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Dbacks Minor League Round-Up 4/18: Skaggs Bounces Back

Following last start's disaster against Sacramento, Tyler Skaggs was much more himself against Colorado last night when he allowed 3 runs (2 earned) over 7 innings in a pitching-prospect matchup with Drew Pomeranz. Pomeranz got the better of Skaggs with 5+ shutout innings in a 4-2 Colorado victory, but Skaggs was very good and surrendered 6 hits and no walks in those 7 innings while striking out 8. Skaggs' shaky spring combined with last week's pounding had a few voices grumbling about what was going on with Skaggs. Was the shine coming off? Was he overrated? Had he reached his ceiling? Of course those are all ridiculous suggestions. He's had two very good starts and one really bad start. That will happen in the PCL to 21-year-old pitchers. He'll be fine.

Tyler Skaggs had a solid bounce-back effort for Reno last night.
Tyler Skaggs had a solid bounce-back effort for Reno last night.
Norm Hall

Pomeranz allowed just 2 hits and 1 walk over 5.1 innings with 9 strikeouts to earn the win over Reno. Mobile had to go 13 innings to settle their affair with Montgomery and blew the game open with 4 runs in that 13th inning. Visalia got another tremendous start from Andrew Barbosa who has been dominating the California League in his first 3 starts. South Bend was rained out.

Snake Stars
3 Stars: Andrew Barbosa, Visalia 5 IP, 1 H, 4 BB, 7 K, 1 ER
2 Stars: Tyler Skaggs, Reno 7 IP, 6 H, 0 BB, 8 K, 3 R, 2 ER
1 Star: Anthony Meo, Mobile 5 IP, 4 H, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 ER
0 Stars: Chris Owings, Reno 0 for 4, 3 K, 1 E (5)

Triple A: Reno 2 Colorado 4. Top prospects Tyler Skaggs and Drew Pomeranz squared off in Reno last night with Pomeranz coming out on top 4-2. Skaggs was plenty good and allowed 2 earned runs in 7 innings. The Reno offense didn't get things going until after Pomeranz left and got within one run in the 8th but couldn't get over the hump. Tuffy Gosewich went 2 for 4 with a double and an RBI and Kila Ka'aihue added 2 hits with an RBI. Ka'aihue is hitting .415 on the season.

Double A: Mobile 8 @ Montgomery 4. Anthony Meo started and had a fine outing with 5 innings of 1-run ball. But the game wasn't decided for another 8 innings after he left when a blown save by Kevin Munson led to extra innings. Mobile earned the win with a 4-spot in the top of the 13th on a sacrifice fly by Jon Griffin, an RBI double by Brent Clevlen and a 2-RBI single by Garrett Webber. Clevlen and Webber also contributed home runs and 3 RBI each. Ender Inciarte and Michael Freeman each had 3-hit nights.

High A: Visalia 3 Lake Elsinore 2. Andrew Barbosa continued his dominance of California League hitters with 5 innings of 1-hit, 1-run ball in the Rawhide's 3-2 win. He walked 4 and struck out 7. In 16 innings over 3 games Barbosa has allowed just 9 hits while striking out 25. He's still walking a few too many with 11 to date but now we're nitpicking a little. The further-removed Barbosa gets from his college injuries the better he gets.