MadFriars' Farm Report April 24

Its hard to win a game when your pitcher is out of the game before the home team has a chance to bat. Needless to say, Tucson lost. Elsewhere around the league the lower levels had major success, and the Missions got a monster home run out of SS Jeudy Valdez though three errors did them in.

Salt Lake 16 – Tucson Padres 6

Key Stats: Matt Palmer 0.1 IP, 5 H, 7 ER, 3 BB, 1 K; Everth Cabrera 2-5, RS, 2 RBI, SB (6); James Darnell 2-4, 2B, BB

Tucson, Az- Neither starting pitcher survived through the second inning Tuesday at Kino Stadium, as the Salt Lake Bees beat the Tucson Padres, 16-6. T-Pads starter Matt Palmer lasted just one-third of an inning, surrendering seven runs, all earned, on five hits. Palmer was also responsible for three of the Padres 11 walks issued in the game.

After Salt Lake scored seven in the first, Tucson came back with five runs in the second to close the gap. The Padres sent nine batters to the plate in the inning and had two-out, RBI hits by Anthony Contreras and Everth Cabrera in the rally. Cabrera is heating up for Tucson, he went 2-for-5 Tuesday and had eight hits in the four-game series.

Salt Lake scored at least one run each in the fourth through eighth innings to seal the win. The Padres were forced to use eight pitchers in the loss. The T-Pads have yet to win or split a series in 2012, having won one of four games in all five series they have played.

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

San Antonio 2 – Frisco 7

Key Stats: Andrew Werner 5 IP, 7 H,5 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 8 K; Jeudy Valdez 1-4 HR (2), RBI; Cody Decker 1-4, 2B, RS

Frisco, Tx –Jedd Gyorko commited his third error on the year leading to two of the unearned runs. Jedd Gyorko played the game at second. At the plate he struggled going 0-4, and is now hitting .224 on the season.

Lake Elsinore Storm 16 – Inland Empire 66ers 6

Key Stats: Mark Pope 5 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K (W, 2-2); Eddy Rodriguez 5-6, 2 2B, 2 RS, 2 RBI; Connor Powers 2-5, 2B, 3 RS, RBI

San Bernadino, CA On an overcast evening at San Manuel Stadium, the Storm were led by Eddy Rodriguez who went 5-for-6 on the night where Lake Elsinore had all nine starters get a hit in the 16-6 win over the Inland Empire 66ers.

In the first Rico Noel led off with an infield single and a throwing error put Noel on second. Spangenberg hit a ground out bunt to advance Noel to third. Noel put the Storm on top scoring off a SAC fly by Rymer Liriano to give the visiting Storm a 1-0 lead.

After a leadoff double by Eddy Rodriguez and Connor Powers was hit by a pitch to put two Storm on with no outs. Wing reached base as shortstop Brandon Brewer bobbled the ball and set up the bases loaded for Tyler Stubblefield. Stubblefield hit a one hopper that ricocheted off pitcher Max Russell to score Rodriguez and keep the bases loaded. The bats continued as Chris Bisson batting in the ninth spot hit a grounder out of reach for the right side of the infield scoring Powers to give the Storm a 3-0 lead.

Noel reached first off a catcher's interference sending Wing across the plate to further the Storm lead. After a controversial call calling Spangenberg out a first, Stubblefield scored on the mishap giving the Storm another run.

With one out and two on, Rymer Liriano hit a triple that rattled around the visiting bullpen to score Bisson and Noel. Liriano would eventually score before the inning came to an end with the Storm scoring seven in the second to go ahead 8-0.

Jeremy Cruz led off with a double to the left field corner for the Sixers and would advance to third on a pop up by Jose Jimenez, but Inland Empire to fail to score and remain scoreless. Inland Empire would eventually end the shut out in the bottom of the third when Brian Hernandez scored from second on a bunt down the third baseline that both Rodriguez and starter Mark Pope chased leaving home plate open.

Powers singled to center to lead off the fifth, Wing doubled, and Stubblefield singled to left to score the ninth run for the Storm before Inland Empire starter Max Russell ended his night going four suffering five errors and giving up 10 hits and 11 runs.

In the top of the sixth Rymer Liriano led off with a single right up the middle that whizzed past the pitcher and out of reach of the diving Brewer behind second base. Domoromo hit a single of his own into right field for back-to-back singles for the Storm. Rodriguez reach base on the fifth error for the 66ers but Powers followed that up with hitting into a double play that would score Liriano giving the Storm a 12-1 lead.

The Storm finished the night with a season high 20 hits and doubled their season high in runs to 16 in the win. Storm pitching staff gave up 13 hits but the confidence of the defense held the home team to only six runs on the night.

Storm starter Mark Pope went five innings gave up six hits but held the home team to one run and recorded two strikeouts. The Storm advances their record in the California League to 11-8 and are only one game back of the lead in the South Division.

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

Clinton 3 – Fort Wayne 7

Key Stats: Matt Wisler 6 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 4 K; John Barbato 2 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 1 BB,3 K; Jace Peterson 3-4, 2 RS, 2 RBI, BB, SB (5); Casey McElroy 3-5, 2B, 3B, 3 RBI

Clinton, IA. A four-run rally with two out in the ninth inning carried the Fort Wayne TinCaps to a 7-3 victory over the Clinton Lumber Kings on Tuesday afternoon. Jace Peterson, Justin Miller and Casey McElroy all knocked in runs in succession to break a 3-3 tie that had held since the sixth inning. The TinCaps snapped a two-game losing streak with the victory, and avoided a three-game sweep at the hands of the LumberKings.

Clinton (7-12) took a 1-0 lead in the first inning against Fort Wayne (7-12) starter Matt Wisler. A leadoff double by Jamal Austin was followed by back-to-back groundouts, and Austin scored on the latter of the two. The TinCaps tied the game in the third on an RBI single from Peterson, scoring Kyle Gaedele, who had led off with a single.

In the fourth, the LumberKings plated two more runs against Wisler to pull in front 3-1. Wisler went six innings, allowing six hits, three earned runs, walking none and striking out four.

In the top of the sixth inning, Fort Wayne tied the game at three. Run-producing hits from Miller and McElroy pulled the TinCaps even. McElroy finished the day 3-5 with three runs batted in.

Johnny Barbato (2-0) worked a scoreless seventh and eighth in relief of Wisler.

Still tied at three, the TinCaps and LumberKings headed to the ninth inning. Matt Colantonio reached base with a one out single, but Kyle Gaedele flied to right for the second out of the inning. Corey Adamson then singled, giving Fort Wayne runners at first and second with two away in a tie game. Peterson then singled to right to score one run, Miller singled to left to score another, and McElroy doubled to left to score two more. Leading 7-3, the TinCaps turned the ball over to Matt Stites, who pitched a scoreless ninth.

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

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