MadFriars' Daily Farm Report: April 28

Ft. Wayne gets another strong start from another first-round pick while the Missions get another one from Burch Smith - yet both clubs need extra innings to win. Tucson rolls to victory while the Storm continue to falter.

Tucson Padres 7 Colorado Springs Sky Sox 4

Key Statistics: 1B Brandon Allen 2-4, 2B, HR(3); SS Dean Anna 2-3, 2B, HR(3), BB, 2R, 2RBI; 3B Gregorio Petit 4-4, 2B, HR(2), 2R, 2RBI; RHP Thad Weber 6IP, 6H, 4ER, 3K, BB

Prospect Watch: Thad Weber, making his first start since getting sent out after eating innings in last week's big league blowout, was solid over six innings, giving up four earned runs. The 28-year-old righty has only issued two walks in 17 minor league innings, which is the sort of thing that will help him get another shot in the Majors bullpen. … After failing to earn a spot on the big league roster in spring training, Gregorio Petit has had a solid start in Tucson, posting a .311/.338/.432 line over his first 79 plate appearances. The 28-year-old came up a triple short of the cycle on Sunday.

For further reading on the Tucson Padres, see the A rizona Daily Star

San Antonio Missions 4 Midland Rockhounds 3 (F/11)

Key Statistics: C Eddy Rodriguez 3-4, 2B, BB, R, RBI; RHP Burch Smith 5IP, 4H, 0R, 7K, 1BB; RHP Matt Stites 1.1IP, 2H, 1ER, BS

Prospect Watch: Burch Smith continued his early-season dominance of the Texas League, giving up only four hits and a walk over five more shutout innings. The big righty now owns a 31:4 strikeout-to-walk ratio over 26 innings and a league-best 0.73 WHIP. Nice to see Smith contain the circuit's highest-scoring offense. … Matt Stites gave up his first earned run of the year and was charged with a blown save. The righty stranded an inherited runner in the seventh, but opened the eighth by hitting a batter and giving up two singles.

For further reading on the San Antonio Missions, see the San Antonio Express-News

Rancho Cucamonga 7 Lake Elsinore Storm 5

Key Statistics: SS Jace Peterson 2-4, HR(1); DH Yeison Asencio 2-4, 2B; RHP Matt Jackson 5IP, 6H, 2ER, 4K, 0BB

Prospect Watch: Jace Peterson continued his surge, knocking his first homer of the year as part of another multi-hit game. The 2011 supplemental pick has hit in seven of his last eight games and has raised his OPS more than 200 points in the last two weeks. … Yeison Asencio had two hits for the second consecutive night, including another double. More importantly, the right-handed slugger has only struck out twice in his last 18 plate appearances. He still isn't walking at all – just twice in 89 plate appearances – but if he can limit the strikeouts, his power at the plate will force pitchers to be more cautious with him and drive up the walk total. … Matt Jackson had a solid bounce back start after getting blasted in Visalia. The righty gave up two runs over five innings of work and did not give up a walk.

Ft. Wayne TinCaps 3 Kane County Cougars 2 (F/11)

Key Statistics: 2B Maxx Tissenbaum 2-5, 2B; RHP Zach Eflin 5IP, 5H, 1ER, 5K, 2BB; RHP Roman Madrid 2IP, 0H, 0R, 2K, 0BB

Prospect Watch: First-rounder Zack Eflin had his best start yet, giving up one run over five innings and setting a careerhigh with five strikeouts. The righty from Florida is still looking for his first professional victory, but it won't take long with more performances like Sunday's. … Maxx Tissenbaum has hit in each of his last eight starts, raising his average over .300 for the first time this year. Last year's 11th-rounder, who played with Travis Jankowski at SUNY Stony Brook, had his first error at second base on the year (his other error was at shortstop), setting up the game-tying run.

For further reading on the TinCaps, see the Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette

For the box scores of all the games please go to the scoreboards

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