Iowa Cubs 12 – Tucson Padres 7
Key Stats: LHP Andrew Werner 4.1IP, 8H, 8R, 5ER, BB, 5Ks; 3B Jesus Merchan 2-5, 2B, 3B, 2 RS, 2 RBI; C Eddy Rodriguez 2-4, HR (1), 3 RBI
TUCSONThe Iowa Cubs came back from a six-run deficit aided by a seven-run fifth inning to defeat the Tucson Padres 12-7 Tuesday at Kino Stadium. The Padres committed four errors in the contest, tying their season high for errors in a game.
The Cubs took an early lead in the top of the first when James Adduci scored on a fielder’s choice. Jesus Merchan tied the game in the bottom half of the inning with a RBI double to right field. Merchan later scored on a groundout to first base by Matt Clark giving the Padres a 2-1 lead.
After a 59-minute rain delay, Eddy Rodriguez increased Tucson’s lead to 4-1 with a two-run double in the bottom of the second. Rodriguez again added to the Padres’ score in the bottom of the fourth when he clubbed a solo home run over the left-center field wall. Two more runs came around to score for Tucson in the inning off extra-base hits from Merchan and Andy Parrino.
Iowa answered with seven runs in the top of the fifth to regain the lead, 8-7. Padres pitcher Andrew Werner had a chance to end the inning with a double play, but made an errant throw into center field allowing the first run to score in the fifth.
Adduci’s sacrifice fly to center field in the sixth inning brought home another run, giving the Cubs a 9-7 advantage. Three more runs came across the plate for Iowa in the seventh on two Padres fielding errors and a wild pitch.
Marcus Hatley earned his first win for Iowa, pitching two innings in relief of Cubs starter Ty’Relle Harris. Werner threw 4.1 innings for Tucson surrendering eight hits and five earned runs. The loss was his second of the year.
Courtesy of Tim Hagerty, Media Director for the Tucson Padres
Missions enjoying a day off before Adys Portillo takes the mound tomorrow
Inland Empire 66ers 9 – Lake Elsinore Storm 11
Key Stats: RHP Matt Branham 5IP, 5H, 3 ER, 0BB, 2Ks; SS Chris Bisson 3-5, 3 RS, BB, SB (40); 2B Cory Spangenberg 3-3, 3B, 2 RS, RBI, 2 BB, 2 SB (25); DH Casey McElroy 2-5, 3 RS, 3 RBI; CF Rico Noel 1-5, 2B, RS, 2 SB (82)
LAKE ELSINORE - With the season winding down the Storm are looking to set into one of those final spots in the playoffs. The Storm set a tone for the three game series against the Inland Empire Sixty Sixers scoring 11 runs on 14 hits capturing the win 11-8.
Kaleb Cowart gave the Sixers an early lead hitting a line drive triple that rattled in the right field corner to drive in a run. Cowart would later score himself on a single by C.J. Cron for the 2-0 lead.
The Storm would match that score and jump to a sizeable lead as every batter in the line up would come to the plate in the inning.
Shortstop Chris Bisson led it off for the Storm with a bunt single down the third baseline. Cory Spangenberg hit a single to right but Casey McElroy hit into a force out, getting Spangenberg at second to put runners on the corners with two outs.
Both Bisson and McElroy scored on Tommy Medica's team leading 33rd double to left field to tie the game at 2-2.
Everett Williams would reach on a fielding error allowing Medica to score all the way from second on the play to take the lead. Williams would pick up the final run of the first when Jeremy Rodriguez hit a groundball single dead up the middle past the pitcher and middle infielders for the fourth run for the Storm.
Rolando Gomez would score on a sacrifice bunt by Brandon Brewer in the second to cut the lead to one, but back-to-back singles by McElroy and Medica scored two more runs giving the Storm a 6-3 lead in the second.
The duo of McElroy and Medica combined for four hits, score four runs and gather six RBI on the night.
After a scoreless third, McElroy collected his second and third RBI of the game when he singled to centerfield allowing Bisson and Spangenberg to score. Luis Domoromo came into the game for Everett Williams and hit a line drive triple hustling for his second triple of the year to drive in McElroy for a Storm 9-3 lead.
A hit down the right field line by Spangenberg turned into and RBI single to give the Storm 10 runs on the night.
This is only the second time in a month that the Storm has scored 10 runs or more.
Inland Empire looked to make a comeback scoring two runs in both the sixth and the seventh. Ryan Jones would hit his ninth double of the season and score a run in the sixth and his 10th double of the season in the seventh driving in a run and later scoring as the Sixers cut the lead down to 10-7.
In the bottom of the seventh Carmine Giardina would intentionally walk Medica to load the bases looking for a double play ball but the plan would backfire as Bisson would tack on an insurance run on a wild pitch.
Relievers Yefri Carvajal, Jeff Ibarra and Kevin Quackenbush would pitch the final 2 1/3 innings allowing only three hits and two runs to score and were able to hold off the Sixty Sixers as Quackenbush picked up his 24th save of the season.
Courtesy of Eric Theiss, Media Director for the Lake Elsinore Storm
No game for the Tin Caps
Tri-City Dust Devils 3 – Eugene Ems 4 (11 innings)
Key Stats: RHP Tayron Guerrero 3IP, 2H, ER, 3BB, 2Ks; LF-RF Corey Adamson 4-5, 2 2B, RS, BB; DH Dane Phillips 2-5, 2B
Corey Adamson was the star of the game for the Ems. Down 3-2 in the 9th, Adamson led off the inning with a single, advanced to 2nd and 3rd on wild pitches and then scored the game tying run on a sac fly by Max Tissenbaum.
That took the game to the eleventh where once again Adamason would help the Ems score. This time after a leadoff single and error the Ems had the winning run on second with no out. Adamson would walk. Mallex Smith would then ground into a would be double play hitting the ball to the pitcher. A good hard slide would keep the Dust Devils from turning two.
Smith would then steal second, have Goose walked intentionally to load the bases, and then with the pressure on Tissenbaum would draw the bases loaded walk to end the game for a "walk-off walk".
AZL A’s 13 – AZL Pads 4
Key Stats: LHP Max Fried 1.2IP, H, 0ER, 2Ks; RHP Chris Wilkes 3.2IP, 8H, 4 R, 0ER, 0BB, 3Ks; CF Edwin Moreno 3-5, 2B, HR (2), 2 RS, RBI; 1B Luis Tejada 2-5, 2B, RS, RBI