Stephen Drew played back to back games in his rehab stint for the first time and is expected to start again today for his third straight. He went 1 for 4 with a double. So far he's 5 for 20 with a double, triple, home run and 2 RBI. Reno won again...of course. Archie Bradley took the hill for South Bend and was steady, but his lines are starting to look eerily familiar. Low on the hits side, high on the walks side. He got the win after allowing two runs on 2 hits and 4 walks through 5 innings. Mobile won the continuation of Tyler Skaggs' start that was suspended but lost the 7-inning nightcap. Visalia had the bats going via Chris Owings, Keon Broxton and Bobby Borchering in an 8-4 win. And Yakima kicked off their season with a roster full of new draft picks but a disappointing 6-5 extra-inning loss.
3 Stars: Adam Eaton, Reno 2 for 3, 3 R, 1 DBL, 1 TPL, 1 BB, 1 SB (22)
2 Stars: Chris Owings, Visalia 3 for 5, 2 R, 2 DBL, 1 SB
1 Stars: Keon Broxton, Visalia 3 for 5, 1 R, 1 DBL, 2 RBI
0 Stars: Zach Kroenke, Reno 3 IP, 5 H, 3 BB, 1 HR, 1 K, 5 ER
Game summaries after the break.
Triple A: Reno 8 Tucson 7. When you're hot you're hot. Reno fell behind 5-2 due to a poor outing by Zack Kroenke, but once again the bats got it done as they plated 5 in the 3rd and held on for an 8-7 win. Adam Eaton was again the catalyst with a 2 for 3 night, including a double, a triple, and 3 runs scored. He's pushing back towards .400 and stands at .397. Mike Jacobs had 2 hits and an RBI and Konrad Schmidt had 2 hits including a double. Rusty Ryal clubbed another tater, this one a 3-run shot. Stephen Drew played consecutive games for the first time during his rehab assignment and went 1 for 4 with a double.
Double A: Mobile 4 @ Pensacola 1. This was the continuation of the suspended game from the night before and 4 relievers came on and pitched 4.2 shutout innings. Bryan Woodall earned the victory with 2.1 innings, and Evan Marshall pitched a scoreless 9th for his 14th save.
Double A: Mobile 2 @ Pensacola 3. The game after the completion of the suspended game was a 7-inning affair. The Bay Bears' bats couldn't get going as they mustered just 4 singles and 2 late runs in the 3-2 loss. Starter Brett Lorin struggled by allowing 3 runs on 6 hits and 5 walks in 4.2 innings of work. Matt Davidson had 2 of the 4 hits.
High A: Visalia 8 @ Stockton 4. The Rawhide scored 7 runs over the first 4 innings and cruised to the 8-4 win. The team compiled 13 hits including 4 doubles. SS Chris Owings led the charge with a 3 for 5 night with 2 doubles. Keon Broxton rapped 3 hits with a double and 2 RBI. And Bobby Borchering notched a single, double, walk and 2 RBI. Conrad Flynn started and was just good enough by going 5.2 innings while allowing 8 hits and 4 earned runs.
Low A: South Bend 8 West Michigan 4. Archie Bradley was his usual self...a little wild but mostly un-hittable. He got through 5 innings surrendering just 2 hits, but he delivered 4 walks and just 3 Ks in the effort. He did earn the victory to get to 7-4 as the Silver Hawks' hitters got the job done with 12 hits including a couple of home runs. Tom Belza and Ender Inciarte posted identical hitting lines of 3 for 3 with a home run and 3 RBI. Chris Ellison and Ryan Court each had a pair of singles.
High Rookie: Yakima 5 @ Eugene 6. The Yakima Bears kicked off their 2012 campaign last night with a nice come-from behind rally but a disappointing 6-5 10-inning loss. The Yakima roster is loaded with new draftees and we'll put together a roster review sometime next week. Yakima repeat Alex Capaul was steady in his first start by allowing 3 runs in the first followed by 4 shutout innings. 2012 5th round pick C Ronnie Freeman went 2 for 4 with a double in his professional debut. Missoula graduate Josh Parr had 2 singles as did 18th round pick 2B Kevin Medrano.