MadFriars' Farm Report May 28

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Tucson Padres 1 – Tacoma Rainiers 4

Key Stats: Kip Wells 5 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 2 K; Cody Decker 1-4, 2B; Dan Robertson 1-4, RBI

Tacoma starter Erasmo Ramirez only allowed one run in 7.1 innings in the Rainiers 4-1 win over the Tucson Padres Monday. Kip Wells suffered his first loss as a Padre, giving up four runs in five innings of work. The Rainiers scored immediately in the first when leadoff hitter Trayvon Robinson hit a home run off the top of the scoreboard in right-center field. The Rainiers added two runs in the second inning when Casper Wells, Vinnie Catricalla and Guillermo Quiroz hit three doubles in a span of four batters.

Robinson hit an RBI single in the fifth to extend Tacoma's lead to four. The T-Pads had only two hits at the end of six innings, but struck two singles to start the seventh. With Jedd Gyorko and Matt Clark on base, Ramirez got Yasmani Grandal to pop out and started a 1-6-3 double play to end Cody Decker's at bat and end the Padres seventh inning chance. Tucson's lone run came in the eighth on Daniel Robertson's RBI single.

Tacoma's win was the 376th in a Rainiers uniform for manager Daren Brown, who became the Tacoma record holder for most managerial wins Monday. The Padres had multiple transactions before the game, adding outfielder Blake Tekotte to the roster after he was optioned from San Diego and also adding pitcher Neil Wagner, who was claimed on waivers from the Oakland Athletics and assigned to Tucson before the game

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

Arkansas Travelers 4 – San Antonio Missions 7

Key Stats: Eddie Kunz 3 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K; Jake Blackwood 2-4, HR (1), RBI; Ali Solis 3-4, 2 2B, 2 RS.

San Antonio – San Antonio ended the six game homestand with a 7-4 victory over the Arkansas Travelers, thanks to a couple long balls and some timely hitting.

The Missions used solo home runs from Carlos Sosa and Jake Blackwood in the third and fourth innings respectively to claim an early 2-0 lead that they wouldn't surrender. The team has now hit 39 solo shots, 70 percent of their total home runs.

San Antonio reliever Eddie Kuntz made a spot start for the injured Mark Hardy going three innings, giving up three hits and recording two strikeouts.

The Missions plated another run in the fifth on an infield single by shortstop Dean Anna. Nate Freiman ended the inning by grounding out to Arkansas third baseman Renny Osuna to add to his recent struggles.

The San Antonio bullpen ended its scoreless inning streak at 26 and two-thirds when Arkansas first baseman Casey Haerther scored shortstop Jean Segura on an infield single to make the score 3-1.

For the second game in a row, San Antonio loaded the bases in the sixth inning. This time, however, they took advantage, bringing in two on a Reymond Fuentes single, and two more on a two-out dropped fly ball hit by Jaff Decker.

Arkansas tried to rally in the ninth scoring three runs off newcomer Michael Broadway, but it fell short as Haerther grounded out to shortstop Dean Anna to end the game. The win brings The Missions to 21-29 overall as San Antonio avoids being swept by the visiting Travelers who also end up at 21-29.

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

Lancaster Jethawks 5 – Lake Elsinore Storm 8

Key Stats: Jerry Sullivan 4 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K; Cory Spangenberg 1-3, 2 RS, BB; Rymer Liriano 2-3, RS, 2 RBI, BB, 2 SB (14); Connor Powers 2-4, 2B, HR (4), 4 RBI

Lake Elsinore, CA On a sunny special Memorial Day game between the Storm and the Lancaster JetHawks fans saw fireworks off the bat of newly acquired Justin Miller and first baseman Connor Powers as the Storm picked up another win 8-5.

Both starters, Jerry Sullivan for the Storm and Tony Perez of Lancaster threw scoreless first three innings as the Storm hold their home record against Lancaster at 6-0.

