Madfriars' Farm Report: June 10
Donavan Tate goes deep!
Donavan Tate goes deep!
Contributor, MadFriars
Posted Jun 11, 2012


For just one night, we finally saw the future Padres fans hoped for in 2009 as Donavan Tate and Everett Williams put up good numbers, but only Ft. Wayne could capitalize. The Missions got a welcome return from Jonathan Galvez, but it wasn't nearly enough.

Reno 4 Tucson Padres 2

Key Stats: 3B Gyorko 2-3, 2B, BB; 1B Clark 2-4, 2B, RBI; RHP Reyes 6.2IP, 9H, 2R, 5K, 0BB

The Reno Aces scored a run each in their final three innings to come back and beat the Tucson Padres Sunday, 4-2. Reno's leadoff hitter Adam Eaton went 4-for-5 with three doubles and a triple in the win. The game also featured an unusual ejection when Reno starter Charles Brewer was thrown out after umpires said Brewer had a foreign substance on his left forearm, and believed he was using it to manipulate the ball.

Tucson scored first on Matt Clark's RBI single in the first inning. With Reno runners at first and third in the fourth inning, Tucson starting pitcher Jorge Reyes was called for a balk, plating the tying run. The Padres went ahead on Cody Decker's double in the sixth inning. The Tucson lead was short lived with Reno runs coming across in the seventh, eighth and ninth innings.

Tucson reliever Josh Spence suffered his first Triple-A loss after surrendering two runs in two innings of work. Entering play Sunday, left-handed batters were hitting just .087 against Spence, but he allowed back-to-back hits to left-handed hitters to begin the eighth inning. Jedd Gyorko went 2-for-3 with a double and a walk and is now hitting .356 in 24 Triple-A games. Matt Clark had his second straight multi-hit game in the loss, going 2-for-4 with an RBI.

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

Corpus Christi 11 Missions 6

Key Stats: 2B Galvez 3-5, 2B, HR, 3RBI; C Solis 2-4, 2B, R;

Josh Geer was blasted for 10 runs over three innings, digging a hole from which the Missions couldn’t recover. The 29-year-old righty, coming off one of his strongest performances of the year on Monday, gave up eight hits, three walks and hit a batter.

Jonathan Galvez, returning from his second trip to the disabled list, did his best to spark the offense, coming up a triple short of the cycle. The 21-year-old second baseman has only played in 12 games this season, but has been outstanding when he’s been on the field to the tune of a 370 average and OPS north of 1000.

Visalia 7 Storm 4

Key Stats: 3B Miller 3-5, E; DH Williams 2-4, 2B, BB; CF Noel 1-4, BB, SB (41)

The Storm managed 10 hits against the Rawhide, but went 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position to lose and fall back into a tie for first place in the Southern Division. Having squandered several opportunities, the Storm went into the sixth tied, but Visalia rallied for four against starter Matt Jackson and reliever Chris Franklin.

Elsinore’s offense was paced by Michael Wing, who went 2-for-4 including his third homer of the year. The 23-year-old, who was selected in minor league phase of the Rule 5 draft this winter, briefly gave the club a lead with a blast to left, and also plated the final run on a Rocky Gale groundout.

Everett Williams wrapped up one of his most successful series as a professional, going 2-for-4 with a double and walk. The 21-year-old from Austin went 5-for-12 with three extra-base hits in the series.

TinCaps 9 South Bend 4

Key Stats: SS Peterson 4-5, 2B, SB, 3R; CF Tate 1-2, HR(1), 2BB, CS; RHP Jones 3IP, 3H, 0R, 2K

Jace Peterson snapped out of a mini-slump to pace the TinCaps offense Sunday, going 4-for-5 with three runs scored. The 22-year-old shortstop now sports a .298 average on the year to go with an 834 OPS. The left-handed hitter also swiped another base and has now been successful in 85 percent of his attempts.

The club fell behind early as Ruben Mejia had his first rough go since moving into the rotation. The 20-year-old Dominican gave up three runs over two-plus innings on four hits and three walks. The righty had given up only two runs in his first two starts. However, James Jones came on and turned in three strong innings, giving the offense time to put together a charge that put them up by six runs. Jones, a 33rd-round selection in last summer’s draft, yielded three hits and struck out two in his second appearance for Ft. Wayne.

Donavan Tate hit his first home run in nearly two calendar years to provide the deciding runs. The 2009 first-rounder, who had been mired in a brutal 3-for-35, also drew a pair of walks. After posting an 856 OPS for the TInCaps when he was on the field last year, Tate has struggled through his return visit. The strong day today raised Tate’s season line to 209/296/247.



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