Key Stats: RHP Matt Palmer 5.2 IP, 9 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 4 K; RHP Brad Boxberger 1.1 IP, 4 K.
TACOMAThe Tacoma Rainiers scored four early runs and the Tucson Padres could not catch up Wednesday, losing 4-3 at Cheney Stadium. The Padres entered the seventh inning down by four runs when Jesus Merchan hit a three-run home run inside the left field pole to get the Padres within one. Later in the inning, with runners at second and third and two outs, Robert Kral tried to score from third on a pitch to the backstop and was thrown out on a close play. Both Kral and manager Terry Kennedy argued the call.
Tacoma scored twice in the first inning on an RBI single by Nick Franklin and an RBI groundout by Luis Jimenez. Brandon Bantz' sacrifice fly in the second inning put the Rainiers up by three. The Rainiers added their final run in the fifth on a two-out, RBI single by Jimenez.
The Padres won last night's game by the same 4-3 score. Tucson starter Matt Palmer suffered the loss Wednesday, pitching 5.2 innings, allowing four earned runs. Brad Boxberger struck out all four hitters he saw and Miles Mikolas pitched a scoreless inning out of the Tucson bullpen.
Courtesy of Tim Hagerty, Media Director for the Tucson Padres
San Antonio – Missions starter Keyvius Sampson limited the league's best offense to just one run on six hits in five and two-thirds innings as San Antonio defeated Corpus Christi 5-1 Wednesday night at Wolff Stadium.
The win draws the Missions to within two games of the Hooks in the second-half.
Jonathan Galvez doubled with one out in the bottom of the first and scored when the next batter, Edinson Rincon, lined a shot to right that scored Galvez to put San Antonio up 1-0. Rincon ended up on second but was called out for failing to touch first base.
In the third the Missions loaded the bases with no outs in the third but were only able to push across two runs. Nate Freiman drew a walk that scored Reymond Fuentes and Jason Hagerty's RBI groundout scored Rincon giving San Antonio a 3-0 lead.
Corpus' lone run came in the fourth on a sacrifice fly by right fielder Drew Locke. The Missions worked the bags full again in the sixth and again, were able to plate a pair of runs. Dean Anna grounded out to short as Hagerty scored and Rymer Liriano scored San Antonio's fifth run on a Fuentes sac fly to center.
Courtesy of Jim White, Media Director for the San Antonio Missions
Despite another strong outing by Burch Smith the Storm went down in extra innings as RHP Ryan Quigly gave up three in the bottom of the tenth to send the home team JetHawks home a winner.
Smith has had a strong season in Lake Elsinore with a 9-4 record and 119 strikeouts against only 18 walks.
Key Stats: LHP Frank Garces 5.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 3 K; RHP John Barbato 1.2 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K; 1B Travis Whitmore 2-4, 2B, RS, BB; C Austin Hedges 2-3, 2B, SB (12); LF Kyle Gaedale 2-3, 2 HR (4), 2 RBI, BB.
FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Frank Garces earned his sixth win in his last seven outings, and Kyle Gaedele hit two home runs as the Fort Wayne TinCaps defeated the South Bend Silver Hawks by a score of 5-1 Wednesday night at Parkview Field. Fort Wayne has now won seven of its last eight ballgames.
After two scoreless innings, the TinCaps notched the first run of the game when Travis Whitmore scored on a wild pitch in the third inning. South Bend (16-15, 51-50) starter J.R. Bradley (6-7) followed the wild pitch by giving up an RBI single to Duanel Jones, which put Fort Wayne (19-12, 50-51) in front, 2-0.
The scoring continued in the third, when Kyle Gaedele blasted his first of two solo home runs. His leadoff shot made it 3-0, and Yeison Asencio later drove home Jace Peterson, giving the TinCaps a 4-0 advantage.
Garces (7-4) danced in and out of trouble all night, walking four batters over his 5 1/3 innings. The lefthander allowed one unearned run, and struck out three while also yielding three hits. South Bend's lone run scored with Johnny Barbato on the hill, as he entered the game with the bases loaded, and allowed an RBI single to Kerry Jenkins.
Gaedele's second home run came in the sixth inning, as he led off the frame with another shot to left field. His two-homer performance marked just the third time this season that a Fort Wayne player has hit two home runs in one game. Last it happened, Yeison Asencio hit two home runs against South Bend on June 11th.
Courtesy of Mike Couzens, Media Director of the Fort Wayne TinCaps.
Eugene Emeralds 0 – Vancouver Canadiens 2
RHP Joe Ross escaped the desert heat to throw a perfect inning in Vancouver as the Emeralds went down in the opening of the second half.
Justin Hancock, who took the loss, continues to pitch well for Ems and now has a 2.04 ERA on the season.
AZL Padres 7 – AZL D*Backs 15