Game 1 – Wednesday
Albuquerque 4 Tucson 0
WP: Ely (12-7) LP: Reyes (8-10) S: None Time: 1:51
Jon Ely threw a complete game shutout Wednesday to help the Albuquerque Isotopes defeat the Tucson Padres 4-0, ending the Padres three game winning streak. The complete game shutout was the first of the season for Ely, who struck out eight in the contest.
The Isotopes threatened to score in the bottom of the first with two runners on and one out, but Padres catcher Nick Hundley threw out Elian Herrera attempting to steal third base and Tucson starting pitcher Jorge Reyes induced a fielder's choice to end the inning.
Albuquerque took the lead in the bottom of the fourth when Ivan De Jesus lined a three-run home run over the left field wall. Matt Angle's RBI single in the fifth gave the Isotopes a 4-0 advantage. Tucson had a chance to score in the top of the sixth with Daniel Robertson on first base, but Isotopes right fielder Scott Van Slyke made a diving catch to rob Anthony Contreras of extra bases and a RBI. Reyes pitched a complete game for the Padres, allowing ten hits and four runs in his tenth loss of the year.
Game 2 – Wednesday
Albuquerque 7 Tucson 2
WP: Loop (10-3) LP: Werner (1-1) S: None Time: 2:09 Attn: 9,123
Elian Herrera's three-run triple in the bottom of sixth put the game out of reach for the Tucson Padres as they were defeated by the Albuquerque Isotopes 7-2 in the second game of Wednesday's doubleheader.
Tucson jumped in front in the second inning when Sawyer Carroll singled home the first run of the game. Albuquerque tied the score in the bottom of the third with an Alex Castellanos RBI single to left. Carroll once again gave Tucson the lead in the top of the fourth with another RBI single. The Isotopes came back to score two runs in the fifth inning off three hits to regain the lead, 3-2.
Albuquerque broke the game open in the sixth inning with four runs, highlighted by Herrera's three-run triple to right field. Cory Burns surrendered all four of the runs in the inning. It was the first time Burns had allowed a run in 15 appearances.
Isotopes starting pitcher Derrick Loop earned his tenth win of the year, throwing six innings with five strikeouts. Andrew Werner followed his complete game shutout on August 2 over Round Rock by pitching 4.2 innings on Wednesday. He allowed five hits and three runs.
The two losses on Wednesday drop the Padres record to 5-3 in doubleheaders this year. Tucson ended its eight-game road trip by with four wins and four losses.
San Antonio – The Springfield Cardinals defeated the Missions 2-1 in The Opening game of their three-game series Wednesday night at Wolff Stadium. With the loss San Antonio drops to 52-63 overall, 24-21 in the second-half but they remain five games behind first place Corpus Christi.
Springfield's Adam Melker hit a line drive over the head of Cody Decker in left that scored Xavier Scruggs to give the Cards a 1-0 lead in the second. Dean Anna's solo home run in the bottom of the fourth evened it up and the score stayed tied until the ninth when pinch-hitter Ray Kruml's sacrifice fly scored Melker with the go-ahead and eventual game winning run.
San Antonio's rally in the ninth came up short. With one out, Decker walked and eventually reached third on two wild pitches by Springfield closer Keith Butler. The next batter, Rymer Liriano, also walked bringing up catcher Ali Solis who struck out swinging. Shortstop Jeudy Valdez struck out on a 1-2 pitch to end the game.
For Butler it was his Texas League leading 23rd save of the season. Missions starter Matt Jackson went five innings, allowed one run on seven hits, walked none and struck out five.
Courtesy of Jim White, Media Director for the San Antonio Missions
San Bernardino – The Storm scored in four consecutive innings tonight as second baseman Cory Spangenberg went 5-for-5 scoring a run and an RBI to give the Storm a 6-3 win over the Inland Empire Sixty Sixers.
Spangenberg, who had been on the DL for over a month between June and July was playing in just his eighth game of the second half, when he became just the second player this season to collect five hits in a game.
The Storm were unable to break the score until the third when Donovan Tate reached base on a leadoff single. He stole his seventh base for the Storm and scored when Chris Bisson singled to right field to go up 1-0 to start the scoring.
In the fourth, Casey McElroy hit his fifth home run of the season to right field scoring and driving in Tommy Medica who had been hit by a pitch. McElroy has only played 35 games for the Storm but has been impressive. He has 48 hits and only 17 strikeouts with a .338 batting average.
With the score 3-0 in favor of the Storm, Justin Miller added to the long ball party hitting a home run over the center field wall for his 11th in a Storm uniform, scoring Spangenberg who reached base on his third single of the night.
The Storm scored their final run in the sixth when Spangenberg collected his fourth single of the night scoring Tate who began the inning with a leadoff walk to give the Storm a 6-0 lead.
Storm starter Matt Branham went six scoreless innings allowing only three hits and struck out eight batters. Of his 93 pitches, 63 of them were strikes and he forced five groundouts. Chris Haney and Jerry Sullivan came in relief and collected a strikeout each but allowed Inland Empire to score three runs on three hits.
Kevin Quackenbush came in in the ninth to close it out for the Storm and to collect his 23rdsave of the season. The Storm will look to claim their first series since facing the Lancaster Jethawks at The Diamond on July 26.
Courtesy of Eric Theiss, Assistant Director of Media Relations for the Lake Elsinore Storm
Western Michigan Whitecaps 1 - Fort Wayne TinCaps 3
FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Colin Rea turned in perhaps his best outing of the season Wednesday night, tossing six innings in a 3-1 Fort Wayne victory over West Michigan at Parkview Field. Rea earned his first win at Parkview Field, limiting the Whitecaps to one run on two hits in the first game of a three-game series.
Fort Wayne (27-18, 58-57) gave Rea (4-7) an early advantage, scoring on a Mike Gallic sacrifice fly in the first inning. Jace Peterson had reached on a throwing error by catcher Gabriel Purroy, moved to second on his league-leading 44th stolen base and taken third on a passed ball.
In the third inning, Travis Jankowski came within inches of his first professional home run. The 44th overall pick in this year's draft hit a ball to the top of the 15-foot high wall in right field, scoring Kyle Gaedele with a triple. Peterson then singled Jankowski home, giving the TinCaps a 3-0 advantage. West Michigan (22-23, 58-57) starter Wilsen Palacios (11-8) exited after five innings, allowing three runs, two of them earned, while walking one and striking out four.
The lone Whitecaps run scored in the sixth inning against Rea. He had held West Michigan hitless over the first five innings, but the streak was broken on an Eugenio Suarez triple to center with one out in the sixth. Suarez scored one batter later on a groundout off the bat of Aaron Westlake.
Matt Stites earned his 11th save in 14 tries, retiring the side in order in the ninth inning.
Courtesy of Mike Couzens, Media Director of the Fort Wayne TinCaps. Eugene Emeralds 0 – Yakima Bears 2
When the Ems hit they win, because the pitching is always there, when they don't hit - they don't win. Tonight was one of those nights when Eugene could only put together four hits all of them singles with first baseman Goose Kallunki accounting for half of the offense.
On the mound Joe Ross had his worst outing in four starts giving up two earned runs in three and a third innings. In his previous three starts he had only given up one earned run combined.
AZL Mariners 8 – AZL Padres 3