Colorado Springs Sky Sox 4 – Tucson Padres 7
Key Stats: Bear Bay 6.2 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 6 K; Yasmani Grandal 3-5, 2B, 2 RS, RBI, BB; Matt Clark 3-5, 2B, RS
The Tucson Padres have won five games in a row for the first time in 2012, beating the Colorado Springs Sky Sox Thursday, 7-4. The Padres took a first inning lead on Yasmani Grandal's RBI single and scored four more times in the sixth to go ahead 5-0. Anthony Contreras hit a two-run home run during the Padres ten-batter sixth inning.
Colorado Springs scored four runs on five hits in the top of the seventh against Bear Bay and Cory Burns, but the Sky Sox could not catch the Padres, who never relinquished their lead. Sawyer Carroll lined an RBI single over shortstop Tommy Field in the seventh and Contreras added another insurance run with an RBI single in the eighth.
Bay picked up his second win with the Padres, pitching 6.2 innings, allowing three runs while striking out six. Matt Clark went 3-for-5 with a double and Grandal went 3-for-5 with a double and an RBI. Contreras now has an 11-game hitting streak. Erik Hamren pitched a scoreless eighth inning setting up for closer Brad Brach, who grabbed his second Triple-A save of the season with a scoreless ninth inning.
Courtesy of Tim Hagerty, Director of Broadcasting and Media Relations for the Tucson Padres.
Texas North 3 – Texas South 1
Missions are in Texas South. Jeremy McBryde 0.1 IP, 1 K; Nate Freiman 0-3, Ali Solis 0-2; Dean Anna 0-3, RBI
Nick Schmidt got the win for the North team pitching a 1,2,3 fourth inning. Schmidt is currently 5-3, 3.29 ERA for the AA Rockies' affiliate.
Lake Elsinore Storm 6 – San Jose Giants 9
Key Stats: Mark Pope 3 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K; Donavan Tate 0-1, K, BB, RS; Casey McElroy 2-4, 3 RS, 2 RBI, BB; Rico Noel 3-4, 2B, BB, 2 SB (55)
San Jose – The Storm who have the best record in the second half and is in first in the south division ran into the San Jose Giants falling 9-6. Rico Noel stole two more bases on the night to have a total of 55 on the season.
The Storm jumped out to an early lead by way of Casey McElroy who has been a spark to the Storm lineup. McElroy reached on a fielder’s choice and advanced to second to put a runner in scoring position for the Storm. He would then score putting the Storm up 1-0 when Tommy Medica singled to right field.
Medica extended his hit streak to 14 games. Scored 10 runs on 22 hits and has raised his batting average to .338.
Storm starter Mark Pope only went three innings and held the Giants to one run on four hits in his outing.
The Giants tied the game in the third when Adam Duvall, Ricky Oropesa and Ale Burg hit consecutive singles scoring Duvall.
A scoreless fourth set up a seven run bottom of the fifth for the home team putting the Storm in a big deficit.
A leadoff triple by Ryan Lollis and back-to-back home runs by Oropesa and Burg highlighted San Jose to a 8-1 lead.
After McElroy singled and scored another run for the Storm in the sixth that Storm looked to make a rally attempt.
In the seventh, McElroy came up big scoring Connor Powers and Chris Bisson with to outs. Medica followed that up with a ground ball single scoring newcomer and pinch hitter Donovan Tate.
Tate was just called up from Fort Wayne. Tate was the San Diego Padres first round selection in 2009 amateur draft.
Justin Miller singled to score McElroy for their sixth run of the game, but that would be it for the Storm as they fall in the first game of the three-game series.
The Storm remains above .500 with a 42-36 record and is now tied with the High Desert Mavericks for first.
Courtesy of Eric Theiss, Assistant Director of Media Relations for the Lake Elsinore Storm
Fort Wayne TinCaps 10 – Great Lakes Loons 0
Key Stats: Frank Garces 5 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K; Travis Whitmore 3-5, 2B, 3B, 2 RS, 2 RBI; Yeison Asencio 1-5, HR (7), 3 RBI; Kyle Gaedale 3-4, 2B, RS, 2 RBI
MIDLAND, Mich. – For the second time in three days the Fort Wayne TinCaps scored ten runs, defeating the Great Lakes Loons 10-0 on Thursday night at Dow Diamond. The offense enjoyed a seven-run fifth inning, while pitchers Frank Garces, James Jones and Johnny Barbato limited the Loons to just four hits.
The Fort Wayne (5-2, 36-41) offensive began in the second inning, as the TinCaps knocked in two runs, aided in part by an RBI double off the bat of Austin Hedges. Great Lakes (3-4, 37-40) starter Ralston Cash stumbled in that frame but advanced to retire the side in order in both the third and fourth innings.
The TinCaps continued to slather on the runs, damaging Ralston’s ERA with eight runs against the righty in the fifth inning, and nine runs overall in the frame. Eleven batters came to the plate in the inning, with four different Fort Wayne batters picking up at least one RBI. Yeison Asencio launched a two-run home run, Kyle Gaedele and Traivs Whitmore each had two-run doubles and Lee Orr added and RBI single. The seven-run inning tied Fort Wayne’s season total for the most runs in a single frame. It is the third time the team has accomplished the feat this year.
Leading 9-0, Garces (4-4) took the hill in the bottom of the fifth and retired the side in order. The southpaw faced three batters more than the minimum, as he lowered his ERA from 2.80 to 2.62. He has now won his last three decisions. Jones pitched three innings and Barbato hurled the ninth for Fort Wayne.
The TinCaps added another run in the ninth as Travis Whitmore led off with a triple to center field, and scored on a throwing error by Loons first baseman O’Koyea Dickson.
Courtesy of Mike Couzens, Media Director of the Fort Wayne TinCaps.
Eugene Emeralds 2 – Vancouver Canadiens 8
Key Stats: Justin Hancock 3.1 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K; Chris Wilkes 1 IP, 1 K; Alberth Martinez 2-3, RS; Goose Kallunki 2-4, 2B, RBI
AZL Rangers 13 – AZL Padres 14
Key Stats: Joe Ross 0.2 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 1 K; Zach Effin 1.1 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 0 K; Vince Belnome 2-5, 3B, HR (1), 4 RBI; Rodney Daal 2-5, HR (1), 3 RBI
Ross and Effin make their AZL debut. Pads score seven runs in final three innings.