MadFriars' Farm Report: June 9

Valdez had 2 hits for the Missions on Sat.

The Missions break their losing streak and the Storm take over first place. A couple of big innings do in the T-Padres and the relief corps lets down the TinCaps.

Reno Aces 12 - T-Padres 9

Key Statistics: CF Tekotte 2-5; 1B Clark 3-4, 2BBB, 3 RBIs; SS Fe. Cabrera 2-4; C Grandal 1-2, 2 BB; RHP Reyes(L) 4.0 IP 10 H 7R, 7ER, BB, 2 Ks. TUCSON: The Tucson Padres scored five times in the first inning but Reno scored 12 unanswered runs to go ahead and eventually win, 12-9. The Padres scored the final four runs of the game, but gained just one baserunner in the ninth and lost their third straight. All but one of Reno's nine starters had a hit and an RBI. Matt Clark went 3-for-4 with three RBIs in the loss for Tucson.

  Reno collected 18 hits, including nine for extra bases. The Aces batted around in the fifth inning, scoring five times on five hits, including an RBI double by starting pitcher Joe Martinez. Stephen Drew went 2-for-5 with a two-run home run in the second game of his injury rehab assignment. Drew is on the Diamondbacks disabled list with a fractured bone in his ankle.

  Tucson starter Anthony Reyes allowed seven runs, all earned, on 10 hits in four innings of work. Matt Palmer threw a scoreless inning in his Tucson relief debut. Miles Mikolas pitched a scoreless ninth inning and hasn't allowed a run in two Triple-A outings this season. The Padres have lost three consecutive games and seven of their last nine. The T-Pads have a 21-41 record and are 18.5 games out of first place.

  Courtesy of Tim Hagerty, Director of Broadcasting and Media Relations for the Tucson Padres.

Missions 9 - Frisco RoughRiders 4

Key Statistics: LF Altman 4-4, 2B, 3 RBIs; SS Valdez 2-3, 2B, 2 RBIs; RF Blackwood 1-4, HR(3), 2 RBIs; C Kral 1-2, 2B, BB; RHP Beard(W) 5.2 IP 5H 4R 4ER 3BB K.

San Antonio – The San Antonio Missions scored first and avoided the series sweep by defeating the visiting Frisco Roughriders 9-4, thanks in part to the bottom of the order who combined for five RBI's and six hits on the night. San Antonio improves to 24-36 as Frisco falls to 36-24.

The Missions scored on a sharp RBI single back up the middle by left fielder Bryan Altman to grab an early 1-0 lead. Starting catcher Jason Hagerty reinjured his back in the second inning and had to leave early. He was on the DL for one week in late May with a strained lower back.

One batter after Nate Freiman walked to lead off the third, centerfielder Jake Blackwood hit a no-doubter deep over the left field wall to give the Missions a 3-0 lead. San Antonio added two more runs on a sacrifice fly by Jeudy Valdez and another RBI single by Altman, his second of three on the night.

The Roughriders responded with a rally of their own in the top of the fifth to cut the lead to one. Missions' starter Hayden Beard pitched four scoreless innings to begin the game but gave up his four earned runs with one swing of the bat by Mike Olt who hit a grand slam to left field.

Four was the magic number for the Missions who hit four doubles and scored another four runs in the bottom of the sixth. Replacement catcher Robert Kral led off the inning with a double who proceeded to score on a Valdez ground-rule double. Altman drove in his third run of the game on a double to deep center. Two batters later, after a Dean Anna walk, his 38 for the season, DH Ali Solis hit a two-run double, bringing the score to 9-4.

Altman had another single in the eighth inning, ending the game 4-4 with 3 RBI's, his first career four hit game, and first career three RBI game. He had five hits and three RBI's for the season coming into the game.

Courtesy of Jim White, Media Director of the San Antonio Missions

Storm 6 - Visalia Rawhide 3

Key Statistics:CF Noel 2-5; 3B J. Miller 2-4, 3 RBIs, 2B, BB; DH Medica 2-4, 2B, HR(7), 2 RBIs; RHP B. Smith(W) 5.2 IP 4 H 3 R 3 ER 3 BBs 6 Ks; RHP Quigley 1.0 IP 2 Ks; RHP Quakenbush(S) 1.0 IP 2 H 1 K.

