Couple of bits of news from the past couple of days to note. Braden Shipley, our first-round pick last year, was picked to play for the US team in the Futures Game on July 13 at Minnesota's Target Field. He started the season at Class A South Bend, before being promoted to High-A Visalia, and has compiled a 5-3 record in 12 starts combined, with a 3.41 ERA and a K:BB ratio of 75:21 in 71.1 innings. And Archie Bradley will be going to Double-A Mobile next, as he continues to rehab from a strained elbow.
3 Stars: Tyler Bolton, Missoula 5 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, W (1-0)
2 Stars: Daniel Bowman, Visalia 3 for 4, R, 1 DBL, 1 HR (2), 1 RBI
1 Star: Tyler Humphries, Missoula 3 for 5, 2 R, 2 DBL, 2 RBI
0 Stars: Lawrence Pardo, Missoula 0 IP, 0 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 0 K, season ERA = 135.00
Triple-A Reno: off day.
Double-A 6, Jacksonville 7 (10). The BayBears looked to be cruising, 6-2 up going into the eighth, but Seth Simmons allowed two in the eighth, Kaleb Fleck two in the ninth, and R.J. Hively one in the tenth (without allowing a hit, on two walks and a wild pitch) for the loss. Starter Bradin Hagens allowed two over 6.1 innings on six hits and two walks, with one K. 3B Jake Lamb had a pair of doubles and a walk, driving in two, while C Stephen Rodriguez reached base four times on two walks and two singles, scoring three runs.
High-A Visalia 2 @ Bakerfield 3 (10). The Rawhide also lost in extras, Spencer Arroyo going the full nine innings, scattering ten hits and a walk, with six strikeouts, and being charged with two runs. But a walk, a bunt, a single and a wild pitch from Justin Van Grouw led the Blaze walk off winners. RF Daniel Bowman fell a triple short of the cycle, including his second home-run of the year, and 1B Rudy Flores doubled and singled, though he was also caught stealing a base.
Class A South Bend 1, Great Lakes 5. The Silver Hawks got on the board first, in the opening inning, but that was all they could manage. The Loons scored two in the fourth and three in the fifth off starter Sean Furney, who gave up nine hits in five innings, with no walks and a pair of strikeouts. Tom Jameson and Bud Jeter each worked two scoreless innings of relief, LF Chuck Taylor had a pair of singles and RF Stryker Trahan reached base three times, on a hit and two walks. SS Andrew Velazquez stole his 26th base.
Class A Short Hillsboro 7, Vancouver 6. After a scoreless first three, the Hops leaped out in a six-run fourth, highlighted by a three-run homer from 3B Justin Gonzalez, his third. But they had to withstand a comeback from the Canucks, who stranded the tying run on third in both the 8th and 9th innings. Anderson Placido got the W for five innings of three-run ball, despite walking five and Zac Curtis notched his third save for a scoreless ninth. LF Grant Heyman scored twice, going 2-for-4 with an RBI.
Rookie Missoula 7 @ Billings 5. This shouldn't have been as close as it seemed, the Osprey having a six-run lead going into the ninth, after starter Tyler Bolton shut out the Mustangs for five innings on four hits. But Lawrence Pardo walked all three batters faced as part of a four-run ninth, before Tyler Toyfair closed the door. 3B Tyler Humphries had two doubles in his three hits, scored twice and drove in a run; DH Trevor Mitsui hammered his second homer and also singled for the Osprey.
AZL D-backs 4, Athletics 11. Anfernee Benitez's second start was the same as his first: four inning, three earned runs, though he did cut the walks down from five to one this time. But the D-backs bullpen was shelled for eight runs in four innings on eight hits, three walks and a couple of wild pitches. DH Michael Branigan had two hits and a walk, driving in a run, with LF Matt McPhearson notching a pair of singles and stealing his third base.