TACOMAThree Tucson Padres pitchers combined to throw a 1-0 shutout at Cheney Stadium Thursday, the team's fourth shutout of the season. Colt Hynes had his best start of the season, scattering only three hits in seven shutout innings. Cory Burns pitched a scoreless eighth inning and Erik Hamren was aided by a game-ending double play for his sixth save. With Tacoma's Nick Franklin at first base with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning, Justin Smoak hit a hard line drive to shortstop. Andy Parrino caught the liner and threw to first base, doubling off Franklin and ending the game.
The Padres lone run came on a second inning RBI double by Sawyer Carroll, who went 2-for-4 with two doubles in the game. Jedd Gyorko went 2-for-4 in the win for Tucson. The Padres have won six of their last nine games, including five of seven on their current road trip.
Tacoma's D.J. Mitchell pitched well in his first Mariners' organization appearance, allowing one run in five innings of work. Mitchell was traded to Seattle from the New York Yankees three days ago in the Ichiro Suzuki trade. Thursday was the first 1-0 game of the Tucson Padres season.
Courtesy of Tim Hagerty, Media Director for the Tucson Padres
It was a pitchers duel for most of the night as the score remained 1-0 until the seventh. The Hooks would eventually score two more times off of Geer to take a 3-0 lead. Missions would add two more in the bottom of the ninth but came up short.
Lake Elsinore, Ca One swing by arguably the smallest person on the field made the difference in the game. Everett Williams led off the eighth with a towering blast that luckily landed just to the left of the thirty-foot wall in right-center which gave the Storm a 5-4 lead which ended up being the final score.
Earlier in the game it was a different story. Not the greatest start for Mark Pope who was chased midway through the third inning. At that time the score was 4-1, and it looked like the Storm fans would be in for a long night.
That would change when Chris Franklin would strike out Jonathan Meyer to end the third. The Storm would score two more in the bottom half of the inning thanks to back to back singles by SS Chris Bisson and CF Rico Noel. 3B Justin Miller would hit a deep sacrifice fly to score Bisson. DH Tommy Medica then came through with a two out single to score Noel to bring the Storm within one.
Down by one the Storm got the pitching help they needed from Franklin who started to get in a groove and dominate the JetHawks. With two outs in the seventh RF Donavan Tate walked on four pitches that each missed by a mile to bring up pinch-hitter Michael Wing. Miller tripled home Tate to even the score and setting up the eighth inning heroics by Williams the next inning.
Key Stats: Chris Fetter 3 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, Matt Gallic 4-5, 3 2B, 2 RS, Yeison Ascenio 2-5, 2B, 2 RS,RBI
FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Fort Wayne TinCaps committed a season-high five errors on Thursday night, falling 10-6 against the South Bend Silver Hawks in game two of a three-game series. In the losing effort, Fort Wayne's Mike Gallic went five-for-five at the plate, becoming the first player ever to achieve the feat in a TinCaps uniform.
South Bend (17-15, 52-50) scored in six of the nine innings, leading by as many as six runs before Fort Wayne (19-13, 50-52) tallied four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to pull within two, at 8-6. The Silver Hawks, though, rallied for single runs in the seventh and ninth to escape with the four-run victory.
The scoring began in the first inning when TinCaps starter Chris Fetter (0-1) surrendered an RBI double to Matt Helm. The TinCaps had a two-run response against Tyler Green (3-5), as Yeison Asencio and Duanel Jones contributed run-scoring hits, giving Fort Wayne a 2-1 lead after one inning.
From the third through the fifth innings, South Bend amassed seven runs. Three scored against Fetter in the third, his last inning, while one passed in the fourth and another three came across in the fifth, with James Jones pitching in relief. Fetter was charged with four runs, two of them earned, and Jones surrendered five runs, four earned.
Travis Whitmore began Fort Wayne's sixth-inning scoring with a one-out, RBI single to right field, pulling the TinCaps to within five, at 8-3. Stubblefield then cleared the bases with a double down the third base line, and the TinCaps were down, 8-6. Kyle Gaedle was the next batter, and he flied out to deep center field for the second out of the inning. As the fly ball was caught by Marc Bourgeois, Stubblefield tagged up, trying to advance to third. South Bend appealed, saying Stubblefield had left early, and umpire Clay Park ruled Stubblefield out on the appeal, bringing Fort Wayne's sixth inning to a close.
Fort Wayne's five errors surpassed their prior high-water mark of four, which had occurred six times this season. Stubblefield was charged with two errors, as was catcher Austin Hedges. Jace Peterson also committed an error.
Despite the loss, Mike Gallic turned in a perfect night at the plate, going five-for-five. He becomes the first Fort Wayne player since Cedric Hunter, who accomplished the feat on August 5, 2007, at Memorial Stadium against Wisconsin, to collect five hits in five at-bats.
Courtesy of Mike Couzens, Media Director for the Fort Wayne Tin Caps
Eugene Emeralds 0 – Vancouver Canadians 1
For the second straight game the Emeralds' bats fell silent. Only SS Jonathan Roof and LF Jeremy Baltz could manage hits as the game was scoreless until the ninth inning when Vancouver scored on a sacrifice fly to win the game.
Eugene's staff has a team ERA of 3.13 and the opposition is hitting .226 off of the Em's pitchers this season.
AZL Padres 4 - AZL Indians 5
Bad news out of the AZL. The Padres 2012 first round supplemental draft pick RHP Zach Elfin has been put on the disabled list. No word yet about the severity of the injury.