Key Statistics: 3B Gyorko 3-5, 2B, HR (16) RBI; C Gale 2-4 2 RBIs; DH Belnome 0-1, 3 BBs; 1B Clark 1-5 HR (18) RBI; RHP Palmer 6.0 IP 0R 0ER BB K.
SACRAMENTO --The Tucson Padres pitched their third shutout of 2012 on Friday, beating Sacramento at Raley Field, 6-0. Matt Palmer pitched six shutout innings and only allowed two hits in the win. Brad Boxberger, Cory Burns and Erik Hamren tossed a scoreless inning each out of the Tucson bullpen, which now has nine consecutive appearances without allowing a run.
Sacramento starter Brad Peacock was perfect through four innings, striking out seven batters in that span. Matt Clark led off the fifth with a long home run over the bullpen in right field, his third consecutive game with a homer. Rocky Gale hit a two-run double later in the inning. Jedd Gyorko hit a ball over the left field wall in the sixth, his 16th Triple-A home run of 2012. The Padres scored two insurance runs in the ninth when Sacramento reliever Pedro Figueroa threw a ball down the right field line trying to nab Andy Parrino at first base.
The Padres have now won three of the five games at Raley Field this season. Gyorko ended up 3-for-5, falling a triple shy of the cycle.
Courtesy of Tim Hagerty, Director of Broadcasting and Media Relations for the Tucson Padres.
Midland Rockhounds 1 – Missions 0 (12 innings)
Key Statistics: LF Rincon 2-3; C Hagerty 2-3, 2 BBs; LHP Werner 6.0 IP 4H 0R 0ER 7Ks; RHP Lazzaroni (L) 1.0 IP 2H 1R 1ER.
SAN ANTONIO – The Midland RockHounds defeated the Missions 1-0 in 12 innings in The Opening game of San Antonio's home stand Friday night at Wolff Stadium.
Each team had their chances to score early. The Missions loaded the bases with no outs in the second but Jake Blackwood struck out and Rymer Liriano grounded into an inning ending double play to end the threat. In the top of the fifth Midland also had the bags full but with two outs but RockHounds second baseman Tyler Ladendorf was called out on strikes to stop their rally.
Dean Anna singled to start San Antonio's half of the inning and advanced as far as third base but Rymer Liriano struck out to the end the game.
Missions' starter Andrew Werner, who retired the first 11 batters he faced, went six innings, allowed four hits, no runs, walked none and struck out seven.
The second game of the series is tomorrow night with the first pitch scheduled for 7:05 p.m. as Murphy Smith (5-6, 4.42 ERA) will start for the RockHounds and will be opposed by fellow righty Josh Geer (4-2, 4.41 ERA).
Coursey of Jim White, Director of Public Relations for the San Antonio Missions
Storm 6 – Modesto Nuts 5 (12 innings)
Key Statistics : CF Noel 2-6 RBI, BB, SB(68); RF Tate 2-3, 3BBs; 3B Miller 3-6 3 RBIs, 2B, HR(10); 2B McElroy 3-6, 2 RBIs, 2B; 1B Wing 2-6; LF Williams 2-5, 2B, BB; SS Bisson 2-2, 2B, 3B; RHP Pope 6.1 IP 5 H 3R 2ER BB 3K; RHP Franklin (W) 2.0IP 2H 2BB.
LAKE ELSINORE — Coming off the bench in the in the bottom of the eighth after looking to have a day off Chris Bisson became the game changer after the game headed to extra innings. In the bottom of the third Bisson led off with a hit that split the outfielders in left center with a stand up triple. Bisson would easily score the winning run off a walk-off hit by Rico Noel to left for the 6-5 win for the Storm.
The Storm are now 6-3 in extra inning games while the Modesto Nuts leads the league with a 9-4 record in extra inning games.
With Rafael Ortega hitting a leadoff double, stealing second and scoring a run in the first and a pair of doubles by Justin Miller and Casey McElroy scoring two the first ended with a 2-1 advantage for the Storm.
After allowing one run in the first Storm starter Mark Pope settled down pitching five scoreless innings.
The Storm collected another run in the fifth When Justin Miller hit a single to right field driving in Noel who picked up his 68th stolen base for the Storm.
