Lots of action today down on the farm. All five currently active levels played games, with South Bend making up for lost action with a doubleheader. A good day of results, too, with only one loss in those five games, coming at Triple-A Reno. Plenty of exciting individual performances from top prospects, too, so add in the big day in the big-leagues and things are going pretty well for this organization. Not that you needed me to tell you that... anyways, with all of the awesome performances, I've decided to award a SotD per full-season level, since there are certainly plenty of deserving candidates.
Snakelets of the Day:
Triple-A: Wily Mo Pena - 2-4, 2B, HR, 2 RBI, 2 R, K
Double-A: Patrick Corbin - 7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 6:1 K:BB, 5:5 GO:AO
Hi-A: David Nick - 3-4, 2B, HR, RBI, 3 R, BB
Low-A (combined game one and two): Ender Inciarte - 3-5, 4 R, 3 BB, SB
Triple-A: Reno 5, Sacramento 16. (30-22) A forgettable night in Reno, featuring some bad pitching from the Aces. Matt Torra gave up four runs in five innings on nine hits, three walks, a homer, and two strikeouts, and was followed by two runs in two innings from Daniel Stange, five runs in one inning from Jordan Norberto, and five more runs in two-thirds of an inning from Bryan Shaw. The only pitcher to record a scoreless outing for Reno wasn't actually a pitcher, but outfielder Kyle Greene, who recorded Reno's last out in the ninth inning. Wily Mo was the star at the plate today, crushing his 17th home run of the year. Seems like just a matter of time before we see him replacing Sean Burroughs. Or so I hope...
Double-A: Mobile 14, Mississippi 0. (27-24) Yeah, this game remained close for a very short period of time. Surprisingly, though, the BayBears scored all of their runs in two separate innings tonight, with a five-run second inning and nine-run eighth inning accounting for all of the excitement in this one. Mobile roughed up a heck of a starting pitcher, pegging Arodys Vizcaino, one of Atlanta's top pitching prospects, for five runs in seven innings on four hits and two walks. Unfortunately for Vizcaino, though, three of those four hits allowed were home runs, given up to A.J. Pollock, Marc Krauss, and Josh Ford, all in the second inning. Pollock also whacked a double and a single, and Alfredo Marte, in his first game back from a 50-game PED suspension, hit a pinch-hit double. As already noted, Pat Corbin had an excellent outing on the mound, though he continues to baffle with his inconsistency. Eight of Corbin's ten starts have either been scoreless outings or have resulted in four or more runs being allowed. Nonetheless, his 48:14 K:BB ratio in 57.2 innings of work is impressive. Your Daily Goldschmidt: Paul, who I've seen referred to as a 30 runner on the 20-80 scale, hit a triple today, having a 2-5 day overall.
Hi-A: Visalia 9, Bakersfield 7. (23-28) Trevor Harden had another forgettable night on the mound, giving up five runs in five innings while coughing up a pair of home runs. After Brian Budrow gave up two runs in an inning and a third, Kevin Munson and Adam Worthington locked things down for the Rawhide, throwing 2.2 scoreless innings to cap off the win. Plenty of good outings at the plate made up for the early pitching struggles, featuring home runs from Raoul Torrez, Nick, and Matt Davidson. Nick and Bobby Borchering added a pair of doubles, and only one hitter, Rossmel Perez, went hitless on the night. Nick and Borchering had three-hit games, with Nick also drawing a walk to reach base four times.
Low-A (game one): South Bend 4, Dayton 1. A great start for Jeffrey Shields, who was perfect through five innings before being pulled due to innings limits. Shields struck out three with a 7:5 GO:AO ratio. Mike Freeman went 3-3 with a double, Ramon Castillo went 2-3 with a double and a stolen base, and Inciarte went 1-1 with two walks and a stolen base to lead the South Bend offense. With this win, South Bend pulled back up to .500, and then...
Low-A (game two, eight innings): South Bend 5, Dayton 4. (26-25) ... The SilverHawks climbed ahead of .500. A bit more of a nail-biter in game two, as Tyler Green gave up four runs in 4.2 innings with five strikeouts and three walks. Thankfully, Keith Cantwell and Jeremy Erben threw 3.1 innings of scoreless relief, striking out two and giving South Bend the chance to come back and notch the "extra innings" win on, believe it or not, a wild pitch. Yazy Arbelo notched two doubles and a walk, emerging prospect Zach Walters collected three hits, including a double and his sixth home run of the season, while Inciarte reached base another three times on two hits and a walk.
DSL (6-1/2 innings): D-backs 1, White Sox 3. (1-1) A bit of a boring day in the DSL, with just six hits between the two teams and only one earned run scored. 19-year-old right-hander Juan Valdez, fresh off of posting a 2.45 ERA in 29.1 innings of work in the DSL last year, threw five innings and gave up three runs, though none of them were earned. Valdez struck out three and walked one. 22-year-old reliever Smeelin Pena (I can't make this stuff up) threw a scoreless inning of relief, striking out two. The DSL-backs drew nine walks (i.e. they let the DSL-White Sox demonstrate their wildness while not swinging) on the night, including a four-walk, no-at-bat night from 20-year-old first baseman Samuel Valdez. Catcher Yosbel Gutierrez had the lone extra-base hit for the DSL-backs, with a triple.