MadFriars' Farm Report: April 11

Big day for Casey Kelly, but similar to Joe Saunders he left empty handed. Missions enjoyed a day of rest after a tough opening homestand. The Storm were joined by Mark Kotsay, who managed to lift the spirit but not help the team. Finally Fort Wayne ran into top draft pick Archie Bradley in a pitcher's duel in South Bend.

Sacramento River Cats 2 – T-Pads 3

Key Stats: Casey Kelly 6 IP, 5 H (all singles), 0 ER, 0 BB, 9 K, Matt Clark 2-4, 2B, RBI; Sawyer Carroll 2-3, RS, BB

Tuscon, Az- The Tucson Padres led Sacramento by one run with two outs and two strikes in the ninth inning Wednesday when Adam Rosales hit a two-run single to put the River Cats in front. The Padres went down quietly in the bottom of the ninth and lost the game, 3-2. The defeat spoiled a great outing by Casey Kelly, who pitched six shutout innings and struck out nine River Cats without issuing a walk.

Tucson got on the scoreboard first with an RBI single by Vince Belnome in the fourth inning and added a second run when Matt Clark drove home Blake Tekotte in the fifth. Rosales drove home all three River Cats runs; his single in the seventh plated Sacramento's first run.

The Padres have now lost five straight games after their first win of the season Friday vs. Fresno and their record is 1-6. Sacramento moves to 6-1, in first place in the Southern Division. Kelly's nine strikeouts were a season high for a Tucson pitcher.

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

Missions had the day off

Inland Empire 4 – Storm 2

Key Stats: Matt Jackson 6 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 K; Mark Kotsay 0-4 (DH); Luis Domoromo 2-3, RS, BB, SB (2), Outfield Assist

Lake Elsinore, CA – On a cool spring evening at The Diamond, the Storm and the Sixty Sixers faced in the final game before the Storm head on the road and Inland Empire head for their first home game of the season. The Storm were able to get a run on the board but it was Travis Witherspoon's first pitch, leadoff home run to start the game that put the Sixers on top winning 4-2.

Witherspoon's homer went deep over the left field wall and gave an immediate lead for the Sixers.

Storm starter Matt Jackson settled down and was able to hold off Inland Empire until the Storm had a chance to score. In the second, Luis Domoromo singled with two out to start a short rally for the home team. Connor Powers hit a single and Bisson doubled to score Domoromo before the inning came to a close with a 1-1 tie ballgame.

In the fourth it was Jeremy Cruz who came up big again for the 66ers with a two-out homerun again giving the lead to the visitors. Cruz hit an inside-the-park homerun last night.

The fifth was again productive for Inland Empire as they added to the lead picking up another run with two outs. Witherspoon singled up the middle and scored off a Rolando Gomez RBI double to take a 3-1 lead.

The Storm looked as if they were on a comeback, with two outs top prospect Cory Spangenberg hit a double down the left field line to bring the tying run to the plate. Everett Williams would hit a high infield popup that was dropped by Taylor Lindsey that scored Spangenberg. Michael Wing had an infield single to put the winning run on first but a fielder's choice to tag out Wing at second ended the rally.

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

Fort Wayne 1 – South Bend 3

Key Stats: Frank Garces 5 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 k; Jace Peterson 0-2, 2 BB, RS, SB (1); Duanel Jones 2-3, BB, SB (1), CS

SOUTH BEND, Ind. The South Bend Silver Hawks defeated the Fort Wayne TinCaps by a final score of 3-1 at Coveleski Stadium on Wednesday night. The Silver Hawks broke a 1-1 tie with two runs in the sixth inning and then hung on for the win. Both starting pitchers turned in dazzling performances, but the late South Bend offense was too much for the TinCaps to overcome.

Fort Wayne (2-4) scored the first run of the game for the second straight night. In the first inning, Donavan Tate walked to begin the evening, and came around to score on a sacrifice fly off the bat of first baseman Travis Whitmore.

In the fourth, South Bend (3-3) answered with one run off of TinCaps starter Frank Garces, which tied the game. In the fifth, with Michael Kelly (0-1) on the hill, the Silver Hawks pushed two runs across on back to back RBI doubles from Fidel Pena and Gerson Montilla to take a 3-1 lead. Garces struck out six over his five innings, allowing one run on two hits.

South Bend starter Archie Bradley (1-1) threw six innings, allowing one run on two hits and striking out seven.

With a two-run lead secured, the bullpen duo of Tyler Green and D.J. Johnson held Fort Wayne scoreless over the final three innings to nail down the win. Johnson also notched his first save of the year.

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

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