MadFriars Daily Farm Report: September 4

The TinCaps clinched their division title by defeating the club they'll face in the first round of the playoffs. Josh Johnson had to leave his rehab appearance one batter in. The Missions managed to win with only one hit, and Adrian DeHorta was on in Tri-City.

Reno Aces 6 - Chihuahuas 5

Key Statistics: RF Hunter Renfroe 4-for-5, 3B, 2RBI, R; CF Rymer Liriano 2-for-4, 3B, 2R, SB (18); 3B Casey McElroy 2-for-4, 2B, 2R, BB; RHP Casey Kelly 5IP, 9H, 5ER, 6K, 2BB

Prospect Watch: Casey Kelly wriggled out of a few jams having only given up one run through the first four innings, but the Aces caught up to him in the fifth. The righty gave up a bases-loaded triple to Pete O’Brien, who then came around with the go-ahead run. In all, Kelly threw 90 pitches in five innings, giving up five earned runs. Through three outings since rejoining the Chihuahuas, Kelly has surrendered 20 hits in 14.2 innings, but does have 14 strikeouts and has only issues two unintentional walks. … Rymer Liriano continued his torrid streak, adding a single and triple to extend his hitting streak to six games. He’s had multiple hits in seven of his last nine, including seven extra-base hits. His slugging percentage, now at .459, is as high as it’s been since April 27. It will be interesting to see what the organization does with Liriano, who has the toolset to be a valuable big league regular. … Hunter Renfroe, who has pushed Liriano to centerfield for the most part, had his first four-hit game for El Paso to push his OPS in Triple-A back over 1000.

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

Missions 2 – Midland Rockhounds 1

Key Statistics: 3B Gabriel Quintana 1-for-2, R, HBP; RHP Bryce Morrow 6IP, 5H, 1ER, 3K, 1BB

Prospect Watch: Though the Missions only scraped out one hit, they managed to plate two runs and win. Gabriel Quintana’s single to right was the high point for an offense which has really been limping for the last three weeks. He moved up on an error and sacrifice before coming around on a Benji Gonzalez groundout. Quintana has hit in six of seven games since joining San Antonio. … Bryce Morrow turned in his second straight quality start for the Missions, allowing only one run on five hits in six innings. He rejoined the rotation in mid-August and has worked 24 strong innings since. … After a long few weeks spent in limbo, Chris Rearick seems to be enjoying getting to pitch. The lefty was designated for assignment by the Padres on August 20 and claimed by the Rangers, who then promptly designated him again, so the Padres reclaimed him. He ultimately passed through waivers one last time before getting outrighted to San Antonio. After all of that, he picked up his first save since 2012 on Friday, and has worked five scoreless innings for the Missions.

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

Visalia Rawhide 8 – Storm 4

Key Statistics:

DH Marcus Davis 3-for-5, 2B, 2RBI; 3B River Stevens 2-for-5, 2SB (13), R, 4E; RHP Michael Kelly 6IP, 8H, 6R (4ER), 4K, 2BB

Prospect Watch: Obviously, the big news is that Josh Johnson faced only one hitter before having to leave the contest. The one-time big-league ace hadn’t appeared in a game since surgery prior to the 2014 season and was focused on trying to join the Padres for a few innings prior to the end of the year. … Scheduled starter Michael Kelly was pressed into action earlier than expected and had another rough go of it. The 22-year-old righty has given up at least four earned runs in each of his six Cal League starts …. River Stevens returned to Storm action for the first time since the end of June. While he provided a nice spark in the leadoff spot with a pair of hits and two stolen bases, the 23-year-old also committed four errors in the field at third base, including three in the second inning. Stevens has been fine defensively at both second and shortstop, but in 11 games at third base this season, he’s committed 10 errors.

TinCaps 4 – West Michigan Whitecaps 1

Key Statistics: 3B Luis Tejada 2-for-4, R, RBI; RHP Ernesto Montas 7IP, 5H, 1ER, 3K, 0BB

Prospect Watch: The TinCaps claimed the Eastern Division title with a 4-1 win Friday and will open the playoffs with a three-game series against the same Whitecap team beginning next Wednesday. Fort Wayne cobbled together the win with nine singles, scoring single runs in four different frames. Luis Tejada was the only TinCaps hitter to collect more than one hit on the night. … Righty Ernesto Montas found his good stuff for the big game, tossing seven innings of one-run ball. The 24-year-old saw his ERA spike after a short trip to the Cal League, but has now turned in four quality starts in his last five outings.

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

Dust Devils 8 - Spokane Indians 0

Key Statistics: CF Rod Boykin 3-for-5, 2B, 3R, SB (19); SS Pete Van Gansen 3-for-4, 2B, 2RBI; 3R; 1B Ty France 2-for-4, 2B, 3RBI, R; RHP Adrian De Horta 5IP, 2H, 0R, 6K, 3BB; RHP Phil Maton 2IP, 1H, 0R, 4K

Prospect Watch: The top of the lineup and a trio of pitchers made Friday night a laugher for the Dust Devils. Rod Boykin slid back into the leadoff spot and set the table all night. The 20-year-old center fielder went 3-for-5 with a double and also stole his 19th base in 23 attempts. Boykin offers a tempting array of tools, but must find a way to cut down on his strikeout rate to allow them to play up on the field. … After three straight subpar outings, Adrian DeHorta was back to dealing Friday night. The Southern California native worked five scoreless frames, giving up only two hits with six strikeouts. When he’s be on, he’s been a beast for Tri-City, where he’s held the opponent to one run or less in four of his eight starts. … Relievers Nathan Foriest and Phil Maton both worked two clean frames to cinch the victory. Foriest, a lefty from the 35th round, has not allowed a run in four outings since joining the Devils. Maton, a hard-throwing righty out of Louisiana Tech, added four more strikeouts to his absurd season total, and now has 58 in 32.2 innings of work.

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

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

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