Colorado Springs 9 Tucson 3
Key Stats: 2B Gyorko 2-4, HR(10), 2RBI; RF Jeremy Hermida 1-2;
The Tucson Padres could not seal their first series sweep of 2012, falling to the Colorado Springs Sky Sox 9-3. Matt Lollis suffered the loss, allowing six runs (five earned) in 3.2 innings of work in his second Triple-A start. The big righty yielded eight hits, including a pair of homers. He walked one and struck out three.
Righty Mark Hamburger made his system debut, working 2.1 scoreless innings with five strikeouts. Originally signed by the Twins as an undrafted free agent, the 25-year-old has pitched for the Rangers organization for the last four years.
Big league outfielder Jeremy Hermida made his first rehab appearance, collecting a single in two plate appearances. Jedd Gyorko extended his hitting streak to eight games with a first-inning homer and a single. He is hitting .455 during the run with an 879 slugging percentage. Shortstop Beamer Weems and utility man Anthony Contreras each had 11-game hitting streaks snapped.
With contributions from Tim Hagerty, Director of Broadcasting and Media Relations for the Tucson Padres.
San Antonio 3 Tulsa 0
Key Stats: RHP Geer 7IP, 2H, 4K, 0BB; 2B Galvez 2- 3, R, HBP
The San Antonio Missions increased their season high winning streak to six games with a 3-0 victory over the Tulsa Drillers in the first game of their three game series. Missions’ starter Josh Geer went seven innings, faced 23 batters, struck out four, and limited the Drillers to two hits to get his third win of the season.
Second baseman Jonathan Galvez was the only Mission with multiple hits, going 2-for-3, including a double. The 21-year-old scored the game’s first run after getting hit by a pitch in the first, coming around to score on a double by newly-returned Cody Decker.
Closer Jeremy McBride finished off a strong June, working another scoreless inning with two strikeouts to pick up his seventh save. The big-bodied 25-year-old sports a 1.46 ERA over 12.1 innings for the month, posting a 17-to-1 strikeout to walk ratio.
With contributions from Jim White, Media Relations for the San Antonio Missions.
Storm 12 San Jose 3
Key Stats: 2B McElroy 3-5, 2B, 3R, E; 3B Belnome 3-5, 2 2B; RF Miller 2-5, HR (GS – 6), E;
Lake Elsinore pounded out 10 runs over the first three innings, then cruised to an easy win in San Jose and a 7-2 record since the All-Star break. Four different Storm batters tallied three hits each, including rehabbing Vince Belnome, who had a pair of RBI doubles.
Justin Miller blasted a grand slam, his sixth homer in 35 games since getting promoted, and now sports a .604 slugging percentage in the Cal League. Casey McElroy has been even more dominant. With another 3-for-5 night Friday, the diminutive second baseman has an absurd 514/591/865 line through his first nine games. Not all promotees get the same results. Donavan Tate struck out four times in his first start for the Storm.
Great Lakes 2 TinCaps 1
Key Stats: SS Peterson 1-4, SB; RHP Portillo 5IP, 2H, 2R, 1ER, 5K, 5BB; RHP Needy 2IP, 0R, 2K, 2BB
Despite loading the bases in the ninth inning, the Fort Wayne TinCaps were only able to scratch a single run across, and lost 2-1. TinCaps pitching issued a season-high eight walks, with starter Adys Portillo surrendering five free passes in the losing effort. Portillo’s own error also allowed the unearned run which turned out to be the deciding run.
In the third inning Great Lakes scored again without the benefit of a run batted in. James Baldwin led off with a walk and proceeded to steal both second and third. On a strikeout of O’Koyea Dickson, Fort Wayne (5-3, 36-42) catcher Austin Hedges dropped the third strike. During his throw to first to complete the putout, Baldwin bolted for home and arrived before first baseman Travis Whitmore’s return toss.
Still trailing 2-0, the TinCaps mounted a brief offensive in the ninth. Felix Cabrera led off with a walk, and moved to third on a double off the bat of Kyle Gaedele before scoring on a one-out single by Jace Peterson. Pinch-hitter Mike Gallic then walked, loading the bases but Yeison Asencio and Lee Orr both struck out looking, recording the final two outs of the night.
Portillo walked a season-high five batters over his five innings of work. He allowed two hits, two runs, one earned run, and struck out five. James Needy pitched two innings behind Portillo, and Matt Stites worked one inning.
Courtesy of Mike Couzens, Media Director of the Fort Wayne TinCaps
Vancouver 9 Eugene 2
Key Stats: C Dane Phillips 1-3, 2BB, CS, R, 4SB allowed
The Emeralds were outplayed in every aspect of the game Friday as the Canadians rolled to a second straight victory, 9-2.
Starter Genison Reyes yielded five runs (three earned) on four hits and a pair of walks over 3.2 innings. The lanky righty hander, who struck out a season-high five hitters, was not helped by his defense which committed a pair of errors behind him and also gave away a few extra bases on hits.
First baseman Clark Murphy was the only Emerald hitter with multiple hits, collecting two of the club’s five singles. The Fallbrook native has a 968 OPS for the Emeralds after a rough showing in the Midwest League.
AZL Giants 8 AZL Padres 7
Key Stats: C Daal 2-5, 2B, HR; 2B Goree 1-4, BB; 2K
Dutch catcher Rodney Daal continues to impress in Peoria, clubbing a double and homer to pace the offense, but the AZL Padres came up short against the Giants. The 18-year-old has 10 hits through his first five games on the desert, including three doubles, a triple and two homers.
Starter Uber Paz gave up four runs over 5.2 innings on six hits. The Nicaraguan righty, repeating the AZL, didn’t walk a hitter, but did hit a pair.