MadFriars' Daily Farm Report: August 9

After playing so well for the last month or so, the system has hit a bit of a snag. The farm could only muster one win as Eugene, Fort Wayne, Lake Elsinore and San Antonio all lost.

T-Pads had the day off

Springfield Cardinals 9 – San Antonio Missions 5

Key Stats: Adys Portillo 4 IP, 9 H, 7 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 1 K; Rymer Liriano 2-4, 2 RS, 2B; Jeudy Valdez 2-3, 2B, HR (12), 4 RBI

Portillo was knocked around as the Missions fall 9-5. Portillo allowed two runs in the first, though neither of them were earned as Solis dropped a pop up that would have changed the inning. Portillo only allowed one earned run through the first four innings. This all changed in the fifth when Portillo couldn't seem to buy an out. He allowed the first four runners on base before he was removed. All runs would score and Portillo finished with an awful line score.

The offense would score five runs, mainly thanks to Jeudy Valdez who hit a bases loaded double in the second to give the Missions a 3-2 lead. He then came up in the fourth and hit a two-run home run to once again give the Missions the lead this time at 5-3 but it wasn't enough for San Antonio as they went down in defeat.

Lake Elsinore Storm 6 – Inland Empire 66ers 8

Key Stats: Burch Smith 5 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 1 K; Donavan Tate 3-4, 2B, RBI, BB; Everett Williams 3-5, 2B, RS, 2 RBI

San Bernardino – Burch Smith was able to hold off Inland Empire and the bats came alive early as the Storm scored four runs in the third. But a pair of runs in the fifth, seventh, and eighth allowed the Sixty-Sixers to come from behind for the 8-6 victory claiming the series.

Two early errors put both Cory Spangenberg and Justin Miller on base with no outs for the Storm. The Storm would jump on the board when Casey McElroy hit an infield single to first but reached safely as Spangenberg scored.

Two more runs were scored when Everett Williams hit his twenty-first double to left field and would advance to third on the throw. He would then score on a sacrifice fly by Robert Kral to give the Storm a 4-0 lead.

Inland Empire would score in the bottom of the inning when Jose Jimenez walked, advanced on a single to center field, a wild pitch and would score on a sacrifice fly by teammate Taylor Lindsey.

After a scoreless fourth, the Sixty Sixers scored two more runs when Kaleb Cowart hit just his 11th double for Inland Empire allowing both Lindsey and Ryan Jones to score now only down 4-3 to the Storm.

The game would get tied up in the sixth when Miller, playing third base threw the ball away with two outs allowing Rolando Gomez to score. Miller would make up for his error leading off the seventh with a home run over the left field wall giving the Storm the lead 5-4.

C.J. Cron would hit a home run of his own in the bottom of the inning with Cowart on base to regain the lead for the Sixty Sixers 6-5. Inland Empire would further their lead in the eighth when Jones hit a double to deep centerfield scoring Jimenez who singled and Lindsey who drew a walk to collect their eighth run on 12 hits.

Donovan Tate would double in the ninth scoring McElroy but the Storm was unable to make the comeback falling 6-8. Smith went five innings allowing three runs on six hits and only recorded one strikeout in the outing.

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

Western Michigan Whitecaps 5 - Fort Wayne TinCaps 3

Key Stats: Reuben Mejia 4.2 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 5 K; Yeison Asencio 1-3, 2B, RS; Austin Hedges 1-3 HR (9), RBI

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The TinCaps had the tying runs on base when the rain came in the bottom of the seventh inning, but the rain did not let up, and Fort Wayne lost 5-3 to the West Michigan Whitecaps in a rain-shortened game Thursday night at Parkview Field.

Fort Wayne (27-19, 58-58) struck first in the bottom of the second. Yeison Asencio led off the inning with a double, moved to third on a fly out by Travis Whitmore, and scored on a Duanel Jones sacrifice fly. The next batter, Austin Hedges, hit a solo home run, his team lead-tying ninth of the season, to make it 2-0 Fort Wayne.

West Michigan (23-23, 59-57) answered in the third when Zach Maggard hit a solo home run. The Whitecaps added two more runs in the fourth off of Ruben Mejia (1-6). Shortstop Eugenio Suarez reached on an error to lead off the inning, and Aaron Westlake followed with a triple to score Suarez. Jeff McVaney singled home Westlake to give West Michigan a 3-2 lead.

The Whitecaps plated two more runs in the fifth. Jason Krizan singled to lead off the inning, and scored on a double by Maggard. Maggard moved to third on a Chard Wright bunt, and scored when Brandon Loy grounded into a force out.

Duanel Jones led off the bottom of the seventh with a single. After Austin Hedges struck out, Kyle Gaedele was hit by a pitch, moving Jones to second. B.J. Guinn followed with an RBI single, scoring Jones from second. The next batter, Jace Peterson, lined out to third base. West Michigan made a pitching change, replacing Brennan Smith (2-4) with Michael Torrealba. As Mike Gallic stepped into the batter's box, the rain began to fall and play was suspended. After a delay of one hour and 13 minutes, the game was called because of the inclement weather.

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

Eugene Emeralds 1 – Yakima Bears 2

Key Stats: Chris Wilkes 3 IP, 0 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 1 K; Maxx Tissenbaum 1-3, RS

The Ems have scored one run in the last eighteen innings as they fell once again to Yakima this time 3-1. Yakima could only muster three hits, all singles, in the game. However two of the hits came with runners in scoring position leading to the game winning run.

Eugene couldn't do any better only gathering four hits, all singles too, but went 0-4 with runners in scoring position.

AZL Reds 0 – AZL Padres 3

Key Stats: Tayron Guerrero 4 IP 2 H, 0 ER, 0 BB; Mallex Smith 2-5, RS; Miguel Del Castillo 4-4, RBI

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