The Tucson Padres scored five unanswered runs in Fresno Monday to come back and beat the Grizzlies, 9-6. Tucson's bullpen held the Grizzlies late, with Eddie Kunz, Jason Ray, Miles Mikolas and Erik Hamren pitching a scoreless inning each to close the game. The Padres have now won back-to-back games and have taken two of the first three games of the series.
The Padres led 4-1 in the fifth when Charlie Culberson's grand slam capped off a five-run inning for Fresno. The Grizzlies lead didn't last long, as Tucson pinch hitter Cody Decker launched a home run out of the stadium in left field to tie the game. It was the Padres first pinch-hit home run of the season and first since Matt Clark's on May 15, 2011 vs. Albuquerque. The Padres had two outs and no baserunners in the seventh inning when they sparked a rally to score three runs. Anthony Contreras hit an RBI double, Sawyer Carroll hit an RBI single and the Padres grabbed another run when Fresno first baseman Brett Pill mishandled a pickoff throw from Mitch Lively with runners at first and third. .
The Padres are now 25-52, in fourth place, 23 games behind first place Sacramento in the Southern Division. The Padres had six players with multi-hit games Monday. .
Courtesy of Tim Hagerty, Director of Broadcasting and Media Relations for the Tucson Padres.
Missions enter the All Star break on a five game winning streak and winning 9 of their last 11 games since June 15th. San Antonio finished off their sweep of Midland with a 2-1 win.
The Missions wasted plenty of opportunities going only 2-17 with RISP. Coincidentally the Missions collected both hits in the same inning. After scoring the first run on an error in the second the Missions went into the seventh tied at one and looking for that big hit.
San Antonio led off the inning with a leadoff double by Ali Solis. Galvez followed with a sharp single to center, Solis held at third. After a Freiman pop up, Blackwood ripped a double into the left-center field gap. Solis scored, but Galvez was thrown out on a beautiful relay. Still that run would be enough as the Missions win 2-1.
San Bernardino – The last time The Storm faces the Sixty Sixers, the Storm won the three-game series winning the first two games at The Diamond. Tonight the Storm traveled back to San Manuel Stadium since April 26 and fell short tonight falling 7-6. The two teams battled early as the Storm took a 1-0 lead in the first. Rico Noel singled to lead off and stole his 52 base of the season to set up in scoring position with no outs. Two quick outs but Rymer Liriano singled scoring Noel to go a head early.
Inland Empire answered right back in the bottom of the inning when Rolando Gomez hit a two-run home run with no outs giving the home team a 2-1 lead.
The two newest infielders for the Storm have come up clutch yet again. Justin Miller, who played third base tonight, hit his fourth home run for the Storm advancing his batting average .383. Casey McElroy extended his hitting streak to five games homering to right field giving the Storm a 4-2 lead.
A scoreless fourth by both teams before the Sixty Sixers came from behind. Randal Grichuk scored on a double play to get Inland Empire with in one. They tied the game up off a wild pitch allowing Ryan Jones to score.
They took the lead in the bottom of the Sixth when Kaleb Cowart doubled to center to score a run and scored himself off a Taylor Lindsey ground out.
The then took a 7-4 lead in the eighth when Cowart scored on a double by C.J. Cron as an insurance run.
The Storm looked to make a comeback in the ninth when Powers hit his fourth home run in five games to come within one. Since the All-Star break Powers has scored 6 runs and 13 RBI for the Storm.
Even with Powers home run the Storm fell short for their first loss of the second half.
FORT WAYNE, Ind. – A season-high-tying four errors and an early four-run deficit proved too much for the Fort Wayne TinCaps to overcome Monday in a 6-2 loss to the Lansing Lugnuts. Matt Wisler yielded four runs in the third inning, and the TinCaps struck out 11 times, falling for the second consecutive night.
Wisler (2-4) faced seven batters over the first two innings, but faced eight in an outing-defining third inning. Lansing's Carlos Perez and Andy Burns both knocked in two runs in the frame, giving the Lugnuts the early 4-0 lead. Fort Wayne (2-2, 33-41) responded with two runs off the bat of Duanel Jones in the fourth, cutting the Lansing (3-1, 50-23) lead in half.
Wisler departed after four innings having allowed four earned runs, his highest total since his first start of the season on April 9th. James Jones surrendered one hit over two innings of work, but Johnny Barbato allowed two runs in the seventh, and Lansing stretched its lead to 6-2. Luis De La Cruz tossed a perfect ninth inning.
Courtesy of Mike Couzens, Media Director of the Fort Wayne TinCaps.
AZL Angels 7 – AZL Padres 3