Tucson Rained out
Tucson was rained out Sunday evening. The team will play a doubleheader on their August trip through Fresno.
San Antonio 4 Midland 3
Key Stats: RF Liriano 3-4, R, RBI, SB; SS Valdez 3-4, RBI; LHP Werner 6.1IP, 3H, 1ER, 8K, 0BB
After getting blown out in the first three games of the series, the Missions finally put together a strong game against Midland to avoid the sweep. Andrew Werner turned in one of his best all-around games of the year and the bottom of the lineup provided enough spark to push the club over the top.
Werner, an undrafted free agent, surrendered only one run on three hits over six and a third innings. The 25-year-old lefty carried a one-hitter into the seventh before a single and RBI double chased him. He matched a season-high with eight strikeouts and did not issue a free pass.
Rymer Liriano, who got off to his now-familiar slow start at a new level, posted his first multiple hit game in the Texas League. The 21-year-old, who started in center field, went 3-for-4 with an RBI and run scored. He also swiped his second base for San Antonio.
Closer Jeremy McBryde, who had given up just one run over the last month, came on to close out the game, but was touched for a pair of runs. Though he struck out a pair, he wasn’t able to finish the game and Tom Layne came on to record the final out for his first save of the year.
Inland Empire 4 Storm 3 in 13 innings
Key Stats: DH Medica 0-6; RF Miller 3-6, 3B, SB; C Rodriguez 2-5, HR(13)
Chris Franklin had worked two clean innings when he came out for the 14th, but the 66ers took advantage of a one-out single as Ryan Jones stole second, advanced to third on a wild pitch, and ultimately came around with the game winning run on a single. Franklin, 24, took the loss despite lowering his season ERA.
Eddy Rodriguez got Elsinore on the board first with a leadoff homer in the second inning. The University of Miami product leads the club with 13 homers, but has struggled to make consistent contact all year, posting just a 236/284/411 line. The 25-year-old catcher finished 2-for-5 with a walk.
While Casey McElroy kept his Cal League average at .400 with a 2-for-6 night that included a double, Tommy Medica’s hitting streak stopped at 29 games on the back of an 0-for-6 with a pair of strikeouts.
Wisconsin 8 TinCaps 2
Key Stats: SS Peterson 2-4, RBI, E(18(; RF Asencio 2-4, RBI
Wisconsin outslugged the TinCaps by an 8-2 final score, evening the three-game series at one game apiece. Cody Hebner became the first pitcher in eight days to pitch five innings for Fort Wayne, although he took the loss giving up six runs on nine hits.
Wisconsin scored the first two runs of the game against Hebner in the first, putting the TinCaps in the hole before they came to the plate. Fort Wayne plated a run in the bottom of the first, as Yeison Asencio drove in Mike Gallic. The TinCaps then tied the game, 2-2, in the bottom of the third on an RBI single by Jace Peterson.
The Timber Rattlers exploded for four runs in the fifth inning, scoring four runs against Hebner. All of the runs scored with two men down. Following the third inning, when Fort Wayne tied the game at two, the TinCaps put at least one runner on base for every inning the rest of the game, but failed to get a run across. Fort Wayne finished the game 3-9 with runners in scoring position and left eight men on base.
Dennis O’Grady worked 3 1/3 innings behind Hebner, surrendering one run in the seventh and one in the ninth. Robert Eisenbach pitched two-thirds of an inning, as well.
Courtesy of Mike Couzens, Media Director for Ft. Wayne
Eugene 8 Spokane 1
Key Stats: 2B Tissenbaum 2-5, HR(1); 1B Kallunki 3-4, 2B, BB, 2RBI;
The Emeralds completed a give-game sweep of Spokane in convincing fashion as they help the Indians until a pair of unearned runs came across with two outs in the ninth inning of a game that had long-since been decided.
The Ems got production from every spot in the lineup, including Maxx Tissenbaum’s first professional homer. The 20-year-old 11th-rounder has hit in each of his four games since joining the Northwest League after a one-game cameo in Peoria.
The big bats from this year’s draft class all produced Sunday as Jeremy Baltz, Dane Phillips and Goose Kallunki combined for a 6-for-13 line with a pair of walks and four RBIs. Kallunki had three of the hits including a double as the big first baseman pushed his season average to .340.
AZL Mariners 8 Padres 7
Key Stats: RHP Weickel 1IP, 2H, 1ER, 1K, 0BB; RHP Lockett 2IP, 2H, 1ER, 1K, 1BB; LF Charles, 3-5, 2B, RBI
Supplemental pick Walker Weickel made his professional debut, giving up a run on a pair of doubles in one inning of work. The big righty signed for $2M earlier this month. Fourth-rounder Andrew Lockett followed and worked a pair of innings in his second appearance. Another six-foot-five righty from Florida, Lockett surrendered a pair of hits, a walk and a wild pitch that allowed a run to score in his two innings of work. Both will be on the same conservative innings count that fellow early high school picks Max Fried and Zach Eflin have seen.
Henry Charles paced the offense going 3-for-5. The 18-year-old Dominican outfielder is hitting .296 in his stateside debut after providing consistent production in the DSL last season. A left-handed hitter, Charles has 11 strikeouts and five walks through his first 15 games.