In Santa Fe, New Mexico for the night, and my dad is currently sleeping, as we're hitting the road early tomorrow. So as not to wake him up, I'll have to make this a short intro. Thankfully, I saved this for last, so there's the usual plethora of stuff after the jump.
Snakelet of the Day:
Taylor Siemens (Advanced-Rookie): 6 IP, 5 H, 1 R (0 ER), 7:1 K:BB, 5:2 GO:AO
Triple-A: Reno 4, Oklahoma City 5. (67-56) The Aces gave RedHawks starter J.A. Happ (yes, that guy) a warm welcome back to the minor leagues by swatting him about for four runs (three earned) in five innings on the mound. Happ did strike out five, but walked three and allowed six hits. Angel Berroa's double was the only of those hits that went for extra-bases, though, and the only extra-base hit the Aces notched all night. Andy Tracy singled and walked twice. Pitching for Reno to start the game was Zach Kroenke, and the left-hander delivered a solid outing. Striking out six and walking just one in seven innings, Kroenke held the RedHawks to just one run. Unfortunately, Esmerling Vasquez allowed two runs in the eighth, then Ryan Cook, working for the second straight day, gave up two more in the ninth to give up a walk-off win.
Double-A: Mobile 4, Jacksonville 5. (72-48) The big bats in the heart of the lineup delivered for Mobile, with Marc Krauss hitting his 16th home run of the season and walking (finally putting his OPS over .800, seemingly out of nowhere), and A.J. Pollock and Ryan Wheeler each contributing a double. Pollock's double was his 35th of the season, good for second in the Southern League behind Dodgers 25-year-old first base prospect Scott Van Slyke. Patrick Corbin had a good start for Mobile, allowing just two runs in six innings with a 5:0 K:BB ratio and 6:2 GO:AO ratio. The defense did a good deal of the damage, as reliever Billy Spottiswood struck out the side in the seventh inning but yet allowed three unearned runs, costing the BayBears the game.
Hi-A: Visalia 4, Bakersfield 6. (56-65) Diogenes Rosario took to the hill for the Rawhide, and was solid through five innings of work, giving up just two runs and generating a good number of ground balls, although he wasn't missing bats, striking out just one. Unfortunately, Rosario's outing lasted two batters too long, as he retired neither and both inherited runners scored off of reliever Mike Belfiore. The offense struggled as a whole, with David Nick's double going down as the only extra-base hit on the night just one day after the Rawhide went on a power explosion against the same Bakersfield ball club. Were it not for three unearned Visalia runs, this game would have been a good deal uglier.
Low-A: The Silver Hawks were off on Tuesday, and will pick up action tomorrow with Michael Bolsinger on the mound.
Short-Season-A: Yakima 5, Spokane 3. (23-36) Lefty Adam Kudryk was effective on the mound, posting a 6:0 K:BB ratio in seven strong innings, surrendering just two earned runs, and the bullpen followed up that outing with two innings with only one unearned run allowed. The Bears received an unusual amount of power from their lineup, with doubles from Kerry Jenkins, Danny Pulfer, and Jae Yun Kim. Rounding out the offensive days, Pulfer and Jimmy Comerota each had two-hit days, Comerota reached base three times by also drawing a walk, and Jenkins and Comerota each added a stolen base.
Advanced-Rookie: Missoula 8, Orem 2. (35-19) The Pioneer League isn't an easy place to pitch, but don't tell Taylor Siemens. The college lefty and 18th-round pick in the 2011 draft lowered his ERA to a shiny 1.35 in 46.2 innings for the Osprey by allowing just one unearned run in six innings on Tuesday. His 7:1 K:BB ratio and 5:2 GO:AO ratio brought his season peripherals up to a 51:17 K:BB ratio and 2.32 GO/AO. As one would expect, Siemens has dominated lefties more than righties, with a 12:3 K:BB against southpaw hitters as opposed to a 39:14 ratio against right-handers. Both rates are good, but Siemens ultimately profiles as a LOOGY-type reliever in the majors, so the lefty peripherals are of particular importance.
The usual suspects led the way offensively for Missoula, with Roidany Aguila hitting his tenth home run of the season, Jonathan Griffin doubling twice, and Fidel Pena and Eric Groff each chipping in a double. Pena had a three-hit game, while Griffin added a walk to reach base three times. Pena's .333/.391/.500 line over his last ten games is impressive, and if the "catcher/second baseman" can find a long-term position somewhere in the middle of the diamond, he could have a good deal of value if he can make a successful transition to full-season ball. Griffin, however, thinks very little of that triple-slash line, putting up a white-hot .421/.439/.921 in his last ten games - yes, a .921 slugging percentage. His season line is now up to .299/.363/.553 in 50 games, and the 22-year-old hoss is worth keeping note of as a future power-hitting bench bat (let's not go expecting to... strike Goldschmidt twice! - ba-dum tish!)
Low-Rookie: D-backs 5, Angels 0. (14-31) Outfielder Domingo Soriano homered for the D-backs, while infielder Pedro Ruiz notched three hits and stole a base, although Ruiz was also caught stealing once. That would be more than enough offense, though, as the pitching trio of Bryan Escanio, Elroy Urbina, and Cody Geyer combined to throw a four-hit shutout of the Angels. Escanio started the game with 5.2 innings of work, holding the Angels scoreless despite a 4:3 K:BB ratio.