Round Rock 8 Tucson 7
Key Stats: 3B Gyorko 1-5, 2B, 3RBI; 1B Clark 1-4, HR(21), 2RBI
Tucson rallied for seven runs over the final three innings to storm back from an early deficit, but Erik Hamren couldn’t hold the late lead and the club fell 8-7.
A night after Andrew Werner turned in a stellar complete game shutout, Jorge Reyes was tagged for five earned runs in the first two innings. The 24-year-old righty bounced back a bit to finish with five innings of work, yielding only one more earned run in his final frame. He struck out five, but the Oregon State product has struggled to a 5.39 ERA with mediocre peripherals in Triple-A.
The offense’s late surge was powered by two-run homers from Anthony Contreras and Matt Clark, and a double from Jedd Gyorko, who now owns 48 extra-base hits in 104 games at two levels this year.
San Antonio 8 Frisco 2
Key Stats: 2B Galvez 2-5, 2B, 3RBI; RF Liriano 3-3, BB, 3RBI; LF Blackwood 2-4, 2 2B, 2RBI; RHP Portillo 5IP< 3H, 2R, 1ER, 5K, 3BB
Adys Portillo claimed his first Double-A victory and Rymer Liriano continued his recent surge to help pace the Missions in they bounced back from getting swept by Frisco earlier in the week.
Portillo gave up a run in the second when, after getting two outs quickly, his on-again, off-again control shut down. The big righty hit a batter and then issued a walk before an infield single and error pushed a run across, but came back with a strikeout to avoid further damage. In his final inning, Portillo also surrendered a two-out run, this time on a wild pitch and throwing error by Jason Hagerty. Portillo, still just 20 years old, gave up three singles and three walks over his five innings, needing 90 pitches to get there.
Rymer Liriano had three singles and a walk as he recorded his fourth straight multi-hit game. The 21-year-old outfielder is 11-for-20 during a current five-game hitting streak with two doubles and a pair of homers. The surge has pushed his Texas League OPS over .700 for the first time since he arrived from Elsinore.
Jonathan Galvez continued his breakout season with a single and double in five plate appearances. Another 21-year-old from the Dominican, Galvez has a career-high .329 average with a .400 on-base percentage. While his defense remains a question mark, he has asserted himself as a strong, balanced offensive player for the Missions.
Rancho Cucamonga 5 Lake Elsinore 4
Key Stats: CF Noel 0-3, 2BB, 2SB (75), R; C Medica 1-5, RBI, R
Shut out for the first seven innings, the Storm put up three runs in the eighth and loaded the bases with no outs in the ninth, but ultimately couldn’t catch the Quakes as they fell 5-4.
Michael Wing had the club’s only extra-base hit, a double, and was joined only by Chris Bisson to post multiple hits. Tommy Medica had an RBI single, but more importantly, caught all nine innings of the game. Still working his way back from a pair of shoulder surgeries, the slugging righty has been limited mostly to designated hitter on the year.
Starter Matt Branham took the loss after giving up three runs over 5.1 innings. The righty struck out seven, but also matched a season high with three walks.
South Bend 3 TinCaps 2
Key Stats: SS Peterson 2-3, BB, HBP, R, RBI, SB;
By the time the top of the second inning was over, Jace Peterson had a walk, a run scored, an RBI single and a stolen base. But then the tap ran dry for the shortstop and his team. The TinCaps surrendered the lead in the bottom of the frame and couldn’t push another run across all night.
Starter Ruben Mejia gave up three runs over five innings to take the loss. The 20-year-old righty was tagged for seven hits and three walks, while striking out five. Since moving to the rotation, Mejia has struggled with command, issuing 23 free passes in 41 innings.
Vancouver 3 Eugene 1
Key Stats: RHP Ross 2.1IP, 2H, 1ER, 6K; CF Richardson 1-2, BB, Outfield assist
The Emeralds managed just two hits in a quick and quiet loss to Vancouver. Starter Joe Ross provided Eugene’s key highlight, striking out six hitters over 2.1 innings of work in his third rehab appearance. After striking out the first four batters he faced, Ross gave up a double and RBI single, but bounced back to end the frame without further damage. The 19-year-old former first round pick came back out and recorded to strike out the only batter he saw in the third before giving way to Brandon Alger.
AZL Padres 5 Rangers 3
Key Stats: CF Smith 3-5, R, SB, 2RBI; 3B Quintana 2-4, 2RBI, SB; LHP Fried 2IP, 4H, 2ER, 2K, 0BB; RHP Stewart 3IP, 3H, 0R, 3K, 1BB
First-rounder Max Fried led five 2012 high school draftees as the Padres topped the prospect-laden Rangers rookie club. Fried struggled through two innings which included four hits and four wild pitches on the way to a pair of earned runs. The hard-throwing lefty has worked 10 innings through six appearances, and will be shut down shortly.
Massive righty Cam Stewart followed with three scoreless frames and Malcom Diaz, Griffin Russell and Corey Kimber carried the Padres through until undrafted free agent Dan Lazzaroni closed out the game.