It's been no secret that Matt Davidson has been a little off his game lately. Perhaps last night was the beginning of a return to form as he went 4 for 7 with 2 doubles and 2 RBI in a doubleheader with Jacksonville. But it should be noted that while his average has slid down into the .250-.260 range, his scuffles have mostly just been a lack of power. He has only one home run in his past 23 games. It's been suggested around here that maybe they're working on his swing to try and cut down on his strikeouts and improve his contact rate with an eye toward worrying about the power numbers later. That's a possibility. He has made a little progress in that area. His K-rates for each month this season to date are: April - 19.2%, May - 26.5%, June - 23.8%, July - 20.2%. I think we could all live with a 20% rate for a guy with Davidson's power. The fact is his July wasn't horrible as he still posted an .800 OPS. Pretty good for a guy supposedly in a slump who's still only 21 playing in AA. I think he'll be fine, and the trade for Johnson might alleviate some of the pressure he might be feeling to justify his lofty prospect status as our 3rd baseman of the future.
3 Stars: Daniel Pulfer, Missoula 3 for 4, 2 R, 1 HR (2), 3 RBI
2 Stars: Adam Eaton, Reno 3 for 5, 1 R, 1 TPL (hitting .382)
1 Star: Bradin Hagens, Visalia 6 IP, 4 H, 2 BB, 9 K, 2 R, 1 ER
0 Stars: Austin Platt, Yakima 1.2 IP, 5 H, 2 BB, 2 K, 5 ER
Game summaries after the jump.
Triple A: Reno 8 Sacramento 11. Patrick Corbin was scratched late from starting this game and the Aces had to scrape together a pitching lineup and it really didn't work too well. Bryan Henry started and pitched 4 respectable innings allowing 2 runs on 4 hits. But then they tried to extend relievers Mike DeMark and Matt Gorgen and they got knocked around pretty good. Interestingly Brett Anderson started in a rehab assignment for Sacramento and the team did get to him for a couple of runs in 4 innings. Adam Eaton had 3 hits including a triple to raise his average back above .380. Josh Bell and Mike Jacobs both homered.
Double A Game 1: Mobile 3 Jacksonville 2. In game one of this doubleheader caused by the previous night's rainout, starter Brett Lorin was very good allowing 1 run in 5 innings with the run coming off a solo home run.The bullpen also pitched well with 4 relievers combining for 1 run allowed over 5 innings. The Bay Bears broke a 2-2 tie in the bottom of the 10th in walk-off fashion, literally, when Matt Davidson walked with the bases loaded. Davidson went 2 for 4 with a double and 2 RBI to lead the offense.
Double A game 2. Mobile 3 Jacksonville 15. Mobile was keeping this one close until late when Jacksonville scored 11 runs over the final three innings. Gaby Hernandez wasn't very good and neither was the bullpen. Matt Davidson again was the only hitter with more than one hit going 2 for 3 with a walk and a double.
High A: Visalia 3 Modesto 2. Bradin Hagens was very good on the mound tonight with 6 solid innings in which he struck out 9 and allowed just 2 runs (1 earned). The offense did just enough and scored the game-winner in walk-off fashion in the bottom of the 9th on a Michael Freeman single. Andrew Chafin made another relief appearance pitching 1.1 innings allowing 0 runs on 2 hits and no walks. Five Rawhide hitters had 2 hits. Of those five Michael Freeman had 2 RBI, Gerson Montilla had 2 doubles, and Ender Inciarte stole a base, of course.
Low A: South Bend 2 Fort Wayne 3. Starter Tyler Green was okay but not okay enough as he allowed 3 runs on 8 hits and 4 walks. It was just a tad more than the offense could cover. Tom Belza, Marc Bourgeois and Zach Jones each contributed a pair of singles.
Short Season A: Yakima 4 Tri-City 7. The Bears were never really in this one as Austin Platt, in his first start outside of ArizonaRookie Ball, didn't respond to the higher level very well. He couldn't get out of the 2nd inning and dug the team a 5-1 hole. The offense didn't do much until scoring 3 meaningless runs in the 9th. Michael Lang had a double and 2 RBI and Kevin Medrano added a pair of singles.
Rookie: Missoula 8 Helena 1. The Osprey poured across 5 runs in the 3rd and it was never really close after that. Ross Gerdeman pitched his 2nd consecutive quality game going 7 innings and allowing a single run on 5 hits and a walk while striking out 6. Daniel Pulfer was the offensive star with 3 hits, including his 2nd home run of the season, and 3 RBI. CF Evan Marzilli had 3 more hits to raise his average to .380.