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MadFriars Daily Farm Report: September 2

El Paso falls after clinching a playoff spot but San Antonio puts together another late rally. Lake Elsinore rides the big arm of De Los Santos but both Fort Wayne and Tri-Cities fall as the minor league seasons wind down.

Albuquerque Isotopes 7 - Chihuahuas 2

Key Statistics: SS Jose Rondon 3-4; CF Franchy Cordero 0-2, 2 BB; RHP Walker Lockett (L, 1-2) 5.1 IP 10 H 6 R 6 ER 3 BB 4 K; RHP Phil Maton 1.0 IP H R 2 K.

Prospect Watch: Lockett rolled through the first four innings until three straight singles to start the fifth, followed by a sacrifice fly and then a bases clearing triple put four runs on the board…Franchy Cordero made his Triple-A debut tonight which is topping off a great year by the young Dominican…Simon Castro, once of the Padres’ top prospects, pitched the ninth inning for the Isotopes.  He is now a closer and is having a nice year…second straight loss for the Chihuahuas, but they have already clinched a playoff spot. 

Missions 8 - Midland Rockhounds 5 (11 innings)

Key Statistics: DH Ryan Miller 2-4, 2 RBI; 2B Nelson Ward 2-4, HR (6), 3 RBI, BB; RF Luis Tejada 2-5, 2B; C Rocky Gale 2-5, 2B, RBI; RHP Daniel McCutchen 6.0 IP 8 H 3 R 3 ER 2 BB 5 K HR; LHP Brad Wieck 1.0 IP 2 K; RHP Trey McNutt 1.0 IP 2 K; RHP Michael Dimock (W, 1-0) 2.0 IP K.

Prospect Watch: The Missions caught a break when Rockhounds’ shortstop Richie Martin, in his Double-A debut, made four errors tonight after committing 14 in 82 games with the A’s High-A affiliate in Stockton. His errors were responsible for all four of San Antonio’s unearned runs…Ward had one of his best games of the season, hitting a two-run home run with two outs in the ninth inning to tie the game. Martin’s two errors in the eleventh inning led to the Missions putting up three on the board.  Dimock came in and set the home team down in order for the win…a nice night also by Ryan Miller, who had a slash line of .270/.325/.622 with seven extra-base hits in 40 plate appearances in August…Despite a .224/317/.306 slash line, Ward has 31 stolen bases in 40 attempts, which is second only to Michael Gettys’ 33…The win gives San Antonio a 36-31 record in the second half, which is 14 more wins than they had in the first with a three-game series still left to play.

Storm 4 - High Desert Mavericks 2

Key Statistics: 1B Ty France 1-3, HR (9), RBI, BB; RF Franmil Reyes 2-3, RBI; 2B Luis Urias 1-3, RBI, BB; RHP Enyel De Los Santos (W, 5-3)  6.0 IP 3 H 7 H;  RHP Lake Bachar (S, 1) 1.0 IP 2 K.

Prospect Watch: A great night by De Los Santos, who many have the best four-seam fastball in the organization in terms of pure velocity. Tonight was his best outing of the year…SDSU’s Ty France continues to prove that he is going to be somewhere in the organization’s Double-A plans next year as he hit his ninth home run since being promoted to the Cal League on June 30.  He has 25 extra-base hits in 57 games…Lake Bachar, a fifth round draft pick of the Padres’ this year, picked up the save after earning his first Cal League win two nights ago. Bachar, out of Wisconsin-Whitewater, starred in both football and baseball in college and was impressive in the AZL with 35 strikeouts in 28.2 innings against only six walks before being moved up to Lake Elsinore.

Great Lakes Loons 5 - TinCaps 4 (10 innings)

Key Statistics: LF Kodie Tidwell 1-4, BB; SS Chris Baker 2-5, 3B, HR (3), 2 RBI; C Austin Allen 0-3, 2 BB; RHP Jacob Nix 4.2 IP 5 H 3 R 3 ER 3 BB 10 K; LHP Joey Lucchesi 2.0 IP 4 H BB 3 K; RHP David Benar (L, 3-4) 2.0 IP 4 H 2 R 2 ER BB 3 K.

Prospect Watch: In their last home game of the season, TinCaps announcers Mike Maahs and Mike Monaco noted that the game was emblematic of their season; they lost, but they still had a chance to win in their final at-bat…Nix set a season high with 10 strikeouts, capping off what has been a solid first full year as a professional. He finished with 90 strikeouts against 20 base-on-balls in 105.1 innings in 25 starts…After third baseman Carlos Belen singled in the fifth inning, the Loons retired 15 TinCaps in a row before Chris Baker’s triple in the top of the ninth, 10 of them were strikeouts…Lucchesi had a somewhat wild two innings in his only appearance in Fort Wayne, but he did what he has done all year; got out without giving up any runs…in 14 games, Baker has nine extra-base hits and a .280/.357/.640 slash line.

Eugene Emeralds 9 - Dust Devils

Key Statistics: SS Fernando Tatis, Jr. 2-4, 2B, 3B; 2B Nate Easley 1-3, BB, SB; RHP Braxton Lorenzini (L, 3-5) 3.0 IP 6 H 4 R 4 ER 3 BB 6 K; RHP Walker Weickel 2.0 IP H BB. 

Prospect Watch: The Dust Devils were swept on their final road trip of the year by a very good Emeralds club…Tri-City had three errors tonight, which brought in five unearned runs…a pair of extra-base hits by Tatis and two scoreless frames by former top draft pick Walker Weickel were the biggest highlights of the evening.

For full box scores from the entire system, click here.

System Notes:  As stated above, Franchy Cordero was promoted from Double-A San Antonio to Triple-A El Paso capping off the type of season that anyone who has ever watched him in the back fields of the Peoria Complex in Spring Training believed he could accomplish.  After moving off of shortstop to center field full time this year he responded with 51 extra-base hits and 23 stolen bases between the Storm and the Missions in 133 games. Missions’ announcer Mike Saeger said of Cordero, “I thought he had a good approach at the plate, that is what impressed me the most.  He used the entire field and showed a good aptitude for going the other way on two-strike counts.  He still has a fair amount of swing-miss, but he’s putting up numbers in spite of it.”…LHP Kyle McGrath, who was drafted in the 36th round of the 2014 draft, was also promoted to El Paso for the playoff run. Like Cordero, he also saw action at both Lake Elsinore and San Antonio this year with combined numbers of a  0.95 ERA in 66 innings and 76 strikeouts against only nine walks. 

And for those of you playing along at home, McGrath was drafted 240 picks after Johnny Manziel.

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