Going into what would be his final at bat of the game Andrew Velazquez was 0 for 3 with 2 strikeouts needing a hit or a walk to tie the minor league record for consecutive games reaching base. The pressure couldn't have been any greater for the 19-year-old rising prospect and all he did was cooly stroke a line drive to left field to tie the record. He'll aim to break it on Sunday and remove the current co-holders, Kevin Youkilis and Kevin Millar, from the record books. It would be an incredible achievement and has to put his name squarely in the Top 100 prospect conversation. In my soon-to-be released mid-season Top 60 I have him ranked at number 6 behind Bradley, Lamb, Shipley, Blair and Toussaint. Let's hope he can pull it off and earn a prestigious spot in the books.
3 Stars: Socrates Brito, Visalia 3 for 3, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 DBL, 3 RBI, 2 SB (24)
2 Stars: Zach Borensteil, Mobile 3 for 4, 1 BB, 2 R, 1 TPL, 2 RBI
1 Star: Archie Bradley, Mobile 5.2 IP, 3 H, 4 BB, 5 K, 1 ER, W (1-0)
0 Stars: Trevor Cahil, Reno 4 IP, 5 H, 5 BB, 2 K, 4 ER
AAA: Reno 3 @ Sacramento 4. Trevor Cahill is still struggling to find his mechanics and he had another shaky start allowing 4 runs in 4 innings on 5 hits and 5 walks. It took him 96 pitches to get through those 4 innings. The offense only countered with 3 runs. Garrett Webber hit a solo home run and Andy Marte went 2 for 4 with a double.
AA: Mobile 5 @ Mississippi 1. Archie Bradley had a very good start, the only negative being too many walks. He only allowed 1 run in 5.2 innings on 3 hits and 4 walks while striking out 5. The bullpen was good too with Seth Simmons, RJ Hively, Cody Wheeler and Kaleb Fleck following with nothing but goose eggs. Zach Borenstein was the offensive star going 3 for 4 with a triple and 3 RBI. Jake Lamb went 1 for 5 with an RBI and 2 strikeouts. Sean Jamieson and Tom Belza each went 2 for 4.
A+: Visalia 9 Inland Empire 6. Aaron Blair took the hill and was okay but not his best either. He got through 5.1 innings allowing 3 runs on 6 hits and 2 walks while fanning 5. Daniel Gibson added 1.2 scoreless innings and Enrique Burgos got the final out for his 17th save after Kyle Schepel tried to make it interesting in the 9th. Socrates Brito had a perfect night at the plate going 3 for 3 with a walk, a double and 3 RBI as well as 2 stolen bases. Brandon Drury hit a 3-run homer in the first inning, his 15th. Alex Glenn hit a solo home run, his 16th.
A: South Bend 1 @ Fort Wayne 6. The Silver Hawks went down meekly in this one but all eyes were on Andrew Velazquez in his quest to tie the minor league record for consecutive games reaching base. Heading into the top of the 7th he still hadn't reached base, but he faced up to the pressure and delivered a clean line drive single to left. John Omahen pitched 5 innings allowing 5 runs (2 earned) on 5 hits and 2 walks. South Bend's lone run came on a Daniel Palka solo homer, his 18th.
A-: Hillsboro 5 Salem Keizer 6. The Hops lost this back-and-forth affair when they couldn't push across the tying run in the bottom of the 9th after loading the bases with 2 outs. Justin Gonzalez had cut the lead to 1 on a solo home run in that same 9th. Brent Jones was below average allowing 4 runs on 6 hits and 3 walks in 6 innings. John Pedrotty followed and allowed 2 more runs that broke a 4-4 tie tagging him with the loss. George Roberts had 3 RBI on 2 hits and Jordan Parr went 2 for 4 with an RBI.
R: Missoula 2 @ Orem 8. Gabriel Moya had a fine start allowing 1 run over 5 innings. But the bullpen mucked it up bad allowing 6 runs in the 8th that blew open a close game. Justin Williams went 2 for 4 and hit his second home run.
AZL: Dbacks 3 Brewers 1. Felipe Perez made his first appearance of the season starting the game with 2 shutout innings on 2 hits and a walk. Touki Toussaint came next and he added 2 more zeros allowing a hit and 2 walks with 5 strikeouts. Luis Castillo followed with 4 innings allowing 1 run while fanning 6 and earned the win. Anthony Bazzani pitched a clean 9th for his 2nd save. Isan Diaz went 2 for 3 and stole 2 bases while Luis Veras went 2 for 4.