Tucson had the day off
San Antonio Missions 6 – Frisco RoughRiders 5 (11)
Key Stats: Hayden Beard 6 IP,6 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 2 K; Nate Freiman 2-5, 2 2B, 2 RBI; Ali Solis 2-4, HR (2), RBI; Valdez 2-6, RS, RBI, 2B, SB (2)
Ali Solis hit a go ahead home run in the ninth inning to give the Missions a 5-4 lead. Miles Mikolas came on to nail down the save, but instead was met with heartache as a two out walk and a double by Brad Hawpe, yes that Brad Hawpe is now in AA Texas League, tied the game at five.
In the eleventh inning, Jeudy Valdez would play hero as he would single home Dean Anna to once again give the Missions a one run lead. Erik Hamren came in and pitched a scoreless bottom half to get the win.
Lake Elsinore Storm 5 – Inland Empire 66ers 0
Key Stats: Matt Andriese 7 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K (W, 2-0); Rico Noel 2-5, 2B, RBI, SB (12); Rymer Liriano 1-4, HR (2), SB (2); Michael Wing 3-4, 2 2B, RS, 2 RBI
San Bernadino, CA The Storm remain streaking as the shutout the Inland Empire 66ers 5-0. Michael Wing continued to increase his batting average going 3-for-4 on the night including two doubles.
The fourth innings is where the Storm broke to scoreless game. Luis Domoromo led off with a single to right and stole second to get into scoring position. Domoromo would score off Powers’ double to left field. After Everett Williams walked, Wing hit a double of his own scoring both runners to give the Storm a 3-0 lead.
The Storm would strike again in the fifth when Rymer Liriano hit his second home run of the season over the 410 ft. center field wall.
The Storm would score their fifth and final run in the seventh as Wing hit his second double of the night. Chris Bisson and Rico Noel would hit back-to-back singles allowing Wing to score.
It was the pitching staff that made the difference in the game holding the Sixers at bay.
Starter Matt Andriese went seven innings striking out five in his second win of the season. Dennis O’Grady and Kevin Quackenbush came in relief each striking out one in the inning they pitched holding the home team to no runs, no errors, and only three hits in the shutout.
Lay Batista went six innings for Inland Empire giving up four runs while striking out four in the loss.
The Storm have now won seven straight and are 12-8, only a half a game back from High Desert who is leading the South Division.
Courtesy of Eric Theiss, Assistant Director of Media Relations for the Lake Elsinore Storm.
Burlington Bees 3 –Fort Wayne Tin Caps 1
Key Stats: Cody Hebner 5 IP, 2 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 7 K; Jace Peterson 2-4, 3B, 2 SB (7); Duanel Jones 1-4, 2B, RBI; Donavan Tate 0-4, 3 K (BA .183)
Fort Wayne, IND. Sean Murphy’s career-high 13 strikeouts limited the Fort Wayne offense to just one run on Wednesday night, as the Burlington Bees downed the TinCaps 3-1. Murphy recorded eight of the first nine outs via the strikeout, and allowed four hits over his outing. All three runs for Burlington were collected with one swing of the bat on a three-run home run from Douglas Landaeta.
Fort Wayne (7-13) starter Cody Hebner (2-1) struck out seven batters in his first start at Parkview Field. The Auburn, WA native took the loss, allowing two hits and walking one. Hebner struck difficulty in the fifth inning, when after striking out the first two batters, he walked Royce Consigli, hit Bobby Crocker with a pitch, and then surrendered the longball to Landaeta. It was Landaeta’s third home run of the season.
Murphy (2-1) retired 12 consecutive batters from the second out of the third inning through the first out of the seventh. His previous career high for strikeouts was six, which he had done three times. Burlington (10-10) then used Ryan Doolittle out of the bullpen for the eighth and ninth innings. The righty surrendered one run in the ninth inning, as Duanel Jones grounded out to provide the lone TinCaps run.
The Fort Wayne offense was 0-10 with runners in scoring position and stranded five men on base. Jace Peterson, who was 2-4, led off the TinCaps’ first with a triple, but was stranded after three consecutive strikeouts. In the third, Peterson singled and stole both second and third, but Murphy struck out three batters in the inning, again thwarting a chance for Fort Wayne to put a run on the board.
Courtesy of Mike Couzens, Media Director of the Fort Wayne TinCaps.