It's getting a little ridiculous the power numbers Yazy Arbelo is showing off this year in Visalia. He hit two more home runs last night to give him 20 home runs in just 47 games. He leads all Diamondbacks, majors or minors, in home runs with 26. Now, before we all get too excited it should be noted that Arbelo played 60 games for Mobile before being demoted down to Visalia mid-season. In those 60 games he hit just 6 home runs with a .213 BA and a .659 OPS, and he is 24 years old. But it's still fun seeing him crash so many long balls, especially for a team making a playoff run that really needs his bat. Arbelo doesn't have any real defensive ability either so he can't be qualified as any kind of serious prospect to make the big leagues. He might be better suited in the AL if he's to be given any chance at all. Don't be surprised if he becomes a lower-tier trade chip in the not too distant future. He'll probably be given another chance in AA next year as a regular DH and occasional 1B. We'll see what he does with it.
3 Stars: Yazy Arbelo, Visalia 2 for 5, 2 R, 2 HR (20), 3 RBI
2 Stars: Alexander Carreras, Yakima 7 IP, 3 H, 1 BB, 6K, 2 R, 0 ER
1 Star: Taylor Siemens, Visalia 6 IP, 5 H, 1 BB, 1 HR, 3 K, 1 ER
0 Stars: Raymond Hernandez, Visalia 2/3 IP, 3 H, 1 BB, 1 HR, 3 ER, BS
Game summaries after the jump.
Triple A: Reno 8 Round Rock 9. Reno lost their 5th game in a row and their division lead has shrunk to 5 games. This was a back-and-forth affair that wasn't decided until the 10th. Zach Kroenke started (more out of necessity) and did what he could as he got through 5 innings while allowing 5 runs on 9 hits and 2 walks. Matt Gorgen allowed 2 more, Sam Demel allowed 1, and then Jonathan Albaladejo took the loss when he surrendered the game-winner in the 10th. The teams combined for 35 hits with 17 coming from Reno. Reno tied the game at 8 with 3 runs in the 8th on doubles by Adam Eaton, Taylor Harbin and Konrad Schmidt. Eaton went 3 for 6 with a double and Konrad Schmidt had 3 hits with a double and 2 RBI. The Dbacks did just trade for Daniel Cabrera who is likely headed to Reno to give them some starting pitching help for the stretch run.
High A: Visalia 4 Modesto 5. The Rawhide lost a tough one to Modesto in a series that has featured a bunch of exciting 1-run games as these two teams battle for the 2nd-half title in the California League. Taylor Siemens had yet another terrific start and deserved the win after throwing 6 innings and allowing just a solo home run. But the bullpen was a letdown as Raymond Hernandez yielded 3 runs in the 7th and Jeremy Erben surrendered the game-winner in the 8th. Yazy Arbelo did all he could with 2 home runs for 3 RBI. Michael Freeman went 3 for 5 with 2 doubles and an RBI.
Low A: South Bend 5 West Michigan 4. This was another one that went 10 innings, this time in favor of the good guys when Eric Groff singled home Kerry Jenkins on the bottom of the 9th with 2 outs. Tyler Green had a really good start allowing 1 run on 7 hits and 2 walks over 6+ innings while striking out 4. He didn't earn the win though as the bullpen wiped out a 4-0 lead, led by another blown save from Jake Barrett who seems to be hitting the wall the last few weeks. Kerry Jenkins went 3 for 4 with a double and stole second base just prior to Groff's heroics.
Short Season A: Yakima 8 Spokane 2. Alexander Carreras was brilliant with his 7-inning effort in which he allowed just 2 unearned runs on 3 hits and a walk with 6 strikeouts. That boosted his record to 8-4 on the season. The Yakima offense finally made a meaningful appearance as they cranked out 13 hits led by Mark Ginther who had a double and a 3-run homer, his 4th. Michael Lang added 3 hits and an RBI.
Rookie: Missoula 5 Idaho Falls 12. This was pretty much a wipeout from the words "Play Ball." Starter Ross Gerdeman got pounded and the offense didn't make any noise until it was too late. Daniel Pulfer had 3 hits and Pedro Ruiz had 2 with a double. But Pulfer contributed an error at 2B and Ruiz chipped in 2 errors from SS. A forgettable night.
AZL Rookie: Dbacks 4 Angels 2. Luis Hernandez had a very effective start allowing just 1 run on 6 hits and 2 walks in 4+ innings, and the bullpen did more than enough to turn 4 runs from the offense into a W. Justin Bianco had 2 hits with a double and an RBI and Stryker Trahan added a pair of singles and an RBI. Andrew Velazquez is another youngster hitting the wall as he is now 0 for his last 15 with 11 strikeouts, which has dropped his average some 60 points to .330.