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Key Stats: 1B Clark 6-8, 3HR (15), 6RBI, 2BB; LF/2B Contreras 4-9, 3B; 3B Gyorko 2-5, HR (13), 4RBI
The Padres scored six runs in the first inning to set the tone in their 13-6 victory in game one of their doubleheader in Vegas. Jedd Gyorko and Matt Clark hit back-to-back home runs in the first, and eight different Padres hitters reached base multiple times. In his second game back from injury, Vince Belnome went 2-for-3 with a homer and two of the club's 11 walks.
Jorge Reyes pitched five innings and allowed six earned runs on six hits, six walks and a pair of hit batters. The 24-year-old Texan picked up his sixth win of the season despite striking out just two hitters. Cory Burns worked two perfect frames.
Matt Clark hit two more home runs in game two, but Tucson fell to the 51's, 8-7. The Padres took a 3-0 lead in the first on Clark's three-run home run but lost the lead after a six-run second inning for Las Vegas. Clark finished the doubleheader 6-for-8 with three home runs and six RBIs.
Tucson starter Mark Hamburger took the loss, giving up seven earned runs in 3.2 innings. The righty, who the club claimed off waivers from the Rangers last month, surrendered eight hits and a walk while striking three.
With contributions from Tim Hagerty, Director of Broadcasting and Media Relations for the Tucson Padres.
San Antonio 2,0 Tulsa 6,1
Key Stats: 1B/RF Decker 1-for-5, HR; CF Fuentes 2-3, CS; RHP Kunz 4IP, 3H, 0R, 2K, 1BB
San Antonio was swept in a double header played to make up a rainout at home last week.
In the opener, Cody Decker blasted a two-run homer to give the Missions an early lead, but Hayden Beard was clubbed for four runs in the fourth and the club never mounted another challenge. The 25-year-old slugging outfielder/first baseman's 15 blast put him back into the top 5 in the Texas League for the season even though he spent five largely unproductive weeks with Tucson. After adding a walk in the first contest, he went 0-for-3 in the second game, dropping him to 5-for-26 since returning to San Antonio last week.
In the nightcap, Reymond Fuentes' two singles represented the sum total of the Missions' offense. Eddie Kunz threw four shutout innings, but Dustin Pease surrendered a leadoff homer in the sixth inning to give the Drillers a sweep.
Outfielder Rymer Liriano went 0-for-5 in the two contests and is repeating his pattern of slow starts at a new level. Through eight games, the talented 21-year-old is hitting .136 with one extra-base hit. He did have an outfield assist at second base, but also struck out twice on the night.
Storm 7 High Desert 6
Key Stats: 1B Medica 2-4, BB, E; 2B McElroy 1-2, 2B, RBI, 3BB, E; RHP Andriese 6IP, 11H, 5ER, 4K, 1BB
Eight different Lake Elsinore hitter reached base multiple times as a balanced offense through the early part of the game was just enough to hold off a late surge by the Mavericks.
The offense was paced by the same characters who have helped the Storm jump out to a 13-3 record in the second half of the season.Tommy Medica extended his hitting streak to league-best 22 games with two more singles. Eddy Rodriguez had a pair of doubles to push his total base count to 17 through 15 at-bats in the series. 22-year-old infielder Casey McElroy had a double and three walks to move his Cal League OBP to a ridiculous .544 through 14 games and added two singles and an RBI to get his OPS back above 1000 for the Storm.
On the mound, righty Matt Andriese was solid if unspectacular – about the best you can hope for on a trip through Adelanto. The 2011 third-rounder had allowed just three earned runs through six innings, but opened the seventh by surrendering back-to-back homers that closed the lead to one run. Jerry Sullivan relieved and struck out four over the next two innings and then turned it over to Ryan Quigley who worked a perfect ninth for his third save of the year. The righty, signed this winter after two-plus years in the independent leagues, has become the go-to guy in the Storm bullpen when closer Kevin Quackenbush is not available.
Bowling Green 4 TinCaps 3
Key Stats: 3B Jones 2-4, 2B; RF Gaedele 2-3, B, 2RBI; RHP Stites 1IP, 0R, 1K
Missed opportunities plagued Fort Wayne in a series-closing 4-3 loss to Bowling Green. The TinCaps twice left the bases loaded and went 3-for-16 with runners in scoring position, as their attempt for a three-game sweep of the Hot Rods was thwarted.
Fort Wayne tied the game 1-1 on a Kyle Gaedele RBI single in the top of the third. The Hot Rods plated another run in the top of the third, and one more in the top of the fourth against TinCaps starter Colin Rea (2-5). The righthander departed with one out in the fourth inning, having surrendered eight hits and three runs, two of them earned. In his 10th start of the year, he walked two and struck out three.
Despite loading the bases in the fourth inning, Fort Wayne scored just one run, as Gaedele drove in his second of the night. Back-to-back groundouts by Felix Cabrera and Travis Jankowski left the bases full. Scoring a run in the fifth, Bowling Green moved ahead 4-2. The TinCaps again left the bases loaded in the sixth, getting just a run on a groundout by Tyler Stubblefield, setting the score at 4-3. The game ended with Jace Peterson stranded on the bases. Mike Gallic grounded out with Peterson at second and Yeison Asencio grounded out with Peterson at third, leaving the tying run aboard.
Courtesy of Mike Couzens, Media Director of the Fort Wayne TinCaps
Everett 4 Eugene 2
Key Stats: CF Richardson 1-3, R
Down 4-0 and held to just one hit through eight innings, Eugene rallied to push a couple of runs across in the ninth, but came up short in their rally against the Aquasox.
Lefty Juan Marcano took the loss in his first start in the Padres system. The 21-year-old Venezuelan missed all of last year following surgery as a Yankees farmhand before signing as a free agent in the winter. After making five appearances out of the Emeralds' bullpen, Marcano went five innings in his first start of the year, yielding three runs on six hits and a walk.
The offense was stymied by highly-regarded 17-year-old Victor Sanchez, who did not yield a hit until Stephen Carmon lined a clean single to center in the sixth. Sanchez came out to start the ninth, but yielded a Ronnie Richardson single and issued Corey Adamson his second walk to open the frame before giving way. After a Dane Phillips single, Alexi Colon walked to force in a run. One out later, Alberth Martinez grounded out to push across another run and put the tying run at second base, but River Stevens, who has shown a good approach from the left side since the Padres took him in the ninth round, grounded out to end the threat and the game.
AZL Padres had a scheduled night off. They resume against the Rangers on Saturday.