 1/3 innings behind McEachern.
Courtesy of Mike Couzens, Media Director of the Fort Wayne TinCaps