Trevor Bauer had a very solid start last night for Reno though the Aces did go down to defeat. It wasn't an outing as memorable as Tyler Skaggs' Major League debut but it was still pretty darned good. He completed 7 innings and allowed 3 earned runs on 5 hits and 1 walk while striking out 9. In his last two starts encompassing 16 innings Bauer has 21 strikeouts and 2 walks. Um, 10/1 K/BB ratio? That's pretty good. I'd say he's bucking to get back into that Diamondbacks rotation. Don't ask me who he'll replace though. I'm thinking a 2013 rotation of Kennedy, Miley, Corbin, Skaggs and Bauer sounds good to me. Sorry Cahill, in my humble opinion you might be the odd man out, though it's not beyond unreasonable to think Kennedy could be the odd man out. Who ever thought that would be a reasonable line of thinking?
3 Stars: Bradin Hagens, Visalia 8 IP, 1 H, 3 BB, 6 K, 0 ER
2 Stars: Brent Clevlen, Mobile 2 for 2, 2 BB, 4 R, 1 TPL, 1 HR (8), 2 RBI
1 Star: Trevor Bauer, Reno 7 IP, 5 H, 1 BB, 9 K, 1 HR, 3 ER
0 Stars: Sean Jamieson, South Bend 0 for 4, 3 K
Game summaries after the jump.
Triple A: Reno 3 Fresno 5. Reno's been losing more than it's share of late with the bulk of its original lineup now in the big leagues. Trevor Bauer pitched more than good enough to win but the offense could only do enough to get him into a tie game when he left. Fresno scored an unearned run in the 8th to break the tie featuring an error by you know who. (1 Snake Star for getting this right without looking at the box score.) Mike Jacobs went 2 for 2 with 2 walks and Adam Eaton added an RBI double.
Double A: Mobile 9 Jackson 3. The long lost Mobile offense returned yesterday to make a winner of Brett Tomko in his second start for the club. Tomko went 5 innings giving up 2 runs on 5 hits and 2 walks. Evan Marshall threw two scoreless innings in relief as he was moved away from the back end of the bullpen and did a nice job in a low-pressure situation. Brent Clevlen had a terrific game filling up the stat sheet with hits, walks, and extra base hits to earn 2 Snake Stars. Alfredo Marte went 3 for 4 and Matt Davidson went 2 for 3 with a walk, a double and 3 RBI.
High A: Visalia 1 @ San Jose 2. Visalia is making a recent habit of losing heart-breakers. Yesterday was another as Bradin Hagens tossed a 1-hitter through 8 innings, Jonathan Griffin hit a solo home run in the top of the 9th to give him a 1-0 lead, and they still found a way to lose. Blake Cooper surrendered an unearned run in the bottom of the 9th due to a fielding error by Griffin. Then Seth Simmons lost it in the 10th on a walk and 2 hits. Griffin was the extent of the offense with a single to go with his home run.
Low A: South Bend 3 @ Lake County 9. Starter Keith Hessler had his worst outing since becoming a starter but it wasn't godawful. He allowed 4 runs over 5 innings on 8 hits and 2 walks. Kable Hogben made it worse with 5 runs allowed though the defense was bad too as 3 of those runs were unearned. Not much to report on offense other than Ryan Court going 2 for 4 with a triple and all 3 RBI. Sean Jamieson started his first game for South Bend at shortstop and immediately earned the 0 Stars Award going 0 for 4 with 3 strikeouts. Nice.
Short Season: Yakima 2 @ Everett 6. Derrick Stultz wasn't too hot in his start and RJ Hively surrendered a couple runs, his first runs allowed in almost a month. That was way more than the offense could deal with as they managed just 4 hits and 2 runs. C Steven Rodriguez has found his hitting stroke of late as he went 2 for 3 with a home run and is 8 for his last 16.
Rookie: Missoula 12 @ Ogden 11. Nobody can accuse the Osprey of playing a boring brand of baseball. They had another wild one last night in a 12-11 thriller. They got into a deep 7-1 hole early as starter Chris Pack got hit early and often. But the bats mounted yet another comeback and took the lead in the top of the 7th only to give it back in the bottom of the 7th. Two Osprey runs in the 9th gave them a 1-run lead but Vince Spilker allowed the game-tying run in the bottom of the 9th. Socrates Brito scored the winning run in the top of the 10th on a sacrifice fly by Breland Almadova after he doubled leading off the inning. Jake Lamb went 3 for 4 including his 7th homer of the year. Brito had 3 hits including 2 doubles and both Rudy Flores and Yosbel Guttierez each collected 3 hits. Michael Perez hit a 3-run homer in the 5th, his 9th.
AZL Rookie: Dbacks 0 Cubs 3. The Dbacks were shutout for 7 innings and the pitching couldn't quite measure up. Francisco Guzman started and allowed all 3 runs in 3+ innings. Tanner Hamilton did a nice job in relief with 3 scoreless innings with 3 strikeouts. Chuck Taylor, Anderson Bolivar and Damion Smith each had a pair of hits.