Just when you thought that the Armando Galarraga trade couldn't get any worse, it did. Just skip to the South Bend section if you want to be super depressed.
Also, for the zero people (a rough estimate) who both noticed and cared that the DSL has been missing lately from these reports, I've simply hacked them off over the last couple of days because a) their box scores get posted absurdly late, and b) we really know nothing about these guys outside of their age and a that a few of them received higher signing bonuses than the others.
Snakelet of the Day:
Jeffrey Shields (Low-A): 7 IP, 6 H, 3 R (1 ER), 1:1 K:BB, 18:3 GO:AO
Triple-A: Reno 7, Fresno 9. (63-46) Newly-acquired Ryan Langerhans hit another home run for the Aces, going 2-2 with three walks in the game, but that bomb was the only extra-base hit Reno managed in this contest - never a good sign in the PCL. Starter Gaby Hernandez was bad, allowing ten hits and eight runs in six innings on the mound, posting a 4:5 K:BB ratio and allowing a pair of homers, lifting his Reno ERA to 6.97 in nine starts.
Double-A: Mobile 4, Chattanooga 6. (65-42) The BayBears offense, now sans Paul Goldschmidt, struggled to gets runs across the board, scratching off a pair of runs, one of which was earned, against starter Nate Eovaldi beforeMarc Krausshomered off of Ethan Martin. However, Krauss' homer and Taylor Harbin's double were the only extra-base hits managed by the offense. Starter Bryan Henry was ineffective, allowing four runs in five innings, although reliever Yonata Ortegacertainly had an interesting night, allowing a run in two innings with a 3:3 K:BB ratio.
Hi-A: Visalia 2, Rancho Cucamonga 1. (47-60) Starter Eric Smith finally had a great outing, surrendering just one run on seven hits and a pair of walks in 6.1 innings on the mound, striking out five and inducing nine ground-ball outs. Meanwhile, the Visalia offense couldn't do anything against opposing starter Jon Michael Redding, but managed to get to the Quakes bullpen after Redding left the game, notching a walk-off win in the bottom of the ninth after the bullpen threw 2.2 scoreless innings of relief. Bobby Borchering and Chris Owings doubled, while Ryan LaPensee drove in the walk-off run, Alfredo Marte, with a single. LaPensee and David Nick were the only Visalia hitters to post a multi-hit game.
Low-A: South Bend 1, West Michigan 6. (50-55) This sucks. Remember Kevin Eichhorn, the guy we tradedArmando Galarraga for? Well, Eichhorn's clearly pissed at Arizona for trading him in exchange for someone so truly horrendous, so he vented his frustrations by throwing his first career complete-game in a victory against the Silver Hawks. Eichhorn induced 17 ground ball outs against South Bend, striking out two and walking one. Yuck. Anywho, Silver Hawks starter Jeff Shields matched Eichhorn pretty effectively for seven innings, allowing just one earned run, but a pair of unearned runs to notch the loss. Shields posted a 1:1 K:BB ratio, but bested Eichhorn with a staggering 18 ground-ball outs. Yazy Arbelo led the offense with a double and a walk, but the Hawks managed just four hits against Eichhorn, and Arbelo's double was the only one that went for extra-bases.
Short-Season-A: A day off for Yakima, who go to play the Everett Aquasox on Tuesday.
Advanced-Rookie: Missoula 10, Billings 8. (26-14) Missoula went on another well-balanced power binge, with five extra-base hits coming from five different batters. Roidany Aguila and Jon Griffin homered (Griffin's was a grand slam), Fidel Pena tripled, and Ryan Court and Eric Groff doubled, leading to a ten-run outburst that held through Billings' efforts to make a comeback. Starter Raymond Hernandez had his worst outing as a pro, allowing seven runs - six earned - in just 5.1 innings on the mound, though he did post a 4:1 K:BB ratio, giving him a stellar 35:7 ratio in his pro debut between the AZL and Missoula, with an overall ERA of 3.06 - hardly poor numbers.
Low-Rookie: D-backs 4, Mariners 5. (11-22) Infielder Derek Luciano had a nice game, going 2-3 with a double, a homer, and a sacrifice fly, but defensive gaffes handed the game over to the Mariners, as four of the five runs allowed by D-backs pitchers were unearned. Blake Perry got the start and had one of his more solid outings of the season, allowing three runs - though just one earned run - over six innings with a 5:3 K:BB ratio and 8:4 GO:AO ratio. Not excellent peripherals, but Perry remains one of the youngest arms in the system, and he still sports significant upside. Domingo Soriano and Pat Donahuealso doubled, while Socrates Brito was 1-4 with a walk and two stolen bases.