There wasn't a lot of quality pitching in the four games yesterday with only Reno posting a victory. South Bend, Visalia and Mobile gave up a combined 31 runs while losing all three. A couple of the tilts had exciting finishes but nothing in our favor. David Hernandez's little brother Ray was especially sharp but his bullpen threw up on itself and gave away his victory.
3 Stars: Raymond Hernandez, Visalia, 6IP, 6 H, 1 BB, 0 ER, 8 K
2 Stars: Evan Frey, Mobile, 3 for 5, 2 R, 1 DBL, 3 RBI
1 Star: Mike Jacobs, Reno, 2 for 4, 2 R, 1 DBL, 1 HR, 3 RBI
0 Stars: Brett Lorin, Mobile, 2.2 IP, 9 H, 2 BB, 8 ER, 1 K
Complete summaries after the break.
Triple A: Reno 12 Las Vegas 5. Reno got back to their winning ways with a convincing 12-5 win over Las Vegas. The Aces blew it open with a 6-run 3rd and never looked back as they pounded out 14 hits, a whopping 10 for extra bases. Mike Jacobs went 2 for 4 with a double, homer and 3 RBI. Jake Elmore had two doubles to raise his average to .398. Ryan Wheeler, A.J. Pollock, Cole Gillespie and Taylor Harbin also collected 2 hits each. Joe Martinez was solid giving up 4 runs in 6-1/3 innings to get the win.
Double A: Mobile 10 Birmingham 15. Mobile got thrashed again by Birmingham after giving up 15 runs and 23 hits. The game was never really close as Mobile scored 5 in the last two innings when the game was out of reach. Brett Lorin got rocked to earn the daily Zero Stars Award going away, giving up 8 ER in less than 3 innings. Evan Frey was one of the few bright spots collecting 3 hits and 3 RBI while Raoul Torres and Wladimir Sutil also got a couple of base knocks.
High A: Visalia 5 @ Lake Elsinore 7. Raymond Hernandez was cruising to a victory after throwing 6 shutout innings while notching 8 Ks and left the game after 6 with a 3-0 lead. But the bullpen came on and promptly surrendered a 6-spot in the 7th to ruin his good night. Michael Freeman and Garrett Webber had two hits apiece while Bobby Borchering hit his 8th home run of the year, a solo shot.
Low A: South Bend 6 Lansing 9. South Bend was headed toward a bad 6-1 loss before surprising the 8 fans probably left in the stands by scoring 5 in the bottom of the 9th to tie the game. They compiled 6 hits and a walk in the inning with the big blows coming off the bats of Ender Inciarte and Tom Belza. Unfortunately it only resulted in the unkindest loss of all. They came back to get beat. Kable Hogben surrendered 3 runs in the top of the 10th and that was that. Marc Bourgeois went 3 for 3 with a double, an RBI and two walks.