MadFriars' Daily Farm Report: August 22

The Chihuahuas are as hot as San Antonio is cold. Lake Elsinore can't catch a break because Fort Wayne is taking all of them. The Dust Devils can't get their bats going and the AZL Padres stage a big rally in the ninth on the big back of Brad Zunica.

Chihuahuas 7 - Memphis Redbirds 3

Key Statistics:2B Casey McElroy 3-6, RBI, BB; RF Hunter Renfroe 2-6, HR (2), 3 RBI; LF Alex Dickerson 2-5, 2B, 2 RBI; SS Hector Gomez 2-3, 3B, RBI, 2 BB; PH Cody Decker 1-1, 3B; P Jason Lane 2-3, RBI; LHP Jason Lane (W, 10-8) 5.0 IP 5 H 3 R 3 ER 2 BB; RHP Dale Thayer 1.0 IP K; RHP Jay Jackson 1.0 IP H.

Prospect Watch:In the Padres’ organization some teams are very hot and others aren’t. The Chihuahuas are one of the teams that are...Hunter Renfroe turned in a Hunter Renfroe performance. He struck out three times, but also hit a three-run home run to go along with a single and big time assist in right field showing of his plus arm. He’s an interesting guy...Cody Decker has a pinch-hit triple, his first of the year...Dickerson now has 54 extra-base hits on the season and may be the next outfielder called up from Triple-A. He’s been more consistent than Renfroe...Lane has now gone seven innings in four of his past five starts and after a pair of ugly outings early in August has pitched much better in his last two starts for his tenth win of the season. He also had his first multi-hit game of the year...El Paso had won eight straight before last night’s loss, tonight they got back on the horse. They finished their road trip in Tennessee 7-1 and now return to El Paso for their final homestand.

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

Arkansas Travelers 5 - Missions 4

Key Statistics:1B Luis Domoromo 2-4, 2B; DH Kyle Gaedele 1-3, BB; 2B Taylor Lindsey 1-4, 2B, 2 RBI; RHP Bryan Rodriguez (L, 6-12) 4.2 IP 10 H 5 R 5 ER 4 BB 2 K; RHP Genison Reyes 2.1 IP 4 K.

Prospect Watch:The Missions dropped their fourth straight in what will be a tough last few weeks with their stars from earlier in the season - Travis Jankowski, Hunter Renfroe, Trea Turner and Colin Rea gone...Lindsey’s double in the bottom of the ninth with two outs just missed being a three-run home run that would have tied it up...OF Alberth Martiniez, who can play all three outfield positions, is having a great August hitting .338/.386/.571.

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

Lancaster Jethawks 8 - Storm 2

Key Statistics:CF Donavan Tate 2-3; RF Nick Torres 1-4, 2B, 2 RBI; RHP Matthew Shepherd (L, 4-9) 5.0 IP 7 H 4 R 4 ER 3 BB K; RHP Zech Lemond 2.0 IP 4 H 2 R 2 ER BB K.

Prospect Watch:Another forgettable night for the Storm who are now 39 games under .500. Lake Elsinore showed some fight with two runs in the bottom of the ninth to avoid being shut out...With his double tonight, Nick Torres has 33 doubles between Fort Wayne (29) and Lake Elsinore (14)...with Auston Bousfield being promoted to Double-A Donavan Tate will be the everyday center fielder for the rest of the season for the Storm.

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

TinCaps 2 - South Bend Silver Hawks 0

Key Statistics:CF Michael Gettys 1-4, 3B; DH Franchy Cordero 1-3, BB; 1B Trae Santos 1-3, RBI, BB; C Jose Ruiz 1-2, 2B, BB; LHP Thomas Dorminy )W, 10-7) 7.0 IP 3 H 0 R 0 ER 5 K; RHP Colby Blueberg (S, 18) 1.0 IP K.

Prospect Watch:After watching their ten game win streak being broken last night, Fort Wayne returned to the win column with a tight victory. Again, as its been the entire second half the squad did it with pitching and defense as Fort Wayne was only able to rap out four hits. Gettys led off the game with a triple and was brought home on 2B Louis Urias’ sacrifice fly. The other run came on Santos’ single in the fifth inning. He leads the team with 52 RBI...Dorminy had his eighth straight outing where he went at least six innings. In them the lefty has only given up one run or less in all with the exception of one outing where he gave up three - and still got the win...Colby Blueberg got his organization leading 18th save with another scoreless frame to push his ERA to 0.68. He has 53 strikeouts in 52.1 innings against only 12 walks and 27 hits. He hasn’t given up an earned run since June 25.

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

Everett AcquaSox 3 - Dust Devils 2

Key Statistics:1B Ty France 0-1, RBI, 2 BB; LHP Jose Castillo 5.0 IP 6 H 2 R 2 ER BB 3 K; LHP Brandon Fry (L, 0-3) 1.1 IP 2 H R ER BB; RHP Samuel Holland 1.2 IP 4 K.

Prospect Watch:With tonight’s loss the Dust Devils are now three back in the NWL North and two back in the overall standings...not a great night for the offense as they were held to only four hits, all singles..Castillo was one of the top prospects that the Padres’ acquired this off-season in the Wil Myers trade with the Rays. The six-foot-four Venezuelan has shown flashes of potential, but he is left-handed and can consistently sit in the mid-90’s with his fastball and is only 19. We will be taking a look at him for awhile...the Dust Devils have lost four of their last five series since the all-star break and made four errors tonight.

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

AZL Padres 6 - AZL Rangers 5 10 innings

Key Statistics:1B Brad Zunica 2-5, 2 HR (7) 2 RBI; RF Alan Garcia 1-3, 2 BB; DH Bryant Aragon 1-3, 3B, 2 RBI, BB; LF Aldemar Burgos 2-5; C Wilfri De La Cruz 0-3, 2 BB; RHP Jacob Nix 5.0 IP 4 H 3 R 2 ER BB 3 K; RHP Adonis Diaz (W, 2-0) 3.0 IP H 3 K.

Prospect Watch:The AZL Padres rallied from a 4-0 deficit after eight innings to put four on the board in the bottom of the frame and tied it up in the ninth on Brad Zunica’s second home run of the day with two outs. An RBI walk-off double by CF Josh Magee in the tenth sent everyone home and out of the heat (a pleasant 102 degrees for those of you keeping track at home)...Nix, the Padres’ third round selection, has his second consecutive five inning start. It didn’t go as well as the last one where he threw a shutout, but still a lot to be encouraged by...Zunica continues to be the most interesting story for the AZL Padres with a pair of home runs tonight, the second in the bottom of the ninth to tie up the game. The six-foot-six 254 pound nineteen year old has has hit all seven of his home runs in August. He should begin 2016 as the everyday first baseman in Fort Wayne with Tri-Cities’ Ty France sliding over to third base.

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

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