MadFriars' Farm Report May 24

The evening started in a grand fashion as Austin Hedges blasted a first inning grand slam for the TinCaps. Unfortunately the night ended with the Storm having the game tying run thrown out at the plate and Tucson falling in extras.

Memphis Redbirds 7 – Tucson Padres 6 (11 innings)

Key Stats: Jorge Reyes 6 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 4 K; Yasmani Grandal 2-4, 2B, 2 RS, RBI, BB; Dan Robertson 3-5, 2 RS

Bryan Anderson's sixth hit of Thursday's game pushed Memphis ahead of the Tucson Padres in the eleventh inning and Adam Reifer retired the Padres in the bottom of the eleventh to give the Redbirds a 7-6 win. Erik Hamren was the losing pitcher after allowing his first run in eight Triple-A games this season.

The Padres fell behind 6-3 before scoring three times in the bottom of the eighth inning to tie the game. Anthony Contreras hit a pinch-hit single for the Padres in the rally to bring home the tying run. With the score tied in the bottom of the ninth, Jedd Gyorko hit a high drive to deep left field. Memphis left fielder Mark Hamilton timed his jump perfectly at the wall, reaching his glove over the fence to pull back what would have been a game-winning home run. The Padres left a runner on base in the bottom of the ninth and bottom of the eleventh in the loss.

Anderson was 6-for-6 with two doubles and two RBIs for the Redbirds. He fell one hit short of the Pacific Coast League record for hits in a game; a mark shared by four players. The most recent PCL seven-hit game was by Neifi Perez in 1996 for Colorado Springs. The Padres took three of the four games from the Redbirds to win their first series of the year and finished the homestand with a 5-3 record.

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

Springfield Cardinals 2– San Antonio Missions 3 (12 innings)

Key Stats: Josh Geer 5 IP, 10 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 K; Jon Galvez 3-5, 2B, RS; Jake Blackwood 3-5, RBI.

San AntonioReymond Fuentes' RBI single in the bottom of the 12th inning gave the Missionsa 3-2 victory over the Springfield Cardinals Thursday night at Wolff Stadium. San Antonio snapped a four-game losing streak with the win as they improve to 20-26 overall.

Springfield plated a run in the top of the first off San Antonio starter Josh Geer but the Missions countered with a run in their half of the frame courtesy of a Nate Freiman RBI single. For Freiman it was his Double-A leading 41st RBI of the season.

The Cardinals re-gained the lead in the fifth but Jake Blackwood singled home Edinson Rincon an inning later to tie the game at 2-2.

Springfield loaded the bases with one out in the top of the ninth but Matt Lollis struck out Jake Shaffer and got Greg Garcia to fly out to Blackwood in the left to end the threat. Ali Solis walked to lead off the 12th and then advanced to second on a Blackwood single to left. After pinch-hitter Rocky Gale struck out, Fuentes singled to right field and Solis slid into home with the winning run.

The two teams combined to leave 24 runners on base, 17 by the Cardinals.

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

Rancho Cucamonga Quakes 4 – Lake Elsinore Storm 3

Key Stats: Donn Roach 6 IP 10 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 3 K; Rymer Liriano 4-4, 2B, SB (11); Eddy Rodriguez 2-3, 2B, 2 RS, BB

Rymer Liriano is hot. The rest of the Storm offense, well not so much. Liriano collected four hits and extended his hitting streak to 11 games, but it was not enough.

Down 4-2 in the 9th, the Storm managed to get the first two runners on base. After Chris Bisson sacrificed them over, Rico Noel struck out to bring up Everett Williams. Williams singled to LF scoring Connor Powers. Unfortunately PR Jairo Gomez took off for the plate being thrown out by a mile. He got himself into a rundown, but ended up being tagged out to end the game.

Fort Wayne TinCaps 14 – South Bend Silber Hawk 8

Key Stats: Frank Garces 4 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 2 K; Austin Hedges 1-5, GS (5), 4 RBI; Donavan 2-5, 2 RS, RBI, BB; Lee Orr 1-2, HR (4), 2 RS, 3 RBI, 2 BB; Travis Whitmore 3-4, 3B, 2 RS, RBI, BB

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Austin Hedges hit his second grand slam of the year in a 14-8 win over the South Bend Silver Hawks on Thursday night at Coveleski Regional Stadium. The TinCaps scored eight times in the first two innings, knocking Silver Hawks starter Blake Perry out of the game before he could record an out in the second inning.

Fort Wayne (23-24) has now won four games in a row, tying a season high for consecutive wins. Perry (0-1) made his first ever Midwest League start on Thursday, and the TinCaps jumped on him right from the beginning. Donavan Tate and Travis Whitmore hit back-to-back one-out first inning singles, and Mike Gallic then walked to load the bases. Lee Orr used a sacrifice fly to score Tate and make it 1-0 Fort Wayne. Yeison Asencio walked, loading the bases for a second time. Hedges, the seventh batter of the inning, then delivered a grand slam to left field and made it 5-0 TinCaps.

The other grand slam this year for Hedges also came against South Bend. The catcher blasted a home run with the bases loaded on April 10th against South Bend's J.R. Bradley in an 8-1 Fort Wayne victory.

Three more TinCaps runs scored in the second inning. Second baseman Tyler Stubblefield led off and reached on an error by third baseman Matt Helm. Two walks later, Perry's night was done. On the second walk, ball four was a wild pitch and Stubblefield trotted home to score. Perry was replaced by lefty Keith Hessler. The southpaw allowed RBI singles to Whitmore and Gallic, and Fort Wayne led 8-0 after an inning and a half.

South Bend (24-23) answered with two runs in the second, and three more in the fourth against Frank Garces , making the score 8-5 TinCaps. Garces' night was done after four innings, and Yordany Ramirez picked up from there.

In the sixth, Fort Wayne added to the advantage with an RBI single from Mike Gallic, and a two-run home run from Lee Orr. It was the second home run in as many days for Orr, and his fourth in ten games with the TinCaps. Following that frame, the score was 11-5.

Tate plated two more with a two-run double in the seventh, pushing the advantage to 13-5. The Silver Hawks pushed across a run in the seventh against Fort Wayne reliever Luis De La Cruz, climbing to within seven at 13-6. Kyle Gaedele added the final run of the night for Fort Wayne with an RBI single in the eighth.

In the ninth, Johnny Barbato allowed two runs on a double by Roidany Aguila, setting the final margin at 14-8. Thursday's game marked the most runs the TinCaps have scored in a single game in 2012. The team had previously scored 12 runs on two separate occasions.

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

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