I'm sure there is commentary which could be written, but SnakePit Towers has finally succeeded in assembling all interested parties to catch up on this week's episode of 24, which we've been holding since Monday. It's apparently pretty traumatic, and I've been doing my best to avoid social media all week as a result, so you'll pardon me if I skip to the chase and get right on with your Snake Stars for the day!
3 Stars: Alfredo Marte, Reno 2 for 4, R, DBL, HR (5), RBI
2 Stars: Nick Evans, Reno 3 for 3, 2 BB
1 Star: Brandon Sinnery, Visalia 7 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K
0 Stars: Kyle Winkler, Visalia 1 IP, 5 H, 2 BB, 1 K, 4 ER
Triple-A Reno, 4 Oklahoma City 9. A typical PCL slugfest, with the sides combining for 28 hits and nine walks. LF Alfredo Marte led the way with his fifth home-run and a double, but DH Nick Evans reached base safely all five times up, on three singles and two walks, while 1B Mike Jacobs had two hits and two walks, as our 2-3-4 hitters went 7-for-11 with four walks. Unfortunately, Bo Schultz was tagged for 11 hits and two walks in 5.1 innings, leading to seven runs, four earned. Eric Brooke made his AAA debut, working a perfect ninth.
Double-A Mobile 1 @ Montgomery 5. The Biscuits managed to score five runs, on one hit with a runner in scoring position. Don't see that often. They were also outhit by the BayBears, 8-7. 1B Jon Griffin had our only extra-base hit, a double, and also singled, with 2B Gerson Montilla notching a pair of singles. LF Tom Belza had two walks and a hit. Starter Justin Fitzgerald wobbled through five, allowing five runs (four earned) on six hits and four walks. Willy Paredes retired all six batters faced in relief.
High-A Visalia 2, San Jose 7. After falling behind 3-0 by the second, the Rawhide got on the board with a two-run fifth, courtesy of RBI singles from LF Brandon Jacobs and C Ronnie Freeman. That's where the score stayed until the ninth, when Kyle Winkler faced six batters and retired none of them, as the Giants scored four. Starter Brandon Sinnery deserved better than an L, getting no help from his defense, two of the three runs allowed being unearned, He threw seven innings, on six hits and no walks, with three strikeouts.
Class-A South Bend 3 @ Lake County 5. The visitors were held to six hits, 3B George Roberts and C Michael Perez combining for four of those, each doubling and singling. CF Breland Almadova drew a pair of walks, but struck out his other three trips to the plate, as the BayBears fanned 14 times tonight. Sean Furney took the loss, scattering five hits and two walks in 5.2 innings, being charged with all five runs, one unearned. Bud Jeter struck out the side in a perfect eighth for Mobile.
Class A Short Hillsboro 4, Salem-Keizer 3. Hooray! At least the Hops managed to hold on for victory, despite putting the tying run on base with no outs in the ninth. Zac Curtis settled in to retire the next three for his second save. C Tyler Baker drove in two runs with a pair of hits, one of five Hops batters to have a multi-hit night. Ryan Doran pitched well, holding the Volcanoes to two runs, one earned, over 5.2 innings, on six hits and a walk with seven strikeouts.CF Taylor Ratliff picked up his 3rd SB, in only his sixth game.
Rookie Missoula 4, Great Falls 5. The Osprey made a spirited comeback, from 5-0 down after five innings, but fell just short, getting the tying run to second with one out in the ninth, but no further. RF Dane McFarland led the offense, doubling and singling, with LF Justin Williams and 1B Trevor Mitsui getting two singles apiece. Markus Solbach took the loss, giving up five runs in five innings, on eight hits and two walks. Wagner Mateo's second game went much better than his first, with two scoreless frames of relief getting his ERA down to 22.50.