MadFriars' Farm Report May 21

They say a true measure of character is not whether you get knocked down, but rather how many times you get back up. Three-fourths of the Padres affiliates got back up and scored huge wins.

Memphis Redbirds 3 – Tucson Padres 9

Key Stats: Colt Hynes 7.2 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 K; Yasmani Grandal 3-4, 2 2B, 2 RBI; Dan Robertson 2-4, 3B, 2 RS, RBI, SB (7); Jedd Gyorko 2-5, 2B, HR (1), 2 RS, 2 RBI

The Tucson Padres pounded seven extra-base hits Monday night, beating the Memphis Redbirds, 9-3. The Padres scored three times in the third inning on an RBI groundout by Jonathan Roof and back-to-back solo home runs by Jedd Gyorko and Matt Clark. It was the second set of back-to-back home runs for the T-Pads in 2012; James Darnell and Carlos Quentin also did so on May 1 vs. Tacoma.

Tucson tallied four in the fourth inning with some help from the Redbirds. After a successful suicide squeeze bunt by Daniel Robertson to score Amadeo Zazueta, Jonathan Roof singled with two outs. Gyorko hit a high pop up in shallow center field and Memphis shortstop Ryan Jackson dropped it, allowing Roof to score. Tucson scored two more unearned runs with two outs on Yasmani Grandal's double. Grandal went 3-for-4 in the win.

Tucson starter Colt Hynes lasted until two outs in the eighth inning, allowing three runs. It was the first win of the season for Hynes and also his first career win as a starting pitcher. Erik Hamren recorded the final four outs of the game, and has not allowed a run in seven Triple-A outings this season.

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

San Antonio Missions 5 – Frisco RoughRiders 6

Key Stats: Hayden Beard 6 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 6 K; Jon Galvez 2-3, 2 RS, 2B, HR (1), 2 RBI, 2 E (4); .

In a back and forth game the Missions ended up on their back and looked up as Frisco scored a walk-off win, 6-5.

Down by one in the ninth, Galvez immediately blew the save by hitting his first home run of the season to tie the game. Valdez would then be hit with a 1 out pitch that would cause him to leave the game (which was reported afterwards as "day to day").

After another out the Missions would then get three straight walks to force in a run. With the bases loaded and two outs new pitcher Fabio Castillo got Nate Freiman to pop up to end the threat.

In the bottom of the 9th Jeremy McBryde would retire the first two batters before giving up a single and a hit-by-pitch. After a pitching change, another single and a walk, the Missions found themselves in the same situation they were at the top half of the inning. Unlike the RoughRiders though, San Antonio relied in Galvez who gaveth with the bat earlier but took away with the glove. His second error would allow the game to end, walk off fashion.

Lake Elsinore Storm 9 – Modesto Nuts 3

Key Stats: Mark Pope 5 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K; Everett Williams 2-5, 3B, HR (1), 2 RS, RBI; Rymer Liriano 3-5, 3B, 2 RS

The Storm scored two runs in each of their last three innings to turn a very close game into a blow out.

After starting out slow, Rymer Liriano has now hit safetly in each of his last nine games. For the month of May Liriano is now hitting .311/.378/.458 (compared to .198/.272/.321 in April)

Bowling Green Hot Rods 3 – Fort Wayne Tin Caps 4

Key Stats Matt Wisler 4 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 K' James Needy 1.2 IP, , 0 H, 1 BB, 2K; Donavan Tate 1-4 RS, RBI, BB, SB (6), E (2)

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – A mix of five Fort Wayne pitchers, who combined to strike out ten Bowling Green batters, led the TinCaps to a 4-3 victory over the Hot Rods in the rubber match of a three-game set at Parkview Field on Monday night. Lee Orr, who provided a game-tying home run on Sunday, scored what proved to be the difference-making run in the fifth inning for Fort Wayne.

Bowling Green (24-21) struck first, plating two runs against TinCaps starter Matt Wisler. The 19-year-old allowed an RBI double by Drew Vettleson and a sacrifice fly off the bat of Joshua Sale, putting the Hot Rods in front 2-0 after one half inning. Wisler pitched four innings, allowing a career-high seven hits, two runs, while walking two and striking out two.

In the bottom of the first, Fort Wayne (21-24) left fielder Donavan Tate scored from second base on a fielding error by Bowling Green first baseman Jeff Malm. After scoring the first run of the night for the TinCaps, Tate singled home the second with a two-out single to center field in the second inning, tying the game at two. The hit by Tate gives him at least one in six consecutive games, marking the longest hitting streak of his career.

Hot Rods starter Roberto Gomez (3-2) encountered trouble in the fifth. The righthander walked Travis Whitmore, but then retired the next two batters. With two outs, Orr doubled to left field, knocking Whitmore home and giving Fort Wayne a 3-2 lead. Gomez departed after that hit. He was replaced by Jason McEachern, who faced Yeison Asencio. The TinCaps right fielder grounded a ball to shortstop Juniel Querecuto, shooting it off of his glove and into centerfield. Orr scored on the play, extending the lead to 4-2, and Querecuto was charged with an error.

Gomez was charged with four runs, two earned, in four and two thirds innings. He walked a season-high four and struck out five. Justin Hancock, pitching in relief of Wisler, gave up one run in the sixth to Bowling Green. He walked two of the first three batters in the sixth, and surrendered back-to-back singles to Ryan Brett and Drew Vettleson. Vettleson's hit scored catcher Alejandro Segovia, slimming the Fort Wayne lead to 4-3. Following that hit, James Needy (2-0) came on with the bases loaded and struck two men out to retire the side.

The TinCaps used four pitchers out of the bullpen, including Johnny Barbato and Daniel Cropper, who pitched the ninth for his third save of the year. Tuesday is a day off for Fort Wayne. Wednesday features a 10:35 AM scheduled first pitch against South Bend at Coveleski Stadium. The scheduled starters are Cody Hebner for Fort Wayne and Tyler Green for the Silver Hawks.

NOTES: Fort Wayne's Donavan Tate played in the outfield for the first time since April 28, when he was placed on the disabled list. Prior to Monday's game, reliever Matt Stites was placed on the disabled list, and pitcher Yordany Ramirez was transferred from extended spring training to Fort Wayne.

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

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