MadFriars' Farm Report May 30

With all of the injuries occurring in San Diego you would think that it was time for the players in the upper minors to show what they got to push for that big league promotion. No such luck from a majority of them as Tucson fell to 19-34 while the Missions fell to 21-30.

Currently the Storm are the only affiliate over .500 at 28-25

Las Vegas 51s 7 – Tucson Padres 4

Key Stats: Jorge Reyes 6 IP, 9 H, 5 ER, 1 BB, 5 K; Jedd Gyorko 1-5, HR (5), RBI; Matt Clark 4-5, HR (10), 2 RBI

The Tucson Padres scored two late runs but were unable to produce a second dramatic comeback in as many nights, as the Padres lost to Las Vegas 7-4 Wednesday. The 51s scored four runs on five hits in the second inning and went ahead to stay. Tucson's Matt Clark went 4-for-5 in the loss with a home run and also collected his 500th professional hit with a single in the seventh inning.

Reyes allowed five runs, all earned, in six innings of work. His counterpart Andrew Carpenter pitched very well against his former organization, striking out nine Padres hitters in five innings of work. Las Vegas outfielder Eric Thames launched a deep solo home run to center field in the seventh inning, and went 2-for-4 on the day he was optioned to Las Vegas by the Blue Jays. Like Clark, Jedd Gyorko homered in his second straight game, a solo shot in the first inning.

Clark had a chance for the first five-hit game in T-Pads history, but struck out in the ninth inning. Reliever Neil Wagner made his Padres debut, allowing two runs in two innings of work. Wagner joined Tucson on Tuesday after being claimed off waivers by San Diego from the Oakland Athletics.

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

San Antonio Missions 5 – Springfield Cardinals 10

Key Stats: Josh Geer 6 IP, 11 H, 6 ER, 0 BB, 4 K; Dean Anna 4-5, 2 HR (4), 2 RS, 3 RBI; Ali Solis 3-4, HR (4), 2 RBI.

After three innings the game was already over as the Cardinal's jumped out to a 6-0 lead. The Missions just do not have the offensive fire power they were hoping to have at the beginning of the season. With Jedd Gyorko promoted and Jonathan Galvez back on the DL, the Missions are now relying on the bats of Jaff Decker (.186 BA/.662 OPS), Jason Hagerty (.200/.592), Jeudy Valdez (.211/.579), Edison Rincon (.214/.547), Reymond Fuentes (.247/.643) and Nate Freiman (.292/.915).

That is a lot of prospects with big time hype that are not producing at the AA level.

Lake Elsinore Storm 5 – RC Quakes 3

Key Stats: Burch Smith 5 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K; Rymer Liriano 2-4, RS, 2 RBI,, BB, SB (15), 2 K; Justin Miller 3-4, 2 2B, 3 RBI

The Storm showed why they could very well be the best team in the Cal League with a decisive 5-3 victory over the Quakes.

Burch Smith retired the Quakes in order in four of his six innings. In the other two innings the Storm found a way to wiggle out of them. In the third after taking a 2-0 lead Smith allowed walk and a double to start off the inning. But a sharp ground out to short, a pop up to centerfield, and another groundout to short and he wiggled out of the jam.

Again in the sixth Smith would allow back to back singles to begin the frame before being removed. Matt Branham came in and immediately rolled a double play to kill the inning.

Storm scored the first two runs on a two out two RBI double by Justin Miller. Kevin Quackenbush had a "one, two, three" ninth with two strikeouts to pick up his eleventh save.

Great Lakes Loons 4 – Fort Wayne TinCaps 2 (10 innings)

Key Stats: Frank Garces 5 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 8 K; Lee Orr 0-2, RS, 2 BB. Only 1-6 with RISP and 5 hits total.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Fort Wayne TinCaps committed two pivotal two-out errors in the top of the 10th inning on Wednesday night, as they fell 4-2 at the hands of the Great Lakes Loons. The TinCaps led 2-1 heading into the ninth inning, but a solo home run by Joe Winker tied the game. An error committed by Yeison Asencio in the 10th allowed two more runs to score, and the TinCaps lost their third straight game.

Frank Garces dazzled in his 11th start of the year. The southpaw allowed one unearned run, which scored in the first inning, and struck out eight while walking three over five innings. Garces' strikeout total Wednesday came one shy of his season high, established on opening night. He retired the final five batters of his outing in order.

Fort Wayne (24-29) notched the equalizer in the second inning. Mike Gallic led off with a double, and was singled home by Yeison Asencio. Kyle Gaedele doubled to lead off the third, but the TinCaps did not register another hit for the rest of the game. With the help of a few walks and an error, though, Fort Wayne did take a 2-1 lead in the seventh. Lee Orr led off with a walk, and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt. Loons starter Ryan O'Sullivan uncorked a wild pitch and when catcher Jan Vazquez recovered the ball, he attempted to gun down Orr, who was running for third. Vazquez's throw escaped third baseman Jesse Bosnik's grasp and Orr ran home to score the go-ahead run.

TinCaps pitching retired thirteen consecutive batters through the end of Garces' outing until a walk issued by Johnny Barbato in the eighth. In the ninth, Great Lakes (28-25) right fielder Joe Winker homered off of Barbato, tying the game at two. Robert Eisenbach (0-2) entered in the 10th to pitch for the TinCaps, and he retired the first two batters on five pitches. Facing O'Koyea Dickson, Eisenbach induced a ground ball to third base. Duanel Jones scooped it up, but his throw to first sailed low and Jones was charged with an error as Dickson reached base. Following an intentional walk to Scott Schebler, Eisenbach faced Winker. The right fielder flied a ball down the right field line, which was misplayed by Yeison Asencio. Both Dickson and Schebler scored, making it 4-2 Great Lakes.

Fort Wayne was quieted over the final two innings of the game, as Loons reliever Mike Thomas (2-1) struck out six of the last seven batters he faced.

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

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