Madfriars' Farm Report: April 27

Big Nate Freiman blasts two more homers

Yasmani Grandal hit a homer in his first plate appearance in three weeks to help set the tone for Tucson. Juan Oramas continues to struggle, digging a hole so deep even Nate Freiman can't climb out. Matt Jackson was dealing in Elsinore, while the TinCaps didn't give John much to watch.

T-Padres 5 Sacramento 1

Key Statistics: C Grandal 1-3, HR (1), BB, HBP; SS Cabrera 2-4, 2R, 4SB; RHP Geer 6IP, 6H, 1ER, 4K, 2BB

The Tucson Padres had a strong start from Josh Geer, flawless relief from three pitchers and four two-out runs in their 5-1 win over Sacramento Friday. Geer rebounded after a shaky start in Tucson over the weekend and held the River Cats to one run in six innings of work. Cory Burns, Brad Boxberger and Brad Brach pitched an inning each without allowing a baserunner to close the game.
The Padres lineup received a boost with the addition of Yasmani Grandal, who hit a home run in his first plate appearance since April 9. Grandal had been on the disabled list with a strained hamstring. Sawyer Carroll hit his team leading third home run in the sixth inning and James Darnell went 2-for-5 with an RBI single. The Padres added two insurance runs in the top of the ninth, taking advantage of a Sacramento error and a wild pitch. Everth Cabrera and Anthony Contreras also had two hits each for the T-Pads.
Cabrera established a new Tucson Padres mark for stolen bases in a game, swiping four without being caught. He now has ten stolen bases this year and has not been caught stealing.
Courtesy of Tim Hagerty, Director of Broadcasting and Media Relations for the Tucson Padres.

Midland 7, San Antonio 4

Key Statistics: 1B Freiman 2-3, 2HR (9), 4RBI, HBP; LHP Oramas 2.1 IP, 6H, 7ER, 2K, 5BB; RHP Needy 3.2 IP, 2H, 0ER, 6K, 2BB

Juan Oramas's disastrous start to the year continued as he failed to make it out of the third inning for the third time in five appearances this year. The lefty, who was somewhat surprisingly returned to Double-A after a strong showing last year, has now yielded 19 runs on 23 hits and 14 walks in just 15.1 innings so far this year.
After being dug into a hole early, the Missions' offense was limited to Nate Freiman, who homers in the sixth and ninth innings were responsible for all four San Antonio runs. The giant righty now leads the Texas League with 9 homers through 20 games this year while his .705 slugging percentage is good for second on the circuit. While his walk rate is way down so far, it's not unusual to see a guy who's hitting the ball this well become more aggressive during a streak.
After a week in the Tucson bullpen, 2009 draftee James Needy made his Double-A debut to pick up the pieces from Oramas. After getting a ground ball double play to get rid of the runner he inherited, the big righty from Santee worked three additional clean innings, giving the team exactly what they needed.

Lake Elsinore 2 Rancho Cucamonga 0

Key Statistics: 2B Spangenberg 3-4; RF Liriano 1-4, 2B, RBI, SB; RHP Jackson 7IP 5H, 0ER, 4K 0BB

It was a pitchers battle tonight at The Diamond as Storm starter Matt Jackson took the mound against rehabbing Dodger Todd Coffey. Jackson had an impressive outing going a solid seven innings hold the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes to no runs, only five hits, and struck out four in his third win in a Storm uniform.
The third inning was the only offensive excitement in the two hour and six minute game. Michael Wing hit a ball that rolled all the way to the warning track for a stand up triple to lead off the inning. Shortstop Chris Bisson followed with an RBI single to give the Storm a 1-0 lead. With one on and no outs, Rico Noel surprised the defense with a push bunt down the first base line and used his speed to beat the throw advancing Bisson to third. Cory Spangenberg bunted as well freezing the infield who came up without an out and Spangenberg with an infield single. Rymer Liriano hit an RBI ground out to the shortstop to give the Storm the 2-0 that would end up the final score.
Relievers Ryan Quigley and Kevin Quackenbush allowed no runs, no hits, no errors and combined to strike out three to hold off the Quakes. Chris Reed collected the loss for Rancho Cucamonga going seven innings striking out seven but giving up the two runs in the third.
Courtesy of Eric Theiss, Assistant Director of Media Relations for the Lake Elsinore Storm.

Burlington Bees 10 TinCaps 1

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