MadFriars' Farm Report: July 4

A big home run for Connor Powers in a wild one in Lake Elsinore. The Missions have now won ten straight. In Fort Wayne two of the Padres top position prospects continue to shine.

Las Vegas 51s 1 – Tucson Padres 3

Key Stats: Matt Jackson 5 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K; Dan Robertson 1-3, RS, BB; Sawyer Carroll 1-4, RBI, SB (7).

TUCSONMatt Jackson's first start above the High-A level was a magnificent one, as he pitched five shutout innings in the Padres 3-1 victory over the Las Vegas 51s Wednesday at Cashman Field. The Padres beat the 51s for just the third time in 12 tries this season and won their third game out of their last four in the process.

Neither side scored until the sixth inning, when Las Vegas shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria made two errors leading to two unearned runs. Las Vegas scored an unearned run in the bottom of the sixth inning on an error by Tucson shortstop Beamer Weems. The Padres added an insurance run in the top of the ninth inning on Sawyer Carroll's RBI single, scoring Anthony Contreras from first base. Contreras was running on the pitch and Carroll's single took Las Vegas right fielder Moises Sierra toward center field. When Sierra's throw was on its way to second base, Tucson manager Terry Kennedy sent Contreras home, which scored without a throw to the plate.

With Brad Brach in the Major Leagues, Erik Hamren took over the closer role and pitched a scoreless ninth inning for his fifth save.

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

NW Arkansas Naturals 2 – San Antonio Missions 4

Key Stats: Andrew Werner 6 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 2 BB,6 K; Jon Galvez 2-4, 2B, RS, 2 RBI; Nate Freiman 2-4, 2B, HR (17), 2 RBI; Edinson Rincon 3-4, 2 2B, RS.

San Antonio – The San Antonio Missions defeated the NW Arkansas Naturals 4-2 Wednesday In front of a sellout crowd at The Wolff on Wednesday evening the Missions continued their season high winning streak with their tenth win in a row.

The Naturals struck first on a solo home run to left off of Missions' starter Andrew Werner. Nate Freiman pulled the Missions even in the bottom of the frame with a homer of his own, his 17th of the season. .

The Naturals re-gained the lead in the fifth as Nate Freiman once again was the difference with a double down the left field line which plated Jonathan Galvez to make it 2-2.

In the seventh, Galvez came up with the bases loaded and he promptly singled to right to bring home Edison Rincon and catcher Ali Solis to give San Antonio a 4-2 advantage.

Werner allowed just four hits and two runs in six innings with two walks and six strikeouts but did not factor in the decision. .

Courtesy of Jim White, Media Director for the Missions

Lake Elsinore Storm 12 – High Desert Mavericks 11

Key Stats: Matt Lollis 4.2 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 4 BB, 4 K; Tommy Medica 2-4, 2B, 2 RS, RBI, BB; Eddy Rodriguez 2-5, 2 HR (10), 4 RBI, BB; Donavan Tate 1-5, 2 RS, 2 K; Connor Powers 3-6, HR (9), 2 RBI.

If you were going to today's' game hoping to see a pitcher's duel you were sorely disappointed. Then again if you ever go to High Desert and expect to see a pitcher's duel, then you might as well expect to see a 10-9 game at Pepco. Anyway, it was 2-2 after four innings. The Storm scored six runs in the fifth inning and two runs in the sixth to take a commanding 10-4 lead. The Mavericks tied the game up in the seventh.

Fast forward to the eleventh inning and the Storm took an 11-10 lead on Eddy Rodriguez' second home run of the night.

With Quackenbush coming in the game was over… right? Unfortunately the Mavs found Quacks weakness, speed and defense. A bunt single and sacrifice put a runner on second with one out. The Mav's base runner then stole third with Storm catcher Rodriguez throwing the ball in to left field to tie the score.

However Connor Powers came in to pick up everyone up with a lead-off home run in the twelfth and this time Quackenbush retired the side in order to end the game.

The Storm have now improved to 11-3 in the second half and hold a three game lead over High Desert.

Bowling Green Hot Rods 1 – Fort Wayne TinCaps 8

Key Stats: Frank Garces 5 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 4 BB, 5 K; Jace Peterson 1-4, RS, 2 RBI; Austin Hedges 1-4, 2B, RBI.

FORT WAYNE, IN – A seven-run fourth inning helped the Fort Wayne TinCaps cruise to an 8-1 victory over the Bowling Green Hot Rods in their series opener on Wednesday night at Parkview Field. Frank Garces pitched five scoreless innings, giving him his fourth consecutive win and lowering his season ERA to 2.45.

Fort Wayne (9-4, 40-43) scored the game's first run on a second-inning double by catcher Austin Hedges. Duanel Jones scored from first base as Hedges turned on a pitch from Felipe Rivero (6-7) and drove it into the left field corner.

The 1-0 TinCaps advantage carried into the fourth inning when, for the fourth time this season and the second time since the All-Star break, Fort Wayne scored seven runs in an inning. Eleven batters came to the plate against Bowling Green (7-6, 45-38) righty Roberto Gomez. The inning featured run-scoring base hits by Tyler Stubblefield, Kyle Gaedele and Jace Peterson. Yeison Asencio drove in the frame's final run with a sacrifice fly. Bowling Green's only run came on a seventh-inning solo homer by Tyler Goeddel.

Garces (5-4) surrendered three hits in his outing, and over his last four starts has surrendered just one earned run in 20 innings, while striking out 19 and walking eight. James Jones, Luis De La Cruz and Daniel Cropper all pitched in relief.

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

Eugene Emeralds 9 – Everett Aquasox 1

Key Stats: Justin Hancock 5 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 7 K; Ronnie Richardson 2-4, 2B, 3 RS, 2 RBI; Jeremy Baltz 2-3, 2B, 3 RBI, BB; Jason Hagerty 1-2, 2 RS, RBI, 3 BB.

AZL Giants 3 – AZL Padres 2 (10 innings)

Key Stats: Uber Paz 5 IP,3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K; Malcom Diaz 2 IP,1 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K; Fernando Perez 1-3, 2B, RBI, BB.

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