MadFriars' Farm Report: July 11

With the top two clubs off it was up to the A- ball and short-season teams to carry the torch. Fort Wayne and Eugene both secured wins, but the Storm fell in extras, and the return of Jaff Decker to the AZL couldn't bring a win for the last place Padres.

All-Star Break for the T-Pads.

No game for the Missions either.

High Desert Mavericks 7 – Lake Elsinore Storm 6 (12 innings)

Key Stats: Matt Lollis 5 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 5 K; Tommy Medica 1-5, 3B, 2 RS; Connor Powers 1-3, 2B, RS, 2 BB

Lake Elsinore — The Storm have played seven extra-inning games winning five of them this season.

Tonight the Storm fell after diminishing the High Desert Mavericks lead in the sixth but allowed a run to score in the 12th for the 7-6 loss.

The Mavs took an early lead in the second when Mike Carp homered over the right field wall that went 381 feet.

Jack Mader went 4-for-7 on the night including a home run in the fifth that lifted High Desert to a 3-0 lead.

In the bottom of the fifth Tommy Medica hit a deep fly ball that was over the head of center fielder James Jones which landed himself with a leadoff triple. Medica has now hit in 26 straight games and is now hitting .372 for the Storm. Medica would score on an RBI groundout by Eddy Rodriguez to put the Storm on board.

In the sixth the Mavs took a commanding lead. John Hicks singled to third and stole his second base of the night to reach scoring position. All together the Mavs stole seven bases during the game. After James Jones singled up the middle scoring Hicks, Jack Marder hit a two-run double giving the Mavs a 6-1 lead.

In the bottom of the inning Connor Powers started the comeback with a double to center. A pair of singles by Chris Bisson and Rico Noel picked up a run in favor of the Storm. With Justin Miller reaching on a fielder's choice and Medica on an error, a run scored and loaded the bases. Rodriguez singles scoring Casey McElroy who reached base on a walk and both Miller and Medica came around to score ending the inning with four hits and two errors collecting five runs for the Storm tying the game at 6-6.

The game came down to extra innings for the South Division rivals and it was the Mavs with a Jack Marder RBI single to collect a win for High Desert.

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

Beloit Snappers 3 – Fort Wayne TinCaps 6

Key Stats: Frank Garces 4 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 4 K; Yeison Asencio 2-4, 2B, RS, SB (4); Austin Hedges 3-4, 2 2B, 2 RS, 3 RBI, 2 SB (9)

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Austin Hedges knocked in three runs Wednesday night as the Fort Wayne TinCaps snapped a four-game losing streak, defeating the Beloit Snappers 6-3. Tyler Stubblefield sent two of his teammates in to score, and Dennis O'Grady pitched four innings of one-run relief to earn the victory for Fort Wayne.

The TinCaps had scored no more than three runs in any of their four previous games, but they scored three runs alone in the second inning against Snapper starter Tyler Jones (1-3). Hedges, Stubblefield and Travis Whitmore each contributed an RBI single in the inning, as Fort Wayne (11-8, 42-47) scored the game's first runs.

Beloit (8-11, 47-42) answered back with two runs in the third inning. TinCaps starter Frank Garces surrendered back-to-back RBI singles to Miguel Sano and Drew Leachman, allowing the Snappers to cut the lead to 3-2. Garces worked his shortest outing since May 24th, tossing four innings, allowing two runs, walking four and striking out four.

Hedges came through again the seventh with an RBI double, allowing Whitmore to score from first base. Stubblefield contributed his second RBI single of the night, pushing the Fort Wayne lead to 5-2. Beloit notched a run against TinCaps reliever Dennis O'Grady (2-0) in the fifth inning, narrowing the deficit to 5-3. O'Grady pitched four innings, allowing four hits, one unearned run and he struck out two.

Hedges capped his second-ever three RBI game with a double in the eighth inning, scoring Travis Whitmore.

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

Eugene Emeralds 4 – Salem Volcanoes 1

Key Stats: Chris Wilkes 2.2 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 5 K; Alberth Martinez 2-4,RBI, BB; Goose Kallunki 2-4, HR (1), RBI

AZL Padres 2 – AZL Cubs 4

Key Stats: Michael Kelly 3.2 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 K; Vladimir De La Cruz 4.1 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K; Jaff Decker 0-1, BB, K; Jairo Gomez 1-3, RS;

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