Madfriars' Farm Report: April 29

Tim Stauffer is on the comeback trail

Tim Stauffer made his first rehab appearance as he works the rust off in Elsinore. Nate Freiman continues to mash and now has more homers than either the TinCaps or Storm roster. Yasmani Grandal homers again in Tucson while a few big names are starting to get things going at the plate.

Sacramento 11 T-Padres 3

Key Statistics: RF Robertson 2-5, 2B, R; RHP Pope 5IP, 9H, 8R, 4ER, 4K, 1BB

Sacramento scored seven runs before the third inning Sunday and beat the Tucson Padres, 11-3. In their five-run second inning, four River Cats runs were unearned after Matt Clark's error with two outs. Tucson starter Mark Pope became the ninth starter to take the mound for Tucson already on the young season, going five innings and allowing eight runs, four earned. Pope started the game instead of Matt Palmer, who missed the start because of a blister on his pitching hand.
Yasmani Grandal went 1-for-3 with a home run and a walk in the Tucson loss. Grandal has at least one hit in all seven games he's played in this season. Anthony Contreras went 2-for-4 with an RBI and also has a seven-game hitting streak. Tucson's Brian Tallet threw a scoreless inning of relief in the eighth.
Everth Cabrera made his second appearance in center for Tucson. The speedster was credited with two outfield assists, one to cut down a run at home and one on a relay to double Grant Green off first on a flyball.
Courtesy of Tim Hagerty, Director of Broadcasting and Media Relations for the Tucson Padres with contributions from David Jay.

Midland 7 San Antonio 5

Key Statistics: 2B Gyorko 2-4,; 1B Freiman 2-5, HR (10), 2 RBI; LHP Werner 7 IP, 10 H 2ER, 5K, 1BB

The Missions owned a 5-0 lead, but the RockHounds scored a pair in the bottom of the seventh and then used six hits and a key fielding error by Edinson Rincon, who has returned to third base this week, to plate five runs in the eighth inning and claim the victory.
Starter Andrew Werner skirted trouble through his first six innings, twice putting a runner on third with less than two outs. The lefty was in line for his first victory of the year after surrendering a two-run homer in his seventh and final frame. An undrafted free agent who split last season between Ft. Wayne and Lake Elsinore, the 25-year-old has 30 strikeouts against eight walks in 28.1 innings of work in the Texas League.
Nate Freiman continued his torrid start, clubbing his tenth home run of the season in the seventh inning. The giant first baseman now has a four more homers than a quartet of sluggers which includes teammate Cody Decker. Jedd Gyorko, who remains at second base, had another pair of hits on Sunday and has a 310/408/524 line over his last 10 games.

Rancho Cucamonga 6 Lake Elsinore 0

Key Statistics: 2B Spangenberg 2-4, 2SB; RHP Stauffer 3.2IP 6H, 2ER, 3K 0BB, HBP

With Tim Stauffer making his first rehab start, the offense was flat as the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes captured a 6-0 victory to avoid the sweep. Stauffer went 3 2/3 innings in the start, retiring his first five batters on the day including three strikeouts and no walks.
The Storm offense managed just three singles and fanned 15 times on the day. First-rounder Cory Spangenberg had a pair of singles and swiped second after each one. After an ice-cold start, the second baseman is hitting .302 over his last 10 games, though he has just one extra-base hit and two walks in that stretch, holding his OPS to .659.
Even with the loss the Storm seized the lead in the South Division in the California league as the High Desert Mavericks fell to Inland Empire 66ers giving the Storm a half a game lead.

Courtesy of Eric Theiss, Director of Media Relations for the Lake Elsinore Storm with contributions from David Jay.

Peoria Chiefs 5 TinCaps 2

Fort Wayne won eight innings of their game against Peoria. Unfortunately, that other inning included a grand slam. Check out John's coverage on the front page.

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