Well that didn't take long. It was always thought that Andrew Chafin had the kind of arsenal that would serve a flame-throwing lefty well, But I didn't think it would happen this soon. Andrew Chafin made his first appearance out of the bullpen as a professional since he's been struggling for the last couple of months as a starter. Now, I don't really know if it's merely because he's been struggling and they're just trying to shake him up a little, or if they really have an eye on making a concerted push to turn him into a reliever. Time will tell. In any case, I'm sure you're wondering how it went. Well, not so good. One inning, 3 walks, 1 hit, 2 runs, 1 strikeout. We'll keep an eye on things there. Our top two pitching prospects were also in action tonight in Skaggs and Bradley. You can check out their results after the jump.
3 Stars: Kevin Medrano, Yakima 3 for 5, 1 R, 3 RBI
2 Stars: Shaun Cooper, Yakima 3 for 2, 2 BB, 2 R, 1 RBI
1 Star: Eric Groff, South Bend 2 for 4, 1 R, 2 DBL, 1 RBI
0 Stars: Wagner Mateo, Yakima 0 for 5, 4 K
Triple A: Reno 1 @ Tucson 5. Tyler Skaggs was on the hill and a tough 1st inning did him in. After the leadoff hitter ground out, the next hitter singled on a ball that deflected off Skaggs. Then Skaggs picked him off first but Mike Jacobs threw the ball into left field. Two walks sandwiched around a pop-up loaded the bases. Then light-hitting SS Beamer Weems smacked a double to center that cleared the bases. Only one of the runs was earned. Skaggs completed five innings allowing 3 more hits the rest of the way, one a solo home run by slugging 1st baseman Matt Clark. The offense had no response collecting just 4 hits, 2 by Josh Bell including a double.
High A: Visalia 1 @ Modesto 8. Willy Paredes' second start as a professional wasn't as good as his first. He was fine through four innings, but a 3-run 5th left him with a line of 5 innings pitched, 9 hits, 4 ER, 3 strikeouts. The offense was no match though they had plenty of base-runners, leaving 12 stranded and going 1 for 9 with RISP. Hot-hitting SS Michael Freeman had 3 more hits and is hitting .459 in his last 10 games and .403 for the month of July. Raywilly Gomez and Raoul Torres also had a couple hits each.
Low A: South Bend 3 Burlington 5. Archie Bradley started and he posted another typical Archie Bradley outing. He wasn't bad, but the walks are still killing him as he had 4 more tonight in 5 innings. But as usual he only allowed 2 hits. He was literally cruising through 4 innings with 5 strikeouts, 1 single and 1 walk. But then in the 5th after a leadoff flyout he walked the bases full. A sacrifice fly was followed by a 2-run double to center and his game was ruined. The Silver Hawks tied the game at 3 in the 7th on an Eric Groff double, but Seth Simmons allowed 2 runs in the 9th to take the loss.
High Rookie: Yakima 8 @ Boise 4. The Bears' offense took charge in this one as they overcame an early 4-2 deficit by scoring in each of the 4th through 7th innings. Second baseman Kevin Medrano posted a 3-hit, 3 RBI night and is having himself a nice rookie season. The 2012 18th-rounder is not showing any power yet but he is hitting a solid .354 hitting near the top of the order. Shaun Cooper also had a good night as the DH with 2 hits, 2 walks and 1 RBI. Alexander Carreras had a sub-par start but did enough to earn the win. A trio of relievers tossed 4 shutout innings to preserve the victory. Each of those relievers (Jose Jose, Victor Acosta and R.J. Hively) is having a terrific campaign so far with sub 2.00 ERAs.
AZL Rookie: Dbacks 9 Rangers 4. The offense got it done late for the home team led by two-hit, 2-RBI games from William Castillo, rehabbing FA Tyler Graham and 2nd-rounder SS Jose Munoz. 9th-rounder Jeff Gibbs started and pitched 3 shutout innings but Andrew Potter yielded 4 runs in the 6th and 7th to tie the score. But a run in the bottom of the 7th and 4 more in the 8th blew it open. CF Chuck Taylor also had 2 hits and his 9th stolen base. On the Stryker front he went hitless with 2 walks. I'm most impressed with Trahan's plate discipline as he has 20 walks and just 16 strikeouts in 89 plate appearances. And of his 22 hits, 9 have been for extra bases. What he needs to work on the most is his defense as he has 8 errors, 8 passed balls, and has thrown out just 2 of 30 base-stealers. He's got a long way to go to stick at catcher.