MadFriars Daily Farm Report: August 21

The TinCaps get back to their winning ways and the Storm get a gift-wrapped victory on an otherwise down night for the system.

Memphis Redbirds 7 – Chihuahuas 0

Key Statistics: 1B Jake Goebbert 2-for-4, 2B; CF Hunter Renfroe 1-for-2, E (2); LHP Robbie Erlin 2.2 IP, 7H, 7ER, 3K, 3BB;

Prospect Watch: After a strong outing on Sunday, Robbie Erlin came out flat Friday and the Chihuahua’s offense was equally ineffective as El Paso dropped the first game of their series against the Cardinals’ top farm club 7-0. Erlin failed to make it through the third inning, giving up seven runs before he left the game. The 24-year-old lefty needed 87 pitches in his short stint and raised his ERA to 6.29. … In the leadoff spot, Jake Goebbert was 2-for-4 with the Chihuahua’s only extra-base hit, a double. The left-hander nudged his average back up above .300 with his performance. … Working in relief, righty Tayron Guerrero tossed 3.1 scoreless innings. The giant Dominican allowed only one hit and struck out three. He’s been very strong in five of his six outings since joining El Paso.

Arkansas Travelers 3 – Missions 1 in 11

Key Statistics: 1B Yeison Asencio 3-for-5, R; RHP Dennis O’Grady 7IP, 6H, 1ER, 3K, 2BB; RHP Cody Hebner 2IP, 0H, 2ER, 3BB, HBP

Prospect Watch: After 10 innings of a pitchers’ duel, righty Cody Hebner lost his command in the top of the 11th and it cost the Missions the game. Hebner didn’t allow a hit, but a pair of walks and a hit batter in the frame set up a sacrifice fly and RBI groundout for the Travelers. The Washington native has had a truly bizarre year starting with an extended stay in Peoria and then a brief, rough stay in Lake Elsinore before joining the Missions. He began his Double-A stint with a dominant stretch of nine outings and has only allowed a run in two appearances for the Missions. … Yeison Asencio made his first appearance at first base in 590 career games Friday. The 25-year-old corner outfielder didn’t let the defensive change impact him at all as he collected three more hits on the night. He sports a .446 average for the month.

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

Storm 3 – Lancaster Jethawks 2

Key Statistics:

3B Gabriel Quintana 1-for-3, HR (12), BB; LF Nick Schulz 2-for-3, BB, R; LHP Travis Radke 6IP, 4H, 2R (1ER), 4K, 2BB Prospect Watch: The Storm walked off with a win when 2015 first overall pick Alex Bregman threw away a would-be double-play ball, allowing Ryan Miller to come across with the winning run. Lefty Travis Radke, who had a pair of tough outings after joining the Storm, settled in on Friday and worked six solid frames. The 2014 draftee out of Portland gave up only four hits and a pair of runs. At three different levels so far this year, Radke has a 4.71 ERA with a still-strong ratio of 56 strikeouts to only 12 walks in 63 total innings. … Matthew Chavez made his system debut, going 1-for-4 in the DH slot. The 26-year-old was originally selected by the White Sox as a pitcher after his draft-eligible sophomore year, but didn’t sign. He stayed and finished out his career with the University of San Francisco, then turned up in the independent leagues last summer as a catcher. He made a brief appearance in the Giants system last August, but had been out of the game in the U.S. again this year until signing with the Padres.

TinCaps 6 – South Bend Cubs 2

Key Statistics: 3B Luis Tejada 2-for-3, 2B, BB, 2R, SB (7); 1B Trae Santos 2-for-3, 2B, R, 3RBI; C Michael Miller 2-for-4, HR (1); RHP Chris Huffman 7IP, 4H, 1ER, 3K, 1BB

Prospect Watch: The TinCaps tried to start a new winning streak Friday, handling the Cubs easily to start the series. The six, seven and eight hitters provided most of the offense for the TinCaps, as Luis Tejada and Trae Santos each had big doubles as part of 2-for-3 nights and Michael Miller hit his first homer of the year. … Righty Chris Huffman has emerged as an important contributor to the TinCaps rotation. The James Madison product who came out of the 14th round last June tossed seven innings of one-run ball to lower his ERA to 3.30 for the year. In four starts this month, he’s allowed only four runs in 23 innings. Though he has only 47 strikeouts in his 92 innings of work, he’s limited the hard contact that he has allowed and surrendered only six homers on the year.

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

Everett AquaSox 6 – Dust Devils 3

Key Statistics: C Austin Allen 2-for-4, 2B, R, RBI;

Prospect Watch: It was a flat night for the Dust Devils, who fell back below .500 for the second half of the season. Righty Emmanuel Ramirez made his second appearance for Tri-City, working only four innings and giving up a pair of runs. The 21-year-old Dominican struggled with his command, issuing four walks and a wild pitch. … Austin Allen had the Devils’ only multi-hit game, collecting a single and double. The fourth-rounder was slow out of the gate to begin his professional career, but is starting to make more contact and is squaring up a few more balls as well.

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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