3 Stars: Chris Owings, Reno 3-for-4, BB, RBI, R
2 Stars: Mobile bullpen: 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K
1 Star: Ronnie Freeman, South Bend 2-for-4, 2 RBI, 2 R, HR, 2B
0 Stars: David Pauley, Reno 0.2 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 1 K
Triple-A Reno 5 @ Tucson 6: Skaggs allowed one run over five innings. That's good. He struck out seven. That's also good. But he allowed seven hits and two walks, which is why he only went five frames, and why it took 102 pitches to get there. The Padres then attacked the Aces bullpen, scoring three in the sixth off David Pauley and two more in the seventh against Brett Lorin. Reno jumped out early, going single, walk, three-run HR off the bat of Mike Jacob (his third). However, the offense then shut up shop until the ninth, when we scored twice. SS Chris Owings had three hits and a walk, with two hit nights for CF Tony Campana, RF Juan Rivera and C Tuffy Gosewisch.
Double-A Mobile 3 @ Pensacola 1: Recently sent down from Reno, Bo Schultz had moved from the bullpen to the rotation. He's still getting stretched out, but his first two starts for Mobile have gone swimmingly, with a total of seven shutout innings on four hits. He threw four scoreless frames today, needing 58 pitches, with two walks and four K's in addition to the four hits. The bullpen threw five innings of two-hit ball, both coming off Derek Eitel who allowed the only run; 11 of the last 12 Blue Wahoos up, and Kevin Munson fanned two in a perfect ninth for the save. CF Ender Inciarte and C Raywilly Gomez had two hits, each driving in a run, and 3B Nick Evans his 11th home-run.
Class-A High Visalia 4, San Jose 5: The Giants' Eric Surkamp had a rehab start, but was tagged for three runs in 3. innings, mostly coming on a two-run homer off 3B Gerson Montilla before Surkamp recorded an out. After falling 3-2 behind in the fourth, the Rawhide retook the lead on a two-run single by Chris McMurray, before San Jose tied things up again in the seventh. Conrad Flynn struck out eight over five innings, allowing three runs on seven hits and a walk. With two outs in the tenth, Jake Barrett allowed a single: a wild pitch and fielding error allowed San Jose to score the go-ahead run. 2B Kevin Medrano had a pair of double for Visalia.
Class-A South Bend 4, Dayton 7: A five-run sixth inning doomed the Silver Hawks to their third defeat in a row, but they've still clinched a first-half playoff spot. Starter Brad Allen had pitched a shutout until that point, but was burned by the long-ball allowing a two-run homer and a three-run shot in the same frame. South Bend got a two-run homer from catcher Ronnie Freeman in the ninth; it was his first of the season, and he doubled too. There was also a pair of doubles for RF Socrates Brito, along with a walk, while 3B Brandon Drury had a two-hit night.
Class-A Short Season Hillsboro 2 @ Salem-Keizer 3: The Hops got their season under way and couldn't quite complete a comeback from three down, despite scoring in the 8th and 9th, they left the tying run on first. Ben Eckels got the start and took the loss: he allowed three runs in four innings on four hits and three walks, but did strike out seven. Patrick Smith and Chase Stevens combined for four shutout frames of relief. Hillsboro managed only two hits in the first seven innings, and six overall: 3B Jordan Parr had two of those, and C Yosbel Gutierrez the only extra-base hit, an RBI double in the ninth.
There'll be no update tomorrow evening, as I'll be at the Reno game in Tucson, and probably drinking heavily thereafter. Expect the update at some point on Sunday afternoon, with a detailed report on the Aces game, and John should be back with your regularly-scheduled recap later that night.