MadFriars' Farm Report July 21

Up and down day in the system as the system breaks even thanks to some fire power in Tucson, Fort Wayne, and Eugene. Number three overall pick Donavan Tate gets another multi-hit game and raise his average over .300 in Lake Elsinore.

Tucson Padres 8 – Sacramento River Cats 4

Key Stats: Colt Hynes 5.2 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 5 K; Jeremy Hermida 2-5, RS, 4 RBI; Jedd Gyorko 0-3, RBI, 2 BB, 2 RS

The Tucson Padres became the first Pacific Coast League team to beat Graham Godfrey in 2012, winning 8-4 in Sacramento Saturday night. Godfrey held the Padres without a run for five innings but Tucson took advantage of three walks and five hits to score six times in the top of the sixth inning. The Padres used three more walks to score twice in the seventh inning in the victory.

Tucson starter Colt Hynes pitched 5.2 innings and allowed three earned runs, picking up his fourth win of the season. Cory Burns pitched a scoreless eighth inning and has struck out five of the six hitters he has seen in the series. Brad Boxberger struck out two in a scoreless bottom of the ninth inning.

Jeremy Hermida led the Padres offense Saturday, going 2-for-4 with four RBIs. Jesus Merchan and Anthony Contreras also had two hits for Tucson. The Padres have won three of their last four games, including two in a row, and are now 37-62, in fourth place, 21 games behind first place Sacramento.

Courtesy of Tim Haggerty, Media Director for the Tucson Padres

Midland Rockhounds 8 – San Antonio Missions 3

Key Stats: Josh Geer 5 IP, 8 H, 5 ER, 1 BB, 6 K; Reymond Fuentes 2-4, 2B, RS, RBI, 3 SB (24); Edinson Rincon 2-4, RS, SB (1); Rymer Liriano 1-3, HBP

San Antonio – The Midland RockHounds defeated San Antonio 8-3 in the second game of their four-game series Saturday night at The Wolff. Midland has now won five of the last six meetings against the Missions this season in San Antonio.

The Missions got on the board first, going up 1-0 on Cody Decker's sacrifice fly that scored catcher Ali Solis in the bottom of The Opening inning.

San Antonio's lead would be short-lived as the RockHounds responded the next inning, plating four runs off San Antonio starter Josh Geer. They added another run an inning later to go up 5-1.

Reymond Fuentes' fourth inning double scored Edinson Rincon to bring the Missions within three but they would get no closer. Midland designated hitter Matt Rizzotti homered off the scoreboard in the fifth to make it 6-2 and would score the ‘Hounds seventh run two innings later.

Shortstop Jeudy Valdez brought in Fuentes with another sacrifice fly in the Missions half of the frame. Rizzotti's big night continued as he singled home Josh Horton with the final run in the top of the ninth.

Courtesy of Jim White, Media Director for the San Antonio Missions

Modesto Nuts 14 – Lake Elsinore Storm 0

Key Stats: Matt Lollis 2.2 IP, 6 H,6 ER, 3 BB, 4 K; Donavan Tate 2-4, 2B

It wasn't the Storm's night to say the least. Big Matt Lollis had his first bad outing as a starter in four outings with the Storm as he got tagged for six earned runs in 2.2 innings.

In today's North County Times a good article by John Maffei, who also writes for Baseball America on the Padres' minor league system and another one by Brian Haas on Donavan Tate.

Fort Wayne TinCaps 8 – Quad Cities River Bandits 7 (10 innings)

Key Stats: Ruben Meja 5 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 1 K; Jace Peterson 3-5, 2B, RS, RBI; Mike Gallic 3-6, RS, 2 RBI; Tyler Stubblefield 3-5, 2 2B, 3 RS, RBI

DAVENPORT, Iowa – In a game that featured 15 runs, 20 hits, two errors and four delays caused by a rabbit running on to the field, the Fort Wayne TinCaps emerged the victors, 8-7 in 10 innings, over the Quad Cities River Bandits on Saturday night. The TinCaps have now won five straight games for the first time this season.

A Jace Peterson RBI double with two outs in the top of the 10th inning gave the TinCaps the lead for good and Matt Stites, after blowing a save opportunity in the bottom of the ninth, pitched a perfect bottom of the 10th to secure the win.

The Fort Wayne (17-11, 48-50) advantage stood at five runs before the second inning came to an end. The TinCaps pounced on Quad Cities (15-13, 50-47) starter Dail Villanueva for five runs in the top half of the second, knocking out the lefthander after just 1 2/3 innings. The lead remained unchanged until the sixth.

TinCaps starter Ruben Mejia turned in his strongest outing of the year, allowing two hits over five scoreless innings. In his first start since June 9th, Mejia walked two and struck out one.

The score stood at 5-0 in favor of Fort Wayne at the beginning of the sixth until Peterson drove in the first of his two runs, making it 6-0. Dennis O'Grady was called on to pitch the sixth for the TinCaps, but did not make it out of the inning. The righthander allowed four runs, and by the time the sixth was over, Fort Wayne's lead was trimmed to 6-4.

Neither team scored again until the ninth, when Austin Hedges doubled home Mike Gallic. In the bottom of the inning, Daniel Cropper allowed one run to score, making it 7-5 TinCaps. Matt Stites (2-0) then came on with runners at the corners and two outs. Stites allowed a two-run, game tying single to Nick Martini, which was nearly caught by a diving Travis Jankowski in shallow center field. Stites recovered to retire the side and send the game to the tenth.

Tyler Stubblefield led off the tenth with a double against Ethan Cole (2-1), and with two out, Peterson sent him home on a liner to right center field, giving Fort Wayne an 8-7 lead that would stand for good. Stites retired the side in order in the 10thinning, striking out Jeremy Patton on a 100 mile per hour fastball to end the game.

On four separate occasions during the game, a brown rabbit hoped onto the field and delayed the game by several minutes. Members of the Quad Cities grounds crew chased the rabbit around, attempting to corral it toward a gate in the left field corner.

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

Boise Hawks 4 – Eugene Emeralds 7

Key Stats: Kyle Ottoson 3.2 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 K; Jeremy Baltz 2-5, 2B, RS, 2 RBI; Alberth Martinez 1-3, 2 RS, RBI, BB, 2 SB (6)

The Emeralds have now won 11 out of 12 games and are being carried by a strong pitching staff. LF Jeremy Baltz one of the top picks in the 2012 draft had the big night offensively for Eugene.

Of the five pitchers that Eugene used in the game only LHP Kyle Ottoson gave up any runs.

AZL Padres 0 – AZL Royals 5

Key Stats: Adam Schrader 3.1 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 2 K; Mark Hardy 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R,0 ER, 1 K; Jaff Decker 0-2;

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