MadFriars' Daily Farm Report: July 9

On a day when San Antonio, Fort Wayne, Eugene and Peoria all had the day off it was up to the T-Pads and Yonder Alonso to light the torch for the system.

Tacoma Rainers 5 – Tucson Padres 11

Key Statistics 1B Yonder Alonso 4-4, RS, 2 RBI; RHP Burch Smith 3.2 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 5 K; SS Dean Anna 3-5, 2B, 3B, 2 RS, 2 RBI; CF Jaff Decker 2-5, 2 RS, RBI

Prospect Watch: Yonder Alonso might be ready to come back to San Diego. While going 4-4 at the plate was impressive enough; Alonso was just toying with the pitchers. He looked like he owned the plate before rifling the ball to all parts of the field… In just 3.2 innings Burch Smith threw 94 pitches, 54 for strikes. He left with two on and two out in the fourth before Boxberger came in and allowed both runs to score. Smith has really good stuff, but he is finding out that at the upper levels hitters do not miss his fastball but rather continually "just" get a piece of it.

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

No game for the San Antonio Missions

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

Lake Elsinore Storm 0 – San Jose Giants 1 (10 innings)

Key Statistics LHP Frank Garces 6 IP, H, 0 ER, 2 BBs, 3 Ks; RHP Johnny Barbato 3 IP, 4 Ks; CF Travis Jankowski 1-4, 2B

Prospect Watch: The conundrum that is Johnny Barbato. Barbato has the "stuff" to be a closer at the major league level. Unfortunately the consistency is not there. However, Jose Valentin finally had enough of the inconsistency when he blew a save on July 1st and removed him from the closers role. Since the change Barbato has gone 7 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 8 K. It will be interesting to see if keeping him in the low(er) leverage situations is the reason for the success, and when/if they move him back in the closer role.

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

TinCaps had an off day.

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

No games for either short-season teams.

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

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