MadFriars' Daily Farm Report: April 18

Burch Smith was the tough luck loser.

The starting pitchers tonight combined for 15 IP, 11 hits, three earned runs, seven walks, and 14 strikeouts. Despite the sub 2 ERAs; only one team scored a victory as the three offenses combined for six runs.

Salt Lake City Bees 2 – Tucson Padres 3

Key Statistics RHP Thad Weber (W) 6 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K; LHP Tommy Layne 2 IP, 0 H, 1 BB, 3 K; LF Brandon Allen 2-4, HR (2), 2 RBI; RF Jaff Decker 1-3, BB, RS, K.

Prospect Watch: After being in San Diego for one outing, Thad Weber made his first start back in AAA and excelled. Through Weber's first five innings, only one batter reached second base… With Kyle Blanks in San Diego, Brandon Allen stepped in to replace the 88 train. The 27 year old is hitting .348/.444/.652 in seven games.

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

Midland Rockhounds 2 – San Antonio Missions 1

Key Statistics RHP Burch Smith (L) 5 IP, 1 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 7 K; CF Rico Noel 1-2, RBI, BB, 2 SB (9); LF Everett Williams 1-4, SB (3).

Prospect Watch: Fresh off of earning Texas League Pitcher of the Week, Burch Smith continued his dominance. Unfortunately he made one mistake, which resulted in a two-run home run. That one pitch was the difference in the game… After starting off slow on the bases Rico Noel has picked it up, now leading the team and league with nine stolen bases.

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

Lake Elsinore Storm 2 – Visalia Rawhide 3

Key Statistics RHP James Needy 4 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 2 K; RHP Matt Lollis 1.2 IP, 1 H, 4 K; RHP O'Grady (L) 0.2 IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 2Ks; 2B Cory Spangenberg 1-3, RBI, BB; CF Travis Jankowski 1-4, RS, BB, 2 SB (9).

Prospect Watch: Another ninth inning blown save results in another loss.. James Needy continues to struggle with consistency. The former Santana Sultan has now walked nine hitters in 11 innings… Matt Lollis has not allowed an earned run all year. The twenty-two year old has now struck out 13 hitters while only walking two in 9.2 innings.

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

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

The Tin Caps were rained out.

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

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