MadFriars' Daily Farm Report: August 27

Eugene, Fort Wayne, and Lake Elsinore are all trying to clinch playoff spots with one week to go. ALL suffered tough defeats on the night of Casey Kelley's big debut.

Tucson Padres 10 – Salt Lake City Bees 6

Key Stats: LHP Josh Spence 5IP, 3H, 3R, ER, 2BB, 6Ks; CF Dan Robertson 4-5, 2B, 3B, 3 RS, RBI, SB (17); SS Andy Parrino 3-5, 2B, RS, 3 RBI; 3B Jedd Gyorko 1-4, HR (30), 3 RBI (99).

SALT LAKE CITYBack-to-back three-run innings by the Tucson Padres aided the team to a 10-6 win over the Salt Lake Bees Monday at Spring Mobile Ballpark. The victory was the team's sixth in the past nine games. The Bees scored first in The Opening inning on a throwing error by Padres pitcher Josh Spence. Luis Jimenez hit an infield single back to Spence who attempted to underhand the ball to third baseman Jedd Gyorko, but the ball went under a moving Gyorko into foul territory, allowing two runs to score. Ed Lucas increased Salt Lake's lead to 3-0 with a solo home run in the second.

The Padres answered with thee runs in the top of the third to tie the game. Andy Parrino began the scoring with an RBI single to right field followed by back-to-back sacrifice flies by Gyorko and Matt Clark. Rocky Gale put Tucson ahead 4-3 in the fourth inning when he hit a RBI double over the left fielder's head. Daniel Robertson scored Gale on a triple to right field and Parrino brought home Robertson on an RBI single to give the Padres a 6-3 lead. Robertson finished the night with four hits and three runs scored, falling a home run shy of a cycle.

Tucson scored once more in the fifth on another RBI double by Gale. In the eighth inning the Padres scored three runs highlighted by Gyorko's 24th home run of the season over the left field wall. The Bees responded with three runs in the bottom half of the inning led by a two-run home run by Jimenez.

Jorge Reyes earned his first career save to secure the victory for the Padres. Spence picked up the win in his first game back with Tucson. He went five innings, allowing three hits, one earned run, and six strikeouts. Sean White lost his second game for Salt Lake, surrendering four hits and three runs in 2.1 innings of work.

Courtesy of Tim Hagerty, Media Director for the Tucson Padres

San Antonio Missions 0 – Corpus Christi Hooks 3

Key Stats: RHP Josh Geer 5IP, 9H, 3ER, BB, 6Ks; 3B Edinson Rincon 2-3, 2B; Nate Freiman and Cody Decker one single each.

One bad inning was all it took. Geer gives up three runs in the fourth and it was game over. The Missions could only muster up four hits, half of them by Rincon, and no walks, as the recent struggles continue.

The lobsided loss came against Ross Seaton who had given up at least four earned runs in three of his last four starts, one of which was against the Missions. However it was his day today, the right hander went 7 innings, allowing 4 hits, 0 walks and 9 strikeouts. Galvez was the biggest culprit going 0-4 with three strikeouts.

Lake Elsinore Storm 4 – Lancaster Jethawks 12

Key Stats: RHP Matt Lollis 3IP, 7H, 8R, 7ER, BB, 4Ks; 1B Tommy Medica 2-5 2B, HR (18), 2 RS, 2 RBI (84).

Lollis gets shelled as the Storm find themselves two back with a week left although Tommy Medica is having one of the better seasons in the organization.

Fort Wayne TinCaps 1 – Lansing Lugnuts 5

Key Stats: RHP Colin Rea 5IP, 9H, 2BB, 0K; RF Yeison Asencio 1-4, RS, 2 outfield assists.

LANSING, Mich. – A three-run home run by Lansing slugger Kevin Patterson was all the offense the Lugnuts would need as they rolled to their second consecutive victory, a 5-1 win over the Fort Wayne TinCaps on Monday night at Cooley Law School Stadium.

Fort Wayne (34-29, 65-68) starter Colin Rea (5-9) and the TinCaps fell behind early after the Peterson home run, and the deficit continued to grow in the following innings. Lansing scored in the second inning on a double-play groundout by Aaron Munoz, which scored Shane Optiz who had led off the inning with a double. The lead increased to 5-0 in the third as Patterson doubled home Chris Hawkins. Rea went five innings and allowed five earned runs on nine hits, while walking two.

The TinCaps got their lone run in the fourth. Yeison Asencio led off the inning on an error by shortstop Shane Opitz. He moved to second on a Kyle Gaedele single, and scored on a Matt Colantonio single to right field. Lansing (32-29, 79-51) starter Justin Nicolino (10-4) allowed three hits over five innings, walked two and struck out two. .

In the last two games, the TinCaps have scored one run, picked up 10 hits and gone 0-11 with runners in scoring position. With wins by both Lake County and West Michigan, the TinCaps now trail the Captains by one game in the standings. With seven games remaining in the regular season, Fort Wayne still would qualify as the second half wild card, but West Michigan is just one game back of the TinCaps for the second and final playoff spot. .

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

Spokane Indians 6 – Eugene Ems 1

Key Stats: LHP Kyle Ottoson 4.2IP, 6H, 6R, 2ER, BB, 6Ks; LF Jeremy Baltz 1-3, HR (4), RBI.

As with San Antonio, one bad inning was the difference in the game. Spokane had a six run fifth aided by a one out error followed by four straight singles, a strike out but then a home run. The Ems, once again, couldn't find their offensive spark.

AZL Angels 3 – AZL Padres 1

Key Stats: RHP Walker Weickel 2IP, 2H, 2Ks; CF Henry Charles 3-3, 2B, RS; 1B Luis Tejada 2-4, RBI.

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