MadFriars Daily Farm Report: August 3

The Dust Devils have reached the All-Star break in the Northwest League, but there was still plenty of action on Monday night. El Paso lost a close one, while San Antonio’s comeback was thwarted in extra innings. The AZL Padres flashed some power in a walk-off win, and the Storm were pummeled in San Bernardino.

Reno Aces 4 – Chihuahuas 3

Key Statistics: SS Ramiro Pena, 3-for-4, HR (4), 2RBI; RF Rymer Liriano, 2-for-4, RBI;RHP Colin Rea, (L, 2-2) 7IP, 5H, 3ER, BB, 3K.

Prospect Watch: RHP Colin Rea pitched seven innings of solid ball, allowing all three runs in the first inning. Rea, 25, struggled a bit in his first few Triple-A starts, but he seems to have turned a corner. Rea displayed his typical masterful control, allowing just one walk, while striking out three. Rea has a 4.39 ERA in six starts for El Paso, after pitching to a dominant 1.08 ERA in 12 starts for San Antonio … Veteran infielder Ramiro Pena continued his solid 2015 season Monday, with his fourth homer and a single. It is somewhat surprising that Pena has not received an opportunity at the big league level, with all of the well-documented issues that the San Diego infield has had this year. Pena is hitting .312/.358/.416, while handling the shortstop position for El Paso … CF Travis Jankowski went 0-for-3, with a walk, to snap his 10-game hitting streak for El Paso. Jankowski hit safely in the first 10 games he played for El Paso.

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

Corpus Christi Hooks 4 – Missions 2

Key Statistics: CF Alberth Martinez, 3-for-5, 2B; 2B Cory Spangenberg, 1-for-3, 3B, BB, RBI; LF Yeison Asencio, 2-for-4, RBI; RHP James Needy, 8IP, 6H, 2ER, 4BB, 5K; LHP Brandon Alger (L, 3-5) 2IP, 2H, 2ER, 4BB, 2K.

Prospect Watch: The Missions tied the game in the ninth, only to lose it in the tenth inning … RHP James Needy turned in another tremendous outing for the Missions, allowing just a pair of runs in eight innings of work. Needy, 24, was pounded in the PCL, but has been a workhorse in his return to San Antonio. The former Santana High start has worked at least seven innings in five of his last six starts. Needy has a 2.64 in six starts for San Antonio, after pitching to an unsightly 7.17 ERA in El Paso … CF Alberth Martinez had a three-hit game, that included a double. Martinez, 24, has been steady for the Missions this season, and has a .712 OPS in 99 games … 2B Cory Spangenberg made his first appearance of his rehab assignment, and tripled in a run. Spangenberg will be playing with the Missions for at least a few days.

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

Inland Empire 17 – Storm 3

Key Statistics: 2B Fernando Perez, 1-for-4, 2B, RBI; RHP Ernesto Montas (L, 0-2) 2.2IP, 11H, 9ER, BB, K.

Prospect Watch: Just when it looks like it can’t get any worse for the Storm, they go out and get pummeled on the road. To avoid adding insult to injury, I will spare you from a football score at a baseball game joke … RHP Ernesto Montas was absolutely pounded in his third Cal League start, as the 24-year-old allowed 11 hits and nine earned runs in just 2.2 innings. Montas was the ace of the TinCaps’ staff, but his high 80’s fastball has not played well in a more advanced league. Montas has an 11.57 ERA in three starts … On a more positive note, third string catcher Ricardo Valenzuela twirled a scoreless inning to soak up an inning. Valenzuela has now pitched three innings this year in Lake Elsinore without giving up a run. Hey, when the team is nearly 30 games under .500, you look for positives anyway you can.

TinCaps – DNP. The TinCaps will open a series tomorrow on the road against the Burlington Bees.

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

Dust Devils – DNP. The Dust Devils have reached the All-Star break. The team will pick up play on Thursday.

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

AZL Padres 7 – AZL Reds 6

Key Statistics: 2B Tyler Moore, 3-for-6, RS; DH Yale Rosen, 2-for-5, HR (2) 3RBI, BB; 1B Brad Zunica, 3-for- 6, HR (1), 2B, RBI; C Wilfri De La Cruz, 2-for-4, 2RS, 2RBI; RHP Elliot Ashbeck (W, 2-0) 4IP, 3H, ER, BB, 2K.

Prospect Watch: The AZL Padres got a walk-off in the 12th inning, on a Carlos Sosa RBI single … Big Brad Zunica connected for his first professional homer, as well as a double in the victory. The 2015 15th rounder is hitting .273/.314/.424 in 17 games. He is also 6-for-14 during a three-game hitting streak.

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

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