MadFriars Farm Report: April 23

Although the system lost three out of their four games last night there was some good news. In Lake Elsinore 2B Cory Spangenberg is coming out of his early season slump and two strong pitching performances by San Antonio's Keyvius Sampson and Fort Waynes's Joe Ross give some reasons for hope.

Salt Lake City 4- T-Padres 2

Key Statistics: CF Robertson 2-5; 1B Belnome 2-3, 2B, BB; RHP Reyes 6.) IP, 4 H, 4 R, 4 ER and 4 Ks.

TUCSON,AZ: The Tucson Padres could not hold on to their early lead Monday night, losing to Salt Lake, 4-2. The Padres loaded the bases with none out in the first inning but only scored one run on a sacrifice fly by James Darnell. Salt Lake came back with a two-run home run by Robinzon Diaz in the second inning to put the Bees in front. With two on and two out in the fourth, Jorge Cantu's ground ball got under the glove of pitcher Jorge Reyes and found its way to center field for a two-run single.

Tucson's second run scored on a sacrifice fly by Brad Davis in the fifth. The Padres had opportunities late in the game, with back-to-back singles by Vince Belnome and Matt Clark in the eighth, but both were left on base. Ryan Brasier retired the Padres in order in the ninth inning for his third save, two of which have come against the T-Pads. Daniel Robertson went 3-for-5 atop the Padres batting order. Robertson has started all 19 Tucson games and is hitting .329.

The Kino Stadium crowd was at its loudest Monday when the Padres gunned down Alexi Amarista trying for an inside-the-park home run. Amarista hit a ball to the right center field warning track and it eluded the lunging attempt of right fielder Sawyer Carroll. The center fielder Robertson ran over, collected the ball and threw it to Amadeo Zazueta, whose relay throw went to Davis in time for the out at home.

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

Frisco RoughRiders 2 – Missions 1

Key Statistics: 2B Gyorko 1-4, 2B; Rincon 1-3, 2B; RHP Sampson 6.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BBs and 6 Ks.

In Frisco, home of the Texas Rangers affiliate, the Missions went down 2-1to lose the opener. The good news is Keyvius Sampson, the MadFriars Top Prospect for 2012, continues to have a strong year as Texas League batters are only hitting .216 against him in 20.2 innings.

In other news, according to the Missions Jedd Gyorko will see more time at second base with the injury to regular second baseman Jonathan Galvez as San Antonio will move Edison Rincon to third from left field and Cody Decker, who is tied for the league lead in home runs with teammate Nate Freiman and second in slugging percentage, to get his bat in left field on a more regular basis.

Storm 6 – Inland Empire 66ers 1

Key Statistics: 2B Spangenberg 3-5, BB; LF Domoromo 2-4, RBI, BB; 1B Powers 2-4, 2B, BB; RHP B Smith 6.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, BB and 6 Ks.

SAN BERNARDINO,CA: The Storm have found yet another way to get a win tonight as the bats continued to produce defeating the home team 66ers 8-1 Monday night.

Led by San Diego Padres top prospect Cory Spangenberg who went 3-for-5 including scoring a run and picking up an RBI.

In the second, the Storm played small ball to take an early lead. The Storm began the inning with two on and no out with Michael Wing and Tyler Stubblefield both reaching base after getting hit by the pitch and Chris Bisson walked to load the bases. Spangenberg grounded into a force out at second that would allow Wing to score the first run of the inning. After Rymer Liriano and Luis Domoromo walked forcing Stubblefield to cross the plate keeping the inning alive, Eddy Rodriguez singled to left field picking up two RBI to give the Storm a 4-0 lead.

In the top of the third they tacked on two more runs off Rico Noel's single to left field with two on and Spangenberg's single to short stop each putting runners across the plate to give Lake Elsinore a 6-0 lead.

In the bottom of the inning, Inland Empire picked up their lone run of the game off back-to-back singles by Jimmy Swift and Jean Almanzar to start the inning. Swift would score on a force out grounder by Brian Hernandez.

The Storm scored again in the sixth off a wild pitch. Domoromo singled to start the inning and would cross the plate after Kevin Nabors put the pitch out of reach of catcher Jett Bandy giving the Storm a 7-1 lead.

The team's final run came in the top of the ninth when Chris Bisson scored from third off a fielding error by shortstop Almanzar.

Storm starter Burch Smith captured his first win as part of the Storm going six innings and striking out six and only giving up three runs.

New acquisition Greg Gonzalez came in relief in the ninth holding off the Sixers to give the Storm their fifth straight win.

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

Clinton Lumber Kings 5 – TinCaps 3

Key Statistics: 2B Miller 2-4, 2B; 1B Kometani 2-3, 2B, BB; 3B Jones 2-4; RHP Ross 5.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 2 Bb and 7 Ks.

CLINTON, IA: Using two eighth-inning home runs, the Clinton LumberKings came from behind on Monday night for a 5-3 victory over the Fort Wayne TinCaps. Clinton's Ramon Morla and Guillermo Pimentel went yard off of Fort Wayne's Colin Rea, turning a 3-2 TinCaps lead into a 5-3 LumberKings advantage that would hold through the ninth inning.

For the second consecutive night, Fort Wayne (6-12) raced out to a 3-0 lead at Ashford University Field. In the first inning against Clinton's (7-11) Jordan Shipers, four of the first five batters reached base. Justin Miller led off with a double, and Donavan Tate singled through the right side to send Miller home and make it 1-0 in favor of the TinCaps. Tate stole second, and two batters later Zach Kometani doubled him home, putting Fort Wayne in front 2-0. Kometani moved to third on a single by Duanel Jones, and scored on a Shipers balk.

The 3-0 Fort Wayne lead stood until the third inning. In that frame, Clinton's Jean Acevedo reached on a throwing error by Jones, and scored on a double by Jharmidy De Jesus, making it 3-1.

TinCaps starter Joe Ross worked five innings allowing just one unearned run. He struck out a career-high seven batters, and walked two, which were the first two batters he faced in the game.

In the sixth, Michael Kelly entered from the Fort Wayne bullpen. The righthander allowed one run in that inning, and exited after a scoreless seventh.

Colin Rea (0-3) pitched the eighth, which would prove to be the game's most crucial frame. Rea surrendered a solo home run to Morla, and a two-run home run to Pimentel, allowing the LumberKings to jump ahead 5-3.

Fort Wayne mounted a small threat in the ninth, putting runners at first and second, but Casey McElroy grounded out to second to end the ballgame. Clinton righthander Stephen Kohlscheen earned the win in relief.

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

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