MadFriars Daily Farm Report: May 2

In a week that has featured some impressive pitching performances for Padres prospects, none has been as dominant as Colin Rea's start Saturday. El Paso used a balanced offensive attack to win while the bottom half of the system scuffled again.

Chihuahuas 10 – Sacramento River Cats 6

Key Statistics: RF Rymer Liriano 2-for-6, 2 2B, 2RBI; C Rocky Gale 3-for-5, 2B, 2RBI; 2B Mike McCoy 3-for-4, 2B, 2R, RBI, SB; LHP Robbie Erlin 5IP, 7H, 5ER, 3K, 1BB

Prospect Watch: The Chihuahuas pounded out 16 hits including six doubles, on the way to their second straight win in Sacramento. The bottom of the lineup had a big day as Ramiro Pena, Mike McCoy and Rocky Gale combined to go 8-for-14 with three doubles, five runs scored and five RBIs. Gale now sports a .355 average through 31 at-bats as Austin Hedges’ back-up. … Lefty Chris Rearick had a bit of a choppy inning in relief, giving up one run on a pair of hits and a walk. But Cory Mazzoni and Frank Garces, also recently demoted from the majors, worked three clean frames to close out the game.

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

Missions 3 – Midland Rockhounds 0

Key Statistics: RHP Colin Rea 8IP, 1H,0R, 12K, 1BB; RHP Casey Kelly 1IP, 1H, 0R, 1K, 1BB; SS Trea Turner 1-for-3, HR(2), 2RBI; C Jason Hagerty 1-for-3, HR;

Prospect Watch: Colin Rea turned in the best start in the organization so far in 2015 Saturday. The 24-year-old righty, who entered the game sporting the third-best ERA in the Texas League, dominated the RockHounds for eight innings. With two outs in the first, the Indiana State product allowed a single and a walk. He then retired 22 hitters in a row, with only four balls making it to the outfield. A 12th-round pick, the big righty now sports a 1.00 ERA with a ridiculous 34-to-3 strikeout-to-walk ratio through five starts and 36 innings. After throwing a system-high 114 pitches his last time out, he tossed 105 Saturday, 70 of them for strikes. … The only runs scored in the third when Jason Hagerty led off with a homer and then, with two outs, Travis Jankowski collected a single in front of Trea Turner’s second round-tripper of the year. The Missions’ only other hit was a leadoff single by Hunter Renfroe in the seventh.

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

High Desert Mavericks 7 – Storm 2

Key Statistics: 2B Fernando Perez 1-for-4, 2B, R, RBI, 3K; RHP Ronald Herrera 6IP, 9H, 5ER, 2K, 1BB;

Prospect Watch: It was a flat night at The Diamond as the Storm were outhit 16-to-4. Elsinore starter Ronald Herrera, who turns 20 on Sunday, gave up season highs in hits and runs, and had a season-low two strikeouts on the way to his first loss of the year. … Fernando Perez collected another double, his fourth in three games. The lefty, who grew up on both sides of the San Diego-Baja California border, has the ability to be a middle-of-the-order bat when he is on.

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

South Bend Cubs 5 – Tincaps 4

Key Statistics: 3B Duanel Jones 1-for-4, HR(2); LF Henry Charles 2-for-4, 2R; RHP Colby Blueberg 2.2IP, 0H, 0R, 5K

Prospect Watch: Another night and another bullpen letdown as the TinCaps squandered the lead when the Cubs put up a three-spot in the eighth inning. Tonight’s victim, Seth Lucio, now owns a 9.00 ERA. …Colby Blueberg, who started the year by staying out in extended spring training, made a statement in his first appearance since joining the TinCaps. The 24th-round pick out of Nevada last year worked 2.2 innings of scoreless ball, retiring five of the seven hitters he faced. … The Padres may have to change course with Franchy Cordero much sooner than they had hoped. The shortstop committed two more throwing errors Saturday and now has a soul-sapping 16 miscues in 19 games in the field. It’s hard not to believe that the continuing defensive struggles are having a carry-over effect at the plate, where the 20-year-old now owns a .188/.217/.225 line.

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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