MadFriars' Daily Farm Report: May 1

Four of the top pitchers in the system took the mound tonight, but none of them ended up with a decision. In the two wins tonight the affiliates outscored their opponents 8-2 over the final three innings. In the two losses the affiliates were outscored 8-0 during the same time frame.

Tucson Padres 2 – Tacoma Rainiers 4

Key Statistics RHP Tim Stauffer 6 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 8 K; LHP Tommy Layne 1.2 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 1 K; SS Anna (4) and 1B Allen (4) both hit solo homeruns in the sixth inning.

Prospect Watch: After tonight's start, I think it became clear that it is only a matter of time until we see Stauffer back in San Diego. The Padres' former opening day starter had his best start of the year for AAA. He was able to locate his pitches to all sides of the plate, and had hitters swinging and missing all night. The only issue Stauffer had was with his pitch count. He threw 94 pitches in just six innings. Although while this isn't great, it was still a lot better than Cashner threw today for the Padres... The T-Pads have scored just three runs in three games against Tacoma… Darnell went 1-4 today and played the entire game in left field for the first time this season. He is 3-11 with a double and two strikeouts in the three games since he came back.

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

Frisco RoughRiders 2 – San Antonio Missions 8

Key Statistics RHP Donn Roach 5 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K; RF Reymond Fuentes 2-3, RS, RBI, BB; 2B Jeudy Valdez 2-4, 2 RS, 2B, 2 RBI. BB.

Prospect Watch: CF Rico Noel owes Donn Roach dinner. Noel committed two errors leading to both runs Roach allowed in the game. In fact before the second out of the second inning was recorded, the Missions had already committed three errors. Outside of that, Roach was up to his old tricks. Roach maintained his 3:1 GO/FO ratio, and after the second run scored, Roach retired 11 of his final 12 batters… Missions scored seven runs over the final three innings to claim the come from behind win.

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

High Desert Mavericks 11 – Lake Elsinore Storm 8

Key Statistics RHP James Needy 4.1 IP, 6 H, 6 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K; 2B Cory Spangenberg 1-5, HR (1), 2 RBI; LF Kyle Gaedale 1-3, 3B, 2 RBI, BB.

Prospect Watch: After a win the Storm were back to their losing ways. Three errors by top three top prospects (Peterson, Spangenberg, and Hedges) led to four unearned runs. If that wasn't enough the Mavs scored five unanswered runs to finish the game… Needy continued to be effective inducing ground ball after groundball. Unfortunately quite a few of them found holes, and others found holes in gloves…. After being the subject of an article about how he is free and easy this year, Cory Spangenberg blasted his first home run of the year. Unfortunately he also struck out twice and is now has 26 strikeouts in just 97 plate appearances. This would be high for a power hitter, it is even worse for a speedy, light hitting middle infielder.

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

Burlington Bees 5 – Fort Wayne TinCaps 6

Key Statistics RHP Joe Ross 5.0 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K; LF Alberth Martinez 4-5, 2B, HR (3), 2 RS, RBI; 1B Luis Tejada 2-4, 3B, RS, RBI.

Prospect Watch: Alberth Martinez is on fire. The CF has now homered in three straight games, has a five game hitting streak and hitting a cool .341/.386/.683 over the last two weeks… TinCaps' ace Joe Ross got the start for Fort Wayne. While his line was not too impressive, it was made worse by bad defense. With two on and one out in the first 2B Maxx Tissenbaum blew an inning ending double play. Two runs would score because of it. Ross pitched well enough for a win, but it is hard to complain when your nineteen year old prospect is 3-0 with a 1.78 ERA through 5 starts.

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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