Konrad Schmidt - seen here looking rather majestic during Spring Training - hit a home run for Triple-A Reno tonight in a losing effort.
I could get used to this. Actually watching the D-backs on TV and being able to focus my intarwebz attention on the minors. Good times. Just two teams in action tonight in the minors, with Mobile and Visalia having days off. .500 night tonight, but there were plenty of performances to be happy about at both Reno and South Bend, so there's enough to talk about tonight.
Snakelet of the Day:
Patrick Schuster (Low-A): 6 IP, 2 H, 1 R (0 ER), 7:4 K:BB
Triple-A: Reno 4, Round Rock 5. Starter Kyler Newby carried a 6:2 K:BB ratio through 4.2 innings of work, but the dastardly PCL rewarded him with thee earned runs allowed for his efforts. The best pitching performance of the night, though, came from Tom Layne, who struck out five in 2.1 scoreless innings of work, giving up just two hits. Offensively, Konrad Schmidt hit just his third homer of the season (not particularly impressive for the PCL), while Tony Abreu, Cody Ransom, and Collin Cowgill - who had three hits on the night - each added a double. However, Cowgill's three hits were the only hits collected by the 1-4 hitters in the lineup (Evan Frey, Cowgill, Brandon Allen, and Wily Mo Pena), which is never a good sign for a team's offensive hopes.
Low-A: South Bend 8, Lake County 1. Schuster was good for the fourth straight outing, with those three prior performances detailed in the Baby 'Backs Report I posted earlier today. Nice to see him continuing to miss bats and induce grounders, though the four walks are concerning - control is a concern for Schuster because of his complex delivery mechanics. He's plenty young, though, with time to sort out control issues, so, in short, I'm more optimistic about the strikeouts and grounders than I am pessimistic about the walks. On the offensive front, the Silver Hawks managed just two doubles amongst 11 hits and three walks, but added six stolen bases in the span of just four innings off of Lake County starter Kyle Blair without being caught once. Ender Inciarte had three hits and a pair of those steals, while Zach Walters added two hits, including a double, a walk, and a stolen base.