MadFriars' Farm Report June 4

The news of the night might have been on Max Fried being drafted seventh overall by the Padres, but Cody Hebner and Burch Smith thought they would have something to say about that as they struck out fifteen combined.

Tucson Padres 3 – Colorado Springs Sky Sox 1

Key Stats: Jorge Reyes 6 IP, 6 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 K; Jedd Gyorko 1-3, 2B, RS, 2 RBI, BB; Yasmani Grandal 1-4, 2B, RBI

The Padres hit two different run-scoring doubles in their 3-1 victory in Colorado Springs Monday night. Yasmani Grandal hit a double over left fielder Brandon Roberts' head in the fourth inning to plate a run, and with two outs in the eighth, Jedd Gyorko hit a two-run double off the left field wall. Staring pitcher Jorge Reyes pitched six shutout innings for his fourth Triple-A win.

Reyes and the Padres bullpen were able to limit damage Monday, as the Sky Sox had eight hits and three walks yet scored only one run. Brad Boxberger struck out two and retired the side in order in the ninth for his fifth save. Gyorko extended his hitting streak to 11 games and is now 7-for-12 in the series with five RBIs. Gyorko has been one of the hottest hitters in the Padres organization the past few weeks, going 21 for his last 48.

The win snapped a five game losing streak for the T-Pads, who are now 20-38 and in fourth place in the Southern Division. Tucson pitching coach Steve Webber was ejected in the fourth inning for arguing with home plate umpire Jason Arends.

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

Arkansas Travelers 5 – San Antonio Missions 4

Key Stats: Josh Geer 6 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K; Ali Solis 2-5, 2 2B, RBI; Jake Blackwood 2-3, 2B, 2 RS, RBI, BB; Edinson Rincon 3-3, 2 RBI, BB.

Solid start by Josh Geer was wasted as Matt Lollis allowed two runs in the eighth inning to turn a one run lead into a one run loss. The Missions had a chance to tie it up in the ninth as Reymond Fuentes led off the inning with a double, but Dean Anna lined out to the pitcher and that was essentially all she wrote.

Earlier in the game it seemed like everything was going right for the Missions. They were already up 3-2, and with runners on second and third with two out, Jake Blackwood laced a single to left, scoring one, but Ali Solis was thrown out at the plate and the momentum shifted.

Missions had another chance in the eighth when the Arkansas pitcher walked the bases loaded with two outs, but Jeudy Valez grounded out to end the threat.

Visalia Rawhide 1 – Lake Elsinore Storm 8

Key Stats: Burch Smith 6 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 7 K; Cory Spangenberg 3-4, 2B, 3B, 2 RS, 3 RBI, SB (20); Tommy Medica 3-5, 3 RBI

Lake Elsinore, CA The Storm not only swept the visiting Visalia Rawhide in a three game series, but are currently tied for first in the Southern Division with the High Desert Mavericks at 31-27 and will begin a three-game series against High Desert tomorrow beginning at 7:05 p.m.

The Storm were led by Burch Smith in his 11th start of the season. He went six innings allowed only three hits and struck out seven. The pitching staff of Smith, Jeremy Gigliotti and Mark Pope allowed no walks in the game.

Offensively Justin Miller continues to impress and he lengthened his hit streak to nine games and is now batting .483 having 21 hits, five doubles and nine RBI in only 14 games for the Storm.

He picked up one of those doubles in the third along with Cory Spangenberg as the Storm opened the lead to three runs. Visalia's lone run came in the fourth when Bobby Borchering went yard hitting the ball up and over the 37-foot wall in right field.

The Storm continued to roll in the bottom half of the fourth with Eddy Rodriguez hitting a leadoff single back up the middle. Chris Bisson reached on a fielder's choice to have one man on and one out for Miller. Miller singled past the third baseman putting runners on the corners. Everett Williams joined the party singling to left scoring Bisson. Tommy Medica singled to centerfield allowing Miller and Williams to score as the Storm put up three runs on four hits in the inning to go ahead 6-1.

The Storm tacked on insurance runs in the seventh and eighth one by Cory Spangenberg who looked to have an inside the park home run but had to settle for a triple and scored on a Medica Single. Spangenberg picked up his own RBI scoring Rodriguez in the eighth for the 8-1 win. The foursome of Miller, Williams, Spangenberg and Media combined to produce 10 hits, seven RBI and six runs on the night.

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

Fort Wayne TinCap 3 – Lake County Captains 4 (13)

Key Stats: Cody Hebner 6 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 8 K; Casey McElroy 2-4, HR (5), RBI, BB

EASTLAKE, Ohio – In the rubber match of a three-game series, the Lake County Captains received a walk-off base hit from left fielder Todd Hankins, defeating the Fort Wayne TinCaps 4-3. With the win the Captains took the series, winning two of the three games, both in come-from-behind fashion.

Lake County (28-29) scored in the first inning against Fort Wayne (27-31). Cody Hebner surrendered a leadoff walk to Todd Hankins, who later came in to score on a single by Jordan Smith.

Trailing 1-0, the TinCaps took the lead in the fourth inning. Tyler Stubblefield led off with a single, and Travis Whitmore followed with a double to score his infield teammate, and the score was tied at one. Whitmore moved to third on a Casey McElroy groundout, and later scored on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Lee Orr.

Hebner went six innings, allowing one run on three hits, walking one and striking out eight. He departed after the sixth inning, which ended with him being hit by a line drive off the bat of Captains designated hitter Carlos Santana. Santana was with the club on Monday night as part of a rehab assignment with the Cleveland Indians.

The Fort Wayne advantage went from 2-1 to 3-1 in the seventh inning on a leadoff home run by Casey McElroy. It was the infielder's fifth home run of the year, and it gave him his team-leading 27th RBI.

In the eighth, reliever Matt Stites came on for the TinCaps. Stites had allowed two earned runs in 18 1/3 innings of work prior to Monday night. A leadoff error by shortstop Tyler Stubblefield allowed Zach MacPhee to reach first base. Stites then recorded two outs before Santana came to the plate. Santana, who played with the Great Lakes Loons in 2007 as a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers organization, hit his eighth ever home run in a Midwest League ballpark, delivering a game-tying, two-run shot to right.

The game remained tied at eight until the bottom of the 13th. Robert Eisenbach was in his second inning of work, and allowed a leadoff double to Lake County's Alex Monsalve. Monsalve advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by Leonardo Castillo. The TinCaps then walked Robel Garcia, which brough MacPhee to the plate. He grounded to second, and McElroy threw home, retiring Monsalve at the plate for the second out of the inning. Hankins then came up and lined a base hit past Kyle Gaedele in right, scoring Garcia and ending the game.

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

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