MadFriars' Daily Farm Report: April 30

Matt Wisler and Austin Hedges led the Storm to only their second win in their last 11 contests. Walker Weickel pitches into the sixth for the first time in his career, but it was an eighth inning grand slam by Alberth Martinez that led the Tin Caps to victory. Ross made his first rehab outing but struggled in a shutout loss to Tacoma. Finally, Sampson also struggles early in his return to AA.

Tucson Padres 0 – Tacoma Rainiers 4

Key Statistics LF James Darnell (LF) 1-3; RHP Tyson Ross 1.2 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 2 K; RHP Jorge Reyes 1.1 IP, 0 H, 2 BB, 3 K.

Prospect Watch: For all those thinking that we would see the spring training version of Tyson Ross, well we are still waiting. Ross was reminiscent of his first few starts in that he threw too many pitches and struggled to put batters away. He threw 43 pitches (27 for strikes) in just 1.2 innings. Ross averaged nearly five pitches per at bat. Compare that to the 3.42 Wilfredo Boscan, the starter tonight, averaged, the 3.65 Edinson Volquez in the majors averaged, or even the 4.0 pitch per at bat that the nervous Robbie Erlin had in his major league debut against the Cubs last night.

For further reading on the Tucson Padres please see the Arizona Daily Star.

Frisco RoughRiders 4 – San Antonio Missions 3

Key Statistics RHP Keyvius Sampson 4.2 IP, (L) 7 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 5 K; DH Cody Decker 1-3, HR (1), 2 RBI, BB.

Prospect Watch: Different league, same problems. The first four batters singled followed by a walk and a throwing error. Luckily, Sampson was able to get out of the inning without further runs as he struck out the next three batters. He seemed to settle down afterwards but then in the fifth lost control before being replaced by Ryan Kelly… Cody Decker reminded the Padres why he should be back in AAA. His homer in the fourth was a towering shot to left.

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

High Desert Mavericks 3 – Lake Elsinore Storm 7

Key Statistics RHP Matt Wisler 6 IP, (W), 2 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K; 2B Cory Spangenberg 2-5, 2B, RBI, 2 SB (13); C Austin Hedges 2-4, 2 2B, 2 RS, 3 RBI.

Prospect Watch: TGIW… Thank God Its Wisler! After losing 9 of their last 10 the Storm began a stretch of 15 games in 14 days with a win. Wisler was the everything an ace should be. He allowed only two hits the entire game, and at one point had retired 11 in a row. Wisler now has a Cal League best 1.04 ERA… Austin Hedges had his first multi RBI game of the season. After starting out slowly the catcher has now reached base safely in 10 straight games hitting .313/.410/.500 during that span.

For further reading on the Storm please see the Southwest Riverside News Network.

Clinton Lumber Kings 5 – Fort Wayne TinCaps 7

Key Statistics LF Alberth Martinez 1-4, Grand Slam (2), 4 RBI; DH Jeremy Baltz 3-4, 2B, RS, 2 RBI; RHP Walker Weickel 5.1 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 3 BB , 2 K.

Prospect Watch: A grand end to the game, as Martinez' grand slam in the bottom of the eighth turned a two run deficit into a two run lead. Alberth Martinez has now homered in back-to-back games, and in the last week has raised his OPS over 100 points to where it sits now at .812… Walker Weickel was allowed to pitch into the fifth for the first time this season. While he allowed more runs and had his worst BB/K ratio of his career , Weickel continued his superb GO/FO ratio inducing 11 groundouts compared to only 2 fly outs.

For further reading on the TinCaps' please see the Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette.

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

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