Scott Richmond pitched six hitless innings Thursday, as the Las Vegas 51s beat the Tucson Padres, 4-2. Richmond's only hit allowed in 6.1 innings of work was a double by Matt Clark to lead off the seventh inning. Clark also ended a 51s no-hit bid last season, striking an eighth inning single on July 17, 2011 against 51s starter Brad Mills, who had tossed seven hitless innings that day.
Las Vegas scored three times in the third inning on an RBI groundout by Adeiny Hechavarria and a two-run home run by Travis Snider, his third longball in as many nights. The 51s added a fourth run in the top of the ninth when Anthony Gose singled to score Jonathan Diaz.
After Jerry Gil set down the first two Padres in the ninth, Tucson made a comeback attempt, with three hits in a row. Clark singled and Yasmani Grandal doubled to put runners at second and third with two outs. Anthony Contreras hit a two-run single to score Clark and Grandal and bring the tying run to the plate. Gil then got Sawyer Carroll to ground out to second base to end the game. The Padres have lost two of three in the series to Las Vegas and have now lost nine times in eleven tries to Las Vegas in 2011.
Courtesy of Tim Hagerty, Director of Broadcasting and Media Relations for the Tucson Padres.
San Antonio – San Antonio and Corpus Christi can't seem to get things done in nine innings as the Missions walk off winners 5-3 in the 11-inning on a Nate Freiman two-run home run. This was the third straight extra-innings game these two teams have played.
San Antonio starting pitcher Josh Geer started off rusty hitting the first batter he faced, Jonathan Villar, who then scored two batters later on a Jose Martinez single. Kody Hinze then batted Martinez in on a single to right field bringing the lead to 2-0.
The Missions were held hitless until the fourth inning when Ali Solis scored leadoff man Reymond Fuentes on a sharp single up the middle. Edinson Rincon then tied the game on a two-out single to right field to score Dean Anna who walked earlier in the inning.
San Antonio took their first lead of the game in the sixth inning after a Rincon sacrifice fly scored first baseman Freiman, Rincon's second of the night and 24 on the season. That lead was short lived as Missions' reliever Daniel Stange blew his save opportunity by loading the bases in the eighth with no outs.
Corpus Christi scored the tying run on a throwing error by third baseman Rincon and looked poised to score more. However, Stange recovered to strike out Hinze and Adam Bailey and get Drew Muren to fly out at the wall.
12-inning leadoff man Jonathan Galvez walked to bring up Freiman who then smashed a no-doubter onto the berm in left field to bring the Missions bench out to home plate to congratulate him. This was Freiman's second homerun in the last 34 games.
San Antonio is now 29-43 on the season and improves to 8-15 in one-run games. They will travel to Midland tomorrow to visit the Rockhounds in a four game series. Starting pitchers will be Keyvius Sampson (3-7, 5.99 ERA) for the Missions and Murphy Smith (4-4, 4.25 ERA) for Midland.
Courtsey of Jim White, Media Director of the San Antonio Missions.
Tin Caps are preparing for the 2nd half
Eugene Emeralds 4 – Boise Hawks 5
Ems scored two in the first and then Boise scored in the first and third to tie. Ems score in the fifth, then Boise scores in the fifth. Ems score in the ninth and then Boise ends it with four straight one out hits. The Ems snatched defeat from the jaws of victory 4-5.
AZL Padres, one game and already a day off