Tucson 7 Fresno 5
Key Stats: C Grandal 1-2, 3B; 2B Contreras 2-5, 2B; RHP Lollis 3IP, 3H, 1ER, 3K, 2BB
Anthony Contreras bounced a two-run double over the center field wall in the top of the ninth inning to break a tie and put the Padres ahead in their 7-5 win Sunday. The ninth inning rally for Tucson came a half inning after they lost a 5-3 lead to the Grizzlies. Erik Hamren allowed a leadoff double to Chris Dominguez in the bottom of the ninth but retired the next three hitters for his second Tucson save.
The Padres scored once in the first on a Matt Clark sacrifice fly and added three more in the third when Clark and Jedd Gyorko hit back-to-back RBI doubles. Fresno cut the lead to 4-2 before the Padres scored another run in the sixth when Brad Penny didn't catch a throw from first baseman Conor Gillaspie, allowing Bryan Altman to score. The Grizzlies scored once in the seventh and twice in the eighth to tie the game before Contreras' double in the ninth put the Padres ahead.
Matt Lollis, 21, worked three innings in his first Triple-A appearance. The big righty threw three innings, giving up three hits and two walks, but allowed only one run. He threw 48 pitches, 29 for strikes, in his longest outing of the year.
The Padres are now 2-4 against Fresno this season. The win snapped a three-game losing streak for Tucson. The Padres had nine hits Sunday and six of them were doubles.
Courtesy of Tim Hagerty, Director of Broadcasting and Media Relations for the Tucson Padres.
San Antonio 5 Midland 1
Key Stats: C Solis 3-4, 2B, 2RBI; CF Fuentes 1-3, BB, 3R, 2SB; LHP Werner 5IP, 3H, 1R (0ER), 2K, 1BB; RHP Roach 3IP, 2H, 0R, 1K, 1BB
The Missions got another strong start from Andrew Werner, an impressive debut from Donn Roach out of the bullpen, and just enough timely offense to roll to a 5-1 over Midland. The victory was the team’s fourth in a row and they’ve now topped the RockHounds in six straight matchups.
Werner, 25, gave up just one unearned run over five innings to claim his first victory in over a month. The lefty tossed seven scoreless frames in his last outing, but came away with a no decision. A non-drafted free agent signed out of the independent leagues, Werner has only 63 strikeouts in 79.2 innings, but he pounds guys low, racking up a 3-to-1 groundout to air out ratio for the Missions.
Roach, promoted to the Missions after an All-Star first half of the season in the Cal League, followed with more of the same, working three clean frames which included six groundouts. The 22-year-old righty, acquired in the Ernesto Frieri trade, has already worked 21 more innings than he did all of last season in Low-A for the Angels, so watch for his innings to be controlled throughout the second half of the season.
San Antonio was the beneficiary of some wild pitching and lax defense by Midland. The club scored in the first when Reymond Fuentes walked, stole second, advanced to third on a wild pitch then came around on a passed ball. In the second, Edinson Rincon, walked, advanced on another passed ball, then scored on the club’s first hit, an Ali Solis single. Overall, San Antonio drew five walks, and were the beneficiaries of four wild pitches, two passed balls and a pair of errors.
Storm 4 Lancaster 3 (14 innings)
Key Stats: 2B McElroy 2-5, 2B, RBI; DH Medica 3-6, 2B, HR; RHP Jackson 6IP, 1H, 0R, 5K, 1BB
Casey McElroy continued his red-hot start for the Storm, knocking a two-out RBI single in the 14th inning to help the Storm walk off with their 11th straight victory over the JetHawks. The 22-year-old infielder is now 10-for-15 with four walks in four games since his promotion from Ft. Wayne, where he had carried only a .237 average.
Matt Jackson turned in his best start of the year, giving up only one hit over six innings. The big righty hadn’t recorded more than four strikeouts in a game since April and had a 10.15 ERA over his previous eight starts. A 31st-round pick, the South Alabama alum showed the ability to get guys out consistently in April.
