After struggling in AAA Reno for the past couple of seasons Charles Brewer was sent to AA Mobile for a bit of the respite from the brutal PCL. Last night Brewer highlighted emphatically the difference between the PCL and the Southern League as far as pitching goes. He struck out 16 batters in 6 innings while allowing no runs on just 1 hit. Brewer has lost his prospect status over the past couple of years but he did show that he still has some gas in the tank. While no one will be illusioned into thinking he's turned a corner or something, it is good to see him have some success and maybe he can work his way back to Reno and be an emergency arm if the big club needs one down the road.
3 Stars: Charles Brewer, Mobile 6 IP, 1 H, 4 BB, 13 K, 0 ER, W (2-1)
2 Stars: Jake Lamb, Mobile 2 for 4, 2 R, 1 TPL, 2 RBI
1 Star: Sean Jamieson, Mobile 2 for 4, 2 R, 2 DBL
0 Stars: Stryker Trahan, South Bend 0 for 4, 4 K
AAA: Reno 1 @ Nashville 2.The Aces scored on an error in the top of the 9th to tie their game at 1-1. But relievers Derek Eitel and Jess Todd combined to allow a run in the bottom of the 9th for a walkoff loss. Bo Schultz started and was very good allowing 1 run on 5 hits and 2 walks in 5 innings while striking out 3. The offense was anemic with just 4 hits.
AA: Game 1. Mobile 8 @ Huntsville 0. Charles Brewer was dominant over 6 innings striking out 13 while allowing just 1 hit. The offense was in gear with Jake Lamb again the highlight going 2 for 4 with a triple and 2 RBI. Sean Jamieson had a pair of doubles and scored twice while Tom Belza, Dustin Martin and Garrett Webber each contributed 2 hits.
AA: Game 2. Mobile 2 @ Huntsville 4. Both teams went into Game 2 of the doubleheader armed with relievers and Huntsville won out when Blake Cooper gave up 3 runs in the 4th inning. The offense could only come up with 5 hits with both runs scoring on Gerson Montilla's 2-run homer in the top of the 4th inning.
A+: Visalia 2 Lancaster 15.The Rawhide got walloped as bad Jesse Darrah showed up allowing 8 runs (7 earned) in 4+ innings. Then "worse" Henry Garcia followed and allowed 6 more over the next 2 innings. The offense was obviosuly demoralized managing just 2 runs on 4 hits.
A: South Bend 2 @ West Michigan 6. The struggling South Bend offense continued again while starter Hector Hernandez had another poor start. Hernandez got through 5 innings but allowed 6 runs on 10 hits. Stryker Trahan continues to struggle going 0 for 4 with 4 strikeouts after going 0 for 4 with 2 strikeouts yesterday.