Key Statistics: CF Tekotte 3-5, 2B, HR (4), 2RBI; C Grandal 3-4, 2B, RBI; RHP Wells 5IP, 4H, 0ER, 2K, 1BB,
Andy Gonzalez hit a two-out, two-run single in the top of the eighth inning to put the Nashville Sounds ahead in their 4-3 win over the Tucson Padres. The Padres had a chance to tie the game in the bottom of the eighth, putting runners at the corners with none out, but Daniel Robertson struck out and the Sounds turned an acrobatic 6-4-3 double play on Beamer Weems to end the inning.
The Padres were down two runs in the third inning when Blake Tekotte hit a solo home run and Yasmani Grandal hit an RBI single to tie the game. Tucson went ahead on Sawyer Carroll's RBI single in the sixth and held the lead until the eighth inning. Kip Wells pitched five innings and allowed two runs, neither of which was earned, in his 2012 debut. Anthony Reyes also pitched for the first time this season, and surrendered two runs in 2.2 innings.
Tekotte had his second straight three-hit game and fell a triple shy of the first Tucson Padres cycle. Logan Forsythe went 1-for-4 with a double and a walk and is now hitting .313 on his injury rehab assignment. Brad Boxberger struck out two in the ninth and retired Nashville in order.
Courtesy of Tim Hagerty, Director of Broadcasting and Media Relations for the Tucson Padres.
San Antonio 5 Frisco 2
Key Statistics: 2B Galvez 1-1, 2 BB, SB, 2RBI; DH Rincon 2-3, 2B, 3RBI; RHP Geer 7.1 IP, 2H, 1R, 4K, 2BB
The Missions jumped on highly-regarded prospect Justin Grimm for five runs in the first five frames then rode recently-demoted Josh Geer's strong pitching effort to the win to open their quick four-game road trip with a victory.
San Antonio got on the board in the fourth, when Dean Anna and Cody Decker collected singles before Jonathan Galvez and Edinson Rincon hit back-to-back doubles. In the fifth, they came back for three more when Galvez drew a bases loaded, two-out walk and Rincon followed with a single to plate Anna before Decker was thrown out at home to end the frame.
Geer, making his first appearance in the Texas League since the 2007 season, had a no-hitter going through seven innings, but gave up a double and single in the eighth to surrender his only run of the night. The 28-year-old righty had a rough go through eight starts in Tucson after missing last season undergoing treatment for cancer.
Lake Elsinore 6 Bakersfield 3
Key Statistics: DH Medica 3-4, 2B 2HR (2), 4RBI; RF Liriano 1-4, 2 2B, SB; RHP 7IP, 2H, 2R, 0ER, 4K, 2BB
Designated hitter Tommy Medica, returning to The Diamond after being part of the championship season last year, went 3-for-4 including two home runs and a double. The 24-year-old slugger from San Jose still hasn't been cleared defensively, but his bat is clearly ready to help once again.
The Blaze struck first in the third. With men on second and third after a hit batter, single and sacrifice bunt, starter Don Roach struck out Devin Lohman, but the ball got away from Eddy Rodriguez for his second passed ball of the year, allowing the runners to advance and push the first run across. The next batter grounded out to give the visitors a 2-0 lead on two unearned runs.
The mania began in the bottom of the fourth for the Storm as Medica hit a 407 ft. blast over the right field wall to cut the lead in half. In the seventh the flood gates opened for the Storm. After Rodriguez walked, newly-promoted Justin Miller placed a perfect bunt down the first base line where Lutz slipped on the infield grass allowing it to go for a single. Michael Wing and Chris Bisson followed with singles as well to give the Storm the lead. With both men on, Medica produced again, this time sending the ball over the left field fence.
Courtesy of Eric Theiss, Assistant Director of Media Relations for the Lake Elsinore Storm
Lansing 9 TinCaps 3
Key Statistics: LF Gallic 3-4, 3B, SB (5); C Hedges 2-4, HR(4) 2RBI; LHP Garces, 2.2IP 4H, 5R, 1ER, 2K, 4BB
The TinCaps fell 9-3 in the finale against first place Lansing. Starter Frank Garces surrendered five runs in a season-low two and two thirds innings as Fort Wayne dropped the rubber match of the three-game set.
Two TinCaps runs came across in the third inning. Mike Gallic led off with a triple to center field, and Lee Orr followed with a triple of his own to score Gallic. Austin Hedges then grounded out, allowing Orr to score and making the score 2-0.
The Lugnuts plated one run in the bottom of the second pulling it to 2-1 as Garces walked the bases full and then walked in a run. In the third, Lansing sent eight men to the plate and pushed four runs across, getting the help of a Duanel Jones error in the process.
Trailing 5-2 in the fourth, the TinCaps edged one run closer on a solo home run by Austin Hedges, which made it 5-3. Hedges tied Casey McElroy for the team lead with four homers.
Four more Lansing runs scored in the seventh as the TinCaps plunked three men in the frame and committed two errors, and Lansing led 9-3 when the inning was over.
Relievers James Needy, Yordany Ramirez, Luis De La Cruz and Daniel Cropper all pitched for Fort Wayne. Needy extended his scoreless innings streak to 11.1 for the TinCaps and Cropper did not surrender a run for the eighth time in nine Midwest League appearances.
Courtesy of Mike Couzens, Media Director of the Fort Wayne TinCaps