There were some pretty good starting pitcher performances around the minors yesterday, even though Reno was still off and Visalia was rained out. 2012 draftee Andrew Barbosa was promoted from Missoula to South Bend, as expected, and had a pretty effective start. The 6-8 left hander threw 5.1 innings while giving up 3 runs (2 earned) on 5 hits and a walk and striking out 3. He's now a teammate of Archie Bradley and that's a pitching line we wouldn't mind seeing from Bradley. Then again, Barbosa is five years older than Bradley so comparisons are irrelevant. Blake Perry had another good outing for Yakima where he's pitched well since being demoted from South Bend. He might be bucking to get back up there and see if he can't do better the second time around. Colombian Karl Triana also was solid in his start for Missoula.
3 Stars: Jimmy Comerota, Yakima 3 for 4, 2 R, 1 DBL, 2 RBI
2 Stars: Andrew Barbosa, South Bend 5.1 IP, 5 H, 1 BB, 3 K, 3 R, 2 ER
1 Star: Blake Perry, Yakima 6 IP, 4 H, 3 BB, 3 K, 1 HR, 2 R, 1 ER
0 Stars: Wagner Mateo, Yakima 0 for 4, 4 K, 1 E
Game summaries after the jump.Double A: Mobile 3 Huntsville 2. In spite of being outhit 11-4, the Bay Bears won a 3-2 squeaker in 10 innings. Mark Krauss singled with 2 outs in the 10th to score David Nick who had stolen third earlier. Mobile scored a run in the 3rd without a hit, and a run in the 6th on just one single. Mike Bolsinger started and went 3 innings allowing one run. Gaby Hernandez allowed a run in 3 innings of relief. Even Marshall pitched scoreless 9th and 10th innings to earn the win and send his record to 5-1 to go along with his 16 saves.
Low A: South Bend 0 Kane County 3. Andrew Barbosa was solid in his A-Ball debut getting through 5+ innings while allowing just 2 earned runs. But the offense was non-existent to try and make a game of it as they collected just 4 hits and a walk. Bryan Henry had two of those hits.
High Rookie: Yakima 8 @ Salem-Keizer 7. The solid pitching of Blake Perry and a good offensive display had the Bears headed for a laugher until a scary 9th inning cut the lead to 1 run before hanging on. Perry tossed 6 effective innings yielding just 2 runs (1 earned) on 4 hits and 3 walks. The offense was led by Jimmy Comerota's 3-hit night with a double and 2 RBI. Shaun Cooper had 2 hits with a triple and 3 RBI. Daniel Poma hit a 2-run homer in the top of the 9th that eventually provided the margin of victory as reliever Blake Forslund couldn't get anyone out in the bottom of the 9th in allowing 5 runs. R.J. Hively came on and worked out of the jam to preserve the victory.
Low Rookie: Missoula 6 Grand Junction 3. Karl Triana had his 3rd consecutive good start with 5 full innings in which he allowed 2 runs (1 earned) on 5 hits and 2 walks. He struck out 5. After a disastrous first start for Missoula, Triana has pitched 15 innings in his last 3 allowing 4 earned runs with 15Ks and 6 walks. Socrates Brito hit a 2-run triple in the bottom of the 8th to break a 3-3 tie for the game-winner. Evan Marzilli had 3 singles and is now hitting .464, but just one of his 13 hits has been for extra bases.