SALT LAKE CITYThe Tucson Padres eliminated Salt Lake from playoff contention Wednesday, by defeating the Bees 6-4 at Spring Mobile Ballpark. The Padres have won three straight games and are on a six-game road win streak dating back to August 19.
Tucson jumped ahead in The Opening inning with three runs. Andy Parrino brought home the first run with a RBI single to right field and Anthony Contreras scored on a double play for the second. Sawyer Carroll lined a single to center field to bring home Parrino for a 3-0 Padres lead. The Bees responded with a run of their own in the bottom half of the first on an RBI single by Efren Navarro. Blake Tekotte led off the second inning with his eighth home run of the season over the right field wall. Salt Lake answered with two runs in the bottom of the second to make the score 4-3 Tucson.
Jesus Merchan increased the Padres lead to 5-3 in the third by scoring Vince Belnome on a sacrifice fly to left field. Tucson received another run in the fifth on Carroll's RBI double to center field. Carroll finished the night with three hits and two RBIs. Salt Lake's Matt Long singled to center field in the bottom of the sixth to score Doug Deeds and bring the Bees within two of Tucson.
Jason Ray picked up his second save for the Padres by pitching a scoreless ninth inning. Thad Weber won his first game with Tucson, going 5.1 innings, yielding eight hits and four runs. Matt Shoemaker took the loss for Salt Lake, surrendering 11 hits and four earned runs in seven innings of work.
Courtesy of Tim Hagerty, Media Director for the Tucson Padres
Keyvius Sampson had a problem getting the third out, and it cost him. The Rockhounds scored all five of their runs with two outs as the Missions fell 5-4. While Midland with 3-5 with runners in scoring position, the Missions were not as lucky going 1-8.
Former first round pick Sonny Gray would bend constantly giving up 4 hits all for extra bases, but was able to pitch out of a jam each time.
An INTENSE game in Lake Elsinore. The Storm build up a 3-0 lead, and Branham, who started in the second inning after Thatcher pitched the obligatory major league rehab first inning, cruised through his first five innings of work. Then it went downhill.
Branham allowed two runs in the seventh and the eighth innings as the 3-0 lead turned into a 4-3 deficit.
In the ninth Corey Spangenberg and Everett Williams would hit back to back singles to put runners on first and second with one out. Pinch-hitter Donavan Tate didn't show why he was the #3 overall pick in 2009 by grounding into a would be 6-4-3 game ending double play. However a great hard slide by Williams into second base caused an errant throw to first as Spangenberg scored and the game went into extra innings.
Ryan Quigley would try to give the game to San Jose by walking a batter in the eleventh, throwing the ball away on a pickoff attempt and then compounding the problem by committing another throwing error to allow the run to score.
The Storm came back once again on a pair of back-to-back one out singles and once again an error by the opposition's middle infielder allowed the tying run to score.
The difference this time was Jairo Gomez would come up with the walk off single as the Storm won 6-5, to climb within two games of the final playoff spot with five games left to play.
Fort Wayne TinCaps 0 – Western Michigan WhiteCaps 1
Key Stats: RHP James Needy 9IP, 4H, R, 0ER, 0BB, 5Ks. Three singles by Jankowski, Jones, and Gaedale. Three errors by Peterson, Needy, Hedges
FORT WAYNE, Ind. – With playoff implications looming large at Parkview Field on Wednesday night the Fort Wayne TinCaps offense was blanked, as West Michigan picked up a 1-0 victory. Fort Wayne starter James Needy threw all nine innings and did not allow an earned run as he worked his way into the TinCaps record books.
West Michigan (34-31, 70-65) scored the game's only run in the top half of the second inning. Lance Durham reached base on a one-out infield single and advanced to second on a Pat Leyland single to right field. After Needy (6-3) recorded another out, he induced a grounder to short off the bat of Gabriel Purroy. Fort Wayne (35-30, 66-69) shortstop Jace Peterson fielded the ball but threw over the head of first baseman Travis Whitmore, which allowed Durham to score from second base. Needy only allowed one hit the remainder of the game.
The TinCaps could not solve Whitecaps starter Wilsen Palacios (12-9), scraping together two hits against the righty. Reliever Chad Smith retired the side in order the sixth, seventh and eighth innings. Jade Todd faced three batters in the ninth, leaving the game with two outs and Yeison Asencio at first base. Mike Gallic, representing the winning run, pinch hit for Travis Whitmore, but grounded out against righthander Melvin Mercedes, which ended the game.
With Needy's effort, he becomes the first starting pitcher in TinCaps history to throw nine innings in a single game. The last time that took place was July 17, 2007, as Stephen Faris hurled nine innings of one-hit baseball in a 12-0 win over the Clinton Lumber Kings at Memorial Stadium.
Elsewhere in the league Lake County defeated Bowling Green, which puts the Captains one game in front of the TinCaps with five to play in the regular season. West Michigan trails Fort Wayne by one game.
Courtesy of Mike Couzens, Media Director of the Fort Wayne TinCaps.
Spokane Indians 2 – Eugene Ems 8
Eugene scored three runs in the first and four runs in the second and cruised to an easy 8-2 win. Unfortunately Vancouver also won, as the Ems remain a ½ game up now with only two games left to play
AZL Rangers 5 – AZL Padres 11