MadFriars' Daily Farm Report: July 9

Fort Wayne continued their amazing run through the Midwest League Thursday night, winning another game at home. The Storm wasted a brilliant performance from the organization’s hottest hitter, while Tri-City couldn’t escape a brutal first inning. San Antonio and El Paso both fell at home.

Chihuahuas -- John Conniff was on-site in El Paso. Read his story here

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

Springfield Cardinals 6 – Missions 3

Key Statistics:2B Diego Goris, 3-for-4, 2B, RS; CF Hunter Renfroe, 1-for-2, 2BB; RHP Bryan Rodriguez, (L, 4-10) 5IP, 9H, 4ER, 2K; RHP Cody Hebner, IP, 3K.

Prospect Watch: Bryan Rodriguez lost his organization-leading 10th game Thursday, as the big righty allowed nine hits and four runs in five innings of work. Rodriguez has had an up-and-down season, with some fine moments, but his pitching line is underwhelming overall. Rodriguez has given up 111 hits in just 85 innings of work, and opposing batters are hitting .315 against the big righty. Still, Rodriguez has allowed 3 earned runs or less in seven of his last ten starts.

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

High Desert Mavericks 10 – Storm 4

Key Statistics: : RF Nick Schulz, 2-for-4, 2HR (6, 7) 3RBI, 2RS; PH-LF, Donovan Tate, 1-for-2, HR (3) RBI, RS; RHP Matt Shepherd, (L, 2-5) 2IP, 8H, 2ER, 2BB, 2K.

Prospect Watch: There is no hotter hitter in the Padres’ organization right now than Storm outfielder Nick Schulz. Schulz socked two homers in the High Desert air, and has homered four times in the last five games. During that stretch Schulz is 10-for-22, with those four homers, 9 RBI and four walks. Schulz is currently hitting a solid .246/.378/.408 with seven homers, 33 RBI and 50 walks … RHP Matt Shepherd struggled on the bump, allowing eight runs on eight hits. Only two of the runs were earned, thanks to a throwing error by shortstop Chase Jensen. Shepherd has looked solid overall as a starting pitcher, so hopefully his poor outing can be chalked up to pitching in Adelanto. Shepherd has a 4.44 ERA in his last 10 starts … RHP Kyle Lloyd relieved Shepherd and pitched very well. Lloyd was moved to the bullpen after LHP Brad Wieck was promoted to the Cal League. Lloyd pitched three innings, allowing just an earned run, while striking out eight. Lloyd led the Midwest League in strikeouts last year, and has 84 in 79.2 innings this year.

TinCaps 6 – South Bend Cubs 2

Key Statistics: RF Nick Torres, 3-for-4, (2) 2B, 2RBI; SS Ruddy Giron, 1-for-5, RS, RBI; LHP Thomas Dorminy, 4.2IP, 8H, 2ER, 3BB, 2k; RHP Aaron Cressley, (W, 1-1) 2.1IP, 2K.

Prospect Watch: : Break up the TinCaps. Thursday’s win brought the team to a 42-41 record, and the team sits in first place with a 10-5 record in the second half. Fort Wayne is 30-16 in their last 46 games, after a 12-25 start … RF Nick Torres had three more hits, including two doubles. Torres continues to be the TinCaps’ breakout player, as the former Cal Poly Mustang leads the Midwest League with 29 doubles. Torres only has two homers this year, but his ability to hit gap-to-gap has certainly been impressive.

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

Eugene Emeralds 10 – Dust Devils 4

Key Statistics: SS Peter Van Gansen, 2-for-5, RS, RBI, SB (3); LF Jose Carlos Urena, 1-for-3, 2B, 2BB, 2RBI; RF Justin Pacchioli, 2-for-3, BB; LHP Alex Constanza, (L, 0-1) 0.1IP, 2H, 6ER, 3BB; RHP Phil Maton, 3IP, H, 5K

Prospect Watch: Dominican-born lefty Alex Constanza had a night to forget in Pasco, as he was able to only record a single out, while allowing six runs to score in the first inning. Constanza saw his ERA rise from 3.38 to 12.71 … SS Peter Van Gansen continues to be a player to watch in the system. Van Gansen has arguably been the best player for Tri-City, flashing the leather as well as the bat. Van Gansen had two hits Thursday, to go with a stolen base. Through 18 games, the Cal Poly product is hitting .324/.383/.432, with a couple of home runs.

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

AZL Padres 7 – AZL Royals 5

Key Statistics: RF Aldemar Burgos, 2-for-5; LF Jhonatan Pena, 2-for-3, 2RS, HR (3) 2RBI, BB; DH Brad Zunica, 3-for-4, 2B, 2RS, SS Daniel Bravo, 2-for-4, 3B, 3RBI; RHP Jean Garcia 5IP, 6H, 4R, 2ER, BB, 3K; RHP Nick Monroe, (W, 1-0) 2IP, 3K; RHP Jordan Guerrero, (S, 1) IP, H, K.

Key Statistics:RF Aldemar Burgos, 2-for-5; LF Jhonatan Pena, 2-for-3, 2RS, HR (3) 2RBI, BB; DH Brad Zunica, 3-for-4, 2B, 2RS, SS Daniel Bravo, 2-for-4, 3B, 3RBI; RHP Jean Garcia 5IP, 6H, 4R, 2ER, BB, 3K; RHP Nick Monroe, (W, 1-0) 2IP, 3K; RHP Jordan Guerrero, (S, 1) IP, H, K.

Prospect Watch: : 2015 15th rounder Brad Zunica had three more hits today, and is 5-for-8 in his first two games as a pro … RF Jhonatan Pena hit his third homer in the win. Pena, 21, is tied for the AZL lead in homers. He has three in 57 at-bats this season. Pena had never homered in 247 professional at-bats before this season.

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

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