MadFriars' Daily Farm Report: May 22

Padres got you down? Tired of seeing a team play with little passion and a coach who just tells the media after every game "thats baseball?" Well then start following the Padres minor league teams. Where on any given day four teams can win, and most days at least one of them does. Hey, they can't all be as bad as the Padres... right?

Chihuahuas 8 – Sacramento River Cats 10

Key Statistics SS Jace Peterson 2-4, RBI, BB, SB (2); RF Jeff Francouer 2-5, HR (8), RBI; 1B Tommy Medica 3-4, 2B, HR (3), 3 RBI; LHP Juan Oramas 3.2 IP, 10 H, 8 ER, BB, 2 K.

Prospect Watch: Don't call it a comeback… Mainly because a seven run rally by the Chihuahuas fell short. On a day when the Padres lose another starter, a 40-man starter in AAA gets hammered. The one bright spot in the game was the first multi-hit game by Tommy Medica in nearly a month. He snapped an 0-34 streak with a hit against Vegas on Sunday, but after another 0-8 stretch, Medica finally reached base multiple times. Just like Gyorko, Venable, and most of the other Padres, one good game from Medica shouldn't make anyone call him out of the slump, but it sure is nice to see him rack up seven bases in a game with a 2.5 OPS.

For further reading on the El Paso Chihuahuas, see the El Paso Times.

Missions 2 – NW Arkansas Naturals 1

Key Statistics RHP James Needy 7 IP, 8 H, ER, BB, 4 K (W, 2-3); CF Reymond Fuentes 1-3 HR (2), RBI, 2 BB; LF Rymer Liriano 1-4, BB, 2 SB (9)

Prospect Watch: James Needy had his longest start of the season twirling seven solid innings. He was far from perfect, allowing eight hits, but he was able to make pitches to escape jams. Over his last three starts Needy has thrown 19 innings, 20 hits, 3 earned runs, 5 walks, 15 strikeouts (1.4 ERA).

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

Storm 9– High Desert Mavericks 7

Key Statistics RF Corey Adamson 3-4, 2B, 2 RS, BB; SS Diego Goris 2-5, 2B, RS, RBI; DH Hunter Renfroe 2-4, HR (9), 3 RBI; 1B Luis Domoromo 3-4, 2B, HR (3), 2 RBI; RHP Joe Ross 6 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 4 K (W, 5-2)

Prospect Watch: It sure is nice to have run support. Despite having possibly his worst outing of the year, Joe Ross received his team leading fifth victory of the year, The team was led by a monster blast by Hunter Renfroe who just crushed a first pitch fastball… The team was also led by Domoromo, a prospect who exploded on the map back in 2011 when he had a good year in Fort Wayne .283/.335/.405 at 19 year. A few injuries and ineffective seasons later and Luis is back and hoping to regain some of that production. He hit his first home run since late April, and looked extremely comfortable at the plate. Just like with Medica, one game does not make a slump buster, but it sure is nice to see.

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

TinCaps 3 – Lansing Lugnuts 1

Key Statistics RF Franmil Reyes 2-4, RS; DH Dane Phillips 2-4, 2B, RS, RBI; LF Luis Tejada 3-4, 2B, 2 RBI; RHP Tayron Guerrero 2 IP, 3 K .

Prospect Watch: That's more like it. After going 0-7 on a roadtrip, the TinCaps return home with a win. Even though RHP Tayron Guerrero is still appearing in middle relief in the bullpen, he has been the TinCaps best pitcher this year. Not only does he have a stellar 1.46 ERA, but has also allowed only 14 hits in 24.2 innings while striking out 33. His .162 BAA is one of the best in the MWL for any pitcher. At 23 years of age, Guerrero is older than most of the team, but considering last year in Fort Wayne hitters hit .471 off of him… this year is a huge improvement.

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

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

PS: Next time the Padres are down big, early, head to your nearest theater and watch the new X-Men movie. Worth the money, and on the off chance you leave disappointed, just check the score of the Padre game and you will be glad you didnt waste two hours suffering through it.


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