MadFriars' Daily Farm Report: August 31

The Minor League season is approaching its conclusion, and Monday was a wild day in the Padres’ system. Fort Wayne ended their losing streak with an offensive outburst, while San Antonio had a dramatic comeback capped with a big homer. Not to be outdone, the Chihuahuas scored three in the bottom of the ninth to pull closer to first place.

Chihuahuas 6 – Las Vegas 51’s 5

Key Statistics: 2B Ramiro Pena, 2-for-3, BB. 2B, RBI; SS Hector Gomez, 3-for-4, 2B, 3B, HR (3), 4RBI; CF Rymer Liriano, 2-for-5, 2B; C Rocky Gale, 2-for-4; RF Hunter Renfroe, 1-for-4, HR (5), 2RS, BB; LHP Robbie Erlin, 5IP, 4H, 2ER, BB, 3K; RHP Marcos Mateo, (W, 3-0) IP, BB; RHP Jon Edwards, (S, 23) IP, H, 2K.

Prospect Watch: The Chihuahuas rallied on a ninth inning, three-run triple from Hector Gomez to pull out a victory. El Paso is now 0.5 games out of first. Their next three are against first place Las Vegas … Gomez had a monster game for the Chihuahuas, and was just a single short of hitting for the cycle. Gomez signed with San Diego earlier this month, after the Brewers released him. Gomez has been on fire since being acquired, and is hitting .356/.415/.630, with two homers and 17 RBI in 20 games … Right fielder Hunter Renfroe homered once again, giving the former first-rounder four dingers in 47 Triple-A at-bats. Renfroe has played extremely well down the stretch, and has a chance to finish with 20 homers this season … Righty Jon Edwards pitched a scoreless ninth to earn the save. Edwards, acquired earlier in the month in the Will Venable deal, was named to the PCL postseason All-Star game prior to the game. The hard-throwing righty seems like a near-lock to earn a promotion to San Diego when El Paso’s season ends. Edwards has a 1.26 ERA, with 22 saves this season.

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

Missions 11 – Corpus Christi Hooks 9

Key Statistics: CF Alberth Martinez, 2-for-4, 2B, RS, BB; 1B-2B Diego Goris, 3-for-5, 2B, RS, RBI; LF Tyson Gillies, 3-for-5, 2RS, RBI; 3B Gabriel Quintana, 3-for-5, 2HR (2), 3RS, 4RBI; PH Yeison Asencio, 1-for-1, HR (13), 3RBI; RHP Dennis O’Grady, 3.2IP, 9H, 8R, 3ER, 3BB, 3K; RHP Elliot Morris, (W, 4-9) IP, H, ER, K; LHP Eury De La Rosa (S, 7) IP, H, BB, K.

Prospect Watch: The Missions trailed 9-8 in the ninth inning, when pinch-hitter Yeison Ascencio crushed a three-run homer to give the Missions a 11-9 win … Third baseman Gabriel Quintana had a monster game for San Antonio, with home runs in his first two at-bats. Quintana didn’t play well in Lake Elsinore, and was promoted as more of a necessity to aid the Missions. Quintana is 4-for-12 in his first three games with the Missions, but he has struck out five times already. Quintana has 14 dingers on the season … The second baseman had a game – and to be frank - a season to forget. Taylor Lindsey made three errors, before being removed from the contest. Lindsey has already been designated for assignment, cleared waivers, and was demoted from El Paso. With El Paso and San Antonio this season, Lindsey is hitting a putrid .187/.283/.282 … RHP Elliot Morris came off of the disabled list and got the win in relief. Morris missed more than a month with a forearm injury. It seems as if he will finish the season in the bullpen, and prepare for next season. The Padres could send Morris to the Arizona Fall League for more work, although that is purely speculation on my part.

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

Storm – DNP. The Storm were off. They will play tomorrow against Rancho Cucamonga.

TinCaps 11 – Lansing Lugnuts 9

Key Statistics: 2B Josh VanMeter, 2-for-4, 2BB, 2B, 2RS, 2RBI; 1B Trae Santos, 2-for-4, RS, 2B, HR (14), 2RBI; RF Franmil Reyes, 2-for-4, RS, BB; LF Edwin Moreno, 2-for-4, 2RS, 3B; 3B Luis Tejada, 1-for-4, 2B, 4RBI; SS Rey Bruguera, 3-for-3, RS, BB; RHP Chris Huffman, 2IP, 8H, 7R, 6ER; RHP Colby Blueberg, (W, 4-1) 2IP, 3H, 2ER, 2BB, 4K.

Prospect Watch: Pitching has been the theme of the TinCaps’ miraculous run, but they did it with offense Monday … First baseman Trae Santos hit his 14th homer of the season, and also added a double in the victory. Santos has had an excellent season as the TinCaps’ primary first baseman. Santos is third in the Midwest League with 30 doubles and his 14 homers are also third in the league. Santos is hitting .262/.359/.452 on the season … RHP Colby Blueburg has been untouchable this season, but he did blow the save Monday, allowing a pair of runs. He did earn the win, after Fort Wayne rallied. Blueberg has been a stalwart out of the bullpen this season, and has a 1.11 ERA, with 20 saves this season.

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

Dust Devils – DNP. Tri City opens a series tomorrow against Vancouver.

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

AZL Padres –The AZL Padres’ season ended. They finished 23-33, tied for the worst record in the league.

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

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