Tucson Padres 0 – New Orleans Zephyrs 2
Key Stats: Tom Layne 5 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 3 K; Alexi Amarista 2-4, SB (3)
New Orleans, LA New Orleans starter Tom Koehler pitched six shutout innings Thursday as the Tucson Padres lost to the New Orleans Zephyrs, 2-0. Dan Jennings pitched the final three innings for the save in a game New Orleans' pitching prohibited the Tucson offense from reaching third base. Tom Layne had a strong start in his second Padres appearance, tossing five innings and allowing just one run.
Chase Lambin hit a two-out, RBI single in the second inning to give the Zephyrs the lead and Bryan Petersen's RBI single added an insurance run in the sixth. .
Tucson's Alexi Amarista was 2-for-4 and now has an 18 game hitting streak. Amarista was the only Padres player with a multi-hit game. The Padres best scoring opportunity came in the sixth when Amarista and Everth Cabrera reached base with none out, but Koehler struck out Yasmani Grandal and got Matt Clark to bounce into a double play, squashing the Tucson chance. Nick Vincent made his 2012 debut Thursday and pitched a scoreless seventh inning, allowing two hits. .
Courtesy of Tim Hagerty, Director of Broadcasting and Media Relations for the Tucson Padres.
Missions were rained out
The game was called with two outs in the bottom of fourth with San Antonio leading 2-1 and
because the game had not gone five innings to make it official, the contest was cancelled
Lake Elsinore Storm 5 – Lancaster Jethawks 1
Key Stats: Carlos Quentin 2-4, RBI; Rico Noel 1-4, 2B, 2 RS, 2 RBI, BB, 2 SB (19); Cory Spangenberg 2-5, 3B, RS; Mark Pope 5 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K
Lancaster, CA – The Storm headed on the road to start a four-game series against the Lancaster JetHawks. The Storm received help from San Diego Padre Carlos Quentin tonight who went 2-for-4 in the night in the 4-1 win.
They grabbed an early lead in the first when Cory Spangenberg, Rymer Liriano, and Quentin each hit singles which allowed Spangenberg to score to go ahead 1-0.
Lancaster answered back in the bottom of the second scoring off an Enrique Hernandez RBI double with one on to tie the game at 1-1.
The teams battled until the tie broke in the fifth. Rico walked to lead of and then stole his 18th stolen base of the season to put a runner in scoring position and would later end on third off a wild pitch.
With one on and one out Liriano singled to left field to regain the lead for the Storm, which would be the eventual game winner 2-1.
The Storm tacked on three insurance runs in the ninth when both Chris Bisson and Rico Noel hit doubles to left and right scoring Eddy Rodriguez, and Noel would pick up his 19th stolen base and score on a wild pitch.
Storm infielders turned four double plays in the game and the pitching staff collected seven strikeouts on the night.
Mark Pope pitched five innings giving up six hits but only one run and struck out three in the win. Jerry Sullivan, Ryan Quigley, and newly acquired Chris Haney collectively struck out four in relief and did not let the JetHawks score.
That is the sixth straight win for the Storm against Lancaster, which put the team back to a 17-17 record, and only a game and a half out of first in the division as High Desert were defeated by the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes 7-6.
The Storm and the JetHawks will play a double header tomorrow at The Hangar beginning at 5 p.m. with the first quarter of the season behind the Cal League teams.
Courtesy of Eric Theiss, Assistant Director of Media Relations for the Lake Elsinore Storm.
South Bend Silver Hawks 3 – Fort Wayne Tin Caps 2
Key Stats: Collin Rea 4 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 0 K; Travis Whitmore 2-4, 3B, RS
FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Ender Inciarte’s RBI single in the eighth inning broke a 2-2 tie that had held since the fifth, and led the South Bend Silver Hawks to a 3-2 victory over the Fort Wayne TinCaps on Thursday night.
South Bend (19-15) scored against Fort Wayne (15-19) starter Colin Rea in the first inning. Rea allowed an infield single to Chris Ellison to begin the game, and Ellison advanced to second on a groundout by Tom Belza. After a wild pitch moved Ellison to third, he scored on a single by Gerson Montilla, making it 1-0 South Bend.
Rea made the start for Fort Wayne in place of scheduled starter Joe Ross, who was scratched from the outing approximately 30 minutes prior to first pitch after experiencing soreness in his right shoulder. It was the first start for Rea since August 31, 2011 as a member of the Eugene Emeralds of the Northwest League.
The TinCaps answered with single runs in the third and fourth innings, as Justin Miller plated Corey Adamson to tie the game at one, and Kyle Gaedele knocked in Travis Whitmore with an RBI groundout, putting Fort Wayne in front 2-1.
Silver Hawks starter John Pedrotty didn’t yield another run over his outing, working six frames and striking out a season-high eight batters. His team’s offense tacked on the tying run in the fifth inning against Fort Wayne’s Robert Eisenbach (0-1). Ryan Court led off the inning with a triple, and came home on a groundout by Inciarte.
In the ninth inning, with Marc Bourgeois at second base, Inciarte struck again delivering the go-ahead run to give South Bend a 3-2 lead. The TinCaps got a ninth inning hit from Adamson, but D.J. Johnson struck out three batters in the frame to record his third save of the season.
The rubber match is scheduled for Friday night at 7:05 PM. The scheduled starters are Matt Wisler for Fort Wayne and Jesse Darrah for South Bend.
NOTE: Fort Wayne shortstop Jace Peterson sustained an injury in a collision with pitcher Colin Rea at the conclusion of the first inning. Peterson was taken from the field on a backboard with the assistance of medical personnel. He was taken to Parkview Regional Medical Center for further evaluation.
Courtesy of Mike Couzens, Media Director of the Fort Wayne TinCaps.