San Antonio Missions 7 – NW Arkansas Naturals 6
Missions start the game off single, single, homerun, and then hold on for a 7-6 win. Missions starter Andrew Werner coasted through the first four innings before struggling in the fifth. Bullpen wasn't much better. After already giving up a run, and the game winning run at the plate, Missions closer Jeremy McBryde would strike out Alex McClure for the final out.
Bakersfield – The streak came to a halt tonight after the Storm lost the lead in the fifth and were unable to recover falling 6-5. Tommy Medica continued his hit streak to 25 games that leads the league and is the most in franchise history. The Storm are 15-4 in the second half and have claimed all six series in the second half.
Medica's hit streak continued with his 24th double down the left-field line and would eventually score to go up 1-0 that would be short lived.
Medica is now batting .376 and has hit 15 doubles scoring 25 RBI during the streak thus far.
The Blaze rattled off three runs in the bottom of the inning. Dominic D'Anna hit a leadoff double for the Blaze. Niko Vasquez scored D'Anna with a single up the middle. Vasquez would himself score along with Chris Berset on a Kurtis Muller double to left field to give the home team a 3-1 lead.
In the third, Noel was hit by a pitch to get on base for the Storm. Casey McElroy singled through the hole at shortstop scoring Noel and cutting the lead. With McElroy at second, Justin Miller hit a booming home run on a 3-1 pitch over the centerfield wall to regain the lead 4-3.
Miller is batting .368 in just 45 games with the Storm. He has accumulated 64 hits, 39 runs, which include eight doubles and eight home runs. In the fifth Bakersfield snagged the lead off a two-run home run by Steve Selsky. On a 2-2 pitch he hit a deep fly ball that carried over the centerfield wall to give the Blaze a 5-4 lead.
The teams each gave up a run in the sixth including Eddy Rodriguez's team high 12th home run but the Storm were unable to score again for the loss.
Courtesy of Eric Theiss, media director for the Lake Elsinore Storm
Key Stats: Ruben Mejia 2.2 IP, 6 H, 6 ER, 1 BB, 4 K; Kyle Gaedale 2-4, 2B, RBI
SOUTH BEND, Ind. – The South Bend Silver Hawks defeated the Fort Wayne TinCaps by a score of 10-2 on Monday night, earning a sweep of the three-game series in the process. South Bend scored six runs in the first three innings, putting Fort Wayne in an insurmountable hole.
The South Bend (10-8, 45-43) onslaught began in the first inning, as they put two runs on the board. TinCaps starter Ruben Mejia (1-4) struck out Chris Ellison to begin the inning, but then allowed three consecutive base hits. The third of those was a two-run double by first baseman Matt Helm. The Silver Hawks added another run in the second inning on a sacrifice fly by shortstop Raul Navarro.
Leading 3-0 in the third, South Bend continued to score. Eric Groff, a .216 hitter entering Monday's action, hit his first home run of the season, a three-run shot that extended the lead to 6-0. Mejia's outing came to an end after that hit, marking the second time this year Mejia has failed to make it out of the third inning in a start against the Silver Hawks.
Fort Wayne (10-8, 41-47) scored its first run in the fifth inning against starter Alex Capaul (1-1). The righty plunked Tyler Stubblefield, who was leading off the inning. Kyle Gaedele followed with an RBI double off the center field wall, scoring Stubblefield and making the score 6-1. Capaul, who had struck out one batter in 11 2/3 innings prior to Monday, struck out six batters in five innings of work.
TinCaps reliever James Jones allowed a run in the fifth, allowing the Silver Hawks to extend their advantage to 7-1. Three runs scored against James Needy in the nine-batter sixth inning, as he was touched up for three hits in the inning and also hit two batters. Austin Hedges hit a seventh-inning solo home run, pulling the final margin to 10-2.
The TinCaps have off on Tuesday, and will open a six-game homestand on Wednesday. The first game of a three-game series against the Beloit Snappers is scheduled for 7:05 PM, with Frank Garces to start for the TinCaps and Tyler Jones to take the hill for the Snappers.
Courtesy of Mike Couzens, Media Director of the Fort Wayne TinCaps.
Eugene Emeralds 4 – Salem Volcanoes 2
AZL Royals 5 – AZL Padres 4
Key Stats: Andrew Lockett 1 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K; Uber Paz 4 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0K; Rodeny Daal 3-5, 2 2B, 2 RS;