Madfriars' Farm Report: July 2

Belnome is ready to get back to Tucson

On a night when Max Fried made a rocky professional debut, the Padres ride exceptional starting pitching from Matt Palmer, Donn Roach and Burch Smith to victories, while Brandon Alger's continued excellence goes for naught in Eugene.

Tucson 10 Salt Lake 1

Key Stats: 2B Parrino 4-5, 2 2B, 3RBI, 4R; C Hundley 3-4, CS; RHP Palmer 6IP, 4H, 1ER, 3K, 2BB

The Tucson Padres offense exploded late in Monday's game and turned a close game into a lopsided 10-1 win. The Padres led 1-0 entering the bottom of the fifth when they scored two runs, added three more in the seventh and four more in the eighth to win their second straight game.

Padres starter Matt Palmer allowed just one run in six innings of work and picked up his fifth win of the season. Palmer pitched for Salt Lake for parts of three seasons from 2009-2011. Padres relievers Brad Boxberger and Miles Mikolas tossed a scoreless inning each out of the Tucson bullpen.

Two nights after hitting three doubles, Tucson infielder Andy Parrino went 4-for-5 Monday with two doubles and four RBIs. Nick Hundley went 3-for-4 and has four hits in eight at bats since joining the T-Pads Sunday. Padres outfielder Daniel Robertson went 2-for-4 with three RBIs including a two-run triple. Jedd Gyorko drove in two runs, but went 0-for-4, ending a nine-game hitting streak.

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

San Antonio 3 Northwest Arkansas 2

Key Stats: 1B Freiman, 1-4, 2B, BB, 2R, RBI; RHP Roach 6IP, 0H, 1R, 0ER, 2K, 3BB

Reymond Fuentes drew a bases loaded walk in the bottom of the 11th to push across the winning run for the Missions, who are now 8-1 since the break.

Starter Donn Roach worked six hitless innings, but was tagged for an unearned run in the fourth after his own error put the leadoff runner on, then a wild pitch advanced him to second. A groundout and sacrifice fly later, the 22-year-old acquired in the Ernesto Frieri trade was in the hole. After striking out nearly one batter per inning for the Storm, Roach has recorded only three in his first nine innings of work. He continues to be a groundball machine, getting 12 grounders in the game.

The Missions were also stymied through the first five innings, no hits either. But with two outs in the sixth, Jonathan Galvez singled, then Nathan Freiman and Cody Decker hit back-to-back doubles to claim the lead. Robert Lara gave the lead right back in the seventh inning, but the bullpen then strung together four scoreless innings.

Storm 3 Bakersfield 2

Key Stats: 3B Belnome 1-2, HR, BB; C Rodriguez 2-3, 2B, HR; RHP Smith 6IP, 3H, 1ER, 8K, 2BB

Burch Smith delivered another strong outing to help the Storm to a league-best 9-3 record in the second half. Smith threw six solid innings, allowing only one run on three hits. The 2011 14th-rounder struck out eight and walked two. In his last seven starts, Smith has a 2.04 ERA over 39.2 innings, striking out 45 against just seven walks.

In the second, Tommy Medica hit a leadoff single up the middle and eventually came around to score on a Donovan Tate grounded out to third. The hit extended Medica's streak to 18 straight games, the third longest in the league this season.

Vince Belnome and Eddy Rodriguez added solo homers as well. Belnome is 8-for-14 with three walks and a 1.000 slugging percentage in his four rehab appearances for the Storm. Rodriguez sports just a .230 average on the year, but is tied for second on the club with 8 homers.

TinCaps 5 Lake County 4

Key Stats: 3B Jones 2-4, HR(3), 2RBI; SS Peterson 2-4, R, SB; RHP Barbato 2IP, 3H, R, 2K, 1BB

While starter Cody Hebner lasted just three innings, the Fort Wayne bullpen was strong in relief, working the final six innings of a 5-4 victory over Lake County. Duanel Jones hit a two-run home run and Matt Stites earned his sixth save of the year, as the TinCaps earned their fourth consecutive series victory to open the second half.

Hebner allowed a run in the first inning, putting the TinCaps in an immediate hole. Fort Wayne responded with a three-run top half of the second. Duanel Jones blasted a two-run homer and Travis Jankowski hit an RBI double for his first Midwest League run batted in.

That lead evaporated by the time the third inning was over, though, as Hebner allowed single runs in both the second and third innings. He departed after the third, making Monday his shortest start of the season. The righty surrendered five hits while walking one and striking out a season-low-tying two. Kyle Gaedele broke the 3-3 tie in the fourth inning with an RBI groundout. In the bottom half of the inning, Dennis O'Grady (1-0) emerged from the bullpen to throw the first of his three scoreless frames. O'Grady handed it over to Johnny Barbato, who gave up one run over his two innings of work. The 19-year-old righty has seen his ERA rise each month of the season.

Matt Stites worked a perfect ninth inning, earning his sixth save of the season. The 2011 draftee has posted a miniscule 0.79 ERA on the season with a 29-to-2 strikeout-to-walk ratio, but has spent two stints on the disabled list.

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

Everett 10 Eugene 1

Key Stats: C Hagerty 2-4, 2B; 3B Burke 1-2, BB, SF, RBI; LHP Alger 3IP, 0H, 0R, 4K, 0BB

The Em's managed only one run while the bullpen gave up a pair of big innings. The 10-1 loss to Everett was the largest losing margin of the season for Eugene, which fell to 8-7.

Starter Brandon Alger extended his scoreless innings streak to begin his professional career. The 26th-round pick tossed three perfect innings, striking out four along the way. The lefty has only given up one unearned run through his first 11 innings. He has only given up five hits, has 10 strikeouts and no walks through four appearances.

Rehabbing catcher Jason Hagerty was the only Eugene hitter to collect multiple hits, going 2-for-4 with a double. Alberth Martinez and Chris Burke also collected two-baggers, but the club only managed to go 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position.

AZL Athletics 5 AZL Padres 2

Vladimir De La Cruz sailed through his first two innings of work, but was tagged for the three deciding runs in the seventh inning to take the loss and drop the Padres to 3-7 on the year.

Max Fried made his professional debut for the rookie league club. The lefty worked an adventurous, but scoreless, inning. Fried allowed a leadoff single to fellow first-rounder Addison Russell and issued a pair of walks before digging himself out with a strikeout, liner and grounder.

Third rounder Fernando Perez also made his debut, going 1-for-2 with a walk after spending his first two weeks as a professional on the disabled list. The 18-year-old infielder, who appeared as the designated hitter, signed out of Central Arizona College after leaving Otay Ranch High School a year early.

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