I know what you're thinking, and yes, I am aware of just how clever that title is. Horrible puns aside, you could probably have guessed at the start of the year that Trevor Bauer would be featured in such a hilariously-titled Farm Round-Up, but the continued demolishing of the PCL from Josh Bell is a pleasant surprise, to say the least. Overall, the D-backs' full-season affiliates have continued to succeed, with three more wins on the farm yesterday.
Snakelet of the Day:
Josh Bell (Triple-A): 2-4, HR, R, 3 RBI, BB, K
Trevor Bauer (Double-A): 7 IP, 6 H, 1 R (0 ER), 9:1 K:BB, 7:3 GO:FO
Triple-A: Reno 7, Memphis 6. (19-17) Friday's contest was the first rough outing of the season for right-hander Barry Enright, who was plagued by three home runs that accounted for five of the six runs he allowed across his five innings of work. Enright struck out four, walked two, and gave up eight hits on the evening. However, the rest of the squad picked up the right-hander, with the bullpen working four shutdown innings - one apiece from Mike DeMark, Jason Lane, Sam Demel, and Jonathan Albaladejo - and the offense staging a comeback that was capped off by a three-run seventh. Josh Bell was stellar once again, clubbing a two-run home run in the first to gives Reno a lead early, also singling and drawing a walk before the night was over. Adam Eaton and Jake Elmore each had three-hit days, with Elmore doubling and Eaton also drawing a walk.
Double-A: Mobile 6, Chattanooga 1. (23-13) The offense was solid for Mobile, with Matt Davidson hitting a single and a two-run homer, Yazy Arbelo singling and doubling, Wladimir Sutil walking three times, Marc Krauss knocking a pair of singles, and David Nick walking twice. However, the big story on the night was undoubtedly the work of Trevor Bauer, who absolutely demolished the Chattanooga lineup. In seven innings of work, Bauer allowed just six hits, a walk, and an unearned run, striking out nine batters and generating seven ground ball outs. The one walk allowed was the lowest total of any start Bauer has had this year, and based strictly on the box score, I would say this was Bauer's best outing of the season. It dropped Bauer's ERA on the year to a sparkling 1.68, with 60 strikeouts and 26 walks in 48.1 innings.
Oh, and here's your weekly reminder: Bauer is 21 years old. Be excited, folks.
Hi-A: Visalia 2, San Jose 5. (18-18) The Rawhide received a short outing from starter Anthony Meo, who managed just four innings of work while allowing five runs (three earned), eight hits - including a home run - and two walks. Meo struck out four and needed 83 pitches to notch 12 outs. The Rawhide lineup couldn't crawl back from that deficit, despite receiving a three-hit day from Chris Owings - who continues to tear apart the Cal League in his repeat campaign with Visalia - and a two-hit day from Jonathan Griffin that included a double.
Low-A: South Bend 3, Fort Wayne 2. (20-15) No Silver Hawks hitter had a multi-hit day in this one, but the club received a bevy of extra-base hits in this one, with doubles from Chris Ellison, Marc Bourgeois, and Fidel Pena, to go with a home run from second baseman Gerson Montilla. The long-ball was Montilla's first home run of the year, to go with his 14 doubles and three triples in 32 games. Montilla has been particularly on fire over his last ten games, with a .341/.386/.707 line that includes six doubles, three triples, a homer, seven strikeouts, and three walks, raising his season line to an impressive .288/.341/.472. The offense was enough to support starter Jesse Darrah, who had a fine outing with six innings of two-run ball, striking out six and walking none.