I don't normally cover minor-league news from other clubs, but this was too deliciously bizarre to ignore.
The pair were both playing for the Dodgers' AAA affiliate in Albuquerque, and were involved in a dug-out dust-up: "After the Isotopes half of the inning started, Guerrero was walking the length of the dugout towards the clubhouse/bat-rack and SOMEONE sucker punched him as he was walking passed." Things appear to have escalated to the point where veteran catcher Olivo bit Guerrero's ear so badly, plastic surgery was needed to repair the damage. Police are now investigating. You couldn't make this stuff up, folks.
And, back in more civilized franchises...
3 Stars: Zeke Spruill, Reno 6 IP, 4 H, 0 BB, 0 R, 5 K, W (2-1)
2 Stars: Mike Jacobs, Reno 2 for 4, 1 R, HR, BB, 5 RBI
1 Star: Cody Wheeler, Visalia 3 relief IP, 2 H, 0 BB, 4 K, 0 R
0 Stars: Jesse Darrah, Visalia 5 IP, 11 H, 1 BB, 3 K, 7 ER, L (3-1)
Triple-A Reno 7 @ Tacoma 0. No Aces were eaten in the making of this box-score. However, the Tacoma starter's ERA was somewhat damaged, courtesy of 1B Mike Jacobs. He had five RBI by the end of the second inning, including a grand-slam in the second, his ninth home-run of the year. Meanwhile, Zeke Spruill, Kevin Munson and Jess Todd combined for a five-hit shutout of the Rainiers, with Spruill allowing four hits over six innings; with five strikeouts. Munson retired all six batters he faced, and Todd worked a scoreless ninth. 2B Didi Gregroius, LF Nick Evans and 3B Andy Marte enjoyed two-hit nights.
Double-A Mobile: off-day.
High A Visalia 2 @ Modesto 7. Tough night for Jesse Darrah, who was hit hard by the Nuts(!), allowing 11 hits in only five innings, resulting in 7 earned runs. That dug a hole the Rawhide were unable to climb out of, though they did score a couple of late runs to bring some respectability to the scoreline. SS Raul Navarro and DH Brandon Drry doubled and singled for Visalia, with the RBI going to Druty and C Jose Queliz. Cody Wheeler saved the bullpen from excess damage working the final three innings, striking out four and blaning Modesto.
Class A South Bend 6 @ West Michigan 7. Starter Blaine Weller dug the Silver Hawks a 5-0 hole after his four innings, on eight hits and three walks. The offense made a valiant effort to dig themselves out, but fell short, the tying run being stranded in second at the end of the eighth. CF Chuck Taylor had three hits and drove in a pair of runs, while SS Andrew Velazquez added another three-bagger to the pair last night, and also stole his tenth base of the year. That was one of three bags swiped by South Bend, although they also made a trio of errors. The Silver Hawks fell into a tie with the Dayton Dragons for first in the Eastern division.