Omaha 20 Tucson 3
Key Stats: CF Robertson 2-3, 2B, BB
Omaha came up four hits short of the Pacific Coast League record as they pounded out 33 hits on their way to the highest run total allowed by the Tucson Padres. Outfielder Sawyer Carroll came in to pitch the ninth inning and was the lone Padres pitcher not to surrender a run in the contest.
After starter Colt Hynes was tagged for eight runs, five earned, in just 1.2 innings of work, righty Alexis Lara gave up four more in one inning before getting ejected for throwing a pitch behind super-prospect Wil Myers. Chris Franklin, who just arrived from Lake Elsinore, yielded five more in his first 1.1 innings of Triple-A ball.
With the game already completely out of hand at 15-0 in the third inning, Dan Robertson got the Padres on the board with a double, then came around to score on a Jeremy Hermida single. Robertson is 5-for-7 in the series to pull his average back above .300 for the season.
Arkansas 6 San Antonio 1
Key Stats: RHP Kunz 8IP 3H, 4K, 1BB; 3B Rincon 1-4, 2B
A night after Josh Geer tossed eight scoreless innings, Eddie Kunz matched his stellar outing. Unfortunately for the Missions, Arkansas starter Jarrett Grube shut down their offense and the Travelers rallied for six runs in the ninth inning against reliever Daniel Stange.
Kunz, the 26-year-old former Mets number one pick acquired for Allen Dykstra, had by far his most effective start in almost two years in a Missions jersey. The righty gave up only three singles and one intentional walk over eight innings as he struck out four Travelers. It was his longest appearance in the Padres system.
Reymond Fuentes, back in the leadoff spot for the Missions, went 1-for-3 with a walk and swiped two bases. The highly-regarded center fielder has labored through a miserable campaign for the Missions as a 21-year-old. Fuentes is hitting just 213/295/295, though he has managed to swipe 31 bases on the year.
Rancho Cucamonga 5 Lake Elsinore 4
Key Stats: 1B Wing 1-4, HR; RF Tate 1-3, BB, SB (9); Noel 2-4, SB (80); RHP Lollis 6IP, 6H, 3ER, 3K, 2BB
Kevin Quackenbush had a rare bad outing for the Storm, giving up two runs without recording an out in the ninth to take the loss as Rancho Cucamonga walked off with a 5-4 victory. It was the first time in 47 appearances that Quackenbush allowed more than one run and recorded no outs.
Starter Matt Lollis turned in a solid performance for the Storm, giving up three earned runs over six innings of work. The big righty scattered three singles over his first four frames before getting tagged for three runs in the fifth. He bounced back for a 1-2-3 sixth inning before giving way to the bullpen.
Utility man Michael Wing got the Storm on the board with a two-run homer, his fifth of the year, and Tommy Medica walked and scored twice. Donavan Tate, Rico Noel and Chris Bisson each swiped a base as the Storm continued to close in on Bakersfield for the California League lead. The club has stolen 216 bases on the year, nine off the Bakersfield pace which was fueled primarily by Billy Hamilton.
Dayton 5 Fort Wayne 4
Key Stats: SS Peterson 1-2, 3B, BB, Sac; 1B Orr 0-2, BB, HBP, 3SB
The TinCaps dropped their second straight in Dayton even as the offense got to top prospect Robert Stephenson for four runs in four innings of work.
Lee Orr pulled off a rare trifecta in the fourth inning. With a 3-1 lead in the fourth inning, Orr walked and then proceeded to steal second, third and then home. The slugging first baseman, who played with Jace Peterson at McNeese State, entered the game with seven stolen bases on the year.
Peterson got the scoring started with a two-run triple in the third inning then came around on a Mike Gallic single, but four Dayton relievers combined to blank the TinCaps over the final five innings.
Tri-City 5 Eugene 3
Key Stats: 3B Quintana 2-4; C Philips 2-4, HR(4), 2R;
Juan Marcano’s late-season slide continued as the lefty gave up four runs, three earned, over three innings. The 21-year-old lefty, signed after the Yankees released him in the offseason, surrendered six hits and a walk. His ERA over the last four contests is 5.02, but he has also been touched for 10 unearned runs.
Gabriel Quintana went 2-for-4 in his second Northwest League start since getting promoted from Arizona. A third baseman from the Dominican, Quintana spent two full seasons in the Dominican Summer League before coming stateside for the first time this year. As a 19-year-old, he hit 291/337/483 in Peoria with a team-high five homers.
AZL Angels 5 Padres 2
Key Stats: LHP Erlin 3.1IP, 3H, 4R, 1ER, 5K, 0BB; RHP M. Kelly 4.2 IP, 1H, 1ER, 5K, 2 BB
Rehabbing starter Robbie Erlin was charged with four unearned runs as he worked into the fourth inning in his second appearance on the desert. The 21-year-old lefty only gave up three singles, but inning-opening errors in both the first and fourth cost him a pair of unearned runs each.
Michael Kelly turned in a strong performance in relief, giving up only one run in 4.2 innings. The 19-year-old who the Padres took in the supplemental round last year, came up one strikeout short of his season high with five and limited the Angels to only one hit.
Gabriel Quintana’s promotion to Eugene coincided with the return of Fernando Perez from the disabled list. The 18-year-old from Chula Vista went 1-for-4 after missing nearly a month on his second trip to the DL since the Padres selected him in June.