MadFriars' Farm Report: May 6

Gyorko has moved from third to second base.

Fort Wayne and San Antonio win as the T-Padres and Storm go down hard. San Antonio second baseman Jedd Gyorko is really starting to get comfortable at the plate as he hit his third home run in four days.

Sacramento 7 T-Padres 1

Key Statistics: SS Cabrera 3-5, RBI; 2B Amarista 2-5; 1B Clark 3-4; CF Robertson 2-3, 2B, R, Sac

Tucson managed 12 hits, yet couldn't push across a run until they had two outs in the ninth as the club missed out on a chance to record its first three-game winning streak of the season.

A day after the bullpen was taxed by a double-header, Colt Hynes couldn't make it out of the second inning, yielding four earned runs on five hits and three walks in 1.2 innings of work. Four relievers followed him to the bump, with only Brian Tallet avoiding further damage.

Newly-acquired Alexi Amarista had a pair of hits to extend his hitting streak to 15 games. His double-play partner for the day, Everth Cabrera had three singles out of the leadoff hole. The 25-year-old has hit in 14 of his last 15, pushing his season average to .333.

San Antonio 10 Corpus Christi 0

Key Statistics: 2B Gyorko 3-5, 2R, HR (6); 1B Freiman 3-5, 2B, HR (11), 5 RBI; C Hagerty 2-5, HR (3), 2R; LHP Erlin 5IP, 2H, 0ER, 6K,3BB

The Missions offense belted out runs in six of their first seven innings and cruised to a victory behind Robbie Erlin and a pair of relievers. San Antonio pitchers haven't surrendered a run through the first two games of their road trip after not having posted a shutout through the first 28 games of the season.

With two outs in the first, Jedd Gyorko clubbed his sixth homer of the year – and third in four days – then Nate Freiman and Cody Decker had back-to-back doubles, giving Erlin all the offense he'd need. Gyorko, who entered play on April 20 with a .229 average, is carrying an OPS above 1.000 over the last two weeks.

Erlin wasn't at his sharpest, but still worked five scoreless innings. The lefty yielded three walks, more than he gave up in two separate months last season, but gave up only two singles. The 21-year-old threw 99 pitches, 63 for strikes. Normally a fly ball pitcher, he induced nine groundouts on the day.

Five Missions hitters had multiple hits in the game, paced yet again by Freiman. Catcher Jason Hagerty connected on his third homer of the year, and utility man Dean Anna scored a pair of runs while playing shortstop.

Rancho Cucamonga 9 Lake Elsinore 2

Key Statistics: 1B Powers 2-4, 2B, R; RHP Andriese 5IP 9H, 6ER, 6K, 1BB

Matt Andriese labored through a five-run third innings as the Storm blew an early lead for the third straight game and finished off a 1-5 road trip with an ugly loss in Rancho.

Andriese, a third rounder out of UC Riverside last June, had his second difficult start on the trip. The 22-year-old, gave up six runs overall in his five innings of work, and was tagged for 11 on 17 hits over 9.2 innings in two starts on the trip. Encouragingly, the righty posted a 12:2 striketout-to-walk ratio.

Cory Spangenberg had the Storm's only multi-hit line, going 2-for-4 with a double and run scored. The 10th overall pick in last year's draft is carrying a .366/.381/.463 line over his last 10 contests, helping to pull him back from a brutal start to the year. The left-handed hitter has three of his seven extra-base hits on the year over his last four games.

TinCaps 3 White caps 2

Key Statistics: SS Peterson 2-4, BB, 3R, SB (14); CF Na 3-5, 2 3B, 3R; DH McElroy 2-5, 2RH (3), 4 RBI; RF Gallic, 3-4, HR, R, 3RBI; RHP Hebner, 6IP 4H, 1ER, 9K, 2BB

The Fort Wayne TinCaps belted three home runs, two off the bat of Casey McElroy, on Sunday afternoon en route to an 11-1 win over Dayton. Cody Hebner pitched a career-high six innings, and tied his career high by striking out nine as he earned his fourth win in six tries.
McElroy's day at the plate began with a first inning two-run home run off of Dayton starter Stalin Gerson (1-3). Fort Wayne (13-17) put up at least one run in each of the first four innings.

In the second inning, Jace Peterson and Kyung-Min Na had back-to-back run-scoring extra base hits to extend the Fort Wayne advantage to 4-1. Mike Gallic hit his first home run of the year in the third inning, and McElroy hit another two-run home run in the fourth. Fort Wayne scored three more times in the sixth, as Duanel Jones knocked in a run with a sacrifice fly and Gallic plated two on a single to center.

Hebner (4-1) pitched through the bottom of the sixth inning, escaping a bases loaded jam, to complete his outing. The 21-year-old righty allowed one run on four hits and surrendered two walks. Colin Rea pitched a scoreless seventh and eighth, and Ruben Mejia worked a scoreless ninth in his Fort Wayne debut.

In the last four games for the TinCaps, the starting pitching has worked 25 innings, allowed 15 hits, three earned runs, walked six and struck out 26, to the tune of a 1.08 ERA.

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

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