Since I've started doing the minor league round-up, last night was easily the worst collection of games and performances I've had to report on to date. Every single team lost except South Bend, who didn't play! The worst news was from Tyler Skaggs who had by far his worst outing at the AAA level as he gave up 8 runs, all earned, in 5 innings of work. It just wasn't his night. After giving up 4 in the 3rd, which was capped off by a 2-run homer, here's how Skaggs' 5th inning went. Ground ball single, line drive double, line out to center, ground ball single, ground ball single, ground ball single, line drive single, line drive out, ground out. Lots of line drives and hard-hit balls in that outing, but some bad BABIP too. On another interesting note, Andrew Chafin was sent back out as a starter last night for Visalia and wasn't so great either. Four innings, 7 hits, 3 walks, 3 runs (2 earned), 1 home run, 4 strikeouts. Hmmm, and I thought they were trying to make him into a reliever already. I guess they're still hoping he'll be a starter. Still, it's his first year of professional baseball so we won't get too excited yet. But nothing there to get excited about.
Minus 3 Stars: Tyler Skaggs, Reno 5 IP, 10 H, 2 BB, 4 K, 8 ER, L (4-2)
Minus 2 Stars: Jeff Gibbs, AZL 2.1 IP, 4 H, 2 BB, 3 K, 6 R, 5 ER, L (0-3)
Minus 1 Star: Derek Eitel, Mobile 6 IP, 9 H, 3 BB, 5 K, 5 ER, L (7-10)
0 Stars: Enrique Burgos, Yakima 1.2 IP, 0 H, 4 BB, 2 K, 1 ER, L (0-3)
Game summaries after the jump.
Triple A: Reno 4 Round Rock 9. Tyler Skaggs was not himself last night as he got hit hard and often and it was way more than the offense could muster. Josh Bell went 2 for 4 with a double and 2 RBI. Cole Gillespie had a pair of singles and 2 RBI. A.J. Pollock was hit by a pitch and replaced in the game. Don't know the extent of the injury just yet.
Double A: Mobile 5 Pensacola 9. Derek Eitel wasn't too good but it wasn't a nightmare either. Mobile battled back to within a run in the 8th but then Bryan Woodall allowed 3 more in the 9th and the comeback ideas were doused. Matt Davidson had a good night going 2 for 3 with a walk, 2 runs scored, his 22nd home run and 2 RBI. Chris Owings also had a pair of hits with a triple. Ryan Strieby hit his 3rd home since joining the Bay Bears.
High A: Visalia 7 Modesto 10. Chafin was back on the mound as a starter and it didn't go too well, but it wasn't his worst outing either. He let a lot of men on base with 7 hits and 3 walks over 4 innings, but he only allowed 3 runs (2 earned) and struck out 4. Considering the offense bailed him out with 2 runs in the 2nd and 5 more in the 5th, that should have been enough to get the win. But the bullpen was awful and surrendered 6 more runs in the 7th and 9th to blow a game the Rawhide desperately needed in their playoff hunt. Jonathan Griffin hit a 3-run homer in the big 5th inning, his 22nd of the year, giving him 84 RBI on the season. Keon Broxton had 3 more hits and stole his 17th base.
Short Season A: Yakima 1 @ Vancouver 2. As always the Yakima pitching was great, and the hitting, not so much. Yakima ace Daniel Watts had another stellar outing allowing just 1 unearned run on 3 hits and a walk over 6 innings. Solid reliever RJ Hively added a scoreless 7th and Enrique Burgos a scoreless 8th. But in the 9th Burgos walked the bases loaded and proceeded to surrender a walk-off sacrifice fly for the 1-one loss. The Bears out-hit Vancouver 8-3 but it wasn't enough. Josh Parr and Daniel Poma paced the offense with a couple of singles each.
Rookie: Missoula 2 Ogden 9. The Osprey were never in this one even though starter Yoimer Camacho pitched well enough to keep them in the game. He tossed 7 innings allowed 4 runs (3 earned) on 7 hits and no walks while striking out 4. The offense however couldn't get anything going and when the bullpen caved in late it was mercifully over. Socrates Brito had 2 more hits with a double and Ty Linton added a pair of singles.
AZL Rookie: Dbacks 3 @ Giants 10. The youngsters made it a clean sweep of the minors as they got blown out by the Giants. Starter Jeff Gibbs was pretty bad and reliever Andrew Potter wasn't much better. The offense actually had a dozen hits but went 2 for 17 with RISP. The defense added to the sweep with 3 errors. 3B Ryan Fuller was a bright spot with a 4 for 4 night including his first professional home run. William Castillo went 3 for 3 with a pair of walks and his 10th stolen base.