All but two of the runs in Friday's game at Kino Stadium came after the fifth inning, as Sacramento beat the Tucson Padres, 7-6. Starters Tim Stauffer and Brad Peacock allowed just one run each and the game was tied 1-1 at the end of five innings. Sacramento scored six runs, all earned, against Tucson reliever Bear Bay, who was signed earlier in the week by San Diego and assigned to Tucson. James Darnell hit a three-run home run in the seventh for the Padres and Everth Cabrera brought home Anthony Contreras on a ground ball in the eighth, but Tucson's comeback attempt fell one run short.
San Diego Padres outfielder Carlos Quentin went 1-for-3 with a hit by pitch in his third injury rehab game with Tucson. Quentin is now 4-for-8 with a home run and three RBIs with the T-Pads. He is expected to play in the first game of Saturday's doubleheader as he works his way back after right knee surgery in March. Stauffer threw 70 pitches, 50 for strikes, in his first start with Tucson.
Yasmani Grandal was 3-for-4 with a walk for the Padres in the loss and Darnell went 2-for-5 with three RBIs. Sawyer Carroll curled his fourth home run of the season inside the right field pole in the seventh inning. The Padres have now lost two consecutive games and have an 8-20 record.
Courtesy of Tim Hagerty, Director of Broadcasting and Media Relations for the Tucson Padres.
Frisco 9 San Antonio 3
Key Statistics: 3B Rincon 2-3, 2B, RBI, 3E; DH Freiman 2-4, 2B, R
Porous defense and poor execution with runners in scoring position torpedoed the Missions on Friday as the club fell to the cellar of the Texas League by themselves Friday night.
As has often been the case in his career, while Edinson Rincon's bat gave the club a lead, his glove and arm were part of their undoing as well. Having started the year cold at the plate, Rincon had his third multi-hit contest of the week, including just his third extra-base hit of the year. But now that he's stationed back at third base, his defense is once again getting exposed. Among his three errors on the night, the most costly came immediately after Jedd Gyorko booted a grounder at second.
Nate Freiman just keeps hitting. The big righty had a single and double out of the DH slot, keeping his OPS over 1.000 for the season.
Righty Ruben Mejia mad his full-season debut in mop-up after things got out of hand in the ninth inning, striking out the two batters he faced. The 20 year old Dominican had three appearances in Peoria and Eugene after coming stateside late last year. Over three seasons in the DSL, Mejia had 78 strikeouts in 87.1 innings.
Rancho Cucamonga 7 Lake Elsinore 5
Key Statistics: 1B Powers 3-4, 2B, R; RHP Smith 5IP 3H, 1ER, 2K, 0BB
The Storm put up a five-spot in the fifth inning, but couldn't make it hold up as the club dropped their second straight decision 7-5.
Starter Burch Smith picked up where he left off in his stellar last performance, making it through the Quakes lineup the first time through without allowing a hit or walk. In the fourth, a Connor Powers error put a runner on, and with two outs Smith gave up a homer to lefty cleanup hitter Austin Gallagher. After being spotted the lead, Smith yielded another homer and a single before getting through the fifth. Through 32 innings, the 22-year-old righty has struck out 35 while issuing only five walks. He's given up just three earned runs over 18.1 innings in his last three starts.
Rymer Liriano had a two-out, two-run single in the middle of the Storm's outburst, then came around to score the final run on a Michael Wing triple. After spending a few days on the bench to regroup earlier this week, the right fielder is 4-for-8 with a pair of stolen bases and five RBIs in his last two contests.
TinCaps 3 White caps 2
Key Statistics: C Hedges 2-4, R, SF, RBI; RHP Ross, 6IP 7H, 2ER, 7K, 1BB; LF Gallic 2-5, 2SB
An Austin Hedges sacrifice fly in the top of the 12th pushed the winning run across for Fort Wayne, which overcame a brutal missed call by the umpiring crew to claim victory.
Hedges continues to play against type, showing a strong bat while his heralded defense struggles. The 19-year-old catcher was 2-4 and scored the TinCaps' first run of the night, pushing his line to .309/.371/.509. However, behind the plate, the big-time bonus baby has had many challenges, including his fifth passed ball of the season and two more stolen bases allowed on Friday night
Starter Joe Ross turned in another strong showing, giving up two runs on seven hits over six innings. The first-rounder struck out seven with only one walk allowed in his longest professional appearance. Ross was charged with a home run in the sixth inning when the umpiring crew failed to notice – both on the initial ruling and after huddling to try to get it right – that a fly ball from Chad Wright bounced over the wall.
Matt Stites picked up the inning with three perfect innings of relief. The righty from Missouri has now given up only three hits over 11 innings of work for the TinCaps, striking out 18 without issuing a walk.