Mark Trumbo is on his way back. Little steps for now, as our slugger, rehabbing in the Arizona Rookie League from his stress fracture, was the designated hitter today. But he still went 2-for-3, with a double, and a pair of RBI. Not sure how long he'll be there, or when he might start playing the field again, but it's good to see him once more taking part in full-on games.
3 Stars: Rodrigo Takahashi, AZL D-backs 6 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, W (1-1)
2 Stars: Trevor Mitsui, Missoula 2 for 4, R, DBL, HR (3), 3 RBI
1 Star: Ronnie Freeman, Visalia 3 for 5, 2 R, 2 DBL, 2 RBI
0 Stars: Spenser Arroyo, Visalia 4.2 IP, 10 H, 10 R, 10 ER, 1 BB, 5 K
Triple-A Reno 3 @ Tacoma 2. The Aces scored three in the first on RBI by RF Alfredo Marte, 3B Andy Marte and DH Garrett Weber, then held on for a tense win. The Rainiers made it a one-run game in the third, but that was all they'd get off Lucas Harrell, who worked six innings, scattering eight hits and three walks with five strikeouts. Derek Eitel had two solid scoreless innings, fanning three, before Jake Barrett closed out his second save with a perfect ninth. CF Tony Campana doubled and singled; he and LF Danny Dorn each threw out the tying run at home plate.
Double-A Mobile 0 @ Jackson 0 - suspended. This one was called due to rain with one out in the top of the fourth, with Archie Bradley having thrown 3.1 scoreless innings, though his line was unimpressive: four hits and three walks with no strikeouts It'll be completed tomorrow, followed by the regularly-scheduled game, which will be a 7-inning affair.
High A Visalia 11, Bakersfield 12. Yeah, not exactly a pitching duel, as the Rawhide and Blaze combined for 32 hits and 23 runs. Visalia came back from 11-4 down in the fifth, to tie it after seven. But Cody Wheeler gave up the go-ahead run in the eighth and took the L, though starter Spencer Arroyo allowed ten hits and ten runs in 4.2 innings. C Ronnie Freeman had two doubles and a single, driving in two, while CF Socrates Brito also had two doubles, and walked. 2B Fidel Pena had his 6th home-run, a three-run shot.
A-ball South Bend 4 @ Great Lakes 1. The appropriately-named John Omahen pitched seven strong innings as the Silver Hawks beat the Loons. He held the home team to one run on four hits and a walk with six strikeouts - he has allowed one score over his last three games, totaling 19 innings. Daniel Gibson and Silvino Bracho tossed perfect innings of relief, and there were solo shots for RF Stryker Trahan (#11) and 1B Daniel Palka (#16). CF Breland Almadova had two hits, and SS Andrew Velazquez stole his 32nd base.
A short Hillsboro 3, Everett 1. The Hops managed only five hits, and were 0-for-5 with RISP, but scratched out enough for the win. RF Jordan Parr doubled and singled, while C Elvin Soto had an RBI triple. Good outing by starter Brent Jones, who went 5.2 innings, holding the Aqua Sox to one run, on six hits and a walk with four K's. Dustin Loggins tossed 2.1 scoreless frames in relief, and Cody Geyer fanned two of three faced in the ninth for his second save.
Rookie Missoula 6, Billings 4. The Osprey scored three in the first to take the lead, and held on, withstanding a comeback in the ninth which saw the Mustangs score twice and get the tying run to the plate. Gabriel Moya got the W, working six frames and being charged with two runs on four hits and a walk with six strikeouts. LF Justin Williams had three hits for Missoula, and DH Trevor Mitsui drove in three runs, with a double and his third home-run of the season.
AZL D-backs 10, Dodgers 4. The D-backs plundered their opponents early, scoring eight times in the first two innings, and were barely troubled thereafter. Rodrigo Takahashi tossed six shutout innings, on four hits and a walk, with three strikeouts for the win. Six D-backs had two-hit games, including DH Mark Trumbo, as mentioned above. Best of the others were 2B Henry Castillo, who doubled and tripled, driving in three, while SS Isan Diaz had his first home-run.