Key Statistics: C Grandal 2-4; 2b Gyorko 2-4, (2)2B; RHP Bay(L) 7.0IP 9H 4ER 2BB 8Ks.
FRESNO --The Fresno Grizzlies scored three times in the first inning against Bear Bay Saturday and held on to beat the Tucson Padres, 4-3. The Padres scored two unearned runs in the top of the sixth inning to get within one, but could not score after the sixth despite putting runners on in the seventh and ninth innings. Fresno starter Jason Stevenson allowed only one earned run in 5.2 innings of work and picked up his second win of the year. Bay threw a season-high seven innings but suffered the loss, his fourth since joining Tucson.
Trailing 4-1 in the sixth, with Jedd Gyorko at second base, Cody Decker hit a towering pop up to shortstop Syler Stromsmoe. When Stromsmoe dropped the ball, Gyorko scored and Decker ended up at second. One batter later, Amadeo Zazueta's single scored Decker and put the Padres within one. In the top of the ninth inning, Blake Tekotte hit a one-out, pinch hit single to right field but was caught trying to steal second base two pitches later. Sawyer Carroll then flied to left, ending the game.
Fresno left fielder Brett Pill went 2-for-3 with two home runs and three RBIs. Mitch Lively, Jean Machi and Heath Hembree pitched scoreless outings out of the bullpen for Fresno. The Padres dropped to 1-4 against Fresno this season and have now lost nine of their last 10 games.
Courtesy of Tim Hagerty, Director of Broadcasting and Media Relations for the Tucson Padres.
Missions 4 - Midland Rockhounds 0
Key Statistics: 3B Anna 2-5; LF Blackwood 3-4, RBI, SB(4); SS Valdez 2-4, RBI; RF Steele 2-4, RBI; RHP Cashner (W) 6.0 IP 3 H 0R 0ER 3BB 10Ks; RHP Vincent(H) 1.1 IP 2Ks
In his last outing before returning to the Padres Cashner threw 94 pitches and according to the San Antonio Express-News touched 97 mph on the gun.
Also looking to return to San Diego is Ramona High School alumni Nick Vincent who after giving up two earned runs in his debut with the Mission has not allowed a run in his subsequent eight appearances.
Offensively the Missions had 14 hits and now have won seven of their last nine games as the bats after a first half slumber are now begining to wake up.
Storm 7 - Lancaster Jethawks 6
Key Statistics: 1B Medica 2-4, 2B, RBI, BB; CF Noel 1-4, BB, SB(51); 2B McElroy 3-4, 2B, RBI, BB; 3B Powers 2-4, HR(7), 2 RBIs, BB; RF J. Miller 1-3, 2BBs; C Gale 1-5, HR(3), 3RBIs; RHP Quackenbush(W) 1.0 IP K.
LAKE ELSINORE -- It took three hours and twenty-three minutes with 4,798 fans on their feet when with two outs and two on Connor Powers hit a single that shot past the right side of the infield as Tommy Medica rounded third to give the Storm the 7-6 win to stay in first in the South Division.
The Storm fell into an early hole in the second when Telvin Nash doubled to deep center field with one on to go ahead 1-0. Nash leads the league in most strikeouts with 120 on the season.
Lancaster furthered the lead in the third that was set up by George Springer. Springer reached base and stole second and third to sit in scoring position. After Chris Epps walked, Domingo Santana doubled down the left field line scoring two to give the visitors the 3-0 lead.
McElroy is now 8-10 at the plate for the Storm and has scored six runs, two RBI and a home run in just three games for the Storm maintaining an .800 batting average.
Epps extended the lead for Lancaster in the fifth hitting a two-run home run that soared over the 37-foot wall in right field to go ahead 5-1.
The Storm picked up another run in the fifth when Connor Powers hit a leadoff home run. That was Powers third home run in three consecutive games at The Diamond.
In the sixth Storm catcher Rocky Gale was the game changer of the night. A walk by Rymer Liriano and a single by McElroy put runners in scoring position with one out. Gale hit a deep fly ball that continued to sail hitting the video board for his first home run in a Storm uniform tying the game up at 5-5.
Lancaster regained the lead in the seventh with the bases loaded when Jonathan Meyer singled scoring Ben Orloff.
Down a run in the bottom of the ninth the Storm looked to the Rally Cop to start things off. Justin Miller walked and scored off a Medica double, his 13th of the season to tie the game up. The JetHawks looked to turn the double play intentionally walking McElroy but Powers came through for the Storm win.
On the mound the Storm had a collective group of Mark Pope, Jerry Sullivan, Jeremy Gigliotti, Greg Gonzalez, and Kevin Quackenbush who collectively allowed 14 hits, only six runs and struck out 10 together. Quackenbush picked up his second win of the season.
Courtesy of Eric Theiss, Assistant Director of Media Relations for the Lake Elsinore Storm
TinCaps 4 - Lake County Captains 0
Key Statistics: SS Peterson 2-4; CF Tate 1-3, BB; 3B Jones 1-2, 2RBIs, BB; RHP Portillo(W) 6.0 IP 3H 0R 0ER 4Ks.
FORT WAYNE – Strong pitching and early offense carried the Fort Wayne TinCaps to a 4-0 win over the Lake County Captains on Saturday night. A crowd of 7,526 saw Adys Portillo earn his fifth win of the year, as he limited the Captains offense to three hits over his six innings of work, striking out four.
Fort Wayne (2-0, 33-39) scored four times in the first against Lake County (0-2, 31-40) starter Elvis Araujo (2-6). The Venezuelan lefthander surrendered three straight singles to begin the game, and then walked Lee Orr with the bases loaded to force home the evening's first run. Yeison Asencio then grounded out, giving the TinCaps a 2-0 advantage. Two batters later, Duanel Jones singled home two more runs to make the score 4-0.
Portilo (5-4) faced no more than four batters in any of his six innings. He snapped a personal two-start losing streak, did not walk a batter, and lowered his Midwest-League best ERA to 1.76.
James Jones hurled two scoreless innings behind Portillo, and Luis De La Cruz fired a perfect ninth, striking out two.
Courtesy of Mike Couzens, Media Director of the Fort Wayne TinCaps
Emeralds 5 - Boise Hawks 4
Key Statistics: LF Adamson 2-5; C Phillips 2-4, RBI; 2B Stevens 2-4, 2 RBIs; RHP Hancock 4.1 IP 5H 4R 4ER 7Ks. RHP Haney (W) 1H K.
Except for a tough outing by starter Justin Hancock, who allowed all of the run, the Ems bullpen was able to carry the day as several of the Padres' recent draft picks made their presence known.
Keep an eye on left-handed hitting catcher Dane Phillips, whom if he can stay behind the plate defensively, will have a lot of value.So far, his bat has been as good as advertised.
AZL D-backs 5 - AZL Padres 4
Key Statistics: C Daal 2-5, 2B; 2B Ford 2-5; RF Lopez 2-4, RBI; RHP Lazzaroni 2.2 IP 2H 5Ks.
The Padres do have some depth at catcher. Last year Rodney Daal was one of their big free agent signing from overseas, only Rodney is from the Netherlands not Latin America. He's only seventeen but the organization loves his skills behind the plate. To say the least, this is a long-range project.