MadFriars Daily Farm Report: June 28

El Paso, Lake Elsinore and the AZL Padres were all blanked on a rough night for the offenses, but Hunter Renfroe (pictured above) continued his offensive surge for the Missions and the Dust Devils got a late offensive outburst to salvage a strong start by Walker Lockett.

Tacoma Rainiers 2 – Chihuahuas 0

Key Statistics: 2B Rocky Gale 2-for-3, 2B; LHP Jason Lane 7.2IP, 7H, 0R, 2K, 1BB

Prospect Watch: The Chihuahuas didn’t get two men on base in the same inning until the ninth as they were stymied by one-time Padre Justin Germano. The club three times led off an inning with a double, but twice the runner never advanced, and the third time, Rocky Gale was thrown out trying to score from third on a fly ball off the bat of Mike McCoy. Gale was the only El Paso hitter to reach base safely twice and the only runner to advance past second. And you did read that right above; Gale appeared at second base for the first time in his professional career. The lifetime catcher stepped in with Jedd Gyorko and Ramiro Pena held out of action Sunday while the big league club explores what reinforcements might be required in the wake of injuries to Cory Spangenberg and Will Middlebrooks. … Jason Lane turned in his best performance of the year, working 7.2 scoreless innings. He gave way with two runners on in the eighth and Jerry Sullivan got out of that jam. However, the 27-year-old righty from Oral Roberts University, gave up a two-out, two-run homer in the ninth to take the loss.

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

Missions 7 – Midland Rockhounds 2

Key Statistics: CF Travis Jankowski 2-for-4, R; DH Hunter Renfroe 2-for-4, 2 2B, R, RBI; RHP Colin Rea 7IP, 6H, 2R, 1ER, 5K, 0BB; LHP Cory Luebke 1IP, 0R, 0K, 1BB

Prospect Watch: Colin Rea turned in yet another stellar start for the Missions and seven different Missions scored a run in a well-balanced victory Sunday. Rea gave up a pair of runs, though only one was earned, in seven innings to earn the victory. Since spending a month on the disabled list with a back issue, the 24-year-old Iowan has given up one run in 23 innings with a 15-2 strikeout-to-walk ratio. … Hunter Renfroe continued to provide thunder offensively, collecting a pair of doubles and driving in a run. For the month, the 2013 first-rounder has a .286/.362/.536 slash line from the middle of the Missions lineup. … Lefty Corey Luebke continued his rehab assignment with another scoreless inning of work Sunday. He will likely be asked to pitch in back-to-back days before the club considers when he is ready.

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

Ranch Cucamonga Quakes 4 – Storm 0

Key Statistics: C Ryan Miller 1-for-4, 3B; RHP Zech Lemond 6IP, 9H, 2R, 1ER, 2K, 1BB

Prospect Watch: Zech Lemond was a hard-luck loser on Sunday as the big Texan surrendered only one earned run on his way to defeat. The 22-year-old righty had been hit hard over his last five starts, so getting him a quality start is an important milestone for the club. Selected in the third round of last year’s draft, Lemond owns a 5.03 ERA with 62 strikeouts against 26 free passes in 82.1 Cal League innings this season. … Catcher Ryan Miller’s triple was one of only five hits for the Storm and was the only time all day a runner made it past second for the home team. Though Miller missed too much time on the disabled list with a back issue earlier this year to appear on official qualifier lists yet, he is the only player other than Kyle Gaedele with an OPS over 800 at this point.

Great Lakes Loons 2– TinCaps 1

Key Statistics: DH Franchy Cordero 2-for-4, R, CS; 3B Luis Tejada 1-for-3, RBI; RHP Ernesto Montas 6IP, 7H, 2ER, 4K, 0BB

Prospect Watch: The TinCaps collected only four singles at the plate Sunday, failing to back up another quality start by Ernesto Montas. Montas, 23, went six innings for the third straight outing, giving up a pair of earned runs. He’s struck out 13 against only two walks in the last three games, a much stronger ratio than he had through the first two months of the season. … Luis Tejada drove in the only TinCaps run with a single in the seventh inning. He’s hit in seven of eight games since being activated out of extended spring training.

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

Dust Devils 8 – Eugene Emeralds 2

Key Statistics: DH Luis Urias 3-for-5, 2R, SB; LF Henry Charles 3-for-5, 2 2B, 2RBI, 2R; RHP Walker Lockett 5IP, 3H, 1ER, 5K, 0BB

Prospect Watch: For the third time in as many starts, Walker Lockett got a no-decisions despite throwing five strong innings. On Sunday, unlike his first two games for Tri-City, the club surged to a victory with eight runs over the final two innings of the contest. Lockett, who was hit hard when he started the year in Fort Wayne, owns a 2.40 with 16 strikeouts against two walks in 15 Northwest League innings. … The youngest position player on the roster by more than 15 months, middle infielder Luis Urias continued his hot start with a second consecutive three-hit game. The 18-year-old from Mexico hit .310 with more walks than strikeouts in the Arizona League last summer, but did so with only six extra-base hits in 175 plate appearances. He’s hitting a cool .500 in early returns for the Devils, with one double in 19 trips to the plate.

For further reading on the Tri-City Dust Devils, see the Tri-City Herald

. AZL White Sox 8 – AZL Padres 0

Key Statistics: LF Aldemar Burgos 2-for-4; 1B Jonas Lantigua 2-for-4; RHP Enmanuel Ramirez 4.2IP, 6H, 7R (1ER), 6K, 0BB; RHP Jordan Guerrero 1IP, 3H, 1ER;

Prospect Watch: Righty Enmanuel Ramirez cruised through the first four innings, allowing only one hit. But in the fifth inning, he and his defense – which had already committed two errors behind him – both unraveled. The White Sox used five hits and two costly errors to plate seven runs and drive the 20-year-old Dominican from the game. On the plus side, Ramirez recorded six strikeouts without a walk Sunday, just as he did in his first stateside appearance. … Giant righty Jordan Guerrero made his professional debut with an inning of work. He surrendered a triple, double and single, but limited the damage to only one run. The 18-year-old, listed at six-five and 260 pounds, was the club’s sixth round pick out of junior college in Florida.

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


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