Jorge Reyes pitched six innings in his home state Tuesday and allowed three runs, as the Tucson Padres beat the Tacoma Rainiers at Cheney Stadium, 4-3. The Padres scored once in the second inning on Jeremy Hermida's RBI double and added three more runs in the fourth. Anthony Contreras hit an RBI double, Vince Belnome drove in a run on a sacrifice fly and Rocky Gale hit a ground ball that second baseman Carlos Truinfel misplayed, allowing the fourth Padres run to score.
Tacoma had chances to tie the game late, leaving runners on in scoring position in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings. Nick Vincent, Cory Burns and Erik Hamren tossed a scoreless inning each for the Padres to close the game. The Padres have now won five of their last seven games. Tuesday's game began a stretch of nine consecutive matchups between the Padres and Rainiers, who will meet for a five game series at Kino Stadium beginning Saturday, July 28.
Contreras went 2-for-4 with an RBI and Hermida went 1-for-3 with an RBI. Tacoma has lost seven consecutive games.
Courtesy of Tim Hagerty, Media Director for the Tucson Padres
San Antonio – The Corpus Christi Hooks defeated the Missions 4-1 in the first game of their three-game series Tuesday night at Wolff Stadium. San Antonio entered play just two games behind Corpus in the second-half but are now three back heading into tomorrow's action.
Missions starter Adys Portillo, recently called up from Class-A Fort Wayne and making his Double-A debut, was ineffective. He was touched for four runs in just two and a third innings, walked three, threw two wild pitches and hit a batter.
Hooks starter Asher Wojciechowski, also making his first Double-A start, earned the win as he limited San Antonio to just the one run on three hits in his seven innings of work while striking out six and walking three.
San Antonio scratched across their lone run in the third on Dean Anna's ground out that scored Jeudy Valdez.
Corpus has now won seven of the last nine meetings against the Missions.
Courtesy of Jim White, Media Director for the San Antonio Missions
No game for Fort Wayne
Eugene Emeralds 6 – Vancouver Canadiens 5 (Game 1)
Eugene Ems 4 – Vancouver Canadiens 2 (Game 2)
Eugene ended the first half of the Northwest League season with a sweep of Vancouver in a pair of seven inning games.
In the first game LF Jeremy Baltz, a second round pick out of St. John's in this year's draft, had a big day scoring the winning run on C Dane Phillips double.
In the nightcap the Emeralds continued to roll with a 4-2 victory with the big blow a two-run home run by first baseman Goose Kallunki in the fourth inning.
RHP Chris Wilkes seems like he is finally turning out to be the pitcher everyone thought he would be when he spurned a University of Mississippi football scholarship in 2008 to sign with the Padres.
AZL Padres 9 – AZL Royals 7