John's taking a few days off, so I'll be providing your MiLB updates today and tomorrow. Saturday night, I'll be down in Tucson, watching the Aces play in person at SnakePitMiLBFest, so that day's report will be delayed until I get back to town on Sunday. It might have game pictures and shiny baubles like that. No promises.
As noted above, the Aces added an extra arm to the rotation, likely in response to the drawing up of Tyler Skaggs and Charles Brewer to the big-leagues. The 25-year-old Nathan Adcock went 3-4 with a hefty 7.09 ERA in 10 games for Triple-A Omaha this season, all but one of them starts. He was originally a 5th-round pick of the Seattle Mariners in 2006, was traded to the Pirates, then selected by Kansas City from them in 2010's Rule 5 draft, and stuck with the team the following year. Adcock has 36 major-league appearances, mostly out of the bullpen, for the Royals over 2011 and 2012, going 1-4 with a 3.79 ERA. He's a sinkerballer, so we'll see how that plays in Reno.
Meanwhile, leaving the organization is Warner Madrigal, whose contract was sold to the Chunichi Dragons of Japan. He was signed as a free-agent in December and has a 2.75 ERA in 36 IP over 22 relief appearances for Reno, with a K:BB ratio of 41:14. Now that's out of the way, onto tonight's action in the Diamondbacks' minor-league system.
3 Stars: Nick Evans, Mobile 2 for 4, two HR (10), 4 RBI (33)
2 Stars:Randall Delgado, Reno 6.2 IP, 2 H, ER, 3 BB, 8 K
1 Star: Steve Rodriguez, Visalis 3 for 4, 2B, HR, 4 RBI
0 Stars: Roidany Aguila and Rudy Flores, South Bend each 0 for 4, four K
Triple A: Reno 3 @ Sacramento 1: I know Delgado was unimpressive in his brief stint with the D-backs, but he's performing increasingly well for the Aces. Tonight,. he took a no-hitter into the fifth inning, pitched 6.2 innings of two-hit ball with eight strikeouts and left with a 2-0 lead. The bullpen let the inherited run score, but in the past month, his line is:
Delgado: 29.1 IP, 26 H, 8 R, 7 ER, 11 BB, 25 K, 2.15 ERA.
Still a few too many walks, but that's a pretty good ERA for the Pacific Coast League. The bullpen wobbled, allowing seven base-runners in their 2.1 innings, on four hits, two walks and a dropped third strike, but Chaz Roe left the bass loaded in the ninth, stranding the tying run in scoring position. 1B Mike Jacobs homered and doubled, driving in two runs, while CF Tony Campana had two hits and stole two bases, giving him 20 on the season.
Double A: Mobile 5 @ Pensacola 2: The Bay Bears left it late, tying things up in the eighth on a sacrifice fly by SS Nick Ahmed. They then pushed three across in the top of the ninth, on third baseman Nick Evans' second homer of the night and 10th of the season - he had also got Mobile on the board with a solo shot in the fourth. LF Justin Greene had two hits, and Keon Broxton a hit and a walk. Bradin Hagens threw seven solid innings for Mobile, allowing two runs on eight hits and a walk, with two strikeouts. Kevin Munson notched his 11th save with a hitless ninth.
High A: Visalia 9, San Jose 3: Catcher Steve Rodriguez, recently promoted from South Bend, drove in four runs and finished a triple short of the cycle, pacing the Rawhide to a 15-hit night, and an easy win over the Giants. They broke the game open with a five-run sixth, and as well as Rodriguez, 2B Kevin Medrano and 3B Gerson Montilla enjoyed three-hit nights. LF David hit his fifth home-run, singled and walked. Andrew Barbosa improved to 4-3 with six innings of one-run ball, on three hits and three walks, with an impressive nine strikeouts. That gives him 57 in only 47 innings for Visalia this season, albeit with 32 walks.
Low A: South Bend 1 @ Lansing 5: The Silver Hawks were not too far out of this one until the bottom of the sixth, when the Lugnuts scored twice, breaking open what was, at that point, a one-run game. Kyle Winkler scattered ten hits and three walks over five innings, with three strikeouts, but couldn't retire any of the three batters he faced in the sixth. Henry Garcia struck out four in two innings of relief. South Bend was held to five hits, with middle infielders 2B Andrew Velazquez and SS Pedro Ruiz each doubling and walking; the former had their only RBI of the night. The Silver Hawks struck out a total of 15 times.