Archie Bradley had another of his typical starts. Lots of walks, lots of strikeouts, not very many hits. And not very many innings. As we near the end of Bradley's first professional season, even though we'd all love to see him with a 1.50 ERA and a 4/1 K/BB ratio, it still has to be qualified as a resounding success and he hasn't really done anything to suggest his star isn't as bright as when he was first drafted. He has 128 strikeouts in 118 innings. He has a ridiculously small BAA of .174, and a GO/AO of 1.78. These are the numbers of an elite pitching prospect, regardless of how many walks he has. He started at a fairly high level for a high school pitcher who had played more football than baseball to this point. Next year he'll be in Visalia at the age of 19, and I don't even expect off-the-chart numbers then. He'll keep striking out tons of hitters, he'll still have lots of walks, though we might expect them to trend slightly downward, and he won't necessarily have a super-sexy ERA because he'll have some more ugly games in his future. But once Skaggs and Bauer make the show next year, he will become our number one prospect and his work to date solidifies that notion.
3 Stars: Jonathan Griffin, Visalia 3 for 3, 1 BB, 2 R, 3 RBI (87)
2 Stars: Garrett Webber, Visalia 2 for 4, 1 DBL, 1 HR (13), 5 RBI
1 Star: Michael Bolsinger, Mobile 6 IP, 7 H, 1 BB, 3 K, 2 ER
0 Stars: Charles Brewer, Reno 3.1 IP, 10 H, 1 BB, 4 K, 9 ER
Game summaries after the jump.
Triple A: Reno 1 Round Rock 14. The Aces got pummeled as Charles Brewer couldn't get anyone out and the offense was totally ineffective. Brewer allowed 9 runs in 3+ innings and the game was lost before it even started. Adam Eaton had a pair of hits and is holding at .380. Konrad Schmidt had two hits including his 6th home run of the year.
Double A: Mobile 4 Pensacola 2. Michael Bolsinger had a very nice start and the bullpen followed with 3 perfect innings to earn the win. Bolsinger completed 6 innings allowing a couple of runs on 7 hits and a walk while striking out 3. Mobile trailed most of the game until the offense erupted for all 4 runs in the bottom of the 8th inning. Chris Owings got the first RBI on a single to center and Alfredo Marte followed with an RBI double. Ryan Strieby gave the team the lead with an RBI single and David Nick capped it off with a dribbler in front of the plate to score the 4th run.
High A: Visalia 9 Modesto 8. The Rawhide won another key game over first place Modesto to get back within a game in this battle of playoff contenders. Willy Paredes got the team off to a rough start by allowing 6 runs (4 earned) over the first 4 innings. But the offense battled back with 3 in the 5th and 4 in the 7th while the relief corps kept things under control. Jonathan Griffin had a perfect night with 3 singles and a walk and 3 RBI. Garrett Webber continues to swing a hot bat and drive in big runs as he contributed a double, a home run and 5 RBI.
Low A: South Bend 1 West Michigan 7. Archie Bradley had a collection of positives and negatives in this start. He struck out 8 in 4 innings and only allowed 3 hits and one run. That's the positive. He walked 5 and only got through 4 innings. That's the negative. Reliever Kable Hogben got rocked for 6 runs in less than an inning and the offense never got involved in what proved to be a snoozer. There were no offensive highlights.
Short Season A: Yakima 3 @ Vancouver 2. More good pitching in Yakima as Cody Wheeler started and pitched 3 scoreless innings before being removed. He was removed after 2 scoreless innings in his last start so he must be on some kind of strict innings limit as the season winds down. Austin Platt relieved Wheeler and added 5 wonderful innings of 1-run ball on 5 hits and 2 walks. Will Locante pitched the 9th and allowed 1 run but earned his 2nd save. The offense was led by Shaun Cooper who had a pair of doubles and 2 RBI. Josh Parr went 3 for 4 with a double.
Rookie: Missoula 0 Ogden 5. Another snoozer game for home team fans even though Jared Ray had a terrific start. Ray pitched 6 innings allowing 2 runs (1 earned) on 5 hits and no walks while striking out 7. However, the ofense could do nothing and reliever Vince Spilker allowed 3 more in the 9th to erase any dreams of a late comeback. Michael Perez had a couple of hits including a double to pace the meager offense.