Miller went 3-for-6 on the night, scoring three runs, picking up three RBI including a home run in the seventh. Miller is now batting .350 with 10 home runs and 51 RBI in just 55 games for the Storm.
Modesto was able to claim the lead in the eighth when Ortega hit a two-run home run over the right field wall. The tied the game in the top of the seventh when Dallas Tarleton scored on a throwing error.
Going into the bottom of the ninth the Storm was down 5-4 when Justin Miller stole third and would alter score on an RBI single to center hit by McElroy to tie the game at 5-5.
Three scoreless innings set up for the walk-off hit by Noel and the win for the Storm.
The Storm advances their record to 19-10 in the second half and an overall record of 55-44 so far this season.
Courtesy of Eric Theiss, Assistant Director of Media Relations for the Lake Elsinore Storm
TinCaps 6 – Cedar Rapids Kernels 3
Key Statistics: CF Jankowski 2-4, RBI, BB; SS Peterson 2-4, BB; 2B Stubblefield 2-3; RHP Rea (W) 6.0 IP 3H 2R 1ER 2BBs K.
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – The Fort Wayne TinCaps defeated the Cedar Rapids Kernels Friday by a 6-3 final, earning their first series sweep of the season and winning for the fourth straight game. Iowa native Colin Rea picked up his third win of the season, firing six innings and allowing just one earned run. Kyle Gaedele contributed his second straight multi-RBI night.
Fort Wayne (16-11, 47-50) scored twice in the first inning against Kernels starter Austin Wood (5-9). Travis Jankowski walked on five pitches to begin the game, and Jace Peterson then bunted his way aboard. Travis Whitmore singled home Jankowski, and a Duanel Jones sacrifice fly scored Peterson, giving the TinCaps a 2-0 advantage before Cedar Rapids (8-19, 40-57) came to the plate. Fort Wayne went ahead 3-0 in the second inning after a Lee Orr leadoff double and an RBI groundout from Matt Colantonio.
Rea (3-6) allowed single runs in both the second and third innings, as the Kernels' Gary Mitchell and Kevin Moesquit knocked in runs. Only one of the runs was earned, as Moesquit's RBI followed an error on Fort Wayne's Tyler Stubblefield. Rea worked six innings for the first time since June 14th, surrendering three hits, walking two and striking out one.
The game remained 3-2 in favor of Fort Wayne until the ninth. Kernels reliever Ty Kelley, who had allowed just two runs since May 30th, came out of the bullpen and retired Orr to begin the inning. He then allowed hits to four of the next five batters, and after the flurry of hits three more runs had scored. Gaedele pitched in a two-run double and Jankowski an RBI single to extend the advantage.
In the bottom of the ninth, TinCaps closer Matt Stites allowed one unearned run, but struck out two batters.
The TinCaps have now won four consecutive games for the third time this season, and for the first time since May 20-24th. Friday's victory also marks the first sweep of the season, home or road, for the TinCaps and the first three-game road sweep since August 13-15, 2011, against the Lansing Lugnuts.
Courtesy of Mike Couzens, Media Director of the Fort Wayne TinCaps
Emeralds 7 Boise Hawks 2
Key Statistics: 3B Burke 1-2 RBI, BB, 3B; CF Martiniez 1-3, 2 RBIs; LF Baltz 0-2 2BBs; 1B Kallunki 0-1, 2BBs; RHP Hancock 6.0 IP 2H R ER BB 5Ks; LHP Picca (BS)(W) 1.0 IP 2H R BB.
Justin Hancock struggled with the Fort Wayne TinCaps early in the year but has been one of Eugene's better pitchers this season threw a gem on Friday night despite getting a no-decision.
Alberth Martiniez's sacrifice bunt in the seventh inning broke a 2-2 tie in the seventh inning and a wild throw caused another run to come in to make it 4-2. Although the Emeralds managed only four hits for the game they took advantage of four Boise errors to give them three unearned runs.
AZL Reds 12 – AZL Padres 6
Key Statistics: CF Moreno 2-5, RBI; 2B Goree 2-5; LF J. Decker 1-3, 2RBIs, BB; 1B Tejada 3-5; DH Brito 2-4, RBI; RHP Weickel (L) 1.2 IP 5H 6R 3ER BB K.