Aaron Hill's rehab looks nearly complete after he went 3 for 4 last night in Reno's 7-3 win over Tucson. In 6 games at Reno Hill is 9 for 24 with a double, a triple and 6 RBI. The Dbacks really need Hill back in the lineup and he should provide an immediate boost to the offense. Willie Bloomquist filled in admirably of late and it looks like his hot streak is over so it's a good time for Hill to get back on the field for the big club.
In other minor league news Archie Bradley had his first bad start of the season when he allowed 6 runs in 5 innings with a couple of home runs doing damage in the 5th. It was the first time in 10 games with Mobile that he has given up more than 2 earned runs in a game.
3 Stars: Aaron Hill, Reno 3 for 4, 2 R, 1 TPL
2 Stars: Daniel Watts, South Bend 7 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 ER, W (9-3)
1 Star: Stryker Trahan, Missoula 2 for 5, 2 R, 1 HR (1), 3 RBI
0 Stars: Cody Wheeler, Visalia 5 IP, 7 H, 5 BB, 4 K, 5 ER, L (3-4)
Triple A: Reno 7 Tucson 4. Mike Bolsinger had another good start for Reno going 7 innings allowing 2 runs on 6 hits and a walk while striking out 6. He's proving to be a pretty reliable starter for Reno. The offense racked up 14 hits with Aaron Hill getting 3 including a triple. Chris Owings had 2 hits (what else is new) though he committed his 17th error. Tuffy Gosewisch had a pair of doubles.
Double A: Mobile 5 @ Jackson 10. Archie Bradley had his first poor start of the year and one in which he actually got hit around some. He allowed 5 runs in 5 innings of work including 2 home runs in the 5th inning that ended his night. The offense did have 10 hits but it wasn't enough. Dustin Martin went 2 for 4 with a double and his 3rd home run. Rossmel Perez went 3 for 4 with an RBI and Mike Freeman went 2 for 4 with a double.
High A: Visalia 3 @ Modesto 10. Cody Wheeler got bounced around and it was more than the offense could deal with. Wheeler allowed 5 runs on 7 hits and 5 walks in 5 innings of work. The bullpen wasn't much better as Jake Barrett allowed 3 runs in a meaningless appearance. Michael Perez and Raul Navarro each had a double.
Low A: South Bend 9 @ Fort Wayne 1. Daniel Watts showed why he was the Midwest All Star Game starting pitcher with another stellar outing. Watts allowed one run on 2 hits and a walk in 7 innings. Breland Almadova went 3 for 4 with 3 runs scored, though he did get picked off and also was caught stealing. Michael Lang went 3 for 4 with a double and a triple. Fidel Pena had 2 doubles and 3 RBI. And Ronnie Freeman hit his 2nd home run of the year.
Short Season A: Game 1: Hillsboro 1 @ Everett 3. In the first game of a doubleheader starter Austin Platt was cruising until the 6th when following an error he surrendered a walk and a 3-run homer to D.J. Peterson, Seattle's first round pick this year. The Hops only managed 2 hits, one by Zach Esquerra and the other by Elvin Soto.
Short Season A: Game 2: Hllsboro 7 @ Everett 1. The Hops scored 7 runs in the last 2 innings to turn a close game into a solid victory. Karl Triana pitched 6 solid innings allowing just 1 run but didn't factor into the decision. Zach Esquerra did the most damage on offense with a pair of doubles and 4 RBI.
Rookie: Missoula 7 @ Great Falls 8. Both offenses scored in this one. Stryker Trahan hit his first home run of the year and collected 3 RBI. Daniel Palka went 3 for 4 with 2 doubles. Jacob Mayers went 3 for 5 with a double.
AZL Rookie: Dbacks 7 @ Cubs 8. High school draftee Brad Keller started and went 3 innings allowing 1 run on 1 hit and 2 walks over 3 innings. Blake Forslund followed and got rough up for a stretch though his defense allowed 2 of his 4 runs to score. Justin Williams went 2 for 5 with a double and 3 RBI.