For those curious, that's "ugh" as in "ugh, Double-A Mobile just got no-hit." Never good to see that at what many consider the most competitive level of the minor leagues, particularly since the D-backs have a supposedly-solid Double-A squad. To be fair, Mobile was no-hit by power lefty strikeout king extraordinaire Matt Moore of the Tampa Bay system, but that's where the positives end.
Snakelet of the Day:
Raywilly Gomez (Low-A): 4-5, 2 2B, 1 R, 3 RBI
Triple-A: Reno 12, Tucson 9. (40-28) It was a rough day on the mound for right-hander Barry Enright, who gave up seven runs in 5.1 innings of work, struggling to put hitters away with a 1:4 K:BB ratio and a homer allowed. Jordan Norberto hardly helped when he came on in relief, allowing two inherited runners to score and letting another Padre score in the sixth before getting out of the inning. Thankfully, the offense showed up in a big way, giving Enright an eight-run cushion to work with by the end of the third inning. Brandon Allen made his return to the lineup a triumphant one, hitting his tenth home run of the year and walking once. Wily Mo Pena singled twice and walked once in perhaps his last Triple-A outing of the year, and Reno received doubles from Tony Abreu, Cody Ransom - who went 3-4 - and Lucas May. Collin Cowgill came on as a pinch-runner late in the game for Wily Mo, promptly stole both second and third base, and scored.
Double-A: Mobile 0, Montgomery 8. (36-31) Yeah, not a pretty game. Moore no-hit the BayBears, striking out eleven and walking just two in his dominant outing, throwing just 106 pitches in doing so. On the mound for Mobile was Jarrod Parker, who had his second straight struggle-filled outing, though he still struck out four in 4.2 innings of work. Unfortunately, those four K's came with six walks, four hits, and three runs (two earned) allowed before his quick exit. Parker threw just four fewer pitches than Moore, yet notched just 52% of Moore's out total. Just believe in the process... The two walk-drawers were Jacob Elmore and Marc Krauss. Your Daily Goldschmidt: The good news: Paul's 0-fer came with no strikeouts. The bad news: read preceding paragraph.
Hi-A: Visalia 3, Bakersfield 5. (29-37) It was yet another rough outing from right-hander Trevor Harden, who might be pushed into a relief role sometime in the near future to see if there's any way to bring back his pre-2010 magic. Harden generated nine ground-ball outs, but still gave up four runs in six innings of work with a 5:3 K:BB ratio. Harden's season ERA sits at an unsightly 6.59 in 13 appearances, and the four runs he allowed in Thursday's outing was actually fewer runs than he allowed in any of his previous four appearances. At the plate, Bobby Borchering hit his tenth home run of the year, but also struck out twice, his 85th and 86th K's of the year. Power is fantastic, but that's an absurd level of whiffing for Hi-A ball. Borchering also made his 13th error of the year on a throw from third base. Catcher Rossmel Perez went 1-3 with a double and a walk.
Low-A: South Bend 12, Lansing 0. (33-33) Bwaaaa? South Bend scored 12 runs? The typically low-scoring Silver Hawks erupted in the top of the first to give starter Jeffrey Shields a six-run cushion before he took the mound and chasing Lansing starter Egan Smith after just two-thirds of an inning. Catcher Raywilly Gomez led the offensive attack with a 4-5 night, doubling twice and driving in three. South Bend collected a total of 16 hits on the night, including five doubles, a triple, and a home run, while also swiping 5 bases. Simply put, it was a perfectly balanced, dominant offensive night. Shields took the lead and ran with it, striking out three and walking two over five scoreless innings. Dan Taylor and Christopher Odegaard each threw a pair of perfect relief innings, Taylor striking out four and Odegaard striking out one.
DSL: The action in the Dominican was postponed today due to rain.