Daniel Palka went from zero stars to three stars overnight as he went 2 for 4 with a double, a home run and 3 RBI. Yesterday Palka went 0 for 4 with 4 strikeouts to gain the Golden Sombrero. Palka has been somewhat inconsistent with various streaks of good and bad (duh!). So with no further interesting commentary to add to tonight's lackluster results we'll get right to the details.
3 Stars: Daniel Palka, South Bend 2 for 4, 1 BB, 2 R, 1 DBL, 1 HR (5), 3 RBI
2 Stars: Hector Hernandez, South Bend 5.1 IP, 2 H, 3 BB, 9 K, 0 ER, W (2-0)
1 Star: Didi Gregorius, Reno 2 for 4, 1 TPL
0 stars: Visalia offense 3 for 28, 1 DBL, 3 BB
AAA: Reno 2 @ Albuquerque 3. Bo Schultz had a nice start allowing 2 runs (1 earned) on 2 hits and 3 walks, The offense scratched out a pair of runs in the 7th inning but Will Harris surrendered the winning run with 2 outs in the 9th. Didi Gregorius went 2 for 4 with a triple to lead the meager 5-hit attack.
AA: Mobile 2 @ Tennessee 1. The Bay Bears eked out a 2-1 win scoring their 2 runs in the 7th inning. Charles Brewer had a fine first start following his demotion from Reno. He went 7 strong innings allowing 1 run on 4 hits with 6 strikeouts. Jimmie Sherfy pitched a shutout 8th allowing 2 hits and striking out 1 and Jake Barrett finished for his 7th save. Jake Lamb drove in both runs with a double on a 1 for 4 night.
A+: Visalia 1 @ San Jose 3. The Rawhide was offensively stymied, managing only three hits against the Giants. Aaron Blair got the start, and didn't pitch that badly, working 5.2 innings and allowing three hits on six hits and four walks, with five strikeouts. But the hitters managed little: LF Evan Marzilli had a hit and walk, and C Ronnie Freeman our only extra-base hit, a double.
A: South Bend 7 @ Great Lakes 2. We jumped out early, scoring all seven runs by the middle of the fourth, and that was more than enough support for Hector Hernandez. He struck out nine in 5.1 innings, allowing only an unearned run on two hits and three walks. 1B Daniel Palka homered (his fifth), doubled and walked, driving in three runs, and LF Zach Esquerra had two hits and two RBI. Hernandez and two Silver Hawks relievers combined for 15 K's.