MadFriars' Farm Report April 17

Tin Caps snap their four game skid, and Lake Elsinore throws back to back shutouts. On the other end of the spectrum the Missions' pen falls apart blowing a solid start by Keyvius Sampson. Tucson did as well in Colorado as the Padres did this evening...

Tucson Padres 1 – Colorado Springs Sky Sox 8

Key Stats: Josh Geer 5 IP,8 H, 7 R, 6 ER, 2 BB, 5 K; James Needy 1 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 0 K; Everth 2-4, RS

Colorado Springs, Co- The Tucson Padres made two errors in the first inning of Tuesday's game, helping Colorado Springs score five times in the first frame. Despite nine hits and a walk, the Padres were never able to catch up and lost, 8-1. The Sky Sox sent nine batters to the plate in the first, including Tommy Field, who clubbed a three-run home run in the rally.

Colorado Springs starter Guillermo Moscoso struck out ten Padres on his way to the win. Moscoso also beat the Tucson Padres last season as a member of the Sacramento River Cats. The Padres lone run came on an RBI groundout by James Darnell in the third inning. Adam Ottavino and former San Diego Padre Mike Ekstrom held the Padres scoreless in the late innings to close the game.

Cory Burns pitched two flawless innings for Tucson, striking out three and getting three ground ball outs without allowing a baserunner. Reliever James Needy allowed one run in the eighth inning for Tucson, appearing in his first game above short-season Eugene. Blake Tekotte batted third for the first time this season and went 1-for-4, extending his hitting streak to 11 games.

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

Northwest Arkansas Naturals 9 - Missions 8

Key Stats: Keyvius Sampson 5.1 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 3 K; Jaff Decker 1-3, RS SB (2), 2 BB; Reymond Fuentes 2-5, 3B, 2 SB (3), RBI; Nate Freiman 2-5, HR (5), 2 RS, 3 RBI.

After five innings the game was a laugher. The Missions were ahead 5-0 and Keyvius Sampson had allowed all of one hit. Nate Freiman had clubbed a three-run home in the top of the fifth inning and the Missions were ready to go into their off day with a two game winning streak. And then the bottom of the 6th happened….

Sampson went back out for the sixth inning and proceeded to walk the first batter. After a flyout, Sampson would give up back to back singles,one of the infield variety, plating the first Naturals run. That would be the night for Sampson as he was replaced by Jason Ray, who pulled the ole' Andrew Cashner and walked three straight batters,platting both of Sampson's inherited runners.

Former Padre Erik Hamren then came in and gave up and a two RBI single and a wild pitch before finally stopping the bleeding. By that time the Missions were already in a hole.

The Missions would then reclaim the lead in the seventh inning thanks to an error, but they would give it back up in the bottom of the eighth.

While Matt Lollis was tagged with the loss he only faced two batters, a walk and a strikeout.Dustin Pease managed to give up all inherited runners leading to the blown save and the loss.

Lake Elsinore Storm 2 – Stockton Ports 0

Key Stats: Matt Jackson 6 IP, 7 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 8 K; Luis Domoromo 1-4, HR (2), RBI, Bryan Altman 1-3, HR (1), RBI (4 hits, 0 BB total for the Storm)

Stockton, CA The Storm have put together a streak as they continued their road-winning streak to three games. Led by starter Matt Jackson, the Storm captured a 2-0 victory over the Ports. In a game of pitching, there was not much room for error as either team could muster up a run in the first two innings. Going into the top of the third, the Ports looked to have some momentum their way collecting three hits thus far but came away with no runs. The Storm had yet to reach base until Bryan Altman stepped up with two outs.

Altman's shot travelled to left center and kept on going right over the fence picking up his first home run in the Cal League giving the Storm a 1-0 lead.

That would be the only mistake for Stockton pitcher Ian Krol who impressively went six innings striking out six Storm in the loss.

In the seventh again with two down the Storm prospered. This time it was Luis Domoromo who captured his second homerun of the season that went over the right field fence and would be enough for the visitors.

In the bottom of the ninth, the Ports had the bases loaded but Storm closer Kevin Quackenbush kept his composure and closed out the game in success.

Storm starter Matt Jackson picked up his second win for Lake Elsinore. He struck out eight and did not allow an error in six innings pitch. Jackson currently holds a 1.59 ERA.

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

Dayton Dragons 1 – Fort Wayne Tin Caps 4

Key Stats: Adys Portillo 4.2 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 9 K; Justin Miller 3-4, 2B, 3B, RBI; Zach Komentani 1-4 HR (1), 3 RBI

Fort Wayne, Ind. Zach Kometani's three-run home run Tuesday night lifted the Fort Wayne TinCaps to a 4-1 win over the Dayton Dragons. Justin Miller also provided an RBI double, as the TinCaps erased a four-game losing streak. Adys Portillo pitched four and two thirds innings, striking out a career-high nine batters, holding Dayton to no runs and just four hits during his outing.

The Fort Wayne (4-8) relief core of Luis De La Cruz (1-1), Colin Rea, and Matt Stites worked three and one third innings to secure the victory. Stites, working the ninth, struck out two batters and recorded his first save of the year.

The ballgame was scoreless through the first three innings and in the bottom of the fourth against Dayton's Radhames Quezada (0-1), Fort Wayne's Travis Whitmore led off with a double. Duanel Jones then walked, which set up Kometani's first home run of the year. The fourth Fort Wayne run came across on Miller's RBI double in the fifth inning, to push the lead to 4-0. Miller, who began the season 4-28, finished a home run shy of the cycle.

The Dragons' lone run of the night scored in the sixth inning, when Juan Perez was walked with the bases loaded. Dayton (5-7) finished the night 0-11 with runners in scoring position, and left 15 men on base.

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

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