MadFriars' Daily Farm Report: August 1

Not the greatest of days down on the farm. Each of the top three clubs fall big early. Tucson and San Antonio come back to make it close while Lake Elsinore just accepted their impending doom and Eugene's pitching continues to shut down the Northwest League.

Tucson Padres 6 – Round Rock Express 7

Key Stats: RHP Bear Bay 6IP, 11H, 6ER, BB, 3Ks; SS Andy Parrino 3-4, (2)2B, 2 RS; 2B Jedd Gyorko 2-4, 2 RS, 2 RBI; RFJeremy Hermida 1-1, HR(2),RBI,3BBs.

RROUND ROCK: The Tucson Padres scored five runs in the last three innings but it was not enough, as the T-Pads lost 7-6 to the Round Rock Express Wednesday at the Dell Diamond. The Padres scored the first run of the game when Jeremy Hermida hit a solo home run in the second inning. The Express jumped in front in the bottom of the second, scoring five runs on six hits against Tucson starter Bear Bay.

Round Rock's Leonys Martin added another run in the sixth with a home run to right center field. Julio Borbon fell a home run shy of a cycle, going 3-for-5 with an RBI for the Express. The Padres scored three times in the top of seventh, when Jedd Gyorko singled home Andy Parrino from second and Sawyer Carroll drove in two of his own on a single to right field. Tucson added two more in the eighth on RBI hits by Gyorko and Anthony Contreras.

Round Rock starter Greg Reynolds pitched seven innings, allowing four runs, four hits, and three walks. He earned his ninth win and Yoshinori Tateyama saved his fourth game of the year. The Padres have played one-run games in seven of their last ten contests.

Courtesy of Tim Hagerty, Media Director for the Tucson Padres

San Antonio Missions 9 – Corpus Christi Hooks 10

Key Stats: RHP Eddie Kunz 3.1IP, 5H, 8ER, 5BBs, 3Ks; 1B Nate Freiman 3-4, 2B, 2 RS, 2 RBIs, BB; 3B Edinson Rincon 1-5, HR (8), 3 RBIs; CF/RF Rymer Liriano 3-5, 2B, RBI.

The Missions fell behind early in the game 9-3. early in the game. A great comeback fell short as the Missions loaded the bases with two out in the ninth but Reymond Fuentes grounded out to first base to end the game.

Jeudy Valez has now hit safely in seven of his last eight games with three homer runs during this stretch to give him ten on the year.

High Desert 10 – Lake Elsinore Storm 3

Key Stats: RHP Burch Smith 3.1 IP, 8H, 7ER, 2BBs, K; RF Donavan Tate 2-4, BB; 2BCory Spangenberg 1-4, BB; SS Chris Bisson 2-4, HR (2), 3 RBIs.

Burch Smith had the rare bad outing as the Storm were blasted for the second night in a row.

Fort Wayne TinCaps 5 – South Bend Silver Hawks 4

Key Stats: RHP James Needy 3.1IP, 3H, 2ER, BB, 4Ks; DH Mike Gallic 3-5, 2B, 2 RS; 1B Lee Orr 2-2, 2B, RS, 2 RBI, 2 BB; SS B.J. Guinn 2-4, 2 SB (2), RS.

SOUTH BEND, Ind. Despite trailing 4-1 at the end of the fourth inning, the Fort Wayne TinCaps rallied for four runs over the final four innings, earning a 5-1, come-from-behind victory over the South Bend Silver Hawks Wednesday night. With the victory, the TinCaps have now won five straight games, including the first two of a four-game series against the Silver Hawks.

Fort Wayne (24-14, 55-53) starter Chris Fetter allowed two runs in the first inning, as he made his third start of the year. In the second inning, he was drilled in the chest by a line drive off the bat of South Bend (18-20, 53-55) catcher Roidany Aguila. Fetter was removed from the game, and James Needy came on to pitch.

The TinCaps got on the board with a run in the top of the fourth, when Lee Orr singled home Mike Gallic, making it 2-1 Silver Hawks. In the bottom of the inning, though, South Bend added two more runs and held a 4-1 lead, which stood through the fifth.

It was Orr who came through again, this time in the sixth inning, with an RBI double to score Gallic. That run made it 4-2 in favor of South Bend. Travis Jankowski doubled home B J Guinn in the seventh, pulling Fort Wayne within a run at 4-3. The TinCaps scored the game-tying and go-ahead runs in the eighth, getting an Austin Hedges RBI single and a Kyle Gaedele sacrifice fly to take a 5-4 lead.

Matt Stites pitched a perfect ninth inning to secure his 10th save. The win went to Luis De La Cruz (4-4), who pitched three scoreless innings of relief. South Bend's Seth Simmons (3-3) took the loss.

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

Everett Aquasox 0 – Eugene Ems 2

Key Stats: RHP Will Scott 6 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K; LHP Chris Nunn 2 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 2 K (19.1 IP, 8 H, 10 BB, 27 K in Eugene); CF Ronnie Richardson 1-3, 3B, RS, RBI.

CF Ronnie Richardson was the star of the game with a game-saving catch in the seventh inning on a shallow line drive and then coming up in the bottom of the inning with a triple to score the winning run.

Richardson, a sixteenth round draft pick from the University of Central Florida, has been the sparkplug for the Ems the whole season. He leads the Ems with six stolen bases and has a .406 on-base percentage.

Oh yeah and the Emeralds pitching did what they have been doing all year; lights out.

No game for the Rookie Pads

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