Key Statistics: CF Robertson 2-5; 2B Gyorko 2-4, BB; C Rodriguez 2-4; LHP Spence 6.0IP 2H 3BBs 3Ks; RHP Ray (BS)(L) 0.2 IP 3H 4R 3ER 3BBs.
RENO The Reno Aces came back from a three-run deficit to score four runs in the ninth inning and defeat the Tucson Padres 4-3 Saturday at Aces Ballpark.
The Padres struck first in the top of third when Andy Parrino scored on a fielding error by Aces second baseman Tyler Bortnick. Vince Belnome followed with a line drive single to center field scoring Jedd Gyorko to put Tucson up 2-0. Blake Tekotte put down a suicide squeeze bunt in the top of the eighth to score Eddy Rodriguez from third and increase Tucson's lead to 3-0.
Jason Ray attempted to close out his fourth consecutive save for Tucson, but surrendered a game-tying, three-run home run to Brent Clevlen. Reno's Ryan Budde reached first on an infield single and later advanced to third base on two wild pitches. With two outs and a full count, Ray walked A.J. Pollock with the bases loaded to score Budde and end the game.
The blown save was Ray's second with Tucson and his third loss of the season. Padres starting pitcher Josh Spence pitched six shutout innings, allowing two hits and three walks. Mike DeMark earned his fifth win for the Aces, throwing a scoreless top of the ninth.
Courtesy of Tim Hagerty, Director of Broadcasting and Media Relations for the Tucson Padres.
Corpus Christi Hooks 11 - Missions 1
Key Statistics: CF Fuentes 2-5; SS Valdez 2-4; RHP Geer (L) 6.0IP 10H 4R 2ER 5Ks.
SAN ANTONIO – The San Antonio Missions kicked off their final home stand of the season with an 11-1 loss to Corpus Christi Saturday night at Wolff Stadium. The Hooks pounded out 20 hits as they've now won four in a row over San Antonio and 17 of the 26 meetings this season.
Cody Decker's RBI double in the first scored Nate Freiman to put San Antonio up 1-0 but Corpus tied it in their half of the second on an RBI groundout by shortstop Ben Orloff. The Hooks took a 2-1 lead in the fourth as Orloff again came thru, this time with a double that plated catcher Jay Fernandez.
Missions starter Josh Geer hit Orloff with the bases loaded in the sixth to make it 3-1 and pitcher Erick Abreu singled home another run to give his team a 4-1 advantage. Corpus added six more runs in the seventh on six hits to put the game away.
San Antonio had a chance to get back in the game as they loaded the bases in their half of the seventh, but Freiman, the Texas League leader in RBI, flied out to center to end the rally.
Game two of the series is tomorrow night at 6:05 p.m. with Asher Wojciechowski (2-2, 2.33 ERA) going for the Hooks and Robbie Erlin (3-1, 2.66 ERA) getting the start for San Antonio. Cereal bowls will also be given away to the first 500 kids 12 and under courtesy of Kellogg's.
Courtesy of Jim White, Director of Public Relations for the San Antonio Missions.
Inland Empire 66ers 9 - Storm 1
Key Statistics: 2B Spangenberg 2-3; RHP Lollis (L, 0-7) 5.0IP 10H 5R 5ER BB 5Ks.
The Storm went 9 and 20 in August and their futility seeped into September as they were pounded by Inland Empire on Saturday night 11-1. Matt Lollis, who was so good in 2010, has had a tough year since returning to the Cal League from San Antonio as the Padres tried to convert him back to a starting pitcher.
In eleven starts with the Storm Lollis has an ERA of 6.83 and has given up 77 hits in 58.0 innings pitched. His big problem seems to be his fastball command as he has given up 8 home runs in his starts to go along with a 50/29 K/BB ratio.
He is still not yet 22 but this is the second straight subpar season by Lollis.
Bowling Green Hot Rods 5 - TinCaps 3
Key Statistics: RF Asencio 3-5; CF Jankowski 2-4, RBI; LF Gaedele 2-2, 2BBs, 2B, 3B; LHP Garces 5.0IP H ER BB 5Ks; RHP Hebner (H)(L) 2.1IP 3R 3ER 4BBs; RHP Barbato (BS) 0.2IP H R ER K.
FORT WAYNE – The Bowling Green Hot Rods only needed two hits to defeat the TinCaps on Saturday night, but they were big hits. A solo home run by Jake Hager and an eighth-inning grand slam from Jeff Malm helped the Hot Rods to a 5-3 win over the Fort Wayne TinCaps at Bowling Green Ballpark. With a Fort Wayne loss and a Lake County win, the TinCaps secured the second half wild-card spot and will play the first-half champion Lansing Lugnuts in the opening round of the playoffs.
Fort Wayne (36-31, 67-70) fell behind 1-0 in the first inning on Hager's solo home run. Beyond that, TinCaps starter Frank Garces was dominant. He retired the next ten batters to come to the plate and he allowed just one other base runner over his five innings of work. He finished his five innings having struck out five and walked one.
The TinCaps went to work on Bowling Green (41-27, 78-59) starter Jake Partridge. Fort Wayne catcher Chris O'Dowd, playing in his first Midwest League game, walked to begin the third inning and Yeison Asencio followed with a single. Travis Jankowski then also singled, scoring O'Dowd and stretching his hitting streak to 15 games. During the streak, Jankowski is hitting 27-60 (.450). Travis Whitmore followed by grounding into a double play, which scored Asencio and made it 2-1 in favor of the TinCaps.
The Fort Wayne advantage held until the eighth inning when Cody Hebner (7-7) issued three consecutive one-out walks. He was removed from the game in favor of Johnny Barbato, who entered the game with one out, and induced a pop-out for the second out of the inning. Barbato then allowed a grand slam to Jeff Malm, which put Bowling Green on top, 5-3. Bowling Green's Nick Sawyer (1-0) earned the win with two scoreless innings of relief, holding the TinCaps at bay in the eighth and ninth.
It was the first grand slam allowed by the TinCaps in almost exactly two years. Bowling Green's Burt Reynolds hit a grand slam on August 31, 2010, against Fort Wayne in a 13-9 TinCaps win at Bowling Green ballpark.
Courtesy of Mike Couzens, Media Director of the Fort Wayne TinCaps