It was a night for the pitchers around the Diamondbacks minor league teams, led by rising star Tyler Skaggs who pitched Reno to a 5-1 victory last night. Skaggs tossed 6 innings and allowed 1 run on 3 hits and a walk with 6 strikeouts. It's almost pointless to keep rattling off how impressive his statistics are as they just keep getting better and better. Like 25 strikeouts and just 11 hits over his last three starts. Or seven consecutive starts allowing 1 earned run or less. You get the point. But Skaggs wasn't the only pitcher to excel down under yesterday. Archie Bradley had a solid, though not spectacular, start for South Bend. Alexander Carreras threw 5 shutout innings for Yakima and Yoimer Camacho tossed 6 shutout innings for Missoula. It's almost embarrassing how much pitching depth the organization has. Even our 2nd and 3rd tier pitching prospects are really good. It bodes well for the club's future as long as they don't start trading it all away.
3 Stars: Tyler Skaggs, Reno 6 IP, 3 H, 1 BB, 6 K, 1 ER
2 Stars: Yoimer Camacho, Missoula 6 IP, 4 H, 1 BB, 8 K, W (2-3)
1 Star: Archie Bradley, South Bend 6 IP, 4 H, 4 BB, 5 K, 2 ER, W (10-5)
0 Stars: Jake Elmore, Reno 0 for 5, 4 for his last 46
Game summaries after the jump.
Triple A: Reno 5 @ Iowa 1. Tyler Skaggs was masterful again in this road start. He was leading 1-0 heading to the bottom of the 6th but ran into a little trouble when he allowed a leadoff infield single, followed by a strikeout, a wild pitch, and a hit by pitch. Then a dribbler in front of the plate went for another single to load the bases. The next batter hit a sacrifice fly to tie the game and he got out of it on a ground out to end the inning. The sac fly was the only ball hit out of the infield. Skaggs didn't get the win either as the offense was asleep until the 9th when Mike Jacobs hit a pinch-hit 3-run homer to blow open a tie game. Tyler Bortnick had two hits and a walk and stole his 5th base since joining the team a couple of weeks ago.
Double A: Mobile 0 @ Jacksonville 2. It just isn't happening in Mobile. The Bay Bears got shut out on 6 hits, even though Derek Eitel had a pretty serviceable outing. He allowed 2 runs on 4 hits and 6 walks in 5+ innings. The offense is really struggling in Mobile. Of the six hits Alfredo Marte and Evan Frey each had a couple of singles. Matt Davidson went 0 for 4.
High A: Visalia 4 @ Bakersfield 5. Starter Raymond Hernandez struggled early and dug the team a hole with 4 runs allowed in the first three innings. The offense battled back with 1 run in the 7th and 3 in the 8th, but it came up a run short. Andrew Chafin came on and pitched 2 innings of relief and allowed a run in the 7th that proved to be the difference. In that 7th only one ball was hit hard, but an infield single, a long single and a groundout plated one, so it wasn't really a bad performance at all. Gerson Montilla hit his 12th homer of the year.
Low A: South Bend 6 @ Bowling Green 4. Archie Bradley had a very effective start though some walks crept back into his effort. He finished with 2 runs allowed on 4 hits and 4 walks in 6 innings while striking out 5. It was plenty good enough for the win as the offense clubbed 3 home runs in the 2nd inning worth 5 runs. Eric Groff hit a 2-run blast, and Kerry Jenkins and Ryan Court hit solo home runs, the second consecutive game homering for Court. Jenkins and Groff each had 3 hits on the night to go with their homers.
Short Season A: Yakima 2 Eugene 0. The vaunted Yakima staff did it again yesterday as Alexander Carerras and three relievers combined on a 4-hit shutout. Carerras was pretty wild yielding 6 walks along with 4 hits in his 5 innings of work. The bullpen's work was 4 perfect innings, 2 by R.J. Hively who sports a 1.33 ERA, one by Will Locante, who just got promoted to Yakima a few days ago from the AZL Dbacks, and one by Enrique Bourgos who notched his 3rd save. All the offense was provided by Shaun Cooper who hit a 2-run homer in the 4th that was part of his 3-hit night.
Rookie: Missoula 3 @ Helena 0. Yoimer Camacho was as good as anyone yesterday as he threw 6 shutout innings on 4 hits and a walk with a whopping 8 strikeouts. That's 3 good starts in a row for the 22-year-old Venezuelan. He'll need to keep that up to start working his way up the ranks at his age, but still a very noteworthy effort. Chase Stevens added 2 hitless, scoreless innings and Vince Spilker earned his 2nd save by striking out the side in the 9th. The offense did just enough as Socrates Brito and Daniel Pulfer each collected a pair of hits.
AZL Rookie: Dbacks 6 @ Brewers 3. Geordy Parra had a pretty effective start allowing 3 runs on 5 hits and 2 walks in 6 innings while striking out 7. A balanced offense provided plenty of support with 2 hits and an RBI from Jose Munoz and a couple of singles by Miles Walding. Andrew Velazquez went 0 for 3 but had 2 walks and stole 2 bases. The team had 5 stolen bases on the night and 4 caught stealing. Stryker Trahan went 0 for 4.