MadFriars' Farm Report July 5th

Tin Caps become the first Midwest League team to reach ten wins in the second half. Elsewhere the Missions streak is snapped, and Tommy Medica extends his hitting streak to twenty-one games in a Storm win. All in all the farm went 3-3

Las Vegas 51s 5 – Tucson Padres 1

Key Stats: Brad Boxberger 1.2 IP, 0 H, 2 BB, 2 K; Nick Hundley 1-4, 3B, E (1); Jedd Gyorko 1-4, HR (12), RBI

The Las Vegas 51s never trailed in their 5-1 victory over the Tucson Padres Thursday. Tucson starter Colt Hynes pitched 5.1 innings and allowed only two runs, but suffered the loss after leaving the game behind, 2-1. The Padres trailed by one and had a baserunner in both the seventh and eighth innings but could not score against the Las Vegas bullpen. The 51s scored three times in the bottom of the eighth on three hits and the Padres went down in order in the top of the ninth.

Las Vegas starter and former Tucson Sidewinder Bill Murphy pitched six strong innings, only allowing a run on Jedd Gyorko's solo home run in the sixth. Tim Redding held the Padres for 1.2 innings despite two walks and Jerry Gil picked up his fifth save, as he entered when the score was 2-1. The Padres had just four hits in the loss and no T-Pads had a multi-hit game.

The Padres have struggled at Cashman Field this season, winning one game in five tries. The Padres are 31-56, in fourth place in the Southern Division, 22 games behind first place Sacramento.

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

San Antonio Missions 2 – Tulsa Drillers 4

Key Stats: Josh Geer 5 IP, 8 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K; Jon Galvez/Nate Freiman 2-4, RBI; Rymer Liriano 0-2

Missions' win streak is snapped as they fall 4-2. After the offense looked so good for the first time all year they came out tonight flat. Six hits, all singles, only two walks and they grounded into two double plays. All of a sudden it looked like the Missions of May and early June were playing instead of the Missions of the last two weeks.

After falling behind 2-0, the Missions showed some life thanks to the speed of Fuentes. Fuentes had an RBI single, made it to second on the throw, then scored on a two-out knock by Galvez that wouldn't have scored most players.

Unfortunately after that it was a whole lot of nothing. The pen gave it up and the Missions fell.

Lake Elsinore Storm 6 – High Desert Mavericks 5

Key Stats: Matt Branham 5 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 4 K; Alexis Lara 2 IP, 0 H, 3 K; Donavan Tate 2-3, RS, BB, SB (1); Tommy Medica 2-5, 2B, RS, RBI; Eddy Rodriguez 2-5, HR (11), RS, RBI

Adelanto – In game one of the series against the High Desert Mavericks, the two battled into extra innings with a 10-10 tie in the ninth. The Storm were able to prevail and win 12-11. In game two of three the game went tied 5-5 into the ninth when Eddy Rodriguez hit a single to left field scoring Casey McElroy to lift the Storm to a 6-5 victory.

Along with the victory, the highlight of the night came in the fourth. After James Jones doubled in the third to score Mickey Wiswall giving the Mavs a 1-0 lead, it was a double by Tommy Medica in the fourth that has the league looking his way.

With that double Medica keeps his hit streak alive to a league leading 21 games. The streak began back on June 11. Thus far he has gone 35-for-83 including 12 doubles, two home runs, 18 runs and collected 20 RBIs with a batting average over .423.

With Justin Miller on third and Medica on second, Michael Wing hit his fourth home run in a Storm uniform with a blast over the left field wall to give the Storm a 3-1 lead. Since returning from AA San Antonio, Wing has gone 5-for-21 with one home run and four RBI.

In the fifth the home team rallied to regain the lead. With two on and one out Jones hit a triple to right center scoring two and Jones himself would score on a single by Brad Miller to go ahead 4-3. Both teams scored a run in the sixth. Donovan Tate scored off a Rico Noel single in the top of the inning and Dennis Raben scored for the Mavs after hitting his fifth double.

Eddy Rodriguez tied the game up for the Storm when he hit a solo shot to right field. It was his third home run in two games and his team leading 11th of the season.

In the ninth his single scored a run and Kevin Quackenbush came in and picked up his 16thsave of the season to claim their fifth consecutive series in the second half. Storm reliever Alexis Lara went two innings allowing no runs, no hits and struck out three for his first win with the Storm.

Courtesy of Eric Theiss, media director for the Lake Elsinore Storm

Bowling Green Hot Rods 3 – Fort Wayne TinCaps 8

Key Stats: Adys Portilo 5 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 5 BB, 5 K; Mike Gallic 2-2, 2 RS, 3 BB; Zach komentani 1-4, RS, 2 RBI, BB; Matt Colantonio 3-4, RS, 2 RBI

FORT WAYNE, Ind – On a steamy Thursday night at Parkview Field, the Fort Wayne TinCaps defeated the Bowling Green Hot Rods 8-3. Adys Portillo earned his sixth victory of the season, and Fort Wayne secured its fifth consecutive series win. The TinCaps are the first team in the league to reach ten victories in the second half.

After a seven-run fourth inning in Wednesday night's 8-1 victory, Fort Wayne (10-4, 41-43) began Thursday's game with a four-run first inning against Bowling Green (7-7, 45-39) starter Trevor Shull (2-4). The righthander walked the bases loaded to begin the inning, and allowed the game's first run on an RBI groundout by Yeison Asencio. Zach Kometani, making his first start with the TinCaps since April 28th, plated two runs with a single and Matt Colantonio knocked in a run, too.

TinCaps starter Adys Portillo (6-5) threw five innings, lowering his league-leading earned run average from 1.76 to 1.65. Entering this season, he had picked up six victories in 46 starts. This year he has matched that win total in just 16 starts. The 20-year-old walked five, struck out five, and allowed one hit and one unearned run.

That run scored in the fifth as Tyler Goeddel walked to begin the frame, advanced on a passed ball and scored on a groundout. A 4-1 margin was as close as the Hot Rods would come to evening the score.

The TinCaps scored in the fifth on a two-run single by Travis Jankowski, and added two more in the sixth on a sacrifice fly from Tyler Stubblefield and another RBI single from Colantonio. Fort Wayne's catcher finished the evening 3-4 with two runs batted in. Thursday was his first three-hit game of the season and his second multi-RBI game of the year. Bowling Green added two runs in the eighth inning against TinCaps reliever James Needy.

Walks plagued both staffs, with the Hot Rods giving up a season-high 10 free passes. The previous season high for Bowling Green was eight. Fort Wayne walked a season-high-tying eight batters. The TinCaps play for the series sweep on Friday night at 7:05. The last time Fort Wayne swept a three-game series at Parkview Field was from April 7-April 9, 2011, last year's season-opening series against South Bend. The scheduled starters Friday are Colin Rea for Fort Wayne and Jake Floethe for the Hot Rods.

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

Eugene Emeralds 7 – Everett Aquasox 6 (12 innings)

Key Stats: Chris Wilkes 2 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K; Genison Reyes 2 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K; Jason Hagerty 1-3, HR (1), RBI, 3 BB; Ronnie Richardson 3-7, 3 RBI; River Stevens 2-5, RS, BB

AZL Mariners 3 – AZL Padres 2 (10 innings)

Key Stats: Michael Kelly 5 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K; Kyle Ottoson 2 IP, 0 H, 4 K;

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