Trevor Bauer was very good in his first start for Reno since July 22 after being skipped for a few starts to give him some rest and allow his groin to fully heal. He wasn't great but he was very close to great. He finished with 6 shutout innings on 5 hits and 2 walks with 5 strikeouts. That's pretty darned good for anyone. It remains to be seen if the team has an eye on bringing him back to the big leagues this year or not, but it won't take too many more starts like that one to make them think, "Yes." Bauer didn't really have any stressful innings in this one either. He gave up back-to-back singles to start the second but a fly-ball double play and a strikeout ended that threat. He had a couple other innings where he allowed a baserunner and a stolen base, but that's about it. In other news Michael Perez slammed two home runs in Missoula off of some really crappy pitching and rookie infielder Andrew Velazquez returned to action for the AZL Dbacks, his first game since June 14th.
3 Stars: Michael Perez, Missoula 3 for 4, 1 BB, 3 R, 2 HR (7), 5 RBI
2 Stars: Trevor Bauer, Reno 6 IP, 5 H, 2 BB, 5 K, 0 ER
1 Star: Chase Anderson, Mobile 5.2 IP, 5 H, 1 BB. 5 K, 1 ER
0 Stars: Jake Barrett, South Bend 1 IP, 3 H, 1 BB, 1 K, 2 ER, BS (3)
Game summaries after the jump.
Triple A: Reno 2 @ Iowa 1. Reno won their 4th straight game and their second in a row by the same 2-1 score. Trevor Bauer was terrific with his 6 innings of shutout baseball and it was a fairly non-stressful outing. When he did allow baserunners he took care of things very neatly afterwards. Zach Groenke followed Bauer and allowed the tying run in the 8th. But Adam Eaton bailed him out with a 2-out, solo home run in the top of the 9th to give the Aces a 1-run lead. Jonathan Albaladejo pitched a perfect 9th to secure the win. Eaton also stole his 34th base for Reno and 40th of the season overall.
Double A: Mobile 3 @ Birmingham 4. Mobile lost again, their 12th loss in their last 16 games. Don't blame Chase Anderson though who was outstanding in 5+ innings of work allowing 1 run on 5 hits and a walk while striking out 5. The bullpen wasn't so good and blew a 3-1 lead when Eury De La Rosa allowed a run in the 7th and Bo Schultz allowed one in the 8th and the game winner in the bottom of the 9th in walk-off fashion. David Nick had 2 hits and 2 RBI and Matt Davidson went 2 for 4 with a run scored.
Low A: South Bend 3 @ Lake County 4. The Silver Hawks snatched defeat from the jaws of victory when Jake Barrett blew a 2-run lead in the bottom of the 9th, and they eventually lost in 13 innings. LHP Ketih Hessler likes this starting stuff and had another excellent outing in his second start of the year after 32 relief appearances. He threw 5 innings and allowed just an unearned run on 5 hits and 2 walks while striking out 4. The offense scored single runs in the 4th, 5th and 6th to earn the lead but could do nothing after that. Ryan Court had a double and a walk to lead the somewhat meager offensive effort.
Short Season A: Yakima 5 Eugene 8. The typically strong Yakima pitching staff was less than good last night, though the defense added to the team's woes. Blake Perry started and wasn't bad but a couple of errors tagged him with 4 runs allowed in 5 innings, with two of those unearned. The bullpen made it worse when Victor Capellan surrendered 4 more runs in the 6th. Josh Parr had 3 hits with a double and an RBI and Ronnie Freeman had 2 hits with a double and 2 runs scored. Wagner Mateo had 2 of the team's 3 errors.
Rookie: Missoula 10 Helena 8. This slugfest was highlighted by Michael Perez's two home run night as he hit a 3-run blast in the first and a 2-run shot in the 6th to help Missoula to a 10-8 win. Perez also added a single, a walk and 3 runs scored to his great night. Chris Pack started and battled through 5 innings allowing 4 runs on 10 hits and 2 walks. Chris Capper made it more interesting than it should have been when he allowed 3 runs in the 9th. Kyle Koeneman added a pair of doubles and an RBI, and Pedro Ruiz had 2 singles and 2 runs scored.
AZL Rookie: Dbacks 4 @ Dodgers 6. This game saw the return of INF Andrew Velazquez who missed the last 3 weeks with a sprained ankle suffered on an inside-the-park home run June 14. He went 1 for 3 with a walk and a run scored. Starter Luis Hernandez wasn't very effective in a poor start that dug the team a hole they couldn't dig out of. The offense had just 6 hits with 2 coming from Brian Billigen that included a triple and 2 RBI. The return of Velazquez sends John Leonard to the bench.