MadFriars' Daily Farm Report: May 27

James Needy with the Storm in 2013

TinCaps win their 100th straight game when leading after eight innings. San Antonio rides home runs from both catchers to a win. But Lake Elsinore and El Paso both get hit hard.

Chihuahuas 5 – Las Vegas 51s 8

Key Statistics RHP Odrisamer Despaigne 4 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 5 BB, 4 K; CF Alex Castellanos 3-4, 2B, RS, RBI; RF Jeff Francouer 3-4, 3B, RS, 2 RBI.

Prospect Watch: Rough AAA debut for Despaigne. All day today sports talk radio was talking about how he is being fast tracked to the big leagues, and that AAA would be a testing ground for him. One start into AAA and the discussions might calm down for a week. He allowed multiple baserunners in every inning. The 51s finally broke through off of Despaigne in the fourth when four of the first five reached base. This included a bunt single by A's pitcher Dana Eveland. Despaigne finished the game throwing 81 pitches but only 42 were for strikes.

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

Missions 3 – NW Arkansas Naturals 2

Key Statistics RHP James Needy 6 IP, 6 H, ER, 6 K (W, 3-3); RF Yeison Asencio 2-4; C Austin Hedges 2-3, HR (4), 2 RS RBI; DH Robert Kral HR (2), 2 RBI.

Prospect Watch: Enough does not get written about Casey McElroy. The 2B/SS/3B who missed all of last year with injuries, started out slow this season. After two weeks his OPS was .520. Since then he has raised it nearly .200 points. Tonight he walked in every plate appearance, giving him 13 walks and 13 strikeouts in 26 games this season. He is hitting only .243, but has a .900 OPS over the past week and is hitting .292/.452/.458 against lefties.

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

Storm 0– Lancaster Jethawks 7

Key Statistics 3B Gabriel Quintana 2-3; RHP Joe Ross 6.1 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 3 ER, BB, 5 K.

Prospect Watch: Tough day for the Storm. Ross had retired 10 in a row, and entered the seventh for just the third time this year. After a walk, bunt and single, the JetHawks had their best rally of the night. Ross did his job, getting a ground ball to third, but airmailed the throw to second. All runners safe. After another single, he is replaced. When all is said and done Ross allows four runs in the inning, two earned, although none of them should have been earned. But, as always you can never assume the double play. Tough end for the Storm ace.

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

TinCaps 5 – Dayton Dragons 4

Key Statistics RF Franmil Reyes 2-4, HR (6), 2 RS, 2 RBI; LF Henry Charles 2-4, 2B, 2 RBI; CF Mallex Smith 1-3, RS, BB, SB (37); RHP Walker Weickel 6 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 4 K.

Prospect Watch: The TinCaps were ahead by one entering the ninth inning. Nick Mutz blew the save, but Henry Charles hit a walk-off double to end the game. The win means that the TinCaps have won 100 straight games when leading after eight innings. For comparison the last time the TinCaps lost when leading after eight, Matt Wisler got the start, James Needy pitched the 7th and 8th, and lineup included Travis Jankowski, Jace Peterson, Yeison Asencio and Austin Hedges.

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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