Spenser Arroyo was originally a 31st-round pick by the Phillies, then moved to the White Sox, and became a Diamondback for cash before the start of this season. He made it as high as Triple-A last year, but was mostly in Double-A and was sent below even that by Arizona to start off this campaign. His first two starts weren't anything special, with a 5.25 ERA, but everything seemed to click for him this evening, as he went up against the rehabbing Jhoulys Chacin for the Rawhide. Even though it was a road game, Arroyo was cheered on by numerous family and friends as the contest was in Modesto, very close to where he grew up.
3 Stars: Spencer Arroyo, Visalia 7 IP, 4 H, 2 BB, 4 K, 0 ER
2 Stars: Brandon Drury, Visalia 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 DBL, 1 BB, 1 RBI, 1 SB
1 Star: Breland Almadova, South Bend 3 for 5, 1 RBI, 2 SB
0 Stars: Jordan Parraz, Mobile 0-for-6 (combined), 2 K, 1 CS
Triple A: Reno 3, Las Vegas 6. Our Triple-A club almost followed their parents in being blanked at home, before scoring three in the ninth to give the final score some respectability. They had been held to four hits until then by Jacob DeGrom of the 51's. SS Didi Gregorius had a pair of hits, while 3B Nick Evans picked up the Aces' only two walks. Cody Ross played all nine innings as he near the end of his rehab assignment, going 0-for-4 with an RBI. Charlie Brewer took the loss, lasting only 4.1 innings despite throwing 97 pitches, and being charged with four runs on seven hits and a walk. He didn't strike out a batter, as Reno's record fell to 6-5.
Double-A: Mobile 0/2, Birmingham 2/5. The BayBears were swept in today's double header, their offense managing only a total of eight hits and two runs over the 14 innings played. They were shut out on three hits in the first game, and sent only one batter over the minimum to the plate. Chase Anderson got the L, but pitched well, holding the Barons to two runs (one earned) in six innings. on five hits and a walk with eight K's. Mobile scored two in the first of the nightcap on a 3B Jake Lamb triple, but that was it: Lamb and SS Mike Freeman each had two of their five hits. Matt Stites was the loser, giving up two earned runs in 1.1 innings, and his ERA rose to above five.
Advanced-A: Visalia 7 @ Modesto 1. At least one starting pitcher called Arroyo had a good game, Spenser matching Brandon Sinnery yesterday, with seven shutout innings of four-hit, two walk ball, but fell one K short, striking out four. Still, it was more than enough for the Rawhide, who got four runs in the third, mostly off Chacin, who was on a 50-pitch count, and never looked back. 1B Rudy Flores had two hits and drove in three runs, while 3B Brandon Drury reached safely three times, with a double, single and a walk, and stole a base. Keith Hessler worked a scoreless ninth as Visalia improved to 9-4, while the Nuts sank to a Diamondback-like record of 2-11.
A: South Bend 7 @ Cedar Rapids 5. The Silver Hawks offense was in fine form, with 13 hits. CF Breland Almadova had three, while there were two-hit ones for 2B Jamie Westbrook, LF Stryker Trahan and 1B Daniel Palka. The first four South Bend hitters reached in a three-run first, and this looked over, with the Silver Hawks 6-1 up at the seventh inning stretch. However, the Kernels then scored four, and it could have been more except Will Locarde worked out of a bases-loaded, no outs jam with only one run allowed. South Bend added an insurance run and J.R. Bradley got the save with a three-K ninth. Brad Allen was credited with the W, despite allowing five runs over six innings.