I've been lamenting some of David Holmberg's outings of late and how many hits he's been giving up for AA Mobile. But as always happens he insisted on making me eat my words and had perhaps his best start at the AA level with 6.2 shutout innings on 5 hits, 3 walks and 7 strikeouts. And he really needed that kind of effort since the offense scored just 1 run. But Holmberg wasn't alone among Diamondback Minor Leaguers who had outstanding performances yesterday. So many in fact that some guys will get robbed of their duly earned Snake Stars for the day. Jose Munoz, our 2nd-round pick this year, also decided to atone for his Zero Stars Award yesterday (and make me eat some more crow) by going 4 for 5 with 4 RBI, and no errors. Stryker Trahan went 3 for 5 but won't get any stars. Socrates Brito went 4 for 6 and won't get any stars. So pay attention to the game summaries as we'll get around to highlighting all the terrific efforts after the jump.
3 Stars: David Holmberg, Mobile 6.2 IP, 5 H, 3 BB, 7 K, 0 ER, W (3-4)
2 Stars: Andrew Barbosa, South Bend 5 IP, 2 H, 4 BB, 7 K, 0 ER, W (2-2)
1 Star: Chris Ellison, South Bend 4 for 6, 2 R, 1 DBL, 2 HR (4), 3 RBI
0 Stars: D.J. Johnson, Visalia 1 IP, 3 H, 1 HR, 3 ER, BS (2), W (2-2)
Triple A: Reno 2 @ Omaha 4. Reno lost their third game in a row as Joe Martinez wasn't quite sharp enough to overcome an anemic offensive performance. He allowed 4 runs in 5+ innings while the offense managed just 6 hits and 2 runs, much less than we're used to seeing from them. Adam Eaton did his part with a double, 2 walks and a stolen base, his 33rd. Cole Gillespie hit a solo home run, his 12th of the year.
Double A: Mobile 1 Jacksonville 0. Holmberg was really sharp yesterday in his best AA start. The offense barely did enough with a lone run in the 4th inning that earned Holmberg the win. The run came on an Alfredo Marte ground out. Eury De La Rosa pitched the 8th and 9th innings for his 2nd save. As a side note, the two happiest guys in Mobile right now are Brent Clevlen and Evan Frey who find themselves playing almost every day with the recent trades of Krauss and Borchering. Matt Davidson did not play again yesterday. if anyone has any insight why feel free to chime in.
High A: Visalia 9 Modesto 8. You won't find many more exciting games than this one. After battling back from deficits twice to take a 7-5 lead into the 9th, DJ Johnson gave up a 2-out, 3-run homer to give Omaha a 1-run lead in heartbreak fashion. But the Rawhide were not to be outdone when Michael Freeman delivered a 2-run, walk-off single in the bottom of the 9th to get the hard-earned win. The offense did a lot of their damage via the long ball led by Jonathan Griffin's 2-run shot in the 6th (his 18th) that gave his team the lead. Yazy Arbelo and Keon Broxton each delivered a solo home run, Arbelo's 15th and Broxton's 14th.
Low A: South Bend 16 Fort Wayne 0. What a treat for the South Bend fans as the Silver Hawks combined explosive offense with dynamic pitching in their blowout win. Andrew Barbosa tossed 5 shutout innings on 2 hits while striking out 7, followed by 4 shuout innings from Alex Capaul to earn the save. Leadoff hitter Chris Ellison had a huge day with 4 hits that included a double and 2 home runs to earn some Snake Stars. Roidany Aguila had three hits that included a double, a homer and 3 RBI. Ryan Court and Kerry Jenkins each delivered 3 hits that included a double and some RBI.
Short Season A: Yakima 3 Tri-City 4. A tough loss by Yakima as Derrick Stultz pitched well delivering 3.2 shutout innings followed by 3 more shutout innings from Kyle Owings. But Owings couldn't keep it up in the 6th when he allowed 3 runs to surrender the lead. The team did well to tie it at 3 in the 8th, but eventually lost it in the 11th on an unearned run due to a throwing error by Josh Parr. The Bears led off the bottom of the 11th with 2 singles, but the next three hitters all struck out. The offense had 13 hits but went 2 for 19 with RISP and left 14 runners on base. Kevin Medrano had 3 hits to raise his average to .335.
Rookie: Missoula 3 @ Great Falls 2. This pitcher's duel went all the way to the 13th before being decided by a couple of wild pitches and a ground out that scored Evan Marzilli. Karl Triana had a terrific start with 5 shutout innings on 4 hits and 2 walks. The bullpen battled but Chase Stevens surrendered a solo home run in the 8th and Justin Thompson allowed the tying run in the 9th. Chris Thomas came on and pitched 3 innings of 1-hit, shutout ball with 5 strikeouts to earn the win. Socrates Brito had 4 singles and an RBI but was caught stealing twice. Hot-hitting Daniel Pulfer went 3 for 6 with a double.
AZL Rookie: Dbacks 8 @ Padres 6. The Dbacks had the offense going early and late to earn a hard-fought 8-6 win. Ben Eckels started and was very good going 5 innings allowing 2 unearned runs on 5 hits and 2 walks while striking out 5. SS Jose Munoz went 4 for 5 with 4 RBI to raise his average 32 points to .215. Stryker Trahan also had a good game at the plate going 3 for 5 with an RBI. Will Locante pitched the 9th for his 4th save since July 20. In his last 5 relief outings covering 5 innings he has 4 saves, no runs allowed and 10 strikeouts. He's finding his groove and qualifies as a prospect on the rise.