With the top two clubs off it was up to the A- ball and short-season teams to carry the torch. Fort…
Jedd Gyorko's RBI fielder's choice scored Daniel Robertson with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Padres a 6-5 victory, their third walk-off win of 2012. Robertson started the bottom of the ninth with a single and ran to third on Andy Parrino's bloop single to left field. After Jesus Merchan's bunt attempt was caught by catcher Eli Whiteside, Jeremy Hermida walked to load the bases. Gyorko hit the ball off the foot of Fresno reliever Dan Otero and the ball ricocheted to first baseman Brett Pill. The throw home from Pill was behind Robertson's slide and the Padres celebration began.
Gyorko had a two-run home run earlier in the night and now has 50 RBIs in 50 Triple-A games. He is the team leader in RBIs despite playing in only 50 of the club's 91 contests this year. Robertson finished 2-for-4, one night after representing the Tucson Padres in Buffalo at the Triple-A All-Star Game. .
San Diego Padres lefthander Eric Stults made his first injury rehab start with Tucson and pitched 2.2 innings, allowing three earned runs. Stults is with the San Diego Padres disabled list because of a left lat strain. Bear Bay replaced Stults and allowed only one run in 4.1 innings of work. Cory Burns and Erik Hamren pitched a scoreless inning each out of Tucson's bullpen, with Hamren collecting the win. .
Courtessy of Tim, Media Director for the Tucson Padres
TONIGHT'S GAME: The Midland RockHounds took the series opener 13-10 Thursday night at Wolff Stadium. The Missions had won seven straight against Midland. The RockHounds built an 8-4 lead but San Antonio tied it up on a Cody Decker grand slam. Midland countered with four of their own the next inning and added an insurance run in the ninth. The Missions tried to rally as they scored twice with two outs in the bottom of the ninth but Jeudy Valdez flied to right to end the game. The RockHounds improve to 42-46 overall (7-11 in the second-half), while San Antonio falls to 41-48 and 13-6 in the second-half.
IN GRAND FASHION: Cody Decker's seventh inning grand slam was the Missions second of the season…Ali Solis hit San Antonio's other slam on May 16 versus Corpus Christi.
POWER SURGE: With Decker's homer in the bottom of the seventh, the Missions have now clubbed seven home runs in their last five games after hitting just three in the 12 games prior.
THE ‘HOUNDS DO NOT FEAR THE BEARD: Missions starter Hayden Beard allowed five earned runs on seven hits in 4.1 innings…in six starts against Midland this season, Beard is 1-2 with an ERA of 7.66 (21 ER/24.2 IP) while allowing 37 hits while walking 13 and striking out 17.
STEADY EDDIE: With a double in the second inning, Edinson Rincon extended his hitting streak to nine games, matching his season-high…after going 4-for-5 tonight, he's hitting .432 (16-for-37) during his current streak…since May 31, Rincon is hitting .331 (45-for-136) which was the fifth-highest average in the Texas League entering play tonight while his 45 hits ranked second during that span.
HAGERTY: Since returning from the disabled list on July 7, catcher Jason Hagerty has hit .400 (8-for-20) with two doubles, a home run and five RBI in five games.
UNCOMMON GROUND: Over the last three games, the Missions pitching staff has an ERA of 8.77 (26 ER/26.2 IP)…in the 21 previous games, the staff ERA was 1.76.
Courtesy of Jim White, Media Director for the San Antonio Missions
Lake Elsinore — The Lake Elsinore Storm couldn't get the bats alive like the High Desert Mavericks did tonight as the Mavs had 13 hits and scored 11 runs in the 11-2 victory at the Diamond. Tommy Medica went 3-for-4 in the form of three doubles on the night with an RBI. Medica has now extended his hitting streak to 27 games in which he is batting .379 for the Storm.
High Desert jumped out to a three-run lead in the top of the first inning beginning with a double down the left field line by Brad Miller. A walk by Jack Marder and a double steal for both runners allowed Miller to score on a John Hicks single to short stop for the first run. Designated Hitter Dennis Raben hit a double for his only hit of the game scoring Marder and Mike McGee grounded out to score Raben for the 3-0 lead Mavs. Two runs scored in the fourth highlighted by a Mickey Wiswall home run and another run in the fifth when Marder scored on a wild pitch gave High Desert a 6-0 lead.
In the sixth John Hicks hit a ball out of play in left where there was a misplay and he came all the way around to score as the Mavs took a 11-0 lead. Taylor Stanton went six innings for High Desert with three hits and struck out four in the win. Rico Noel scored in the eighth to end the shutout after reaching base on a single and scored off Medica's third double of the night.
Courtesy of Eric Theiss, Media Director for the Lake Elsinore Storm
Beloit Snappers 6 – Fort Wayne Tin Caps 2
FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Fort Wayne TinCaps issued a season-high nine walks on Thursday night, falling 6-2 to the Beloit Snappers in game two of a three-game series. Beloit starter Ryan Wheeler pitched a career high-tying eight innings, holding Fort Wayne to five hits during his outing and notching his 10th win of the season.
Fort Wayne (42-48) starter Adys Portillo (6-6) worked four innings, allowing four hits, three earned runs, walking three batters and striking out two. In his 17 starts, it was just the third time he had walked more batters than he struck out. He exited with the score 3-1 in favor of Beloit. Austin Hedges hit his eighth home run of the year, a solo blast, in the second inning.
The TinCaps narrowed the Beloit (9-11, 47-43) lead to one run in the sixth inning, as Jace Peterson tripled to right field and came in to score on a fielder's choice by Yeison Asencio. Fort Wayne, though, had only one-third as many chances with runners in scoring position as did the Snappers. The TinCaps were 0-5 in such situations on Thursday night.
Beloit starter Jason Wheeler (10-4) became the second Midwest League pitcher to earn his 10th win of the season, tying Burlington's Drew Granier. In his outing, Wheeler gave up two earned runs, walked one and struck out five.
The Snappers put up two more runs in the seventh and one in the eighth, as they pulled away from the TinCaps to even the series at one game each. Fort Wayne reliever James Needy walked one batter, Luis De La Cruz walked three and Daniel Cropper walked two, giving Beloit an abundant amount of scoring chances. The Snappers rarely capitalized, going 2-11 with runners in scoring position and leaving 11 runners on base. Johnny Barbato, who worked a perfect ninth, was the only TinCaps reliever to not issue a free pass.
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