MadFriars' Farm Report June 11

Not the greatest day down on the farm as the top three clubs were outscored 25 - 8. Fort Wayne's Cody Hebner was the lone Padres' starter to earn a quality start and his sixth win of the year.

Tucson Padres 3 – Las Vegas 51s 13

Key Stats: RHP Palmer 3.2 IP, 6 H, 6 ER, 2 BB, 1 K; C Grandal 2-3, RBI, BB; 3B Gyorko 1-4

Adam Lind hit two home runs and drove in six Monday, as the Las Vegas 51s beat the Tucson Padres 13-3 at Cashman Field. Lind went 3-for-5 in the game with a three-run double in the fourth, a two-run home run in the sixth and a solo shot to begin the bottom of the eighth. Nine-time Major League All-Star Vladimir Guerrero went 4-for-5 with a triple and two RBIs for Las Vegas. Guerrero was signed to a minor league contract by the Toronto Blue Jays in May.

Tucson starter Matt Palmer exited the game with two outs in the fourth and allowed six earned runs in his return to the Tucson rotation. Palmer retired the first two hitters in the fourth before Las Vegas exploded for six runs, sending seven batters to the plate before the third out was made. Yasmani Grandal went 2-for-4 with an RBI in the loss. The Padres collected six hits in the game, all singles.

The Padres have lost five consecutive games, their third losing streak of that length this season. Tucson hasn't lost more than five in a row in 2012. The T-Pads are 21-43, in fourth place, 19.5 games out of first place, while Las Vegas advanced to 36-28, slotting in third place, 4.5 games back.

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

San Antonio Missions 1 – Corpus Christi Hooks 5

Key Stats: LHP Tom Layne 6 IP, 4 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 5 K; 2B Galvez 2-4, 2B, RS; 3B Rincon 2-4.

It was not a fun game for the Missions. The Missions went a Padre-esque 0-7 with RISP as they fell 5-1.

After falling behind 1-0 early, the Missions came back. In the fourth the freshly off the disabled list Galvez hit a one out double, stole third and then scored on a sacrifice fly to tie the game. The tie game was short lived as Jose Martinez hit a three-run home run in the sixht to give the Hooks a commanding 4-1 lead.

High Desert Mavericks 7 - Lake Elsinore Storm 4

Key Stats: RHP Sullivan 5 IP, 8 H, 7 ER, 0 BB, 4 K; 1B Medica 2-5, RS; SS Bisson 3-3, 3B, 3 RBI, BB.

Lake Elsinore – On a night of nothing for the fans, no admission, no parking, no music, just pure baseball, well they got more than that, they saw a show. The Storm began a three-game series against the High Desert Mavericks whom both are vying for that coveted first half title. The lead switched back and forth but the was the Mavs who captured the 7-4 win.

Starting pitchers James Gillheeney and Jerry Sullivan got the game started with a scoreless first two innings but the bats started to connect in the third.

In the top of the third, the Mavs jumped on the board when Brad Miller singled in front of Rymer Liriano with two outs. Stefen Romero would score Miller off his 11th home run of the season that traveled 398 feet to give the visitors a 2-0 lead.

But the Storm ended that lead quickly. The Miller for the Storm, Justin Miller put the Storm on the board with a lead off home run. Miller is batting .408 in 21 games for the Storm. After a pair of singles by Tommy Medica and Eddy Rodriguez, Connor Powers walked and Chris Bisson hit his first triple of the season scoring all three to give the Storm a 4-2 lead.

In the fourth the Mavs tacked on a run after Steve Proscia doubled he came around to score cutting the lead to a one run game.

High Desert continued scoring in fifth after Kevin Rivers led off with a triple to center field. After Brad Miller and Romero hit back-to-back singles Julio Morban hit a 391-foot home run over the 37-foot high wall in right field to regain the lead 7-4.

Relievers Mark Pope, Chris Wilkes, and Jeremy Gigliotti held off the Mavs combined to allow only two hits, no runs and no errors in four innings.

With last licks for the Storm in the bottom of the ninth down three, The Storm loaded the bases but were unable to capitalize as the Mavericks advanced their record to tie the Storm. With the Lancaster Jethawks falling to the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes 5-4, the Quakes claim the top spot from the Storm in South Division in the California League for now.

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

South Bend Silver Hawks 2 – Fort Wayne TinCaps 9

Key Stats: RHP Hebner 6 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K; SS Stubblefield 2-3, 2B, HR (1), 2 RS, 2 RBI, 2 BB; RF Asencio 2-4, 2 HR (5), C Hedges 2-4, 2B, RS

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – A four-homer effort coupled with six shutout innings twirled by Cody Hebner made the Fort Wayne TinCaps 9-2 winners over the South Bend Silver Hawks on Monday night. Hebner retired the final 17 batters he faced, not allowing a baserunner after surrendering a one-out single in the first inning.

Fort Wayne (30-34) pounced on South Bend (32-32) starter John Pedrotty (3-4) in the first inning. Yeison Asencio drilled a ball to left field for his fourth home run of the year, making it 2-0 in favor of the TinCaps. Lee Orr, leading off the third, deposited his eighth homer of the season over the wall in left to give Fort Wayne a 3-0 lead. Three more runs scored in the frame on doubles by Duanel Jones and Jace Peterson. The first seven TinCaps hits all went for extra bases.

Hebner (6-2) walked one and surrendered a hit in the first, but after that was in rare form. In his stretch of retiring 17 consecutive batters, he struck out five, and only three of the 17 outs were recorded by outfielders.

The TinCaps offense continued to thrive in the seventh when Asencio went deep for the second time, making it 7-1 in favor of the TinCaps. The final blow came in the eighth inning with a two-run home run from Tyler Stubblefield to make the score 9-2. Fort Wayne last hit four home runs on July 17, 2011 in a 16-7 victory over the Peoria Chiefs in Peoria, Illinois.

Chris Haney and Daniel Cropper worked in relief of Hebner, pitching the final three innings of the game for the TinCaps.

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

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