The third overall pick of the 2011 draft was on the mound again yesterday. Guess what happened next...
Snakelet of the Day:
Trevor Bauer (Double-A): 5 IP, 4 H, 1 R (1 ER), 7:1 K:BB, 4:2 GO:AO
Triple-A (seven innings): Reno 2, Tucson 0. Well, this certainly wasn't what I would have expected. Aces right-hander Kevin Mulvey was spectacular in his seven-inning "complete game" in the first half of a double-header, giving up just two hits - both singles - and no runs while striking out four with no walks. The Reno bats took that pitching performance and ran with it, led by a home run from Ryan Langerhans and doubles from Cole Gillespie and Andy Tracy, although Gillespie was the only Aces hitter to reach base more than once by also drawing a walk.
Triple-A (seven innings): Reno 1, Tucson 3. (73-60) Langerhans again shined, going 2-2 with a double, a homer, and a walk, but the rest of the offense managed just three hits, all of which were singles. Lefty Tom Layne couldn't make a one-run offensive output hold up, allowing two runs in five innings on five hits, a strikeout, and an 11:2 GO:AO ratio.
Double-A: Mobile 2, Jackson 1. (78-51) Trevor Bauer did it again. Bauer worked five strong innings, posting a ho-hum 7:1 K:BB ratio and allowing just four hits and a run. With the outing, Bauer brought his Double-A numbers up to 15 IP, 2.40 ERA, 12 H, 23:5 K:BB, 1 HR, while his pro season numbers split between Visalia and Mobile are now 24 IP, 2.63 ERA, 19 H, 40:9 K:BB, 2 HR. The guy is just crazy-good. However, with 24 innings under his belt and the team looking to add only another 30-35 innings in pro ball this year, this may actually be Bauer's last outing for Mobile before a call-up. If he does make another appearance for the BayBears - August 30 is when his spot in the rotation is next up - I would expect it to be shorter than five innings, preparing him for a short-appearance relief stint with the D-backs come September. For those interested, John Sickels had a Prospect of the Day feature on Bauer at his site yesterday.
As for the offense, Adam Eaton led the day with a single, two walks, and a stolen base, although he actually did not score either of the BayBears runs (he did drive one in, though). Mobile received some power from Josh Ford and Taylor Harbin, who each doubled, with Ford's hit scoring Harbin.
Hi-A: Visalia 2, High Desert 8. (59-70) Southpaw David Holmberg became another victim of the Cal League, giving up three home runs in just five innings on the mound in one of his worst outings of the season. Holmberg gave up just five hits, but four walks and those three long balls were his undoing, despite striking out six Mavericks batters. At the dish, Mark Reed had a three-hit game, while Alfredo Marte and Matt Davidson each hit doubles to try to provide some pop to the lineup, but two runs in a Cal League game is rarely enough to record a W.
Low-A: South Bend 1, Fort Wayne 7. (61-67) South Bend's offense received plenty of power, as Gerson Montilla and Ramon Castillo each tripled, with Ender Inciarte adding a double. Ultimately, though, the offense fell flat on its face, succumbing to the power arm of TinCaps right-hander Keyvious Sampson and the Fort Wayne bullpen. Yazy Arbelo k'd in all four of his plate appearances, while Matt Helm, Montilla, and Roberto Ortiz each struck out thrice. Silver Hawks righty J.R. Bradley was solid in his own right, giving up just one earned run in 4.1 innings, but his 3:2 K:BB ratio and four unearned runs show that he has his share of struggles.
Short-Season-A: Yakima 6, Everett 0. (28-40) Right-hander Yiomar Camacho turned in his best all-around outing for Yakima, throwing five scoreless innings with a 5:1 K:BB ratio and 9:1 GO:AO ratio. The Bears' bats came alive at just the right moments int his one, too, as Yakima notched six runs on eight hits and one walk, with just one extra-base hit: a double from Jimmy Comerota. The game was actually much closer than the score would indicate, as the Bears took a two-run lead in the top of the third that would go unchanged through the eighth inning, when Yakima added four insurance runs.
Advanced-Rookie: Missoula 0, Ogden 12. (38-25) Yikes. Starter Conrad Flynn gave up seven runs in his 5.1-inning start, mostly due to the three home runs he surrendered to the Raptors' bats, and reliever D.J. Johnson saw things get out of hand in the bottom of the eighth, retiring just one batter and allowing five more runs to score. Then, of course, is the issue that the Osprey bats took the night off, with Roidany Aguila's double going down as the only extra-base knock on the night. Missoula did draw six walks to go with four hits, but two baserunners were thrown out on the bases while eight more were stranded.
Low-Rookie: The AZL D-backs had the day off.