If there's one thing we've come to learn about Barry Enright, it's that he doesn't know how to quit - and I'm not suggesting he ought to learn, either. Just when people had all but forgotten about Enright, turning their attention to the stable of young arms at Double-A Mobile, Barry turns around and caps off what is likely the best five-game stretch of his career since his now-famed call-up to the big leagues in 2010. Barry's great attitude and mental toughness will keep him in the game for a long time largely on its own, and outings like this one will certainly help his cause, too.
Snakelet of the Day:
Barry Enright (Triple-A): CG, 6 IP, 3 H, 1 R (1 ER), 3:1 K:BB, 4:7 GO:AO
Triple-A (6 innings): Reno 4, Salt Lake 1. (7-14) It was a rare six-inning "complete game" for starter Barry Enright, as the game was called in the middle of the sixth due to rain. Enright continued his impressive stretch of work for the Aces in 2012, allowing just three hits and a walk in his effort, striking out three and limiting the Bees potent lineup to a single run - and limiting Mike Trout to an 0-3 day with a strikeout. The outing lowered Enright's ERA on the year to a paltry 1.75 - an impressive figure for the PCL. That would prove sufficient for Reno, as Randy Ruiz drove in a pair of runs with a three-hit day that included a home run, and Josh Bell drove in two of his own with a pair of hits. Konrad Schmidt added a double, while Jacob Elmore had an odd - but very valuable - line of 0-0 with three walks.
Double-A: Mobile 9, Chattanooga 5. (12-10) If Arizona does in fact call upon a starter from the minor-leagues to replace right-hander Josh Collmenter, Thursday's outing pretty much ensured that it isn't going to be Trevor Bauer replacing him. It's not just that Bauer won't be ready to pitch in time for Collmenter's next scheduled start (although this is also true), but a so-so outing from Trevor has likely secured Patrick Corbin's place atop the minor-league starting depth chart, at least in the short-term. Bauer worked six innings and surrendered four runs - three earned - on six hits, three walks, a hit batter, and a home run, although still collecting nine strikeouts. Much as I wish Bauer were polished and ready to work efficiently in the majors, he could stand to benefit from the additional minor-league time.
On the offensive end, the BayBears were led by outfielder Alfredo Marte, who continues to hit the ball with plenty of authority for Mobile. The 23-year-old Marte was 2-3 with a home run, a double, and a hit-by-pitch in this game, raising his season line to .267/.321/.533 with five doubles and five homers among his 20 hits. Brett Clevlen added a solo shot of his own, while Matt Davidson reached base three times on a single, a walk, and a hit-by-pitch.
Hi-A: Visalia 3, Modesto 13. (7-14) Cuban left-hander Alexander Carreras had one of the more regrettable outings he'll have in his pro career, notching just one out in this one, allowing five runs, six hits, and a walk before departing the contest, having faced just eight hitters. Right-hander Raymond Hernandez stopped the bleeding with 4.2 innings of scoreless long relief, followed by another two scoreless frames from Patrick Schuster. Unfortunately, the Rawhide bats couldn't crawl back from Carreras' deficit, only able to get two runs across the board off of Modesto starter Tyler Matzek and one more run in the subsequent three innings against the Modesto bullpen. Making matters even worse was the fact that reliever Diogenes Rosario and Bradin Hagens, charged with finishing off the final two innings of this contest, gave up four more runs apiece to turn this one into a blowout.
Low-A: South Bend 10, Cedar Rapids 1. (12-8) The Silver Hawks offense took control of this game early on, with two runs in the second, two in the third, and four in the fifth. The bats didn't have a massive power display as much as simply dinking-and-dunking their way into 10 runs, with 17 hits on the night and five for extra-bases. Marc Bourgeois, Ender Inciarte, Tom Belza, and Roidany Aguila each doubled, while Bobby Stone launched his second home run in the fifth. Aguila and Matt Helm each had a three-hit day - the hits were much-needed from Aguila, in particular, who has struggled all year at the plate. Starting the game for the Silver Hawks was right-hander J.R. Bradley, who worked five impressive innings, striking out two with a pair of walks but allowing just two hits and no runs in his outing.