MadFriars' Daily Farm Report: April 7

Travis Buck carried the T-Padres offense

Tucson got their first win of the year thanks in large part to the bat of Travis Buck. Both San Antonio and Lake Elsinore fall 2-1, though no Missions starter has given up a run yet. Fort Wayne won't go undefeated for the year.

Tucson Padres 9 Salt Lake City Bees 1

Key Statistics: CF Danny Robertson 3-4, 2B, SB, 2R; LF Travis Buck 3-5, HR, 4RBI; 1B Kyle Blanks 1-4, HR; RHP Thad Weber 5IP, 5H, 1ER, 5K, 0BB

Prospect Watch: Travis Buck, who signed a minor league deal in the offseason and spent most of March in the big league camp, led the offense with three hits, including a three-run homer that broke the game open in the seventh. The 29-year-old former big leaguer spent last season in the Rangers organization. … Brad Boxberger bounced back from a mediocre first appearance with a two inning, four strikeout performance.

For further reading on the Tucson Padres, see the Arizona Daily Star.

Springfield Cardinals 2 San Antonio Missions 1

Key Statistics: 1B Tommy Medica 2-3, RBI; RHP Matt Andriese 5IP, 2H, 0ER, 3K, 1BB

Prospect Watch: Matt Andriese became the fourth straight Missions starter to turn in a scoreless outing. The 23-year-old righty worked five innings, giving up only a pair of singles and one walk. Missions starters now have a streak of 21 innings without a run scored to open the season. … First baseman Tommy Medica continues to be the main weapon in the Missions lineup, The right-handed slugger went 2-for-3 to keep his average at.400. He has turned in multi-hit performances in three of the club's first four games. … Right fielder Reymond Fuentes added a single to extend his hitting streak to four games.

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

Ranch Cucamonga Quakes 2 Lake Elsinore Storm 1 (in 10)

Key Statistics: 3B Duanel Jones 2-4; 1B Lee Orr, 1-4, HR; RHP Matt Jackson 5IP, 4H, 1ER, 1K, 1BB, 1 HBP

Prospect Watch: Cory Spangenberg and Travis Jankowski were each held hitless, but both drew a pair of walks in the game. They carry on-base percentages of .500 and .438 respectively after the first series of the year. … Johnny Barbato gave up just one single over two innings of work. The righty should get plenty of opportunities to stretch out his appearances as the season goes on. … Austin Hedges is off to a rough start in the Cal League. The darling of prospect hounds everywhere went 0-for-5 and is now just 1-for-14 through three games. … The Storm were held to only five hits over 10 innings by breakout candidate Ross Stripling and three relievers.

For further reading on the Lake Elsinore Storm, see the Southwest Riverside News Network.

Great Lakes Loons 8 Ft. Wayne TinCaps 3

Key Statistics: 1B Diego Goris 1-4, 3B; RHP Zach Eflin 3IP, 5H, 4R, 2ER, 3K, 1BB, WP

Prospect Watch: Zach Eflin breezed through the first with a pair of strikeouts, but labored in the second. After his defense committed a pair of two-out errors, the supplemental first rounder from Florida uncorked a wild pitch and issued a walk before finally closing out the frame. … For the second time in four days, former wide receiver Brian Adams got the start in center field. The uber-athletic 22-year-old had a single to plate the TinCaps' second run, but also struck out twice. He will likely have plenty of Ks as he turns his attention full-time to baseball, but has as many tools to work with as anyone in the system. … Diego Goris is the rare minor league Rule 5 pickup who bears watching. The stocky 22-year-old from the Dominican played all over the field in his stateside debut for the Pirates and Royals last year, and got a look at first base on Sunday. Wherever he plays, his bat will determine his future.

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

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

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