Another win at the big-league level for the D-backs, and another good day down on the farm, though a very strange day on the farm. A shutout at Reno and a slug-fest at Mobile hi-light just how odd of an evening this was. Speaking of that shutout at Reno, we have today's SotD...
Snakelet of the Day:
Barry Enright (Triple-A Reno): 6 IP, 0 R, 4:4 K:BB, 5:3 GO:AO
Triple-A: Reno 3, Tacoma 0. (32-22) A strong outing from Barry Enright today at Reno. Enright had to work around four walks, which is slightly worrisome, but he struck out four and induced 5 ground-outs to help him pitch six scoreless innings. Jordan Norberto worked a scoreless seventh despite two walks, and Daniel Stange threw a scoreless eighth inning while walking one. One encouraging outing to see was from Bryan Shaw, who recorded his first save as an Ace by throwing a scoreless ninth inning, striking out one. The offense was led by Cody Ransom, who continues to show remarkable, PCL-aided power this year. Ransom went 2-4 with a pair of doubles and two strikeouts, raising his batting average to .303 and slugging percentage to .605. One of Ransom's two doubles came with the bases loaded, clearing them and providing all the runs that Reno would need.
Double-A: Mobile 12, Mississippi 3. (29-24) Another quality start from Wes Roemer, who gave up two runs in 6.2 innings of work while striking out five, hitting a batter, and giving up a homer. Roemer's ERA on the year is now an impressive 2.94, and he remains a candidate to return to Triple-A Reno sometime this year. The BayBears were leading 4-2 going into the top of the ninth, but decided to tack on just a few more insurance runs... Mobile batted around the order in that inning, allowing pinch-hitter Ryan Wheeler to come to the plate twice in that inning. Wheeler took those two plate appearances and turned them into a walk and a homer, giving him an
impressive night freakin' awesome inning of work. Ollie Linton had three hits with a double and a triple, A.J. Pollock had two hits, including a triple, and a pair of walks, and... Your Daily Goldschmidt: Paul teed off in the top of the ninth for his 18th homer of the year, capping off a strong 3-5 night at the plate with four runs driven in.
Hi-A: Visalia 4, San Jose 0. (24-29) This was scheduled to be Mike Belfiore's start, but in the wake of Belfiore's recent struggles, possibly the repercussions of being over-worked in college (three Twitter links, from Keith Law and I), Diogenes Rosario was given the start and Belfiore worked two innings of relief. No indication on whether or not the move is a long-term shift back to relief or if they're trying to give him a break before easing him back into the rotation (I've already asked Nick Piecoro on Twitter), but it's certainly something to watch for. Rosario was effective through five shutout innings, though he only struck out two and notched 10 fly-ball outs while miraculously managing to not surrender a home run. No extra-base hits for the Rawhide hitters, though the 1-3 hitters - David Nick, Chris Owings, and Adam Eaton - each had two-hit nights, while Bobby Borchering had a hit and two walks.
Low-A: South Bend 7, Cedar Rapids 8. (27-26) Bradin Hagens was phenomenal through four innings of work, but unfortunately he worked three batters into the sixth inning. After giving up three in the fifth, he let three straight batters reach to begin the sixth before being pulled with the bases loaded for Dan Taylor. All three runners scored on a subsequent bases-clearing double, pulling the Kernels within one run after being down 5-0 through four. Cedar Rapids could score another in the seventh to tie, and one more in the eighth to take the lead for good. Offensively, Yazy Arbelo hit his 14th home run of the season, while Ender Inciarte and Zach Walters each doubled.
DSL (12 innings): D-backs 10, Cubs 11. (1-3) I have no idea what to make of this game. In traditional DSL fashion, this "slugfest" was really just an "is he even aiming for the plate?"-fest. In 12 innings of play, there were a combined twenty-six walks between the DSL-backs and the DSL-Cubs. So, yeah, I give up on this one. Go look at the box score if you want more details, because I give up...