MadFriars' Farm Report June 27

Matt Clark homered for the T-Pads last night.

Travis Jankowski made his MLB debut for the AZL team. Despite his two hits and three RBIs the AZL Pads lost. Luckily they were the only team to lose.

Colorado Springs Sky Sox 4 – Tucson Padres 6

Key Stats: Brad Boxberger 2 IP, 2 H, 1 K; Matt Clark 1-4, HR (12), 3 RBI; Jedd Gyorko 3-5, 2B, RS, 2 RBI

The Tucson Padres scored five runs with two outs in the bottom of the fifth inning Wednesday in their 6-4 win over the Colorado Springs Sky Sox. Down 4-0 in the fifth, Jedd Gyorko hit an RBI single to score Brad Davis and move Andy Parrino to third. Matt Clark then hit a game-tying, three-run home run over the center field fence, his 12th home run of the season and first since June 7. Sawyer Carroll's RBI single in the fifth gave the Padres the lead and Gyorko's RBI double one inning later added an insurance run. Gyorko went 3-for-5 with two RBIs and is 7-for-10 with seven RBIs over his last two games.

The Padres bullpen continues to shine in late June. Jason Ray, Brad Boxberger, Miles Mikolas and Erik Hamren all tossed scoreless outings in Tucson's win Wednesday. Hamren has three saves during the Padres current four-game winning streak, their longest winning streak of the season. Padres starter Matt Palmer allowed four runs, three earned, in 4.2 innings of work.

The Padres hit three doubles Wednesday and have collected 21 doubles over their last five games. The Padres are 27-52, in fourth place, 21.5 games behind first place Sacramento in the South Division of the Pacific Conference.

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

San Antonio Missions are beginning the all star break

Lake Elsinore Storm 5 – Inland Empire 66ers 3

Key Stats: Burch Smith 5 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K; Casey McElroy 2-4, 2B, HR (3), 2 RS, RBI, BB; Justin Miller 3-5, RS, 2 RBI; Tommy Medica 2-4, RBI, BB

San Bernardino — The Storm have now claimed three of the four series against the Inland Empire 66ers when Justin Miller hit a two out single in the ninth to score Connor Powers and Rico Noel giving the Storm the 5-3 win and sole possession of first place in the south division.

Miller went 3-for-5 again today with a total of 26 RBI on 49 hits in just 33 games, now with a .392 batting average.

Storm starter Burch Smith retired the first six batters and held Inland Empire scoreless through the third. In the month of June Smith has been nothing short of impressive, Smith has struck out 32 batters in 28 2/3 innings pitched, allowing only 10 runs on 20 hits and now has a 3.68 ERA.

In the fourth the Storm started the rally when Casey McElroy hit a leadoff double to right field. A pair of singles by Miller and Tommy Medica put the Storm up 1-0 as McElroy scored. Miller would score off a sacrifice fly hit by Eddy Rodriguez before the end of the inning to go ahead 2-0.

Inland Empire cut the lead in half in the bottom of the inning by way of Rolando Gomez. He reached base with a bunt single and scored on a line drive single to right field by Taylor Lindsey.

The Sixty Sixers would score a run in the next two consecutive innings highlighted by a Gomez single in the fifth scoring Jean Almanzar and Jett Bandy singling in the sixth scoring Brennan Gowens to take the 3-2 lead.

After a scoreless seventh the Storm tied the game up in the eighth. Casey McElroy hit a leadoff home run, his third for the Storm. McElroy has now hit in all eight games with the Storm scoring nine runs and five RBI hitting .500 thus far.

In the top of the ninth the Storm claimed the victory. Powers singled to right field and Noel hit a line drive single to center to put two on with two outs. Miller hit a groundball single that shot into center scoring both to win 5-3.

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

Lansing Lugnuts 2 – Fort Wayne TinCaps 3

Key Stats: Ruben Meja 4 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 3 K; Donavan Tate 2-4, 2B, 2 K; Austin Hedges 3-4, HR (6) RBI, picked off runner from 1st

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Down to their last out and fighting for a series victory, the Fort Wayne TinCaps rallied for the second straight game against the Lansing Lugnuts, winning 3-2 Tuesday on a walk-off base hit by Kyle Gaedele. TinCaps catcher Austin Hedges hit a game-tying home run in the bottom of the ninth, and Gaedele followed two batters later with a single to score Duanel Jones.

Lansing (3-3, 50-25) secured an early 1-0 lead against Fort Wayne (4-2, 35-41) starter Ruben Mejia in the second inning. An Andy Fermin single to right plated Andy Burns, putting the TinCaps in a hole. But Fort Wayne answered back in the third, as Felix Cabrera grounded into a game-tying double play, bringing Gaedele home to score.

The score remained tied 1-1 until the sixth, when Lansing chipped away at reliever Dennis O'Grady, taking a 2-1 lead. O'Grady delivered two innings of relief behind Mejia, who worked four frames.

After scoring once in the third, the TinCaps had one runner reach base in each of the next five innings, but couldn't get a run across. In the ninth, the first two batters were retired by Lugnuts closer Ajay Meyer (3-2). Hedges delivered the equalizer, a solo home run to left field, tying the game at two. Duanel Jones then coaxed a walk, moved to second on a Meyer balk, and scored on Gaedele's game-ending hit.

Fort Wayne secured a series win over the Lugnuts for the first time since August of 2011, and notched a 4-2 record in the first homestand of the second half. Johnny Barbato (5-0), who pitched the top of the ninth for the TinCaps, was awarded the win.

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

Eugene Emeralds 8 – Salem-Keizer Volcanoes 4

Key Stats: Will Scott 4 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K; River Stevens 2-5, 2B, RS, Jeremy Baltz 2-5, 2 RS, 2 RBI 2 SB (2); Alberth Martinez 1-1, RS, RBI, 2 BB, 2 SB (3)

Ems score six runs in the sixth to take the lead, then tack on two more in the ninth to secure the win.

AZL Dodgers 11 – AZL Padres 9

Key Stats: Travis Jankowski 2-6, RS, 3 RBI; Vince Belnome 2-4, 2B, RBI, BB; Miguel Del Castillo 3-5, 3 RS, 2B, RBI

AZL Padres blew leads of 5-3, and 9-7, as they gave up four runs in the final two innings to fall 11-9.

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