MadFriars' Daily Farm Report: August 17

The TInCaps are the hottest team in the system, but the continuation of their winning streak will have to wait, since they were off Monday night. The Chihuahuas won, continuing their push towards the playoffs, and the Storm ended a six-game losing streak.

Chihuahuas 5 – Nashville Sounds 1

Key Statistics: C Rocky Gale, 3-for-5, RS; RF Alex Dickerson, 3-for-5, RBI; DH Rymer Liriano, 2-for-4, RS; LHP Jason Lane, (W, 9-8) 7IP, 6H, ER, BB, 3K.

Prospect Watch: : El Paso has won five in a row, and the Chihuahuas are only 1.5 GB of first-place Las Vegas … Catcher Rocky Gale had three hits Monday, all singles. Gale has a favorite of MadFriars, and the former Portland Pilot has put together two solid, but not necessarily spectacular seasons. The three hits raised Gale’s season slash-line to .307/.348/.396. He currently isn’t on the 40-man roster, but wouldn’t be surprising to see him in September with the Padres. It will be interesting to watch how the playing time in El Paso is split during the stretch, since the team has former Big League catcher Tim Federowicz on the roster … LHP Jason Lane turned around his recent struggles and pitched one of his better games of the season. The veteran lefty pitched seven solid innings, allowing just one earned run. Lane has allowed 186 hits in 145 innings, and has pitched to a 5.59 ERA on the season.

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

Missions – DNP. San Antonio had the night off.

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

Storm 3 – Bakersfield Blaze 1

Key Statistics: 3B Gabriel Quintana, 3-for-4, 3B, RS, RBI; SS Chase Jensen, 1-for-4, RBI; RHP Matthew Shepherd, (W, 4-8) 6IP, 3H, 4BB, 2K. RHP Jason Jester, (S, 5).

Prospect Watch: The Storm halted their six-game losing streak in front of 643 brave souls at Sam Lynn Ballpark, in Bakersfield … Third baseman Gabriel Quintana was the offensive star for the Storm, as the third baseman had three hits, including his first triple of the year. The 22-year-old repeated Lake Elsinore and has seen his numbers regress. His batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage have all declined in his second season with the Storm. One could think that Quintana could receive the Duanel Jones treatment, and start next season in Fort Wayne. The third baseman still possesses ability, but needs to refine his approach at the plate … RHP Jason Jester pitched a perfect ninth to earn his fifth save. Jester has supplanted Cal League All-Star Eric Yardley as the closer, even though Yardley has thrown the ball well this season. Jester has been spectacular in the season’s second half, pitching to a 1.08 ERA in 19 games since the break.

TinCaps – DNP. The TinCaps had the night off

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

Vancouver Canadians 7 – Dust Devils 3

Key Statistics: 2B Kodie Tidwell, 3-for-4, (2) 2B; CF Rod Boykin, 1-for-4, HR (1), RBI; LHP Jose Castillo, (L, 2-1) 2.2IP, 6H, 5ER, 3BB.

Prospect Watch: Center fielder Rod Boykin hit his first professional homer in the ninth inning to cut into a large deficit. Boykin, 20, is in his third professional season, after being drafted out of high school in Alabama. The former 12th rounder is incredibly athletic, but has struggled to make contact. Boykin is hitting .242/.337/.335, with 15 steals, but he has struck out an astounding 69 times in just 182 at-bats. Speed is Boykin’s ticket for advancement, so he will need to shorten up his stroke and put the ball on the ground.

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

AZL Rangers 7 – AZL Padres 6

Key Statistics: 2B Tyler Moore, 2-for-4, 3B; DH Brad Zunica, 3-for-5, RBI; C Kyle Overstreet, 3-for-4; RF Alan Garcia, 2-for-4, 2RS, BB, RBI; RHP Walker Lockett, 5IP, 2H, 3R, 2ER, 5BB, 4K; RHP Braxton Lorenzini, (L, 0-1) 1.1IP, H, ER, BB, 2K.

Prospect Watch: In one of the strangest roster moves of the season, the Padres demoted RHP Walker Lockett to the Arizona League. Lockett, 21, was the ace of the Dust Devils’ staff this season. The former 4th rounder in 2012 pitched to a 2.83 ERA in 11 starts. Lockett struggled with his command Monday night, as the righty walked five batters in five innings

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

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