Visalia's Brandon Drury is putting up another very good season on top of the one he posted last year in the Midwest League. He's more than a year below the average league age as he hit his 12th home run last night in 54 games. That puts him on pace to hit somewhere between 25-30 homers to go along with a doubles pace around 40-50. His current .240 ISO ranks in the Top 10 of the California League and keeps him right on the heels of Jake Lamb as the organization's top third base prospect.
3 Stars: Gerson Montilla, Mobile 3 for 4, 1 BB, 2 R, 1 DBL, 1 TPL, 1 HR (1), 2 RBI
2 Stars: Blayne Weller, South Bend 6.1 IP, 3 H, 1 BB, 9 K, 1 ER
1 Star: Brandon Drury, Visalia 2 for 4, 2 R, 1 DBL, 1 HR (12), 2 RBI
0 Stars: Zeke Spruill, Reno 4 IP, 7 H, 2 BB, 4 K, 8 ER, L (2-2)
AAA: Reno 4 Fresno 10. Zeke Spruill was given an early lead with 4 runs in the 1st inning but he couldn't hold onto it. He gave up 8 runs over 4 innings and the offense couldn't overcome that. Mike Jacobs continues to swing a hot bat going 3 for 5 with 2 doubles and 2 RBI. Alfredo Marte also went 3 for 5 with a double.
AA: Mobile 8 Jackson 2. The Bay Bears scored 2 runs in each of the first 3 innings and never looked back. Justin Fitzgerald had a good start going 5+ innings allowing 2 runs (1 earned) while striking out 9. RJ Hively, Kaleb Fleck and Jimmie Sherfy eliminated any comeback threats with 3 shutout innings combined in relief. Gerson Montilla just missed hitting for the cycle collecting a double, a triple and a homer for 2 RBI. Catcher Mark Thomas added a 2-run homer in the 3rd inning.
A+: Visalia 4 Lake Elsinore 3.The Rawhide overcame a 3-0 deficit with 3 runs in the 6th and another in the 7th to eke out the one-run win. Erratic Jesse Darrah started and went 5 + innings allowing 3 runs (2 earned) on 5 hits and 3 walks while striking out 6. Enrique Burgos pitched a perfect 9th with 2 strikeouts for his 11th save. The 6th inning runs came off a 2-run homer by Brandon Drury followed by a solo shot from Alex Glenn. Both Drury and Glenn have 12 homers.
A: South Bend 4 @ Lake County 5. The Silver Hawks lost a heartbreaker due to some shaky work by their closers. Silvino Bracho blew a one-run lead in the 9th and Johnny Shuttlesworth surrendered 3 in the bottom of the 12th after the offense had scored twice in the top half of the inning. It cost Blayne Weller the win who was very good allowing just 1 run over 6+ innings with 9 strikeouts. Andrew Velazquez went 2 for 5 with a walk and Jamie Westbrook went 2 for 5 with a double. Michael Perez hit a solo homer.