T-Padres 9 - Salt Lake City Bees 8
Key Statistics: CF/SS Cabrera 3-5, 2 SB, RBI; LF Robertson 2-5, 2B, RBI; RF Carroll 3-5, 3B, HR(2), 4 RBIs; 2b Contreras 2-4, BB, RHP Brach (W) 1 IP, H.
TUCSON, AZ: Vince Belnome's game-ending single gave the Padres a win on the night they made their largest comeback in team history. The Padres trailed Salt Lake 8-0 in the sixth inning Saturday and came back to win, 9-8. Tucson scored four in the sixth, four in the eighth and mounted a two-out rally in the ninth to win.
Tucson starter Jeff Suppan allowed five runs in three innings in his 2012 debut. The Bees tacked on single runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings to go ahead by eight runs. Sawyer Carroll's three-run home run punctuated the four-run sixth for Tucson. The Padres sent nine batters to the plate in the four-run eighth, scoring on an RBI triple by Carroll, an RBI single by Rocky Gale, an RBI single by Anthony Contreras and an RBI fielder's choice by Everth Cabrera. With two outs and nobody on base in the ninth, Carroll singled through the right side, stole second base and advanced to third on a throwing error by Hank Conger. He jogged home and scored the winning run when Belnome's single landed in deep center field.
The Padres largest comeback this season before Saturday was three runs. Brad Brach picked up the win after pitching a scoreless top of the ninth inning. Carroll now has five hits in the past two games.
Courtesy of Tim Hagerty, Director of Broadcasting and Media Relations for the Tucson Padres.
Missions 7 - Midland Rockhounds 1
Key Statistics: CF Fuentes 3-4, 2B(2), BB, RBI; 1B Freiman 2-4; J. Decker 1-3 HR(3) 2 RBIs; C Solis 3-4, HR(1), 3 RBIs; LHP Erlin 4 IP 2H,BB, 8Ks; Lollis (W) 2 IP, 3Ks.
SAN ANTONIO, TX: The San Antonio Missions snapped a three-game losing streak with a 7-1 win over the Midland RockHounds Saturday night at Wolff Stadium.
Missions starter Robbie Erlin didn’t factor in the decision since he only went four innings, but he struck out eight and limited the RockHounds to no runs on two hits. The San Antonio bullpen picked up where Erlin left off, allowing just two hits the rest of the way. The lone Midland run scored on a wild pitch in the eighth.
Jaff Decker got the Missions on the board first with a two-run homer in the bottom of the second. For Decker it was his second home run in as many days.
San Antonio used the long ball again in the fifth, this time courtesy of catcher Ali Solis whose solo shot made it 3-0.
The Missions, already up 3-1, padded their lead with four in the bottom of the eighth as nine batters came to the plate.
San Antonio improves to 6-9 on the season and 4-5 at The Wolff.
Courtesy of Jim White, Media Director of the San Antonio Missions.
Storm 4 - Lancaster Jethawks 3
Key Statistics: 2B Spangenburg 2-4, SB(6), RBI; 1B Powers 1-4, HR (1) 2 RBIs; LHP Hardy(W) 6.0 IP, 2H, 2R, 1 ER, BB, 7 Ks; RHP Quakenbush (S) 1.2 IP, 2Ks, 0 R, 0 ER.
LAKE ELSINORE, CA: It only took two and a half hours for the Storm to keep their streak alive as Connor Powers hit the long ball for Lake Elsinore in the 4-3 win over Lancaster.
It wasn’t until the fourth when the game came alive, after both starters Mark Hardy for the Storm and David Martinez for the JetHawks held their opponents to no runs, no hits, and no errors, the JetHawks answered first.
In the top of the inning, Ben Orloff led off reaching base after getting hit by the pitch. With two out and Orloff advancing to third, Hardy sent a wild pitch past newly acquired Storm catcher Robert Kral scoring Orloff to go ahead 1-0.
The Storm did not let their next at bats go to waste as Rico Noel led off with a double that dropped in left field between the right fielder, third baseman and the shortstop to begin the inning. Cory Spangenberg followed that with a single that scooted through the left side putting Storm on first and third with no outs.
Connor Powers only hit of the night would end up being the clinching hit for the Storm as Powers hit a booming three-run home run giving the Storm a 3-1 lead.
Powers ended the night for Martinez who went 3 1/3 innings giving up three hits and struck out five in the loss.
The Storm would respond again in the fifth. Chris Bisson singled through the right side of the infield to advance Kral into scoring position and with one out Spangenberg hit a groundout right back to the pitcher to score Kral for the 4-1 lead.
The JetHawks inched their way back. In the sixth, George Springer tripled down the left field line scoring Orloff who had reached base on an error cutting the Storm lead in half.
In the eighth after Springer walked and with one out, Telvin Nash hit an RBI double to left field to put Lancaster down by only one run.
With Kevin Quackenbush on the mound for the Storm, he forced Adam Bailey to pop out to left field. Ben Heath made prolonged the game singling down the right field line to put the winning run at the plate. Erik Castro came in to pinch hit for the JetHawks but it wasn’t meant to be for Lancaster as shortstop Chris Bisson made a diving play behind second base, flipped it to Spangenberg who tossed it to Powers for the 6-4-3 double play and the 4-3 win for the Storm.
Courtesy of Eric Theiss, Assistant Director of Media Relations for the Lake Elsinore Storm.
TinCaps 7 - Kane County Cougars 2
Key Statistics: SS Peterson 2-5, 2B, RBI; 2b McElroy 2-4, 2B, RBI; LHP Garces 8.0 IP, 4 H, 2R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 Ks.
GENEVA, IL: In the finale of a three-game set, the Fort Wayne TinCaps scored six runs over the first four innings and sailed to a 7-2 win on Saturday afternoon. The win gave Fort Wayne back-to-back victories for the first time in 2012, and it was also the team’s first series victory in five tries. Starter Frank Garces tossed a career-high eight innings for his first win of the year. Jace Peterson, Case McElroy, Kyle Gaedele and Donavan Tate each contributed an RBI for the TinCaps.
Five of the Fort Wayne (6-10) runs scored in the first inning against Kane County’s Jason Mitchell (0-2). With two men on, McElroy knocked home Peterson to make it 1-0. Travis Whitmore was then hit by a pitch, which loaded the bases. Duanel Jones hit a grounder back to the mound, which was fielded by Mitchell. His throw home sailed wide of catcher Edul Escobar, allowing Justin Miller and McElroy to score. Gaedele and Tate both grounded out, but runs scored as those two outs were recorded.
In the fourth, the TinCaps tacked on another run as Peterson scored on a throwing error by Kane County (8-8) third baseman Michael Antonio. The seventh Fort Wayne run crossed the plate on a Peterson double in the ninth.
The two Cougars runs scored on a two-run double by Kane County shortstop Orlando Calixte in the eighth against Garces (1-1). Johnny Barbato pitched a perfect ninth for Fort Wayne. The eight innings of work for Garces were not only a career high, but also the most that a TinCaps starter has thrown this season.
Courtesy of Mike Couzens, Media Director of the Fort Wayne TinCaps.