Three Tucson Padres pitchers combined to shut out the Fresno Grizzlies Tuesday in a 6-0 win at Chukchansi Park. The Padres pitching staff has not allowed a run in 24 of its last 25 innings.
Vince Belnome put the Padres on the scoreboard in the second inning with a RBI double. The hit was the first of three on the night for Belnome. Jedd Gyorko hit a two-run home run in the top of the fourth to increase Tucson's lead to 3-0. The home run was his third in the past three games. The next batter, Jesus Merchan, blasted a solo shot out to left field. It marked the fourth set of back-to-back home runs the Padres have hit in 2012.
Grizzlies outfielder Francisco Peguero singled to left field in the sixth inning to extend his hitting streak to 22 games. It is the longest Fresno hitting streak since Jesus Guzman's 29-game hitting streak in 2009. Tucson added two more runs in the top of the eighth when Blake Tekotte hit his seventh home run of the year. Jason Ray closed out the ninth to secure the victory.
Kip Wells picked up his second win for Tucson in relief of Andrew Cashner, who threw two innings in an injury rehab start. Jason Stevenson lost his seventh game for the Grizzlies, allowing seven hits and four runs. The Padres took the five-game series from Fresno 3-2 and the season series 9-7.
Courtesy of Tim, Media Director for the Tucson Padres
San Antonio – The Frisco RoughRiders used a four-run seventh inning to earn a 5-3 come from behind victory over the Missions in San Antonio's home stand opener Tuesday night at Wolff Stadium. It was the Missions seventh straight loss, longest of the season.
Reymond Fuentes got San Antonio going by clubbing the first pitch he saw in the bottom of the first over the wall in right for a quick 1-0 lead. Frisco responded in the top of the third as Ryan Strausborger also hit a solo shot to right to tie things up.
With Anna on second and Cody Decker on first, Frisco's catcher Jose Felix threw wide of first on an attempted pick-off. The ball went into right field and that allowed Anna to race home with the go-ahead run in the fourth. Anna again ignited the Missions offense two innings later with a solo homer of his own that gave his team a two-run cushion.
San Antonio starter Casey Kelly was cruising until the seventh when he was lifted for a reliever with runners on first and second and clinging to a 3-2 lead. Reliever Michael Broadway surrendered a single to Felix to load the bases and Engel Beltre followed with a double to plate two and give the ‘Riders a lead they would not surrender. Felix would then score Frisco's fifth run on a passed ball. Frisco would complete their scoring on a Felix home run in the ninth.
Kelly, making his third rehab start, struck out seven and was charged with four earned runs in his six and two-thirds innings of work. The second game of the series is tomorrow night with the first pitch scheduled at 7:05 p.m. Barret Loux (14-1, 3.38 ERA) the Texas League leader in wins, gets the start for Frisco while fellow right-hander Josh Geer (5-5, 4.44 ERA) takes the hill for the Missions.
Courtesy of Jim White, Media Director for the San Antonio Missions
High Desert 6 – Lake Elsinore Storm 4
Courtesy of Eric Theiss, Media Director for the Lake Elsinore Storm
FORT WAYNE, Ind.- The Fort Wayne TinCaps lost, 6-3, to the Dayton Dragons on Tuesday night at Parkview Field, dropping three out of four to the last place team in the Eastern Division. Fort Wayne was outscored 22-10 over the course of the series.
Dayton (25-30, 55-70) scored four runs over the first three innings against Fort Wayne (32-25, 63-64) starter Colin Rea (5-8). Rea was knocked out of the ballgame after 2 2/3 innings, allowing four runs, three earned, while walking one and striking out two.
Fort Wayne cut into the Dayton lead in the sixth inning. Mike Gallic reached on a fielder's choice, and moved to second on a single by Whitmore. Dragons reliever Wes Mugarian (3-3) then gave up a double to Lee Orr, scoring Gallic, and moving Whitmore to third. Mugarian threw a wild pitch to Austin Hedges, allowing Whitmore to score. Orr came around third base on the wild pitch, and was thrown out at the plate by Dayton first baseman Nick O'Shea.
With one out in the bottom of the ninth, Fort Wayne's Austin Hedges singled. He moved to second on a wild pitch, and scored on a single by Kyle Gaedele. Travis Jankowski followed with a single to bring the tying run to the plate, but Tyler Stubblefield popped out to end the game.
The TinCaps start a seven game road trip Wednesday night against the West Michigan Whitecaps at Fifth Third Ballpark. Ruben Mejia is scheduled to start for Fort Wayne with Marcelo Carreno getting the call for West Michigan. First pitch is scheduled for 7:00.
Courtesy of Mike Couzens, Media Director of the Fort Wayne TinCaps. Everett Aquasox 5 – Eugene Ems 7
Eugene Ems stays 1 game back in the playoff race as they win 7-5. Ems jump out early with a run in the first and a 3 run HR by Cabrera in the 2nd to give the Ems a big time 4-0 lead. Ems would continue to add on, and then put the game away in the 8th with a 2 run HR by Quntana to make the score 7-3. Everett would score 2 in the bottom of the 9th, but Madrid came in and slammed the door shut.
No game for the AZL boys