Tommy Medica put the Storm on the board in the eighth inning with a leadoff homer, his ninth of the year. The right-handed slugger then keyed a 12th inning rally with a one-out RBI double down the left field line after Yefri Carvajal surrendered a pair of runs in the top half. With Medica on second and Justin Miller on third, Rymer Liriano was walked intentionally, but the club could manage just one more run on an Eddy Rodriguez infield single.
Lake County 4 TinCaps 2
Key Stats: SS Peterson 2-4, 3B; 3B Jones 2-4, 2B, RBI
With a three-game series sweep on the line, the Fort Wayne TinCaps came up short Sunday, losing 4-2 against Lake County. TinCaps starter Colin Rea gave up four runs over the first three innings, which proved to be too large a deficit for Fort Wayne to overcome.
Rea (1-4) allowed a single run in the first as Jordan Smith singled home Francisco Lindor. A second-inning homer by designated hitter Alex Lavisky extended the Lake County advantage to 2-0. In the third, Luigi Rodriguez and Patric Tolentino singled home runs, giving the Captains a 4-0 edge. Rea was pulled after three innings, his shortest of eight starts. He surrendered five hits, walked two and struck out one.
Fort Wayne scored in the fifth inning on a Kyle Gaedele RBI single, but couldn’t score again until the ninth, when Duanel Jones connected on a single to plate Mike Gallic.
Dennis O’Grady provided four innings of scoreless relief after Rea’s outing, and James Needy did not allow a run over the last two innings.
Both clubs tallied double-digit hits, but not many extra base hits. Of the 10 Lake County hits, all but Lavisky’s home run were singles. Of the 11 Fort Wayne hits, all but three were singles. Lake County enjoyed success on the basepaths, stealing seven bases in eight tries.
Courtesy of Mike Couzens, Media Director of the Fort Wayne TinCaps
Boise 14 Eugene 11
Key Stats: RF Adams 4-5, 2B, 2HR (3), 5RBI; DH Richardson 3-4, 2B, 3B, Sac; RHP Reyes 2.1IP, 7H, 5ER, 2K, 2B, WP
The Emeralds rallied for six runs in the ninth, but came up short in an offensive shootout with the Hawks. Eighth-rounder Brian Adams continued his impressive professional debut, knocking a double and a pair of homers, including a grand slam in the final frame. The former University of Kentucky wide receiver has six hits in his first seven professional games, and five have gone for extra bases.
Center fielder Alberth Martinez struggled to open the year in Ft. Wayne, but has been solid for the Emeralds, since his demotion. The 21-year-old Venezuelan was one of the stars for the AZL club last season, but hit just .129 in 20 games for Ft. Wayne this spring. His two singles Sunday extended his hitting streak to five games and pushed him to a .361/.439.389 line in the limited Northwest League season so farm. The strong defender also threw out a runner at second base in the contest.
Genison Reyes struggled on the mound, giving up five runs on seven hits, including three homers, in just 2.1 innings. The big 20 year old from the Dominican had worked four hitless frames in relief in his first appearance of the season, but gave up back-to-back blasts in the first inning. He was lifted after a pair of singles, a walk and wild pitch in the third inning.
AZL Padres 10 AZL Reds 8
Key Stats: 1B Luis Tejada 2-4, 2B, 2RBI, BB; DH Daal 3-4, 2B, 3B, 2RBI, SB; RHP Nunn 2IP, 2H, 1ER, 4K, 0BB
The complex league Padres put up an eight run fourth inning and then held on for the win as 18-year-old Dutchman Rodney Daal again lead the offense. The honkballer clubbed a double and triple, collecting a pair of RBIs along the way.
Starter Uber Paz worked four solid innings, yielding one earned run on four hits and a walk. The 21-year-old Nicaraguan had previously made a spot appearance for the Storm earlier in the season, then opened with Eugene while the club waited to get several draftees signed. A tall righty, Paz made his stateside debut for Arizona last summer.