After a fairly dismal April, Matt Davidson has taken to AAA pitching and continues to hit more and more as the season wears on. In April he posted an OPS of just .697. He picked it up considerably in May with an OPS of .868 with 17 extra-base hits and 20 RBI. In June so far in 9 games he's taken it to another level completely with a .500 batting average and an OPS over 1.40. Of his 16 hits 8 have been for extra bases. His K rate for the season is still on the high side at 27% (21% so far in June) and his fielding is still a little bit of a question mark with 13 errors in 60 games. But we all know when it comes to Davidson we're buying the bat and the bat is alive and well. If he keeps this up he's going to make himself an option for the big club to consider if it needs a right-handed bat at some point during the season.
3 Stars: Brandon Drury, South Bend 2 for 4, 2 R, 2 HR (10), 2 RBI
2 Stars: Archie Bradley, Mobile 7 IP, 7 H, 3 BB, 6 K, 3 R, 2 ER
1 Star: Ryan Court, Visalia 2 for 4, 2 R, 1 DBL, 1 HR (7), 2 RBI
0 Stars: Keith Hessler, Visalia 4.1 IP, 13 H, 3 BB, 4 K, 9 ER, L (4-3)
Triple A: Reno 2 Sacramento 5. Chase Anderson took the hill and pitched respectably, but the offense didn't provide much support. Anderson went 6 innings allowing 4 runs (3 earned) on 5 hits and 3 walks with 5 strikeouts. Matt Davidson tried to do his part going 2 for 4 with his 9th home run. Juan Rivera went 2 for 4 with a double, and Mike Jacobs added a pair of singles.
Double A: Mobile 4 Tennessee 3. Even when Archie Bradley has one of his worst games, he's still really good. Bradley has yet to have a bad start all year. Last night he went 7 innings allowing 3 runs (2 earned) on 7 hits and 3 walks while striking out 6. He didn't factor in the decision. I'm noticing a slight down tick in strikeouts, but I'm also noticing him going deeper into games on fewer pitches. Last night he threw 98 pitches showing that he's improving his efficiency a lot. It's a great sign of maturity that he's not getting caught up in the fascism of strikeouts. Mobile won the game in walkoff fashion when Dustin Martin walked and stole 2nd with 2 outs in the 9th and Jon Griffin drove him home with a single for the game winner. Justin Greene delivered the big blow with a 3-run homer in the bottom of the 6th to tie the game at 3.
High A: Visalia 7 @ Bakersfield 13.The Rawhide has suddenly become a semi-regular beat-down opponent and they got roasted again last night as Keith Hessler had his worst outing of the season. The offense tried to do its part with 7 runs on 14 hits but it was considerably short of the mark. Kerry Jenkins went 3 for 3 with 2 doubles subbing for Tom Belza. Kevin Medrano went 3 for 5 and scored twice as he gets comfortable at the top of the Visalia lineup since his promotion last Thursday. Sean Jamieson went 3 for 5 with a double, Ryan Court had a double and a home run, his 7th, and Gerson Montilla hit a 2-run homer.
Low A: South Bend 3 @ Great Lakes 5. Daniel Watts had one bad inning in his 6-inning start but it was bad enough to cost the team a win. Watts allowed 5 runs in the 4th inning which erased a 3-0 lead and that was all the scoring for the rest of the game. Brandon Drury continues to pound the ball as he clubbed 2 more home runs giving him 10 on the season to go with his 46 RBI.