In the fourth the JetHawks picked up their first run by way of back-to-back doubles by Adam Bailey and Domingo Santana. The Storm answered back in the bottom of the inning as Miller hit his first home run at The Diamond over the Papa Johns sign in left field to tie the game at 1-1.

In the fifth the JetHawks went on a tear starting with a single by Ben Orloff. Orloff would score as George Springer hit a triple down the right field line that rolled all the way to the wall. Springer would score on a dropped fly ball behind second base.

With Adam Bailey on Santana would pick up his ninth home run of the season to give the JetHawks a 5-1 lead. The Storm would cut that lead in the bottom of the sixth. With one out Cory Spangenberg would single to right to start the rally. After the pitch hit Tommy Medica, Connor Powers hit his home run to left field for a three-run home run to put the Storm down by one.

In the eighth the Storm surged again. Miller led off with a single to right and Spangenberg followed that with patience and walked to put two on and no out for the Storm. Tommy Medica would hit the ball of the top of the 37-foot wall to tie the game at 5-5.

The Storm took the lead when Rymer Liriano hit a two-run single to left field and Connor Powers followed that up with a line drive double to left to give the Storm an 8-5 lead. Sullivan four innings gave up only one run and struck out five in his first start of the season and Matt Branham picked up the save striking out two advancing the Storm to a 26-25 winning record. Reliever Chris Franklin picked up the win going two innings, striking out two and allowing no runs as the Storm advance to an over .500 record for the first time since May 8 when they were 16-15.

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

Bowling Green Hot Rods 14 – Fort Wayne TinCaps 7

Key Stats: Ruben Meija 4 IP,3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K; Jace Peterson 1-2, 2B, RS, 2 BB, SB (17); Lee Orr 2-3, HR (6), 2 RS, RBI, 2 BB, SB (3); Duanel Jones 2-5, 2 2B, RS, 2 RBI

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – For the second time in three days the Fort Wayne TinCaps surrendered a season-high in runs, losing 14-7 on Monday at the hands of the Bowling Green Hot Rods. Bowling Green scored 13 runs between the fifth and eighth innings, earning the win and evening the season series at three games apiece.

Fort Wayne (24-27) starter Ruben Mejia allowed one run in his first start of the year. He tossed four innings, allowing three hits, one walk and striking out five. It was the first start for Mejia since September 3, 2011, with the Eugene Emeralds. The run allowed by Mejia was a second inning solo home run hit by Alejandro Segovia, making it 1-0 Bowling Green (27-24).

The TinCaps notched a run to tie the game in the third on an RBI double from Casey McElroy. Fort Wayne scored three more times in the fourth, taking a 4-1 lead against Hot Rods starter Jake Floethe. Justin Hancock (0-4) came out of the Fort Wayne bullpen in the fifth inning and surrendered three runs, allowing Bowling Green to tie the game. In total, Hancock allowed seven runs to score, six of them earned. He departed without retiring a batter in the sixth inning. In his last six outings Hancock is 0-4, and has allowed at least three earned runs in five of those six appearances.

Luis De La Cruz entered the game and was battered for four earned runs on six hits in one inning of work. De La Cruz finished the sixth, but did not retire a batter in the seventh, permitting the first four men to reach base. All of them would come around to score. Robert Eisenbach capped off the seventh, facing just three batters, but the Hot Rods led 12-4 at the end of the inning. Bowling Green reliever Justin Woodall (1-2) quieted the TinCaps in the fifth, sixth and seventh, allowing three hits, two walks and striking out two.

The Hot Rods added two runs against Eisenbach in the eighth, stretching their advantage to 14-4. Fort Wayne put up one run in the eighth on a Lee Orr solo home run in the bottom of the inning. Orr now has a team-high six home runs. Two more TinCaps runs scored in the ninth, setting the final at 14-7.

The run total allowed Monday by Fort Wayne is the most given up in any game this season by the ballclub. The previous high was set on Monday, when Bowling Green scored 11 runs. The 16 hits are also the most allowed in a single game this year.

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

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