David Holmberg is settling into a pretty good groove in AA Mobile. He doesn't turn 22 until August and is pitching like a veteran in start after start. Yesterday he tossed 7 more more quality innings allowing 2 runs on 7 hits and 1 walk. In his last 5 starts encompassing 32 innings he has 29 strikeouts and just 4 walks. He has amazing control for such a young pitcher. If you want to nitpick about Holmberg he doesn't have the gaudy strikeout totals that some of the top prospects have. But he still gets his share of them. At some point he, Bradley and Skaggs are all going to be challenging for rotation spots for Arizona.
Reno lost 6-5 to a walk-off infield single after rallying for 4 runs in the top of the 9th. David Holmberg pitched Mobile to a 6-3 win over Pensacola. Visalia won 4-0 behind 7 shutout innings from Kyle Schepel. And South Bend lost as Daniels Watts had a rare poor start.
3 Stars: Kyle Schepel, Visalia 7 IP, 4 H, 4 BB, 7 K, 0 ER, W (2-1)
2 Stars: David Holmberg, Mobile 7 IP, 7 H, 1 BB, 3 K, 2 ER
1 Star: Roidany Aguila, South Bend 2 for 4, 2 R, 2 HR (2), 2 RBI
0 Stars: Owings, Ka'aihue, Reno 0 for 8, 4 K
Triple A: Reno 5 @ Albuquerque 6. Reno rallied for 4 runs in the top of the 9th to tie the game at 5. But Evan Marshall walked 3 and in the 9th followed by an infield single that gave Albuquerque the win. Zeke Spruill started and got hit around a bit for the second consecutive game with 5 earned runs on 8 hits and 2 walks, though he did strike out 6. Alfredo Marte went 2 for 2 with 2 RBI. Juan Rivera and Tony Campana each added a pair of singles.
Double A: Mobile 6 @ Pensacola 3. David Holmberg started and tossed 7 solid innings allowing 2 runs on 7 hits and a walk. But Mobile trailed by one entering the top of the 9th before Jon Griffin tied it with an RBI single. Mobile blew it open in the 11 with a 2-run single from Griffin and an RBI single by Rossmel Perez. Griffin went 3 for 4 with 3 RBI. Mike Freeman went 3 for 4 with an RBI, and Justin Greene collected two singles. Keon Broxton is having a hard time getting his bat going and is hitting just .149.
High A: Visalia 4 @ Modesto 0.Starter Kyle Schepel has adapted well in the California League following his promotion a couple of weeks ago. He tossed 7 shutout innings yesterday on 4 hits with 4 walks and 7 strikeouts. Tom Belza went 2 for 4 with a double and an RBI. And David Nick hit his first home run of the year.
Low A: South Bend 5 Dayton 7. Daniel Watts had an uncharacteristically poor start with 5 runs allowed (4 earned) on 8 hits and 2 walks in 5 innings of work. The offense battled back all game but couldn't get over the hump. Roidany Aguila hit two solo home runs in the game. Fidel Pena and Carter Bell each had 2 hits with an RBI.