MadFriars Daily Farm Report: May 18

A legend is born in Fort Wayne. Shortstop Ruddy Giron has a night for the ages in his full-season debut, while the Chihuahuas had a huge comeback in a victory at home.

Chihuahuas 15 – Fresno Grizzles 9

Key Statistics: RF Rymer Liriano, 2-for-4, 2B, 2R, 2BB; CF Melvin Upton Jr., 2-for-5, RBI; DH Alex Dickerson, 2-for-4, 2B, 3B, 3R, BB; 3B Brett Wallace, 2-for-4, 2B, 2R, 3RBI; 1B Cody Decker, 2-for-4, HR (7), 3RBI, BB; C Rocky Gale, 3-for-5, 3B, 3RBI; RHP James Needy, 3IP, 9H, 8ER, 2BB, 2K; RHP Stephen Kohlscheen (W, 2-1) 3IP, 2H, ER, 3K.

Prospect Watch: The Chihuahuas broke a six-game losing streak in style, coming back from a seven-run deficit. In fact, per Chihuahua’s broadcaster Tim Hagerty, the Chihuahuas also had a seven-run comeback on this day last year … Melvin Upton Jr. made his organizational debut Monday night and had a pair of singles. Upton will be with the team for a while, as he rehabs a foot injury … Catcher Rocky Gale continues his torrid assault on the Pacific Coast League, as the 27-year-old catcher had three hits, including a triple, to go with 3 RBI. Gale is in the midst of a five-game hitting streak in which the righty has gone 9-for-18 with a triple and a double. The Portland native is quietly having a remarkable season with the bat, as evidence by his robust slash-line of .361/.410/.458, with no home runs and 9 RBI … James Needy struggled once again Monday night, as the tall right-hander only lasted three innings. The Santana High alum gave up a season-high eight earned runs. For the year, Needy has an unsightly ERA of 7.85 in eight starts.

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

Corpus Christi Hooks 3 – Missions 1

Key Statistics: SS Trea Turner, 1-for-3, RBI, SB (8); DH Travis Jankowski, 1-for-4, R; RHP Colin Rea (L, 1-2) 4.1IP, 5H, 3R, 2ER, 2BB, 2K.

Prospect Watch: Monday was a rough night offensively for San Antonio, as their only run came courtesy of Trea Turner on an RBI single … RHP Colin Rea turned in his worst start of the year, as he couldn’t make it out of the fifth inning. The 24-year-old Rea gave up two earned runs on five hits in 4.1 innings of work. Despite the blip on the radar, Rea is still having an incredible breakout campaign, with a 1.38 ERA through eight starts … Roster move: Ryan Butler, who has had a breakout campaign of his own is headed to Double-A. Butler, 23, has a 1.96 ERA in seven starts for Lake Elsinore. He will join a stacked rotation that features the aforementioned Colin Rea and Elliott Morris. To make room on the roster, LHP Brandon Alger was sent back to Lake Elsinore. Alger, 23, was the Padres’ 26th round pick in 2012. In 12 games for the Missions, the lefty has a 2-1 record with a 4.50 ERA.

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

Rancho Cucamonga Quakes 5 – Storm 2

Key Statistics: DH Donovan Tate, 1-for-4, 2B, R; C Jeremy Rodriguez, 1-for-3, 2B, R, RBI; OF Auston Bousfield, 1-for-3, 2B, BB, RBI; RHP Matthew Shepherd (L, 0-2) 3.2IP, 7H, 5ER, 3BB, 4K.

Prospect Watch: The Storm were swept in a four-game series by the first-place Quakes … RHP Matthew Shepherd made a spot-start for the Storm and struggled mightily. The 25-year-old allowed five runs in 3.2 innings. The big righty has had a rough second go-around in the California League, as he has an ERA of 9.00 in 20 innings... Auston Bousfield’s RBI double in the second inning extended his hitting streak to eight games. Bousfield hasn’t flashed much power, but has been the Storm’s most consistent player. The 21-year-old is hitting .308/.399/.406, with a home run, 16 RBI and 14 stolen bases this season.

TinCaps 9 – Lake County Captains 2

Key Statistics: SS Ruddy Giron, 6-for-6, HR (1),SB (1), RBI; DH Nick Torres, 3-for-5, 2B, RBI; RF Franmil Reyes, 2-for-5 (2) 2B, RBI; C Miguel Del Castillo, 2-for-5, 2RBI; RHP Chris Huffman (W, 1-1) 5IP, 7H, 2ER, BB, 2K.

Prospect Watch: Let the legend of Ruddy Giron begin. Giron, 18, made his full-season debut for the TinCaps and had a night to remember. Giron went 6-for-6, including his first professional home run. Giron was signed for $600,000 out of the Dominican Republic in 2013. Giron only hit .168 in 185 at-bats with the AZL Padres last season, so it’s safe to say his debut is the most stunning performance in recent minor league history … DH Nick Torres has been one of the bright spots in a dismal year in Fort Wayne. Torres, 21, had three hits including his 12th double of the year. Torres is 4th in the Midwest League with a .343 batting average and he is tied for second with 12 doubles.

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.


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