MadFriars' Farm Report: April 7

Organization Summary: Despite all four teams losing some dazzling performances by Tucson's Dan Robertson and Lake Elsinore's Cory Spangenberg. A real tough debut by pitcher Joe Ross in Fort Wayne and despite the loss its great to see Josh Geer healthy and back playing baseball.

Fresno Grizzlies 11 - T-Padres 4

Key Statistics: LF Dan Robertson 3-4, (2)2B; CF Blake Tekotte 2-5, 3B; 2b Anthony Contreras 2-4, HR; SS Everth Cabrera 2-5; C Yasmani Grandal 1-3, 2 BB, 2 PB; RHP Josh Geer 4.0 IP, 5 H, 4R, 3R 2 BBs and 2Ks

TUCSON, AZ: Fresno scored five runs in the fifth inning Saturday, carrying the Grizzlies to an 11-4 win over the Tucson Padres at Kino Stadium. Tucson reliever Eddie Kunz was victimized in the rally, allowing five consecutive hits at one point. Kunz entered the game with the Padres trailing by only one run and surrendered five runs in two-thirds of an inning.

  Tucson starter Josh Geer made his first start of the season and allowed three earned runs in four innings. Geer made just two starts for the 2011 Tucson Padres before leaving the club for medical treatments for Stage III Melanoma.

  Daniel Robertson had the strongest offensive night for Tucson, pounding two doubles in a 3-for-4 night. Anthony Contreras hit a two-run home run onto the grass berm in right field and rounded the bases after the first T-Pads home run of the season. Newcomer Brian Tallet allowed one run and struck out four in two innings for his Padres organizational debut Saturday. Tallet was acquired in a trade with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Courtesy of Tim Hagerty, Director of Broadcasting and Media Relations for the Tucson Padres.

Tulsa Drillers 1 - Missions 0

Key Statistics: 1B Cody Decker 2-4; LHP Andrew Werner 5 IP, 3 H, 3 K's, 0 BBs and 0 ER

SAN ANTONIO, TX: The San Antonio Missions are now 1-2 on the season after being shutout by the Tulsa Drillers in the finale of a three-game series.

Missions starter Andrew Werner, making his Double-A debut, gave up just three hits and no runs in five innings while striking out three. His counterpart, Parker Frazier, was equally as effective, tossing six shutout innings with five strikeouts and two walks.

Each bullpen kept the other offenses scoreless until Tulsa right-fielder Kent Matthes scored on an RBI double by pinch-hitter Ben Paulsen. Matthes had reached on an error by San Antonio second baseman Dean Anna to begin the inning.

Drillers closer Josh Sullivan retired the Missions in order in the bottom of the ninth to preserve the win.

San Antonio's best opportunity to score came in the bottom of the opening inning. First baseman Cody Decker singled to left field but Jaff Decker was thrown out at the plate as he tried to score from second.

Courtesy of Jim White, Media Director of the San Antonio Missions.

Stockton Ports 7 - Storm 2

Key Statistics: 2B Cory Spangenberg 2-2, 3B, BB, SF, RBI and 1 Run; CF Rico Noel 2-3, SB; RHP Burch Smith 4.1 IP, 9 H, 5 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BBs and 7 Ks

LAKE ELSINORE, CA: In game three against Stockton, the Storm fell behind in the first and were unable to recover as the Ports took the series lead with a 7-2 win.

Again tonight Michael Gilmartin had the hot bat with a single to start the two run rally for the Ports. Later in the inning Miles Head tripled to center that scored Gilmartin and Petey Paramore singled to score Head giving Stockton the 2-0 lead.

The Storm answered back with a lead off triple by second basemen Cory Spangenberg. A well fought at bat turned into a walk for Everett Williams and Rymer Liriano picked up an RBI single to cut the lead in half down 2-1.

Storm starter Burch Smith cruised through the next two innings allowing a combined no runs, two hits, zero errors, and one man left on base.

In the top of the fifth to Ports put together a slew of runs to further their lead. Eliezer Mesa led off with a bunt single and stole second and third to put a man in scoring positing. Mesa's quick base running was not needed as Gilmartin and Josh Whitaker hit back-to-back home runs to give Stockton a 5-1 lead.

Lake Elsinore picked up one more run in the seventh off a Spangenberg sacrifice fly to left field to score Bryan Altman, but the Storm were unable to produce a rally.

The Ports tacked on two more runs off a wild pitch in the eighth and a sacrifice fly in the ninth to put the game out of reach and give Stockton a 2-1 lead in the four game series.

Stockton pitcher T.J. Walz went 6 1/3 innings and had seven strikeouts and allowed five hits and two runs. Smith went 4 1/3 innings allowing nine hits, five runs and recorded three strikeouts.

Courtesy of Eric Theiss, Assistant Director of Media Relations for the Lake Elsinore Storm

Lake County Captains 9 - TinCaps 1

Key Statistics: RHP Joe Ross 1.1 IP, 7 H, 7 R, 6 ER, 3 BBs and 1 K; RHP Michael Kelly 3 IP 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 BBs and 1 K; SS Jace Peterson 1-3, 2B, BB; 1B Jose Dore 3-4; C Matt Colantonio 1-2, 3b, BB

FORT WAYNE, IN: A seven-run flurry in the first two innings of Saturday night's game at Parkview Field helped the Lake County Captains to a 9-1 win over the Fort Wayne TinCaps. Leonardo Castillo, Alex Lavisky, and Bryson Myles all knocked in two runs each, and Will Roberts (1-0) pitched six innings of one-run baseball to pick up his first win of the year for Lake County (2-1).

TinCaps starter Joe Ross (0-1), a first round pick by the Padres in 2011, made his debut in the Summit City, but did not last through the second inning. Ross faced nine batters in the first inning, and four of them came across to score. In the second, Ross faced five batters before he was removed from the game in favor of reliever Luis De La Cruz.

  Four of the first five batters in the second inning reached base against Ross, and three of them would score. Ross allowed the first two runs to come around, and De La Cruz retired Bryson Miles on a sacrifice fly, which plated the seventh run of the game for Lake County.

The lone Fort Wayne (1-2) run was scored in the first inning. Shortstop Jace Peterson, who entered the game with hits in five of his first eight at bats, doubled to left to start the frame. The next batter was Donavan Tate, who singled Peterson home. The TinCaps pieced together five hits over the remaining eight innings of the ballgame. Jose Dore had three hits in four at bats.

Lake County's Roberts, who tossed a perfect game just over a year ago at the University of Virginia, retired eight consecutive Fort Wayne batters from the end of the second inning through the first out of the fifth. Roberts was followed by Jordan Cooper and Kyle Petter, who combined for three innings of scoreless relief out of the Captains bullpen.

The Fort Wayne relief corps worked seven and two-thirds innings on Saturday night. Following De La Cruz was Michael Kelly, who made his professional debut. The righty , selected in the supplemental first round of the 2011 draft out of West Boca Raton High School in Florida, tossed three innings, surrendering one earned run and allowing five hits. Colin Rea worked two innings, striking out four, and Daniel Sarria made his first appearance of the season, working a scoreless ninth.

Courtesy of Mike Couzens, Media Director of the Fort Wayne TinCaps.

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