MadFriars Daily Farm Report: May 1

The system comes one bad inning away from a sweep as the Padres' affiliates turn the page on an ugly first month. Middle infielders up and down the organization are starting to put things together and one prospect is knocking on the door for a big league opportunity.

Chihuahuas 7 – Sacramento River Cats 6 in 13 innings

Key Statistics: CF Abraham Almonte 3-for-6, HR(4), 2R, RBI, SB(3), OFA; RF Rymer Liriano 1-for-5, 2B, R, BB; 1B Jake Goebbert 1-for-1, 2B, 3RBI, BB; RHP Stephen Kolsheen, 3IP, 2H, 0R, 3K; RHP Marcos Mateo 2IP, 4H, 3ER, 4K, BS(2);

Prospect Watch: Abraham Almonte continues to make a strong case for his ability to contribute to the big league club, adding three more hits including a leadoff home run. The mighty-mite outfielder now leads the club with four round-trippers and his three stolen bases are one off Rymer Liriano’s club-best total. … Jake Goebbert put the Chihuahuas up with a bases-clearing double in the top of the 13th. The left-handed first baseman/DH had only one extra-base hit in April. … The bullpen looked a lot like their Major League counterparts on Friday as closer Marcos Mateo gave away three runs late to send the game to extra innings. After Goebbert put the club ahead, Scott Elbert promptly loaded the bases before yielding to newly-promoted Jay Jackson. Although two of the inherited runners scored, the big righty did eventually lock down the victory for El Paso to claim his second professional save.

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

Missions 8 – Midland Rockhounds 6

Key Statistics: 3B Diego Goris 3-for-4, 2 2B, 2RBI; 1B Luis Domoromo 2-for-4, 3B, 2RBI; RHP Justin Hancock 7IP, 6H, 2ER, 4K, 1BB

Prospect Watch: The game was scoreless through the first five innings, but then both offenses came alive, including a season-best seven run seventh inning for the Missions. Another rocky bullpen performance made it tight, but they held on for the win. Every player in the San Antonio lineup had at least one hit as the Missions had their most balanced attack of the year. … Diego Goris got off to a cold start, but has pushed his OPS up 200 points in the last 10 days. The one-time minor league Rule 5 draftee had a pair of doubles among his three hits to move his average up to .305. He has already made at least three starts at every infield position. … Justin Hancock turned in his fourth consecutive quality start, giving up two runs in the sixth inning, but still coming back for a clean seventh. The 24-year-old righty has been an early-season exemplar of the new player development regime’s interest in having pitchers work deeper into games, averaging 89 pitches per start.

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

Storm 6 – High Desert Mavericks 2

Key Statistics: SS Jose Rondon 2-for-4, 2B, 3B, 2R, E(4); 2B Fernando Perez 2-for-4, 2 2B; RHP Zech Lemond 7IP, 5H, 1R (0ER) 6K, 0BB

Prospect Watch: Shawn Kelley got in an inning of rehab for the Storm, striking out two and walking one on 22 total pitches before turning it over to Zech Lemond, who delivered his best performance of the year. The third-round pick yielded only one unearned run over seven innings with six strikeouts. After being wild in his last appearance, he did not issue any walks and threw 65 of his 92 pitches for strikes, though he did hit one batter. … Jose Rondon and Fernando Perez each had a pair of extra-base hits as the middle infield tandem delivered the kind of game the Padres expected to see a lot more of from the two of them. Rondon, who had three doubles through his first 18 games, now has three more since Thursday. … Donavan Tate made his first appearance for the Storm since early 2012, going 1-for-4 with an RBI out of the eighth slot in the lineup.

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

South Bend Cubs 11 – Tincaps 5

Key Statistics: LF Nick Torres 2-for-5, HR(2), 2RBI; 1B Trae Santos 2-for-4, 2B; RHP Ernesto Montas 6IP, 8H, 3R (2ER), 2K, 0BB

Prospect Watch: The TinCaps were in position to deliver a system sweep, but then the bullpen melted down for a seven-run seventh inning that put the game out of reach. They are now a Midwest League-worst 6-13. … Ernesto Montas continues to thread the eye of the needle, putting up solid numbers despite ugly peripherals. The 23-year-old righty, who just reached the States for the first time this year, has a respectable 3.26 ERA, but has struck out only seven with six walks in 19.1 innings. … Franchy Cordero is showing some signs of snapping out of his season-long cold streak. The 20-year-old extended his modest four-game hitting streak with a single and drew his first walk in more than 60 plate appearances Friday. After striking out a stunning 22 times in his first 55 at-bats, he’s only K’d twice in his last 21.

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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