Madfriars' Farm Report: May 20

The bats fall silent across the system as only a late burst for Ft. Wayne fends off a system sweep. Cody Decker is still mashing, Cory Spangenberg collects a few more hits, and that's about it around the organization.

Nashville 2 T-Padres 1

Key Statistics: PH Grandal 1-1, RBI; 3B Gyorko 1-4; LHP Layne 5,1IP, 4H, 2ER, 6K, 3BB, and 2-for-2 at the plate

The Tucson Padres scored once in the ninth inning but it was too little, too late in their 2-1 loss to the Nashville Sounds Sunday. Yasmani Grandal drove home Brad Davis with a pinch-hit single in the bottom of the ninth but Grandal was left on base as Sounds reliever Mike McClendon got Daniel Robertson to pop out to second base, ending the game. The Padres and Sounds split the four game series and Tucson has yet to win a series in 2012.

Nashville's Hainley Statia bounced a double over the left field wall to bring home Logan Schafer in the second inning for the Sounds first run. The second tally came when Sean Halton hit an RBI single to left in the fifth. Nashville starter Seth McClung pitched seven shutout innings for his first win of the season. The Padres had multiple scoring opportunities late in the game, leaving seven runners on base in their final five frames.

The Padres did not have an extra base hit in the loss. Tucson starter Tom Layne pitched 5.1 innings, allowing two runs, both earned, while striking out six. Relievers Bear Bay, Nick Vincent and Cory Burns all pitched scoreless outings for the T-Pads. Courtesy of Tim Hagerty, Director of Broadcasting and Media Relations for the Tucson Padres.

Frisco 2 San Antonio 1

Key Statistics: DH C. Decker 1-3, HR (14); LHP Werner 7.2 IP, 7H, 2R, 3K, 2BB

San Antonio managed only two hits against a quartet of RoughRiders pitchers, failing to back up starter Andrew Werner's strong effort.

San Antonio got on the board when Cody Decker led off with a blast to left field, pulling into a tie with Nate Freiman for the Double-A lead. But the next 12 Missions hitters went down in order before Reymond Fuentes drew a walk in the sixth. Jonathan Galvez collected the only other hit of the game, a two-out single in the seventh.

Werner took the loss, despite putting on one of his strongest showings of the year. Through the first six innings, Frisco had only three singles and never advanced a runner to second base. But in the seventh, the undrafted free agent signee gave up three straight singles to put the go-ahead run on third with one out. He induced a grounder to second to force the trail runner, but the return throw wasn't in time for a double play as the final run scored.

Modesto 15 Lake Elsinore 0

Key Statistics: Spangenberg 2-4; RHP Smith 4IP, 11H, 9ER, 2K, 0BB

Modesto jumped out to a four-run lead in the first inning and never looked back as the Storm took their worst loss of the year to open a quick three-game road trip. A day after playing 16 innings and then hopping on a seven hour bus ride, Elsinore was never in the contest.

Cory Spangenberg had a pair of singles as the only Storm hitter to reach base more than once. The 21-year-old pushed his May numbers up to 349/353/458. Rymer Liriano had the club's only extra-base hit, a double.

Starter Burch Smith had his roughest outing of the year, yielding all nine earned runs over four innings of work. The big righty was tagged for seven extra-base hits, and likely would have been gone even earlier if the bullpen hadn't been pushed so far the night before. Infielder Justin Miller worked the ninth inning on the hill to spare further work for the pen, giving up four runs on three hits, a walk and hit batter.

TinCaps 3 Bowling Green 2

Key Statistics: 1B/LF Orr 3-4, 2B, HR, 2 CS (4); RHP Rea 5IP, 3H, 1R, 0ER, 5K, 3BB

Travis Whitmore's two-out single in the bottom of the ninth led Fort Wayne to a 2-1 walk-off victory over the Bowling Green Hot Rods. Lee Orr's home run earlier in the inning tied the game at one, and Whitmore helped the TinCaps snap a three-game losing streak by driving home Yeison Asencio.

Fort Wayne (20-24) starter Colin Rea allowed just one unearned run over five innings against the league's top offense. Bowling Green (24-20) plated its lone run in the third inning, as Jake Hager led off with a walk, advanced on an error by Rea, and scored on a single. The TinCaps were stymied early by Hot Rods starter Ryan Carpenter, who also went five innings. He surrendered four hits, walked none and struck out six. Carpenter was followed be reliever Andrew Bellatti, who did not allow a hit in three innings. He walked two, and those were the only two baserunners Fort Wayne had from the fifth through the eighth.

Robert Eisenbach, appearing for the first time since May 10th, pitched the sixth for Fort Wayne and worked out of a bases loaded jam to hold the score at 1-0. Luis De La Cruz pitched the seventh and eighth, also holding the Hot Rods scoreless.In the ninth, Daniel Cropper (3-0) retired the side in order.

Orr, who hit a three-run home run to lift the TinCaps to a win on Wednesday at Lansing, came through again in the ninth with a solo home run to right to tie the game at one. Yeison Asencio, who has picked up hits in his two games with Fort Wayne, singled to left, and Austin Hedges walked to put the winning run at second base. Duanel Jones then flied to center, leaving the TinCaps to their final out of the game. Whitmore, on a 1-1 count, singled to right and Asencio beat the throw of right fielder Drew Vettleson to deliver Fort Wayne its first walk-off win of the year. Prior to Sunday, the TinCaps were 1-17 when trailing entering the ninth inning.

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

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