Archie Bradley had one of his less impressive starts yesterday when he allowed 6 runs in 5+ innings on 7 hits, 3 walks and 2 home runs. But as always the strikeouts were still there with 8 on the night. It's not a game to really worry about. Bradley is still having a strong finish to his first real season at a time when a lot of pitchers his age really start to wear down. He's a big strong kid and he's been pitching like it. He likely has just one start left in his season since the Silver Hawks will not be going to the playoffs. It will be interesting to see if they send Bradley anywhere else to pitch in the playoffs such as Visalia. In other news Brett Tomko was promoted to Reno and while he appeared in his first game it wasn't as a hitter but as a pinch hitter. Interesting. Also, a young pitcher by the name of Jose Martinez was promoted from the DSL to Yakima and made his first start in America, and didn't fare too badly.
3 Stars: Brian Billigen, South Bend 3 for 4, 2 R, 1 DBL, 1 HR (1), 2 RBI
2 Stars: Michael Perez, Missoula 2 for 4, 1 BB, 2 R, 1 HR (10), 3 RBI
1 Star: Keon Broxton, Visalia 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 DBL, 1 HR (16), 1 RBI
0 Stars: Willy Paredes, 1.2 IP, 7 H, 2 BB, 1 K, 9 R, 3 ER
Game summaries after the jump.
Triple A: Reno 8 Fresno 7. Charles Brewer gave up a bunch of hits and runs but he still kept the team close enough to earn a win. Reno plated 2 in the bottom of the 8th to tie the game at 6-6. Jensen Lewis allowed the go-ahead run in the top of the 9th on a walk, an error by Josh Bell, a sacrifice bunt and a sacrifice fly. The Aces tied it in the bottom of the 9th on a Cole Gillespie RBI double, and then won it in the 10th on a Tyler Kuhn bunt single, a Brett Tomko pinch-hit sacrifice bunt, and a Tyler Bortnick walk-off RBI single.
Double A: Mobile 4 @ Tennessee 3. Derek Eitel had another solid start and kept his team close until the offense could rally late. Eitel allowed 3 runs on 6 hits and 3 walks over 6 innings. Mobile entered the 9th trailing 3-2 when Brent Clevlen hit a leadoff solo home run to tie it, his second of the game. They took the lead in the 10th on a 2-out RBI double by Matt Mangini and Bo Schultz closed it out in the bottom half. Mangini went 3 for 4 with a walk, a double and an RBI.
High A: Visalia 5 Stockton 13. Stockton scored 13 runs in the first 4 innings and that was that. Willy Paredes got rocked even though most of the runs were unearned. Keon Broxton went 2 for 4 with a double and his 16th homer. Michael Freeman had 2 hits with a double and an RBI, and Jonathan Griffin hit his 24th home run.
Low A: South Bend 6 Bowling Green 10. Archie Bradley got roughed up a bit in this one and the bullpen wasn't much better. The offense did score 6 runs on 13 hits including 9 for extra bases, but it still wasn't enough. Brian Billigen went 3 for 4 with a double and a home run. Eric Groff had a double, a triple and an RBI, and Tom Belza hit his 8th home run of the year.
Short Season A: Yakima 3 @ Everett 6. 18-year-old Jose Martinez was called up from the DSL to make his first start in the U.S. and didn't do too badly. He pitched 5 innings and allowed 3 runs on 4 hits and 5 walks with 5 strikeouts. The walks were a bit much but Martinez has been outstanding for the DSL Dbacks with a 1.72 ERA and 71 Ks in 73 innings. Unfortunately his first start wasn't good enough to earn a win as the offense could only muster 3 runs and the bullpen gave it up late. Kevin Medrano went 2 for 4 and has 7 hits in his last 3 games.
Rookie: Missoula 6 @ Idaho Falls 4. Chris Thomas had a decent start with 3 runs allowed over 5 innings, and the bullpen was even better with 4 innings and 1 run allowed with 8 strikeouts. Michael Perez did the early damage with a 3-run homer in the 1st inning, and Tyler Bream did the late damage with a 2-run single in the 8th.