Down On The Farm: Minor-League Recap, 5/29

BattleMoses is currently trying to figure out how to recap Tuesday's defeat at the hands of the Giants, without gnawing off his own limbs, so I'm helping out on the minor-league recaps for the night. It was a good night for Arizona, only a ninth-inning blown lead by South Bend standing between our affiliates and a five-game sweep - Mobile played a double-header. We outscored the opposition 27-16 in taking four of the contests.

Snakelet of the Day:
Fidel Pena (South Bend): 3-for-4, BB, two 2B, two RBI

Triple-A Reno 7, Tacoma 5. The Aces roared out to a six-run lead by the end of the third inning, but the offense more or less took the rest of the night off, and the fans had to withstand some nervous moments as the Rainiers came back. DH Randy Ruiz went 3-for-3 with a walk, while LF Cole Gillespe had two hits and drove in three runs, and C Konrad Schmidt had a pair of doubles. Joe Martinez allowed one run on four walks and six hits over 5.2 innings, with seven strikeouts. Sam Demel allowed three runs in his frame, but Jensen Lewis had a scoreless eighth, and Jonathan Albaladejo picked up the save, despite allowing a two-out homer.

Double-A Mobile 3/3 @ Jacksonville 2/1. The Bay Bears took both ends of a double-header, good pitching proving key in both, though these were only seven inning games. They still piled up 13 strikeouts in the opener, including seven in four innings by Brett Lorin. Kevin Munson threw two scoreless and Matt Gorgen picked up the save. Five of Mobile's seven hits were doubles. In the nightcap, Michael Bolsinger allowed just two hits in six innings, with three walks and five K's; Evan Marshall pitched a scoreless seventh for the save. 2B David Nick had three hits on offense, and LF Marc Krauss drove in two runs.

High-A Visalia 9 @ San Jose 2. The Rawhide only outhit the Giants 11-9, and had fewer extra-base hits, but the difference was in the peripherals. We had four hits with runners in scoring position, stole three bases and didn't hit into a double-play; they had one hit, stole no bases and gave us two twin killings. SS Chris Owings had two hits and stole a bag, with 1B Jonathan Griffin and LF Ryan LaPensee getting a pair of knocks apiece. Starter Raymond Hernandez had a "five and dive", allowing six hits and three walks to get the win; Jeremy Erben's clean ninth was the best of the bullpen for the Rawhide.

A-ball South Bend 5 @ Great Lakes 6. The Silver Hawks couldn't quite complete the daily sweep, blowing a three-run lead in the ninth behind reliever Matt Sample - an error got the tying run across - then letting the Loons walk it off in the tenth on two errors, a wild pitch, intentional walk and RBI single. J.R. Bradley went five innings for South Bend, being charged with two runs on five hits and a walk. C Fidel Pena had three hits and drove in two, and was joined in a three-hit night by 3B Ryan Court. Reliever Blake Perry retired all nine batters he faced, three of them by the strikeout.

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