Trevor Bauer pitched his 1st game back at AAA since being demoted a week ago and he posted an outing not unlike what we've been seeing from him for a while now. A few too many walks, not too many runs allowed, and not enough innings. The very first inning was so indicative of Bauer outings. He gets the first guy on a groundout, walks the next guy, gives up a sharp single off his body, throws 2 consecutive wild pitches allowing a run to score, then strikes out the next two batters. There were baserunners all over the place except in the 4th inning. He finished with 5 innings pitched, 2 earned runs, 7 hits, 3 walks and 4 strikeouts. He's still got some work to do and at this moment in time is nothing close to the polished pitcher Patrick Corbin is. The difference is he has such electric stuff that once he gets it under some kind of reasonable control he will be something special. That time is just not right now.
3 Stars: Ben Eckels, AZL Dbacks 7 IP, 3 H, 1 BB, 7 K, 0 ER
2 Stars: Mike Jacobs, Reno 3 for 3, 2 BB, 1 R, 2 DBL, 1 HR (9), 2 RBI
1 Star: Ty Linton, Missoula 3 for 6, 3 R, 2 DBL, 3 RBI
0 Stars: Chris Owings, Mobile 0 for 4, 3 K
Game summaries after the jump.
Triple A: Reno 5 @ Las Vegas 7. Poor JoPa, and I don't mean the one from Penn State. Joe Patterson was brought in to face a left-handed hitter with 2 on and 2 out in the bottom of the 10th and the Aces clinging to a 1-run lead, and proceeded to serve up a 3-run walk-off home run. It's just not his year. Trevor Bauer started and did enough to keep his team in the game allowing 2 runs on 7 hits and 3 walks in 5 innings. The offense did a great job battling back with 2 runs in the top of the 9th to tie it centered around Mike Jacobs' solo home run. Then they scored another in the top of the 10th on an RBI triple by A.J. Pollock. But Patterson couldn't get the out he needed at the end of the game. Mike Jacobs was the 2-star hero above and Jake Elmore added 3 singles.
Double A: Mobile 0 Pensacola 1. The Bay Bears' offense is disappearing. They have 5 hits in their last 2 games with just 2 more last night. Derek Eitel was sparkling tossing 6 shutout innings. but Eury De La Rosa allowed a run in the 8th and that was plenty for Pensacola. Mobile's offensive core (Owings, Krauss, Marte, Davidson, Borchering) went 0-18 a couple nights ago, and followed that up with an 0-17 performance yesterday. It's getting a little ugly there.
High A: Visalia 3 Bakersfield 10. The Rawhide got waxed again making that 7 losses in their last 8 games. Raymond Hernandez was a victim of the long ball as he allowed 3 home runs for 5 earned runs in his 6 innings of work. Other than that he pitched great with 9 strikeouts. Gerson Montilla continues to hit with 2 more yesterday including his 6th homer for Visalia (10th of the year overall). Keon Broxton had a couple of singles and Ender Inciarte stole his 36th base of the season.
Low A: South Bend 3 Peoria 2. The Silver Hawks eked out a 1-run win in this well-pitched game by both sides. Andrew Barbosa started and pitched 6 sharp innings allowing just 2 unearned runs with 5 strikeouts. Seth Simmons pitched perfect 8th and 9th innings and Jake Barrett pitched a hitless 9th for his 4th save. The offense did just enough with Ryan Court a bright spot with an RBI double.
Short Season A: Yakima 7 Everett 6. Some late inning offensive heroics stole this one from Everett highlighted by Shaun Cooper's walk-off RBI single in the 11th inning. Joseph Loftus was also a hero with a 2-out RBI single in the bottom of the 9th to tie the game at 6. Kyle Owings wasn't very good blowing a 5-run lead when he allowed 6 runs in the 4th and 5th innings. The Bears tallied 17 hits on the day with C Ronnie Freeman getting 4 including a double, and Kevin Medrano getting 3. Michael Lang hit his 2nd home run of the year, a 2-run shot in the 3rd.
Rookie: Missoula 17 @ Grand Junction 7. The Osprey had a laugher as the offense exploded with 17 runs on 17 hits. Karl Triana had an effective outing with 2 runs allowed over 5 innings for his 3rd win of the year. Perhaps most exciting was the Ty Linton sighting who had 3 hits including 2 doubles and 3 RBI. Evan Marzilli had another big game going 3 for 5 with a a double and 3 RBI. Michael Perez and Pedro Ruiz each smashed a 3-run homer, and Jake Lamb added a 2-run homer.
AZL Rookie: Dbacks 2 Giants 1. Ben Eckels showed us why he's a legitimate pitching prospect and some very late offensive heroics earned the Dbacks a 2-1 victory. Eckels tossed 7 shutout innings allowing just 3 hits and a walk while striking out 7. It was looking grim for the Dbacks who had managed just 1 hit through 8.2 innings, but Stryker Trahan walked, Alex Glenn cracked a run-scoring triple, and Phildrick Llewellyn made it a walk-off win with an RBI to right field. Llewellyn also added a double for two of the team's 3 hits.