What a roller coaster ride Andrew Chafin's first real professional season has been. He starts off the season like gangbusters, then loses his control, hits the skids, is named a league all-star, gets relegated to the bullpen, has some success there, then moves back into the rotation and yesterday posted a very solid start. Oh, the trials and tribulations of a minor league pitching prospect. Last night Chafin allowed 1 earned run on 5 hits and 3 walks over 5 innings while striking out 6. His stint in the bullpen has clearly helped him get some things sorted out as he seemed to regain his control there. In his last 7 relief appearances before returning to the rotation 10 days ago he only walked 1 batter while striking out 8. Some of the wildness has returned as a starter with 11 walks in his last 3 starts encompassing 13 innings. But he also has 15 strikeouts. In any case it's progress and any kind of progress is good after the rough patch he went through. In other interesting news out of Visalia Keon Broxton batted leadoff for the first time all year. He went 2 for 4 and is hitting .375 in his last 10 games.
3 Stars: Carter Bell, Visalia 4 for 4, 2 R, 1 DBL, 2 HR (3), 3 RBI
2 Stars: Sean Jamieson, South Bend 4 for 5, 1 R, 1 DBL, 2 SB (28)
1 Star: Daniel Cabrera, Reno 7 IP, 3 H, 0 BB, 6 K, 2 ER
0 Stars: Brett Lorin, Mobile 2.2 IP, 7 H, 1 BB, 2 HR, 2 K, 8 R, 7 ER
Game summaries after the jump.
Triple A: Reno 0 Fresno 2. Daniel Cabrera was terrific for Reno, especially after he shook off the 2-out, 2-run home run he surrendered in the 1st inning. That turned out to be the only scoring in the game. Cabrera went 7 innings in all and only allowed 2 more hits the rest of the way and walked none. The offense managed only 4 hits with two coming off the bat of Taylor Harbin.
Double A: Mobile 5 @ Tennessee 11. Brett Lorin had another really bad start, his 4th bad start in a row and it may be time to find another option for the 5th spot in the Mobile rotation. Lorin is 3-10 with a 6.46 ERA. Last night he allowed 8 runs in 2 + innings and that was the end of that game. Matt Mangini was the lone hitting star going 2 for 4 with 2 doubles and 2 RBI.
High A: Visalia 6 Stockton 4. Andrew Chafin had a very nice start and the offense did its job to earn him the victory. Four relievers did a good job behind Chafin with Blake Cooper getting the final 2 outs for his 5th save. Carter Bell had a monster game going 4 for 4 with a double, 2 home runs and 3 RBI to earn top Snake Stars. Jonathan Griffin went 3 for 4 with 2 RBI giving him 91 on the season. He's a poor man's Goldie.
Low A: South Bend 5 @ Lake County 7. Conrad Flynn had a decent outing going until the 6th when he allowed 3 runs to give Lake County a 4-3 lead. South Bend re-took the lead on a bases-loaded single by Tom Belza. But reliever Kaleb Fleck walked 3 in the 8th and a sacrifice fly tied it. Alex Capaul gave up a a 2-run walk-off homer in the 10th to end it. Sean Jamieson (you know, the dude we got for Stephen Drew) had a big night going 4 for 5 with 2 stolen bases as well as engineering 2 double plays.
Short Season A: Yakima 4 @ Everett 3. Daniel Watts had another effective start but still allowed 3 runs over 6 innings on 6 hits and 2 walks, and left the game trailing 3-0. But the offense got it in gear late with 2 runs in the top of the 9th on a 2-run homer by Michael Lang. Cody Wheeler pitched an inning of relief after starting in all his other appearances. He's clearly on a strict inning limit as he only has 41 innings pitched so far this year even though he's been mostly effective in almost all his appearances. Kevin Medrano had 3 more hits and raised his average to .343.
Rookie: Missoula 12 @ Idaho Falls 13. These kinds of games are getting to be routine with the Osprey. There wasn't any pitching worth discussing since Yoimer Camacho got smashed for 7 runs in the 3rd. As always Missoula mounted a couple of big innings of their own with 5 in the 3rd and 5 in the 5th. But Idaho got the last laugh with 2 in the 8th to win it. Socrates Brito had a nice night going 3 for 5 with a triple and 2 RBI. Tyler Bream and Andrew Velazquez both added two hits with a triple apiece and 1 RBI.
AZL Rookie: Dbacks 3 @ Angels 1. Only 7 hits combined were had in this game but the Dbacks made theirs count with a run in the 2nd and 2 in the 3rd. Josh Collmenter started in a rehab assignment and went 3 innings with no runs allowed on 2 hits and 0 walks while striking out 3. He's probably very close to returning. Dbacks pitchers combined for 16 strikeouts. John Leonard had the lone extra-base hit, a double