That's the Archie Bradley we all know and love. Bradley had his best start in a couple of months last night for South Bend in a 2-0 win. He pitched 6 shutout innings allowing just 2 hits and 1 walk while striking out 6. In three of his last four games Bradley has walked 2 batters or less. And when he doesn't walk people he is as good as advertised, because they sure can't hit him. In 98 innings Bradley has yielded just 54 hits and only 3 home runs, remarkably low totals. He doesn't strike out a ridiculous number of hitters with 96 Ks in those 98 innings, but that's pretty darned good. He lowered his ERA to 3.65 for the year with an 8-5 record. It's good to see Bradley making progress on the wildness because on pure stuff he's worthy of the lofty ratings and last night he showed why. It was a limited schedule tonight with both Mobile and Visalia on travel days.
3 Stars: Archie Bradley, South Bend 6 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 6 K, 0 ER
2 Stars: Jake Lamb, Missoula 4 for 4, 1 DBL, 1 RBI, 1 SB (6)
1 Star: Mike Jacobs, Reno 2 for 4, 1 HR (10), 2 RBI
0 Stars: Joe Martinez, Reno 3.1 IP, 11 H, 2 BB, 2 K, 11 R, 8 ER
Game summaries after the jump.
Triple A: Reno 4 @ Las Vegas 12. Joe Martinez got rocked after three good outings in a row. Las Vegas tagged him for 7 runs in the 2nd and then 4 more in the third and this game was his-to-ry. The offense tried to battle back with 11 hits, but 2 double-play balls and 2 for 11 with RISP wasn't nearly enough. Mike Jacobs had 2 hits including his 10th home run of the year. Taylor Harbin had 3 hits with a double, and Josh Bell had a double and a home run, his 6th of the year.
Low A: South Bend 2 Peoria 0. Archie Bradley was dominant with 6 shutout innings on just 2 hits and a walk. And the bullpen was equally impressive with Kable Hogben adding 2 shutout innings with 4 strikeouts, and Kaleb Fleck pitching a perfect 9th for his 2nd save. But Bradley didn't earn the win because the offense didn't score until the bottom of the 8th inning when Matt Helm clubbed a 1-out, 2-run double. Helm also added a single and a walk in his 5 plate appearances.
Short Season A: Yakima 1 Everett 3. Alexander Carreras had a pretty effective start with 3 runs allowed on 6 hits and 2 walks over 6 innings. But the offense was non-existent with 4 hits. Kevin Medrano had 2 of the 4 hits including a double.
Rookie: Missoula 1 @ Orem 6. The Missoula defense has to take the blame in this one as Yoimer Camacho was throwing well, but 4 errors was too much to overcome. He finished with 5.1 innings while allowing 5 runs (only 1 earned) on 7 hits and a walk with 2 strikeouts. Justin Bianco, Jake Lamb, Rudy Flores and Michael Perez were the defensive transgressors. Jake Lamb did his best to make up for his with 4 hits, but the the rest of the team had just 2.
AZL Rookie: Dbacks 4 @ Royals 9. Starter Jeff Gibbs got rocked for 7 runs in the 2nd inning and this game never got interesting. Andrew Potter did a nice job with 5.2 innings of relief allowing 2 runs (1 earned) on 3 hits. The offense didn't really show up until mop-up time with 3 runs in the last two innings. Jose Munoz did the most with a pair of singles. Stryker Trahan went 0 for 3 but earned two walks giving him 24 on the season compared to 19 strikeouts. He's sporting an OBP of .452.