TUCSONTommy Field's three-run double in the eighth inning put the Colorado Springs Sky Sox ahead for good on Thursday, as they defeated the Tucson Padres 6-4 at Kino Stadium.
Tucson jumped ahead in the first inning with three runs on three hits. Anthony Contreras brought home the first run with an RBI single to center field and Eddy Rodriguez's two-run double down the left field gave the Padres a 3-0 lead. Colorado Springs' Brandon Roberts struck an RBI single to right in the fifth to give the Sky Sox their first run of the game.
The Sky Sox took the lead in a nine-batter top of the eighth, scoring five runs on four hits and one error. Field's bases clearing double to center began the scoring, Chad Tracy hit a RBI double and later scored off a throwing error by Contreras to give the Sky Sox a 6-3 advantage. Jedd Gyorko blasted a solo shot in the bottom of ninth to bring the Padres within two runs, but Colorado Springs' Coty Woods finished off the inning for his tenth save. The home run was Gyorko's fourth consecutive game with a home run.
Mike Ekstrom earned his third win in relief Sky Sox starter Nick Schmidt. Anthony Bass started the game for Tucson, and pitched two perfect innings, striking out one. Bass is down from San Diego rehabbing from right shoulder inflammation. Ross Ohlendorf made his Tucson debut, going five innings and striking out eight. Jorge Reyes suffered his 11th loss for the Padres, surrendering two earned runs in one inning.
Courtesy of Tim Hagerty, Media Director for the Tucson Padres
Key Stats: LHP Robbie Erlin 5IP, 3H, 2ER, BB, 2Ks; RF Rymer Liriano 2-3, 2B, 2 RS, 2 RBI, BB; CF Reymond Fuentes 2-4, 2B, HR (4), 3 RS, 2 RBI, BB; 3B Edinson Rincon 2-4, 2B, 2 RBI; 1B Nate Freiman 2-4 RBI (102)
SAN ANTONIO – A night after blowing a six-run lead, the Missions jumped out to a seven run advantage and made sure there would be Frisco comeback. San Antonio defeated the RoughRiders 9-3 Thursday night at Wolff Stadium, ending their season-long eight-game losing streak in the process.
Frisco notched a first inning run off Missions starter Robbie Erlin in the first but Ali Solis' RBI single in the second scored Cody Decker to tie the game at 1-1. San Antonio grabbed a 2-1 lead an inning later as Rymer Liriano doubled home Reymond Fuentes and Liriano would come around to score on Nate Freiman's double down the left field line. Jonathan Galvez drove in the Missions fourth run on a single to right field that plated Freiman.
San Antonio tacked on four more in the fourth and another in the eighth on a Fuentes solo home run. The San Antonio bullpen held the RoughRiders in check the rest of the way to secure the victory.
Erlin, who had been on the disabled list from May 13-August 2 with left elbow tendonitis, was making just his second overall start and first home start since being activated. He went five innings, allowed three hits, two earned runs, walked one and struck out two to earn his third win of the season.
The fourth and final game of the series and home stand is tomorrow night at 7:05 p.m. with Neil Ramirez (2-3, 3.70 ERA) starting for the RoughRiders and Keyvius Sampson (7-10, 5.22 ERA) for San Antonio.
Courtesy of Jim White, Media Director for the San Antonio Missions
High Desert 9 – Lake Elsinore Storm 18
ADELANTO- High Desert completed the four-game sweep against the Storm tonight with an 18-9 win. The Mavericks scored at least two runs a piece in the first seven innings. The Storm finally made a presence scoring nine runs in the eighth, but could only cut the lead in half.
Every Mavs player picked up a hit in the game including four home runs and three doubles. Steven Proscia went 4-for-5 on the night including a double, two home runs, scored four runs and picked up six RBI on the night.
High Desert scored four in the first, two runs in the second, third, fourth and fifth, and scored three runs in the sixth and the seventh before being held to no runs in the eighth. The Storm was opposite being held scoreless through seven innings and had a breakout eighth. Tommy Medica homered to score the first two runs for the Storm. Luis Domoromo doubled to score Justin Miller, Chris Bisson doubled to score two more runs. The Storm batted all the way around and Medica collected his 35th double of the season and the third of the inning to score the sixth run in the inning. The Storm would score nine runs on six hits in the inning but fell short.
The Storm finish the season series against High Desert going 8-16 and the Mavs won six of the seven series.
Courtesy of Eric Theiss, Media Director for the Lake Elsinore Storm
Fort Wayne TinCaps 4 – Western Michigan Whitecaps 1
COMSTOCK PARK, Mich. – The Fort Wayne TinCaps snapped a four-game losing streak Thursday night, using a four-run eighth inning to break a scoreless tie and defeat the West Michigan Whitecaps, 4-1.
Neither team was short of offensive opportunities over the first seven innings, as Fort Wayne (33-26, 63-66) had three times put a runner into scoring position and stranded seven runners on base. West Michigan (30-29, 66-63) left the bases loaded in the third, had a runner thrown out at home in the fourth and left a runner at third in the seventh.
In the eighth it was the TinCaps that broke through, powering ahead to have six straight runners reach base against relievers Nick Avila (2-3) and Will Clinard. Travis Jankowski and Jace Peterson both reached with one out, and Travis Whitmore made it a 1-0 game with a double to score Jankowski. The Whitecaps then intentionally walked Yeison Asencio, which loaded the bases. Lee Orr followed with a two-run single, and Austin Hedges singled home Asencio, capping the scoring at 4-0.
Matt Stites pitched the ninth for Fort Wayne, and allowed one run to score. It was the just the third earned run allowed all season by Stites, and the first he had given up since May 29th. His ERA rose from 0.42 to 0.61. Johnny Barbato (6-1) picked up the win, throwing two scoreless innings in relief of starter James Needy.
In his third start of the year, Needy went a season-high six innings, scattering six hits, walking two and striking out one. He faced a bases-loaded jam in the third, but worked out of it by drawing a two ground outs and a lineout. In the fourth he allowed a single to Jason King, who advanced to second and then third on back-to-back ground outs. On a pitch that eluded catcher Austin Hedges, King broke for home, but was thrown out as Hedges zipped the ball to Needy, who blocked the plate and applied the tag for the third out.
Courtesy of Mike Couzens, Media Director of the Fort Wayne TinCaps. Eugene Emeralds 2 – Tri-City Dust Devils 1
Joe Ross pitched five innings for the first time since April as the Ems win 2-1. Unfortunately for Joe, the Ems couldn't score until the seventh. After a leadoff walk and then double that put runners on second and third innings, it would take a two out bases loaded walk to force in the tying run in the seventh. In the eighth the Ems would once again have runners on second and third this time with one out. Alberth Martinez would strike out though to complicate the issue. Luckily an error by the shortstop would allow in the game winning run.
AZL Padres 2 – AZL Reds 7