Mobile is on another roll of late and is streaking toward the playoffs in an attempt to win the Southern League Championship for the third season in a row. Archie Bradley led the team to its 8th win with 5+ innings of shutout ball on 2 hits and 6 walks while striking out 5. The BayBears are primed for a strong post-season run with a strong starting rotation of Bradley, David Holmberg and Andrew Chafin. The lineup is littered with veterans as opposed to young prospects with guys like Justin Greene, Dustin Martin, Ryan Court, Nick Evans and Ender Inciarte. They will be a tough out come playoff time in a few weeks.
3 Stars: Archie Bradley, Mobile 5.2 IP, 2 H, 6 BB, 5 K, 0 ER, W (11-5)
2 Stars: Jake Lamb, Visalia 2 for 4, 1 R, DBL, HR (13), 2 RBI
1 Star: Braden Shipley, South Bend 7 IP, 4 H, 2 BB, 5 K, 2 ER
0 Stars: Brandon Sinnery, Visalia 5 IP, 7 H, 2 BB, 5 K, 7 ER, L (3-3)
Triple A: Reno 1 Salt Lake 9. Tyler Skaggs had another middling start allowing 5 runs (3 earned) on 6 hits and a walk over 5 innings while striking out 2. That isn't the kind of line that screams, "I'm ready for a spot in a big league rotation." The two unearned runs were on his own errors so it's hard to ignore those. David Hernandez added another low-leverage shutout inning in relief. The offense produced just 5 hits with 2 coming from Taylor Harbin.
Double A: Mobile 2 @ Tennessee 0. Archie Bradley gave another example of how hard he is to hit with 5+ shutout innings on 2 hits. But once again he had a pile of walks with 6 compared to 5 strikeouts. The bullpen was even better with 3.2 hitless/scoreless innings of relief with Derek Eitel going the final 2 frames with 4 strikeouts for his first save. Nick Ahmed accounted for all the scoring with a 2-run homer in the 5th inning, his 4th of the year. Ender Inciarte went 3 for 5 with a double.
High A: Visalia 8 @ Stockton 10. Brandon Sinnery had another poor start, his 3rd bad start in a row, allowing 7 runs over 5 innings. Jake Lamb was the offensive star going 2 for 4 with a double and his 13th home run. Raul Navaroo went 2 for 4 with a double and 2 RBI.
Low A: South Bend 2 Great Lakes 4. Braden Shipley had a fine start allowing 2 runs over 7 innings, his longest professional outing to date. He left with the game tied at 2-2 but top relievers Daniel Gibson and Jimmy Sherfy each allowed a run on 2 hits in the 8th and 9th innings respectively. The offense only came up with 6 hits, one a solo home run by Roidany Aguila.
Short Season A: Hillsboro 6 Boise 5. Kyle Schepel was spotted a 4-1 lead but he couldn't hold it getting knocked out in the 4th inning following 5 hits and 7 walks. Chase Stevens went 3 innings alowing 1 run, and J.R. Bradley went the final 3 frames without allowing a run to earn the win in 10 innings. Denver Chavez had a base-clearing double in the big 3-run 2nd inning. Ryan Gebhardt went 3 for 4 with 2 doubles and an RBI.
Rookie: Missoula 12 @ Orem 5. The offense cranked out 20 hits with every starting player except Joe Munoz collecting 2 or more hits. Felipe Perez was a little better than he's been of late allowing 4 runs in 6+ innings. Ryan Kinsella had 3 hits and 4 RBI, and jake Miller had 3 hits and 2 RBI.