A ton going on in this report, as all four full-season affiliates in the D-backs farm system had exciting games and remarkable performance, from a no-hitter that almost was to one of the system's top prospects gracing the mound. Plenty to cover, so let's dive in:
Snakelets of the Day:
Ryan Langerhans (Triple-A): 4-5, 2 HR, 2 R, 4 RBI, BB
Tyler Skaggs (Double-A): 6 IP, 1 R (1 ER), 9:2 K:BB, 4:2 GO:AO
David Nick (Hi-A): 5-5, 2 3B, 2 R, RBI
Michael Bolsinger (Low-A): 8 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 6:1 K:BB, 11:5 GO:AO
Triple-A (11 innings): Reno 4, Fresno 5. (63-45) Reno reliever Jason Urquidez was walked-off by the Grizzlies, in spite of the valiant efforts of newly-acquired Triple-A Hall of Famer Ryan Langerhans. The outfielder, despite his complete inability to hit big-league pitching, continues to rake at the Triple-A level, going 4-5 in this contest with a pair of home runs and a walk, driving in all four Reno runs. Robby Hammock also had a very nice day, collecting three hits including a pair of doubles. Angel Berroa also doubled once. Starter Zach Kroenke was unimpressive, allowing four runs in 6.2 innings on the mound, posting a mere 1:1 K:BB ratio and allowing a pair of home runs and 10 hits.
Double-A: Mobile 3, Chattanooga 2. (65-41) Yes, Paul Goldschmidt was out of the lineup at Mobile, apparently on a flight to San Francisco to join the D-backs for their crucial series against the Giants. The BayBears lineup undoubtedly missed their anchor, as the lineup collected just six hits, with doubles from Josh Ford and Jimmy Comerota serving as the only power production Mobile received on the night. Thankfully, perhaps the best third-best pitching prospect in any farm system in baseball was on the mound for Mobile, and he was deadly. That would be Tyler Skaggs, who allowed just one run in six impressive innings on the hill, posting a disgustingly-good 9:2 K:BB ratio. Oh yeah, this kid is twenty years old and in Double-A. Awesome.
Hi-A: Visalia 10, Rancho Cucamonga 6. (46-60) Visalia was down 6-1 at the time of the seventh-inning stretch, but hung five runs on R.C. in the bottom of the seventh, then another four runs in the bottom of the eighth to give Visalia the lead for good. Starting pitcher Diogenes Rosario faced some control problems in his four innings on the mound, though he didn't allow any extra-base hits, striking out four and allowing four runs. Reliever Kevin Munson was the most impressive pitcher used, striking out four in just 2 innings of work in the late innings. Evan Marshall threw a scoreless ninth with one strikeout.
The big story, however, were the bats, headlined by a two-homer game from Jon Mark Owings and a spectacular 5-5 effort from David Nick with a pair of triples. With the incredible day at the dish, Nick's season line kept rising, now sitting at .297/.345/.445 on the year, an impressive .791 OPS, which looks particularly good when you consider that this was a guy who batted .251/.318/.366 with South Bend in 2010. Clearly, Nick has taken the departure of Zach Walters - who was Nick's only real competition in the system at second base - nicely, going 8-10 with a double, two triples, and a home run since the Walters-for-Jason Marquis trade went down. Moar of that would be great, Mr. Nick, kthxbai. Alfredo Marte and Chris Owings also notched doubles for the Rawhide, while Bobby Borchering had a three-hit game.
Low-A: South Bend 3, West Michigan 1. (50-54) 15th-round pick from 2010 and former University of Arkansas starter Michael Bolsinger had a marvelous game, taking a no-hit bid into the eighth inning. He lost the no-no in the eighth, but still finished with an absurd line of eight innings, one hit, a 6:1 K:BB ratio, and an 11:5 GO:AO ratio. For being a mid-season innings replacement in South Bend's rotation, Bolsinger has taken exceptionally well to starting once again, with a sub-3 ERA in seven starting outings. Offensively, South Bend continues to get production from nowhere but the top of the lineup, as 1-2 hitters Ender Inciarte and Niko Gallego accounted for three of South Bend's seven hits, and both of South Bend's extra-base hits: a double by Gallego and a triple by Inciarte. It proved to be enough, however, due to Bolsinger's excellence.
Short-Season-A: Yakima 8, Salem-Keizer 13. (14-30) The offense had a rare good day, including a home run from Tyler Bream, a triple from Marc Bourgeois, and doubles from Westley Moss and Garret Weber. However, starter Adam Kudryk allowed seven runs in 4.1 innings (six earned), posting a terrible 3:4 K:BB ratio and allowing a pair of home runs. Kudryk's immediately replacement, Miles Reagan, was also bad, but the final three relievers Yakima used were effective.
Advanced-Rookie: Missoula 3, Great Falls 4. (25-14) The Osprey received doubles from Ty Linton, Jon Griffin, Fidel Pena, and Eric Groff, but didn't manage to get too many runs across the plate. The offense was enough for starter Taylor Siemens and his piggyback companion, Dexter Price, but Frank Santana came on in the final inning and surrendered a walk-off, two-out solo homer to end the game.
Low-Rookie: The AZL D-backs were off on Sunday.