RENO - Tyler Bortnick's ninth-inning RBI single handed the Reno Aces their third straight walk-off victory and ended the Tucson Padres second season with a 2-1 loss Monday at Aces Ballpark.
The game featured a pitchers duel between Reno's Joe Martinez and Padres pitcher Thad Weber. Both starting pitchers threw seven innings, each allowing only one run. A.J. Pollock scored Reno's first run in The Opening inning on a RBI single to center field. Sawyer Carroll evened the score for Tucson with a solo home run over the right field wall in the fourth inning. The home run was his third of the road trip and eighth of the season.
In the bottom of the ninth, Aces infielder Wladimir Sutil lined a double to right field and was followed by an intentional walk to Tyler Kuhn. Bortnick then grounded a single into right field to score Sutil for the game-winning run. Neil Wagner took the loss for Tucson, his second of the season.
The Padres end the season with a 56-88 record and a fourth place finish in the Pacific Coast League Southern Division.
Courtesy of Tim Hagerty, Media Director for the Tucson Padres
San Antonio – The San Antonio Missions ended the 2012 season with a 4-1 loss to the Corpus Christi Hooks Monday night at Wolff Stadium. San Antonio finished the campaign with a 60-80 overall record, including 32-38 in the second-half.
Corpus got on the board first, scoring a pair of runs in the top of the second off San Antonio starter Chris Wilkes who was making his Double-A debut. Wilkes settled down, allowing just two hits over his final four innings but still suffered the loss.
The Missions were finally able to get on the board in the sixth. Reymond Fuentes led off the frame with a walk then came around to score on an Edinson Rincon double down the left field line but the rally ended as the next three San Antonio batters were retired in order.
In the seventh, the Missions put runners on first and second with two outs but Fuentes grounded out and another rally was foiled. The Hooks made it a 4-1 game in the eighth as Andy Simunic scored on a wild pitch from Dustin Pease and they added their final run an inning later.
Courtesy of Jim White, Media Director of the San AntonioMissions
LAKE ELSINORE- For the eighth consecutive season, the Lake Elsinore Storm are playoff bound as they earned a come-from-behind 5-2 victory over their South division rivals, the Inland Empire 66ers. Thanks to a loss by the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes earlier today, the Storm will begin the playoffs at home against the Lancaster Jethawks on Wednesday, September 5 at 7:05 p.m.
Rolando Gomez gave the 66ers the early lead in the first inning with a one-out triple followed by a Kaleb Cowart sacrifice fly scoring Gomez. In the top of the third, time would repeat itself as Gomez hit his second triple of the game and Cowart would drive him in on a single to right field.
With the Storm down 2-0, Donavan Tate would lead off the bottom of the third with a deep line drive to left center field for his second triple of the season. Robert Kral's sacrifice fly to left field scored Tate to pick up the first run of the game for the Storm. In the fourth, after a Justin Miller double, Tommy Medica hit his team leading 19th home run over the wall in right center to give the Storm a 3-2 lead. Medica's hit would be the eventual game winner for the Storm.
Starter Matt Branham won his eighth game on the mound for the Storm in a five-inning outing where he gave up two runs on six hits with three strikeouts and was backed up with solid performances from three Storm relievers. The combination of Ryan Quigley, Jeff Ibarra and Jerry Sullivan allowed only three hits over the final four innings holding batters to no runs and no walks retiring 12 of the final 15 batters.
In the seventh a 404-foot home run over the center field wall by Kral would give the Storm a 4-2 lead. Following Kral's third home run of the home stand, Rico Noel hit a single to center field and stole his single-season franchise record 90th stolen base and scored on a Casey McElroy RBI single. Closer Jerry Sullivan earned his second save on the season to preserve Branham's victory.
The Storm leads the season series against the JetHawks 16-9 including an impressive 13-1 record at home. In their most recent series, Lancaster took three of four from the Storm at the Hanger back on August 24-27. Tickets for Wednesday's game at The Diamond will go on sale tomorrow at 10 a.m. on stormbaseball.com or by contacting the Storm ticket office at 951-245-4487.
Courtesy of Eric Theiss, Assistant Director of Media Relations for the Lake Elsinore Storm
BOWLING GREEN - – On the final day of the regular season the Fort Wayne TinCaps split a doubleheader with the Bowling Green Hot Rods at Bowling Green Ballpark. The Hot Rods were victorious in game one, 5-4, and Fort Wayne won game two, 5-2. The TinCaps finish the regular season with a record of 69-71.
Bowling Green (42-28, 80-60) took game one with a late rally. The TinCaps led 4-1 heading to the bottom of the third inning, but the Hot Rods scored once in the third, once in the fourth and twice in the fifth inning to take the lead for good. Jason Wilson (1-0) earned his first win and Colin Rea (5-10) suffered the loss, working six innings and allowing four earned runs.
In that game, Yeison Asencio picked up one hit in his two at-bats, putting his final average at .323. With exactly 378 plate appearances, the minimum required to qualify for the batting title, Asencio could, pending the rest of the Monday action in the Midwest League, become the first batting champion Fort Wayne has had in 20 years of professional baseball.
In game two, Travis Jankowski extended his hitting streak to 17 games and Lee Orr hit Fort Wayne's first home run since August 17th. The TinCaps had gone 16 games, 146 innings and 561 at-bats without a home run. James Jones (4-5) earned the win in relief, and Reinaldo Lopez (1-1) drew the loss.
Courtesy of Mike Couzens, Media Director of the Fort Wayne TinCaps.