MadFriars' Daily Farm Report: August 11

With the season in its final month, each time saw a change in players that will hopefully help them win a few more games. Cory Spangenberg moved up to AAA, Lindsey is designated for assignment in AA, Ryan Butler returned to Elsinore and Josh VanMeter "returned home" playing in Fort Wayne for the first time in four months.

Chihuahuas 9 – Las Vegas 51s 8

Key Statistics: LHP Robbie Erlin 6 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, BB, 4 K; RHP Tayron Guerrero 0.1 IP, 3 ER, 4 BB, K; CF Travis Jankowski 3-6, RS, RBI, SB (29); 2B/3B Cory Spangenberg 2-5, RS, RBI, BB, SB (1); RF Rymer Liriano 2-4, 2B, HR (11), BB.

Prospect Watch Rymer Liriano showed the Padres he still has power in his bat. He hit his eleventh homerun of the season to go along with 24 doubles and two triples. His overall slash line of .277/.376/.439 would be welcomed in San Diego, but rarely do you see players put up even similar numbers in the majors as they do in the hitter-friendly PCL… Speaking of putting up gawdy numbers Jankowski had another three hits and a stolen base tonight. That “hot week” has turned into the better part of a month now for the future Padres center fielder. One of the things that gets overlooked with Jankowski is his lack of strikeouts. He has struck out just three times over his last 41 at bats, and now has more walks (8) then strikeouts (7) in AAA.

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

Missions 4 – NW Arkansas Naturals 2

Key Statistics: RHP Bryan Rodriguez 7 IP, 5 H, ER, 2 BB, 4 K; 1B Luis Domoromo 2-5, 2B, RS; CF Alberth Matinez 2-5, RBI; RF Yeison Asencio 3-5, 2B, RS, 2 RBI.

Prospect Watch With three more hits today Asencio raised his average over .300. Over ten August games Asencio is hitting a white hot with a .500/.500/.643 slash line. Yes, detractors will look at his age, 25, or lack of walking, 12 walks this year, but in this day of strikeout or the home run, something has to be said for a player who has only struck out 35 times over 106 games.

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

Bakersfield Blaze 11 - Storm 1

Key Statistics: RHP Travis Radke 4 IP, 6 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 3 K; RHP Ryan Butler 0.2 IP, H, 5 ER, 3 BB, K; RHP Zech Lemmond 3 IP, 3 H, BB, 3 K; C Ryan Miller 1-3, 2B.

Prospect Watch Interesting movement in Lake Elsinore. Former Storm ace Ryan Butler came in for the sixth inning and didn’t make it out. He allowed only one hit, a double, but walked three and hit a batter. All runners eventually scored. It was only the second time since May 31st that Butler has pitched… Just as interesting is third round pick Zech Lemmond making an appearance out of the bullpen. Whether this is a permanent thing or not, Lemmond has struggled mightily over the past two months. He has an 0-6 record with a 6.86 ERA. During that time batters are hitting .364 off of him.

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

TinCaps 4 – Quad Cities River Bandits 3 (11 innings)

Key Statistics: LHP Thomas Dorminy 6 IP, 5 H, 2 R, ER, BB, 4 K; DH Josh VanMeter 0-3, 2 BB; LF Franchy Cordero 2-4, 2B, 2 RS, BB; 1B Trae Santos 1-3, RBI, BB.

Prospect Watch The game ended on a one out double by Franchy Cordero followed by a single up the middle by CF Michael Gettys. Cordero raced around third and just made it under the tag. Walk-off win for Fort Wayne… Josh VanMeter sent out a tweet this morning that he was “returning home.” The Indiana native hasn’t played in Fort Wayne since the first week when he went down with a broken fibula turning a double-play. He is a fan favorite and, not surprisingly, received a huge ovation each of his plate appearances. It took until his last at bat to even make contact (two strikeouts and two walks) but he will definitely help Fort Wayne and be able to give the young(er) guys a day off. BTW, VanMeter is 20 year old.

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

Spokane Indians 7 - Dust Devils 5

Key Statistics: RHP Walker Lockett 5 IP, 5 H, 4 R, ER, BB, 5 K; C A.J. Kennedy 2-3, 2B, RS, RBI; 3B Varlos Belen 1-4, RBI.

Prospect Watch A pair of errors doomed the Dust Devils as they surrendered three unearned runs in the loss. Left fielder and all star Jose Urena was pinch-hit for after only one at-bat with no word whether there was an injury involved or a different decision… After having a great first month plus, SS Peter Van Gansen has had his first slump. He is still averaging nearly a hit a game, and had one tonight, but in the month of August is hitting just .152/.200/.212.

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

No game for the AZL Padres

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

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