There hasn't been much good to report on the Stryker Trahan front all year. Yesterday he did something of note. He hit a walkoff grand slam in the bottom of the 11th inning to give South Bend a thrilling 11-7 win that featured several last gasp comebacks. That was Trahan's 10th homer of the year which is the only real bright spot in any of his numbers this year. He just turned 20 last week so he's still the right age for the level. But a 33% K rate and a .605 OPS are hard to overlook. Maybe a clutch blast like that will get him going.
3 Stars: Alfredo Marte, Reno 3 for 5, 4 R, 1 DBL, 2 HR (7), 4 RBI
2 Stars: Andrew Velazquez, South Bend 3 for 6, 3 R, 1 DBL, 1 HR (5), 3 RBI, 1 SB (30)
1 Star: Henry Castillo, AZL 3 for 6, 2 R, 1 DBL, 1 TPL, 3 RBI
0 Stars: Sean Jamieson, Mobile 0 for 4, 2 K, 1 E
AAA: Reno 8 @ Albuquerque 4. Alfredo Marte was a one-man wrecking crew with a pair of home runs, a double and 4 RBI. He helped make a winner of Bo Schultz who had a solid start by PCL standards with 3 runs allowed on 8 hits and 3 walks over 6 innings. Kevin Munson pitched 2.1 innings of scoreless relief for his first save. The Aces pounded out 15 hits with five other starters getting multiple hits. With the departure of Nick Ahmed to the majors Argenis Diaz moved over to shortstop and Mike Freeman took over at second. The organization might need to make another move to bring another middle infielder to Reno.
AA: Mobile 4 @ Jackson 3. Justin Fitzgerald was so-so allowing 3 runs before exiting in the 5th inning. But relievers Patrick Schuster and Willy Paredes were terrific tossing 4.2 innings of shutout ball on 2 hits and a walk. Jake Lamb led the offense going 2 for 4 with a double and an RBI. Todd Glaesmann was promoted to Mobile a couple of days ago and has been starting in right field. He's 2 for 7 in his first 2 games.
A+: Visalia 1 @ San Jose 2. This was a classic pitcher's duel with Brandon Sinnery losing out in spite of allowing just 2 runs over 8 innings on 4 hits and a walk. The offense could only come up with 1 run on 6 hits. Alex Glenn led the way going 2 for 3 with a walk.
A: South Bend 11 Fort Wayne 7. The Silver Hawks just wouldn't go quietly into the night until Stryker Trahan settled things in the bottom of the 11th with a one-out walk-off grand slam. South Bend came from behind in the bottom of the 9th on a Chuck Taylor RBI single. They also came back in the bottom of the 10th with an RBI single by Grant Nelson. The pitching was pretty erratic across the board with starter Blayne Weller allowing 4 runs over 5 innings. Will Locante eventually got the win after allowing a run in the 10th but he pitched a perfect 11th to set up Trahan. Andrew Velazquez had a big game going 3 for 6 with his 5th home run and 30th stolen base. Michael Perez went 3 for 4.
A-: Hillsboro 4 Everett 3. The Hops won this tight battle in the bottom of the 10th when George Roberts and Tyler Baker hit back-to-back doubles with one out. Ryan Doran had a good start allowing 2 runs on 7 hits over 6 innings while striking out 5. Cody Geyer got the win with 2 shutout innings leading up to the walk-off win. George Roberts went 3 for 4 with a double while Grant Heyman and Tyler Baker each had 2 hits with a double and an RBI.
R: Missoula 6 @ Great Falls 4. The Osprey scored 5 runs in the latter innings to overcome a 3-1 deficit and make a winner of Markus Solbach. Solback pitched 6 innings allowing 3 runs (2 earned) on 6 hits and no walks while striking out 4. Sergio Alcantara went 3 for 5 with an RBI to raise his average to .302. 7th round pick Tyler Humphreys went 2 for 4 with a double and is coming on his last several games after a little bit of a slow start to his pro career.
AZL: Dbacks 12 @ Angels 3. The Dbacks scored in each of the first 5 innings on the way to a laugher. Cody Reed made his second pro start and this time pitched one full inning as opposed to 2/3 of an inning. He's obviously on some kind of strict developmental program to start his career. Yefrey Ramirez came on next and pitched 5 innings allowing 3 runs while striking out 8. Three relievers followed with shutout innings. Henry Castillo led the 18-hit attack with 3 hits including a double, a triple and 3 RBI. Matt McPhearson went 3 for 5 and stole his 5th base. Raul Santana went 3 for 4 with 2 doubles and has a current OPS of 1.397 in his first 7 games in the states.