Jedd Gyorko had three hits and three RBIs in his first game back from the disabled list, helping the Tucson Padres to a 7-6 victory over the Iowa Cubs Thursday at Kino Stadium. The win also ended Tucson's eight-game losing streak.
The Padres took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first when Gyorko blasted a first pitch home run out to right-center field. Later in the inning, two more runs crossed the plate on a wild pitch by Seth McClung. Blake Tekotte increased Tucson's lead to 6-0 with a two-run home run over the right field bullpen. The six-run inning was the first time this homestand the Padres scored first in a game.
Iowa cut the Padres lead in half in the top of the third with three runs on four hits, two stolen bases, and a throwing error by Tucson pitcher Kip Wells. Gyorko increased the score to 7-3 in the bottom of the fourth with a RBI double to left field. The Cubs grabbed one run back in the sixth inning on an RBI ground out and crept within one of Tucson after scoring two runs in the seventh. Nick Vincent closed out the ninth inning securing the Padres victory.
Tucson's Jorge Reyes earned the win in relief of starter Kip Wells who threw three innings yielding five hits and two earned runs. Seth McClung suffered his Pacific Coast League leading 14th loss, allowing seven hits and seven runs for the Cubs.
Courtesy of Tim, Media Director for the Tucson Padres
Casey Kelly did not fare as well in his 2nd AA start, giving up 3 ER in 5 innings. Most of the damage came in the 3rd inning when the Cardinals began the inning double, single, double. This would lead to 3 runs as a 2 out wild pitch allowed the 3rd run to score. Kelly ended up throwing 80 pitches, 60 for strikes , and was back to his normal GO/FO ratio. 6 GO/ 2 FO
Lake Elsinore - The Storm looking for their first sweep since July 6th in High Desert, but settled for a series win after the Inland Empire 66ers 6-3 victory over the Storm. The two teams will meet in the final four games of the season on August 31 - September 3 at The Diamond. The Storm lead the season series 12-10.
The game started with a pair of doubles for the visitors to snag an early lead. Taylor Lindsey began the game with a double to deep centerfield and Kaleb Cowart singled putting runners on the corners for the Sixty Sixers. C.J. Cron was the second batter in the inning to double hitting his 28th of the season and picking up two RBI as both Lindsey and Cowart crossed the plate for the 2-0 early lead.
In the second and the third the Storm would eat that lead away. A night after Tommy Medica homered twice against the visitors; the Storm DH was hit by a pitch to lead off the second. Casey McElroy hit a line drive single on the third pitch of the at bat putting Storm runners on the corners for Michael Wing. A groundball double play would score Medica and the Storm took the lead one inning later.
In the third, after a Donovan Tate line drive double to center field, Rico Noel reached on an error after a sacrifice bunt. Noel would extend his single season franchise stolen base record with his 83rd stolen base to put both runners in scoring position.
With the infield drawn in, Chris Bisson's soft line drive over the shortstop's glove plated two to give the Storm a 3-2 lead. Bisson extended his hitting streak to 10 games (19-44), batting .432 during that time.
The Storm picked up only one base hit in their final 21 at bats, with Bisson recording his 15th double with one out in the fifth. For Inland Empire, three walks and a fielder's choice in the fourth would lead to tying run.
In the fifth a one-out walk to Lindsey followed by Ryan Jones' fifth triple of the season gave the 66ers the lead. California League RBI leader, Cron, singled into right for his third RBI of the game and his 115th of the season.
Inland Empire added a run in the ninth on a leadoff double by Jose Jimenez, his first hit of the series followed by a SAC bunt and Jean Almanzar RBI single to left with the infield drawn in to cap the victory.
Reliever Greg Gonzalez ha an impressive outing in two innings pitched for the Storm. Facing the minimum, Gonzalez retired five of the six batters he faced with three groundouts, two fly outs and a strikeout.
The Storm begin a huge three-game series tomorrow at The Diamond against the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes. Set to begin at 7:05 p.m., the Quakes are three game back in the hunt for the final playoff spot with 18 games remaining in the season.
Courtesy of Eric Theiss, Media Director for the Lake Elsinore Storm
LANSING, Mich. – In a rain-shortened ballgame, the Fort Wayne TinCaps defeated the Lansing Lugnuts, 2-0, on Thursday night at Cooley Law School Stadium. Ruben Mejia pitched a season-high five and two-thirds innings and Kyle Gaedele chipped in two RBI, helping the TinCaps to a series victory over the first half champion Lugnuts.
The game's only runs scored in the fourth inning, with Lansing's Brandon Berl (3-6) on the mound. He issued a leadoff walk to Yeison Asencio, which was followed by a single off the bat of newcomer Connor Powers, playing his first game in a TinCaps uniform in 2012. After a sacrifice bunt by Travis Whitmore, Gaedele hit a single up the middle of the infield, which bounced off the glove of second baseman Andy Fermin. Both Asencio and Powers scored on the play, putting Fort Wayne (31-21, 62-60) in front, 2-0. .
Lansing (27-23, 74-45) faced a dominant Ruben Mejia (2-6), who allowed only three hits. Mejia's outing was his longest since he pitched five and two-thirds innings on August 24, 2011, with the Arizona League Padres. Mejia paired with Johnny Barbato, who worked one and one-third innings, to hold the Lugnuts to an 0-7 mark with runners in scoring position. In the series, Lansing is just 1-23 with runners in scoring position. .
The game was halted at 9:01 PM in the top of the eighth, with Fort Wayne's Tyler Stubblefield at the plate. The count was one ball and two strikes, with Noah Syndergaard on the hill. After a delay of 44 minutes, the game was officially called by umpires Ben Guttenberger and J.J. Bilinksi. .
The TinCaps will play for a series sweep Friday night, with James Needy scheduled to take the hill against Lansing's Justin Nicolino. If Fort Wayne sweeps Lansing, it will be the first road sweep of a three-game series for the TinCaps since July 18-20 at Cedar Rapids. Fort Wayne last swept Lansing at Cooley Law School Stadium August 13-15, 2011. Friday's first pitch is scheduled for 7:05 PM. .
Courtesy of Mike Couzens, media director for the Fort Wayne Tin Caps
Salem-Keizer Volcanoes 3 – Eugene Ems 2
Ems manage to go 1-9 with RISP as they fall 3-2 in the opening of their series. The Ems managed to get 2 runners picked off and hit into a DP in the losing effort. The Ems would challenge in the 9th thanks to 2 wild pitches, but with runners on 1st and 3rd and 2 outs, Ronnie Richardson struck out to end the game.
No game for the Pads