With the Lake Elsinore Storm and Fort Wayne Tin Caps still on their leagues' All Star breaks, the Padres had only three affiliates in action last night. I managed to stay awake long enough to catch the end of the Missions' game but fell asleep in the middle of an episode of Golden Girls before Eugene and Tucson's games were in the book. So, like any good intern, I promptly checked on the final scores and started typing away as soon as I woke up. That and I turned on some Matlock because, as I'm sure you've already started to suspect, I'm an eighty year old woman. Anyway, let's take a look at what the whippersnappers did on other people's lawns:
Eugene Emeralds 7 @ Boise Hawks 4: The Ems took an early lead by manufacturing one run in both the 2nd and 3rd innings; Boise bridged the gap with one in the bottom of the 4th. Eugene put up another run in the top of the 6th to extend their lead to 3-1 but the Hawks got two of their own in the bottom to tie it up. Boise reliever Amaury Paulino got the first two Emeralds out in the 7th but walked Jeremy Baltz and Clark Murphy on his way out the door. Pete Levitt was brought in and promptly poured gas on the fire by allowing singles to Alberth Martinez, Corey Adamson and Chris Burke as the Ems took a 6-3 lead. Each team would tack on another late run; Boise in the bottom of the 8th and Eugene in the top of the 9th. Matthew Chabot was summoned to shut the door and earned his first save of the season with a scoreless bottom of the 9th.
San Antonio Missions 1 v. Corpus Christi Hawks 2: The Mish put up a good fight but ultimately lost in the 12th inning for the second night in a row. San Antonio brought first blood in the 3rd on a Jake Blackwood home run, his fourth of the season. The Hooks broke through against Missions starter Hayden Beard in the 5th and then both teams swapped zeros for the next six innings. San Antonio threatened in the 9th and 11th, getting two runners on with one out in both instances. Corpus Christi took their first lead of the game in the top of the 12th on a single, sac bunt and another single. The Missions couldn't respond in their half and the rest, as some say they say, was history.
Tucson Padres 7 v. Las Vegas 51s 5: Down 1-0 in the 2nd, the TuPads exploded for five runs on singles by Matt Clark, Yasmani Grandal, Sawyer Carroll, Brad Davis and Blake Tekotte, a double by Anthony Contreras and an RBI groundout by Daniel Robertson. The 51s put up three runs in the 3rd and another in the 4th to tie it up. The game would remain tied until the bottom of the 6th. Clint Everts came in for Las Vegas and did his best Oprah impression. "A single for you! And YOU! And YOU!" Instead of being rewarded with his own network, he was handed the L as Tucson scored the decisive and final runs of the game. Jason Ray, Miles Mikolas and Erik Hamren each pitched a hitless inning for the TuPads to shut the door.