MadFriars' Daily Farm Report: July 17

Zach Eflin and Lance McCullers, Jr. faced off in Ft. Wayne, James Needy once again got to throw in High Desert, and Donn Roach is on a roll for San Antonio.

Tucson Padres are off for the All-Star break. They resume play Thursday.

San Antonio Missions 6,3 Frisco RoughRiders 4,4

Key Statistics: C Robert Kral 2-3, 2B, HR, 4RBI; 2B Cory Spangenberg 2-7, BB, HBP, 2SB, CS; RHP Donn Roach 5IP, 2H, 0R, 2K, 1BB;

It only took three tries, but the Missions and Frisco finally got their matchup from Monday in as the clubs split a double header Wednesday. In the opener, Donn Roach kept his recent hot streak going, giving up only two hits over five innings. The sinkerballer has yielded just one run on five hits in his 16.1 innings of work in July, helping to bring his season ERA back down to 3.73. Even the two hits he surrendered Friday were of the infield variety. Only two balls reached the outfield. … Recently-promoted Robert Kral powered the offense in the nightcap, collecting four RBIs on a double and homer. The 24-year-old catcher has been given the primary catching duties for the Missions after his promotion last week.

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

Lake Elsinore Storm 10 High Desert Mavericks 8

Key Statistics: SS Jace Peterson 1-4, 3B, BB, SB; 3B Duanel Jones 2-4, 2B; RF Kyle Gadaele 2-3, 2B, BB;

Prospect Watch: Temperatures in the upper 90s, crowds in the hundreds, and winds blowing out? Must be summer baseball in High Desert. James Needy has managed to draw three starts in the launching pad this year, predictably giving up 17 earned runs in 14.1 innings. Wednesday he yielded six on seven hits in five innings, giving up three more homers. He has now given up half of his 10 round-trippers for the year at Mavericks Stadium. His ERA against the rest of the Cal League stands at 2.30. … Duanel Jones and Kyle Gadaele combined to score five runs at the bottom of the lineup. Both have struggled to find their strokes this year after being early favorites among the minor league staff to have big years. Jones continues to be an incredibly impressive player at 5:00 most days.

Quad Cities River Bandits Ft. Wayne TinCaps 3

Key Statistics: 1B Diego Goris 2-4; RHP Zach Eflin 6.1 IP, 5H, 2R, 1ER, 4K, 1BB; RHP Roman Madrid 0.1 IP, 1H, 2R, 0ER, 0K, 2BB

Prospect Watch: Zach Eflin and Lance McCullers Jr. put on an impressive showdown over the first six innings with Eflin slightly edging his fellow supplemental-round high school pick. Eflin was charged with one earned run in 6.1 innings, though he was saved further damage when Trevor Gott allowed only one of three inherited runners to score. The big righty from Florida allowed only one walk on the day – an intentional pass to the last hitter he faced. … Things didn't go as well for closer Roman Madrid, who thanks to some choppy work of his own and some brutal defense, was charged with a loss after giving up two unearned runs. The former Central Florida closer has walked 25 in 43 innings this year, far too many for a reliever at the end of a game.

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

Spokane Indians 8 Eugene Emeralds 4

Key Statistics: 1B Trae Santos 2-3, BB; DH Fernando Perez 2-4; LHP Erik Schoenrock 5IP, 6H, 3R, 1ER, 4K, 2BB

Prospect Watch: Even on a day when he went 0-for-4 at the plate, first round pick Hunter Renfroe was still the most exciting player on the field for the Ems. The right fielder gunned out two runners on the basepaths. In the first, he tracked down a fly ball and doubled the runner off first base, then he came back in the fifth to throw out a runner trying to score from second on a single. … Lefty Erik Schoenrock's continued an impressive start to his pro career, giving up only one earned run over five innings. The Memphis Tiger now owns a 2.10 ERA through seven starts and has struck out 32 in 34.1 innings.

AZL Padres 10 AZL Mariners 9

Key Statistics: 2B Jalen Goree 1-3, 2B, BB, 3RBI; RF Jose Urena 3-5, 2B, 3B, RBI; RHP Miguel Severino 0IP, 0H, 4ER, 5BB

Prospect Watch: You know it's rookie ball when the first six batters reach base on walks. Miguel Severino walked all five hitters he faced to open the game, quickly yielding to Griffin Russell. Russell, a 19-year-old lefty taken out of Texas in the middle rounds last year, walked four of his own over three innings, but was only charged with one run. … Jose Urena, the 18-year-old Mexican outfielder signed in 2011, continues to hit the ball hard, when he makes contact. With a double and triple among his three hits on the day, the right-handed slugger owns a .579 slugging percentage with 12 of his 19 hits going for extra bases. However, he also struck out two more times and has whiffed 24 times in 76 at-bats.

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

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