MadFriars' Daily Farm Report: August 16

The TinCaps rally for five in the bottom of the ninth, the Chihuahuas roll behind Robbie Erlin and Bryan Rodriguez turns in a gem for San Antonio.

Chihuahuas 4 – Nashville Sounds 3

Key Statistics: DH Alex Dickerson 1-for-4, HR (11), 2RBI; RF Rymer Liriano 2-for-4, BB, SB (14), E; LHP Robbie Erlin 6.1IP, 5H, 3R (1ER), 6K, 1BB; RHP Jay Jackson 1.2IP, 2H, 0R, 3K, S (12)

Prospect Watch: The Sounds used four singles and an error to jump out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning, but Robbie Erlin allowed only one more hit over the next 5.1 innings and the bullpen shut them down to claim a fourth straight victory. For Erlin, still just 24 years old, it was the first time he had come out for the seventh inning in all year and just the sixth quality start of a disappointing season. The lefty has been tagged for 19 homers on the year, but has allowed only one in his last four games. … Alex Dickerson’s 11th homer of the year tied the score and pushed his slugging percentage for the month to .500. The left-handed Powegian has been among the most consistent hitters in the system all year, with only 72 points separating his highest and lowest monthly OPS. … Travis Jankowski had a single and a walk and has reached base in 21 of his 22 Triple-A games. … Jay Jackson has worked multiple innings in six of his 12 saves this year.

Missions 1 – Arkansas Travelers 0

Key Statistics: Bryan Rodriguez 6IP, 4H, 0R, 3K, 1BB; 1B Luis Domoromo 1-for-4, RBI

Prospect Watch: Luis Domoromo’s two-out RBI single in the third inning turned out to be all the offense the Missions would need as Bryan Rodriguez and a trio of relievers shut out Arkansas on only four singles. Rodriguez worked six innings, giving up the four hits and a walk, and striking out three. Since getting shelled in a three-game stint in the Pacific Coast League, the 24-year-old righty has given up only two runs in 20 innings over three starts back in San Antonio. … Lefty Eury De La Rosa converted his fifth straight save opportunity, lowering his ERA for the Missions to 1.72 in 15.2 innings. It’s been a weird year for the diminutive hurler who spent much of last year in the Diamondbacks bullpen, and has been claimed on waivers three times in the last nine months. After posting an ERA well north of 5.00 in three different PCL stops, including El Paso, he has regrouped some in San Antonio, though he’ll need to cut his walk total from the 10 he’s issued for the Missions.

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

Rancho Cucamonga 6 – Lake Elsinore 3

Key Statistics:

LHP Travis Radke 4IP, 7H, 7ER, 3K, 1BB; CF Donavan Tate 1-for-4, 2B; DH Marcus Davis 2-for-4 Prospect Watch: The Quakes continued their season-long domination of the Storm, blitzing them for six runs in the first and never looking back in yet another laugher. Elsinore has lost six in a row and is now 4-18 against Rancho. … Lefty Travis Radke had his second straight rough outing since joining the Storm, giving up seven runs in four innings. The Southern California native has yielded three homers in 12 Cal League innings, including two on Sunday, but only two in 45 innings at lower levels earlier in the season. … Donavan Tate had the Storm’s only extra-base hit of the night, a double in the eighth inning. Though his average continues to languish this year, he has set career highs with 13 doubles and six homers. It will be interesting to watch what decisions Tate and the Padres make this offseason, when he will be eligible to become a minor league free agent.

TinCaps 7 – Cedar Rapids Kernels 6 in 10

Key Statistics: 2B Josh VanMeter 2-for-4, BB, 2B, R; 3B Luis Urias 1-for-4, BB, 3R; DH Trae Santos 1-for-5, HR (11), 2RBI; DH Edwin Moreno 1-for-4, BB HR (3); LHP Thomas Dorminy 6IP, 2H, 3R, 1ER, 2K, 3BB;

Prospect Watch: The TinCaps’ improbable run continued in the most improbable way Sunday afternoon as the club rallied from five runs down in the ninth inning and then scored an unearned run on a walkoff single by Franmil Reyes in the tenth. The club has now won eight straight and has a 3.5 game division lead. Thomas Dorminy carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning, but after a clean leadoff single to open the frame, he threw the ball away on a sacrifice fly and then yielded a double that ended his day. In all, he issued three walks and hit two batters while lowering his ERA to 3.26 for the year. He’s turned in seven straight quality starts. … Trae Santos and Edwin Moreno hit back-to-back homers as part of the five-run ninth inning. For Santos, who leads the club with 11 round-trippers, it’s the third time in three months that he’s had homers in two straight games. … Luis Urias, who split last year between second and third base, made his second consecutive start at the hot corner for the TinCaps. The 18-year-old had one hit and a walk in five trips to the plate, including a scratch hit to open the ninth inning.

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

Boise Hawks 6 – Dust Devils 4

Key Statistics: 1B Ty France 2-for-4, 2B, BB, R; C A.J. Kennedy 1-for-3, 2B, BB, 2RBI, E; LHP Griffin Russell 3IP, 2H, 0R, 5K, 1BB

Prospect Watch: The top of the fifth was the sort of adventure you sometimes see at the short-season level, and it cost the Dust Devils the game. The frame included four hits, two walks, a pair of errors, two stolen bases and a wild pitch. In all, five runs – only two earned – came across the plate and put Tri-City in a deeper hole than they could get out of. … The game opened with lefty Griffin Russell making his first start of the year. The 21-year-old, who was taken out of a Texas high school in the 28th round in 2012, struck out five and wiggled out of a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the second. While Russell had a rough time in his first outing for the Devils, he’s settled in well over the last month and gave the Storm a few much-needed appearances last week.

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

. AZL Padres had the night off.

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

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