Madfriars' Farm Report: July 28

Mikolas takes a loss the hard way

You never know what you'll see when you go to a baseball game. Tucson found a new and creative way to lose and San Antonio lost on a walk-off homer, while Ft. Wayne took advantage of a pair of late errors to reverse their fortune. Opting against late drama, Elsinore and Eugene put up big innings early and rolled to victory.

Tacoma 8 Tucson 7

Key Stats: SS Parrino 3-4, 2RBI, HBP; RHP Boxberger 1IP, 2K

Tucson reliever Miles Mikolas overthrew catcher Rocky Gale on an intentional walk pitch gone awry in the ninth inning Saturday, allowing Darren Ford to score from third base with two outs. The bizarre play broke the tie in the ninth and helped the Rainiers beat the Padres, 8-7. The Padres had a single by Andy Parrino and a walk from Jedd Gyorko in the bottom of the ninth, but Stephen Pryor struck out Vince Belnome to end the game.

The Padres took a 2-1 lead in the first inning on an RBI groundout by Gyorko and a sacrifice fly by Matt Clark. Three innings later Ford hit a grand slam for Tacoma, part of his 4-for-5 night with six RBIs. The Padres trailed 7-4 in the sixth when Gale hit a two-run single to get Tucson within one. Third baseman Alex Liddi misplayed Daniel Robertson's ground ball one batter later, allowing Tucson to tie the game.

The Padres and Rainiers have squared off five days in a row and all five contests have been decided by one run. Clark and manager Terry Kennedy were ejected in the sixth when home plate umpire Clint Fagan called Clark out on a check swing attempt without asking for an appeal from a base umpire.

Courtesy of Tim Hagerty, Media Director for the Tucson Padres

Frisco 2 San Antonio 1

Key Stats: 2B Galvez 2-4, BB; Rincon 1-4, HR(8); RHP Jackson 7IP, 5H, 1ER, 2K, 0BB

The RoughRiders walked off with a hard-fought victory on a Chris McGuinness homer off Daniel Stange to claim a 2-1 win. The Missions had loaded the bases in the top of the ninth, but were unable to push the go-ahead run across, setting up their third straight loss.

Edinson Rincon got the Missions on the board with a solo shot with two outs in the eighth. The 21-year-old from the Dominican has continued to heat up every month of the season and now owns a 336/360/421 line since the All-Star break. The right-handed slugger has the potential for much more power than that, but will certainly take the high average after a 198/218/222 line in April.

Starter Matt Jackson worked seven strong innings, yielding just one run on five hits. In three appearances in Double-A, the 24-year-old righty owns a 3.00 ERA with 12 strikeouts against four walks in 18 innings. With a number of pitchers in the middle levels of the organization approaching their innings limits, Jackson will have to carry a load for San Antonio down the stretch.

Storm 6 Rancho Cucamonga 5

Key Stats: LF Williams 2-4, BB, R; 3B Miller 2-4, RBI; CF Noel 0-2, 3BB, 2SB (73)

Elsinore rode a four-run third inning and solid pitching from Matt Branham and a trio of relievers to a 6-4 victory just up the road in the Epicenter. Closer Kevin Quackenbush was tagged for a run, but closed out his league-best 21st save of the year.

Donavan Tate got plunked for his second straight plate appearance to open the third before a walk and three straight singles by Everett Williams, Michael Wing and Luis Domoromo pushed across a pair of runs. A Jeremy Rodriguez double play scored Wing before B.J. Guinn singled to plate the final run of the inning.

Williams finished the game 2-for-4, extending his hitting streak to a career-high seven games. After a dreadful June, the former second-rounder is in the midst of his best professional month. The left-handed hitting outfielder has a 329/388/589 line in 17 July contests.

TinCaps 5 Great Lakes 4

Key Stats: SS Peterson 2-4, R, CS; 1B Orr 2-3, 2B, 3B; RHP Needy 2.2IP, 3H, 1ER, 2K, 0BB, HBP

A night after a late miscue caused them to drop a contest by the same score, Ft. Wayne took advantage of two late Loons errors to claim a 5-4 victory to open the series.

Four TinCaps recorded two-hit games, led by Lee Orr's double and triple, and a homer by Kyle Gaedele to open the fifth. The bottom of Ft. Wayne's lineup combined to go 6-for-9 with all the club's extra-base hits and three runs scored.

Starter Ruben Mejia gave up three runs over just 4.1 innings of work before giving way to James Needy with two men on. The big righty hit a batter and gave up a single, but Yeison Asencio threw out his 17th runner of the year to cut down a would-be run and Needy came back to get a fly out to end the frame. Needy yielded a run of his own in the sixth, but worked a quick and seventh to finish the contest with a 1.32 ERA.

Eugene 11 Salem-Keizer 6

Key Stats: 2B Tissenbaum 3-5, 2HR(3), 5RBI, SB; C Phillips 3-5, 2RBI, BB; LHP Alger 3IP, 2H, 0R, 0K, 1BB; LHP Nunn 1IP, 1H, 1K, 2BB

Maxx Tissenbaum had a night to remember for the Ems, clubbing a pair of homers, driving in five runs and even stealing home on the front-end of a double steal in the first inning. The 11th-rounder from SUNY Stony Brook has gone 5-for-10 since celebrating his 21st birthday earlier in the week.

Lefty Brandon Alger started and worked three more scoreless innings. In nine professional appearances, including five starts, Alger has given up only one run over 27 frames. He has struck out 21 and allowed only two walks. Fellow Lefty Chris Nunn extended his scoreless innings streak to 16.1 in the Northwest League despite putting three runners on in his one inning of work. The 6'5" southpaw has 24 strikeouts through 12 games.

The AZL Padres were rained out.

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