South Bend's Daniel Palka seems to be a regular name mentioned on this page - or maybe he just does well when I'm recapping! He seems to have settled in nicely with the Silver Hawks, after struggling mightily early on, hitting below a buck (4-for-42) over his first 11 games. But it was as if a light suddenly came one, and Palka has batted .284 since that point. Today, he had his second multi-homer game of the season, giving the 22-year-old first-baseman nine in 62 games. Obviously, there's no easy route to the majors with Arizona there, but we'll cross that bridge when we come to it. Oh, and seems he likes Game of Thrones too. So I'm with him on that.
3 Stars: Daniel Palka, South Bend 2 for 4, 2 R, 2 HR (9), 5 RBI
2 Stars: Zeke Spruill, 7 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K
1 Star: Rafael Pujols, DSL D-backs 3 relief IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, W (1-0)
0 Stars: Stryker Trahan, South Bend 0 for 4, 2 K
Triple-A: Reno 1 @ Nashville 2. I had to check I wasn't reliving Monday, as again, the Aces got their game to the middle of the ninth tied at one, only to be walked off by the Sounds. Tonight, it was Kevin Munson and Joe Paterson who combined for three hits while retiring one batter; Munson took the loss. That spoiled a very solid outing by Zeke Spruill, who allowed one run on four hits over seven innings, with no walks and six strikeouts. He got no run support here, however, as the visitors could manage only six hits all singles. RF Danny Dorn had two of those, and drove in the Aces' only run; 2B Mike Freeman also got two hits.
Double-A Mobile: Off day. They face Pensacola for five games, beginning Wednesday, to end the first half of their season.
High-A Visalia: Travel day. They start a four-game series in the Inland Empire tomorrow, also their last before the All-Star break.
A-ball South Bend 6, Lake County 3. The Silver Hawks fell behind early, the Captains scoring two in the first and making it 3-0- in the second. However, Blaine Weller settled down from there, working six innings with no further damage, on five hits, two walks and seven K's. The offense got back into it against the Lake County bullpen, after starter Mitch Brown one hit them for five shutout innings. 1B Daniel Palka did much of the damage, tying things up with a three-run homer in the sixth, then after South Bend took the lead on a 2B Ryan Gebhardt double, adding two insurance runs with another blast in the eighth. Silvino Bracho struck out two in the ninth, for his 10th save.
Rookie DSL: D-backs 5, Twins 3. Like South Bend, our DSL side overcame a 3-0 deficit after five innings for a comeback win. Seven different players had one hit apiece: CF Jose Lopez had two walks, while 2B Didimo Bracho had a walk and his eighth stolen-base in only nine games. Starter Anthony Nunez gave up three runs on four hits over five innings, with three strikeouts and no walks, but Rafael Pujols got the decision, for three scoreless innings of relief work, with one base-runner allowed.