Visalia — The Storm took sole possession of first place in the southern division of the California League as the won over the Visalia Rawhide 6-3. They were helped when the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes defeated the High Desert Mavericks 4-2 and the Lancaster Jethawks fell to the Inland Empire 66ers 4-2.

  The Storm picked up their third consecutive win behind early but the offense was picked up by Justin Miller who went 2-for-4 and collected three RBI to help lead the Storm.

  Visalia was the first to score when Michael Freeman led off with a double to left. He stole third for his 15th steal of the season and would score as teammate Bobby Borchering doubled himself to go ahead 1-0.

  The Storm would not answer back until the third when Miller doubled with two outs scoring Rico Noel who had singled to tie the game up. Miller is currently batting .388 including six doubles and 12 RBI for the Storm.

  They would again score in the top of the fourth to take the lead. Cory Spangenberg hit a single to left to start the inning off. Next at bat it was Medica Mania as he hit his seventh home run this season in just 21 games to give the Storm a 3-1 lead.

  Medica is tied with Rico Noel for highest team batting average at .317 and has scored 25 RBI.   After a scoreless fifth the Storm battled again with two outs. Rymer Liriano hit his 17th double to put a runner in scoring position and would then score when Eddy Rodriguez hit a single up the middle to add to their lead.

The Rawhide would not go away. In the bottom of the inning after a hit by pitch and a walk the home team had two on and two out for Carter Bell. Bell singled to left field scoring two for the Rawhide to close the gap to 4-3.

  The Storm would tack on insurance runs in the seventh when Miller singled to score Noel and Chris Bisson to put up six runs on the night.

  Storm Starter Burch Smith picked up his fifth win pitching five and 2/3 giving up three runs on four hits and collected six strikeouts. Closer Kevin Quackenbush continued to lead the league picking up his 13th save on the season.

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

  South Bend Silver Hawks 9 - TinCaps 3

Key Statistics: RF Asencio 3-4, HR(3), RBI; 1B Whitmore 1-5, HR(3), RBI; RHP Wisler 5.0 IP 3 H 1 R 1 ER BB 6Ks; RHP Haney (BS)(L) 1.0 IP 3H 3R 3ER BB 2Ks; RHP O'Grady 3.0 IP 7H 5R 3ER 4Ks.

FORT WAYNE – Although Fort Wayne took an early 2-0 lead over South Bend on Saturday night, the Silver Hawks climbed back for a 9-3 victory in the opener of a three-game series. The TinCaps bullpen surrendered eight runs, six of them earned, marking the third time in the last six games that the Fort Wayne relief corps has given up at least six runs.

Matt Wisler started for Fort Wayne, working five innings and allowing one earned run on three hits. The 19-year-old walked one and struck out six. In his last two outings, the Bryan, Ohio, native has gone 10 innings, allowed one run, walked two and struck out 14.

He received an immediate boost of offense as both Travis Whitmore and Yeison Asencio hit solo home runs in the first inning. Fort Wayne (28-34) carried the 2-0 lead into the fifth inning. Wisler allowed his only run in that frame, and departed in line for the victory.

Chris Haney (0-1), added to the TinCaps roster on Friday, surrendered three earned runs in the sixth inning. Run-scoring hits by Tom Belza, Matt Helm and Marc Bourgeois pushed the score in favor of South Bend (32-30), making it 4-2. The scoring continued in the seventh inning against Dennis O'Grady, as he allowed four runs to score. One of those runs was unearned, though, as Donavan Tate committed an error, dropping a fly ball in center field.

Trailing 8-2, the TinCaps plated one run in the seventh inning on a sacrifice fly from Kyle Gaedele. South Bend scored another unearned run in the ninth against O'Grady, as shortstop Jace Peterson committed a two-out error.

Silver Hawks starter J.R. Bradley earned the victory, his third of the season. The Nitro, WV, native worked six innings, allowed two earned runs on six hits, struck out two and walked none.

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

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