Tucson 5,2 Tacoma 3, 0
Key Stats: RHP Reyes 6.1IP, 7H, 3ER, 5K, 2BB; CF Robertson 5-8, 2B, SB; 3B Gyorko 3-7, HR(17)
The Tucson Padres swept a double-header against Tacoma as they continued a stretch of nine straight games against the Mariners’ top affiliate. In game one, Jorge Reyes worked a solid 6.1 innings, giving up three runs on seven hits. The righty loaded the bases in the top of the seventh before giving way to Erik Hamren, who recorded a fielder’s choice groundout and pop out to earn his fifth save.
In the nightcap, Josh Spence worked three innings to lead a parade of four relievers who combined on a three-hitter. The soft-tossing lefty, who hadn’t worked that many innings since his draft year, yielded two hits with no walks or strikeouts. Neil Wagner, Nick Vincent and Cory Burns all followed and recorded two strikeouts each.
Danny Robertson went 3-for-4 in the first game and added another pair of hits in the finale. Jedd Gyorko went 3-for-7 over the two contests including a long solo blast in the second game.
Frisco 9 San Antonio 5
Key Stats: 3B Rincon 3-5, 2 2B; DH Anna 3-5, HR (7); 2B Galvez 1-4, 3B; RHP Portillo 4.1IP, 4H, 6R, 5ER, 1K, 5BB, WP
Game two in the Texas League didn’t go much better for Adys Portillo than the first one did as the RoughRiders beat San Antonio for the third straight night. The big righty surrendered five earned runs over 4.1 innings of work, walking five and unloading a wild pitch in the process. Frisco jumped on him for four runs in the first before he got his feet under him a bit to throw clean second and third innings.
At the plate, Edinson Rincon continued his strong August, clubbing a pair of doubles as part of a three-hit night. After beginning to connect for average in mid-June, he’s starting to hit the ball with more authority over the last week. His bat will have to continue to come on strong to overcome defensive shortcomings.
Rancho Cucamonga 8 Lake Elsinore 1
Key Stats: 3B Miller 2-4, 2 2B; RHP Andriese 5IP, 7H, 6R, 3ER, 4K, 3BB
The Storm were held in check by a pair of rehabbing big-leaguers over the first half of the game as Rancho built a lead they could not overcome.
Starter Matt Andriese was uncharacteristically wild, walking three Quakes hitters over a choppy five innings. The 22-year-old righty wasn’t helped by a pair of fielding errors behind him by Michael Wing which led to three unearned runs, but also allowed seven hits on the day.
Justin Miller and Chris Bisson both had a pair of hits for the Storm. Miller reached starter Ted Lilly for a double in the first then added another to knock in a run in the eighth. The undersized infielder continues to pound the Cal League with a 344/430/545 line in 63 games since he was promoted from a disappointing tenure in Fort Wayne. The 30th-rounder has nudged his season OPS up above his impressive debut in Arizona and Eugene last year.
TinCaps 12 Great Lakes 7
Key Stats: RF Asencio 5-5, 2 2B, HR(8); SS Peterson 2-4, 2B, HR(2); DH Gallic 2-3, 2B, BB, HBP; RHP Wisler 4IP, 4H, 4ER, 6K, 2BB
The TinCaps scored early and often as they pounded their way to a 12-7 victory over the Loons, led by Yeison Asencio’s 5-for-5 night.
The 22-year-old right fielder became the second TinCaps hitter to post a 5-for-5 line in a week, topping Mike Gallic’s Thursday performance by adding in two doubles to go with a homer. The 22-year-old Dominican has improved each month since arriving stateside in May, and now owns a 362/388/532 line for July.
Four other Ft. Wayne hitters collected multiple hits on the night as only Felix Cabrera failed to reach base safely. Shortstop Jace Peterson, appearing in the leadoff spot for the first time since Travis Jankowski joined the team, had a double, homer and walk in five plate appearances. Mike Gallic continued his strong week going 2-for-3 and reaching base on both a walk and hit batter.
Righty Matt Wisler dominated through his first four innings, giving up just one hit and a walk while striking out six, but ran out of gas in the fifth inning. Pitching with a 6-0 lead, the 19-year-old gave up a single, triple, double and walk before giving way. Both runners he left on base came around to score, marking the second time in a month he’s been charged with four runs.
Salem-Keizer 3 Eugene 2
Key Stats: RHP Ross 2IP, 1H, 0R, 1K, 0BB; LF Baltz 1-4, HR (2)
Chris Wilkes was tagged for a three-run homer in the fourth inning, providing the Volcanoes with the only offense they would need to top the Ems.
Working in relief of Joe Ross, whose rehab appears to be back on track after a blip last month, Wilkes escaped putting the first two runners on base in the third inning, but after a pair of singles to open the fifth, Mac Williamson took the big righty deep. Wilkes has missed significant time to injury in each of the last three seasons and has struggled with both command and control within the zone this year.
Four nights after getting one scoreless inning in, Ross worked two clean innings for Eugene on Sunday. The 2011 first-rounder gave up one single and struck out one. The Padres will continue to be incredibly cautious with him, but he should be back in Ft. Wayne before mid-August. Lefty Mark Hardy also worked a rehab inning, giving up a hit and walk but striking out two. The British Columbia native will be needed to pick up some important innings in Elsinore or Fort Wayne as several starters reach their innings limits for the year.
The AZL Padres were rained out for the second consecutive night.