MadFriars' Daily Farm Report: April 17

Decker hit his 3rd HR of the year

At the end of the day it is not about wins and losses. But that doesn't mean the minor league teams don't want to win. While the TinCaps blew their third straight lead, at least Tucson and Lake Elsinore were able to hold on for wins.

Salt Lake City Bees 7 – Tucson Padres 10

Key Statistics RF Jaff Decker 2-4, 2B, HR (3), 2 RS, 3 RBI, BB; 3B Jesus Merchan 3-4, 2 2B, 3B, 2 RS, 2 RBI; RHP Brad Boxberger 1.2 IP, 2 H, 5 K (S, 1).

Prospect Watch: In 47 games last year in San Antonio, Jaff Decker hit three homeruns. In 12 Pacific Coast League games this year Decker has now reached that home run total. Decker worked hard over the offseason with coaches on being more aggressive at the plate. So far it has resulted in more home runs, but also an even higher strikeout rate (nearly 50%)… Sean O'Sullivan started the game but couldn't get out of the fifth. Tucson fans are still waiting to see the pitcher that pitched so well in spring training… Brad Boxberger had to come into the game in the eighth with the bases loaded to record the five out save. The good news was that all five outs recorded were punchouts. The bad news was that all three inherited runners scored.

For further reading on the Tucson Padres please see the Arizona Daily Star

No game for the Missions

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

Lake Elsinore Storm 5 – Rancho Cucamonga Quakes 4

Key Statistics LHP Frank Garces 5 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 5 K (W, 2-1); C Austin Hedges 2-4, 2 RS, E (2); 1B Lee Orr 1-3, 2B, 2 RBI, BB.

Prospect Watch: Johnny Barbato allowed his first run of the year. In five games this year, Barbato has yet to walk a batter… After starting off slow SS Jace Peterson now has a six game hitstreak. He went 1-3, 2B, RS, RBI, and BB in today's game… After stealing eight bases in his first three games, Cory Spangenberg has swiped one bag in his last seven contests. After starting off 7-14, Cory is now 4 for his last 21 with 1 RS, 2 2B, 0 RBI, 1 BB, and 10 strikeouts.

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

. Fort Wayne TinCaps 3 – South Bend Silver Hawks 4

Key Statistics RHP Walker Weickel 4 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 K; C Dane Phillips 3-5, RS; 1B Luis Tejada 2-4, 2 2B, RBI.

Prospect Watch: Walker was pulled after four innings despite breezing through the final two frames. IN his second Midwest League start the right hander induced seven more groundouts compared to three flyouts. The unearned run was actually due to a passed ball with a runner on third and two out… John Hussey, who last pitched for the Tin Caps on June 11, 2010, threw three scoreless innings. allowing only two hits and striking out three.

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

. For further reading on the TinCaps' please 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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