Adam Eaton played in his first real game since suffering the arm injury in Spring Training as he began his rehab assignment with Reno last night, though it should be noted he served as the DH. He went 1 for 5 with a run and 3 strikeouts. What it does mean is he can't be too far from playing in the field because rehab assignments only last so long. The question on everyone's mind regarding Eaton is what role does the team imagine for him in what will suddenly become a crowded outfield. We know Marte is not long for the roster, but with Kubel, Pollock, Ross and Parra it's going to put Gibby in a tough spot. I want to ask if Eaton can work out of the bullpen, but that's probably a low blow. it will be interesting to see what they decide to do.
Eaton's presence didn't help Reno avoid yet another loss, though they turned what was a blowout into a mildly interesting 7-6 loss. Mobile got rained out yet again and has doubleheaders scheduled for both Saturday and Sunday. Visalia did the comeback thing again with 5 runs in the 8th to win 6-3. And South Bend finally lost a game after Brandon Sinnery had his no-hitter broken up in the 7th after an error extended the inning, and the bullpen blew the slim lead.
3 Stars: Brandon Sinnery, South Bend 7 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 8 K, 1 R, 0 ER
2 Stars: Brandon Drury, South Bend 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 HR (2), 1 RBI
1 Star: Chris Owings, Reno 2 for 5, 1 R, 1 DBL, 2 RBI
0 Stars: Gerson Montilla, Visalia 0 for 5, 2 K
Triple A: Reno 6 @ Tacoma 7. The Aces were on pace to get blasted as always when a late 5-run rally in the 7th made it a 1-run game. But they couldn't push across an equalizer and another loss was in the books. They are now 9-20 on the season. Chase Anderson started and wasn't too good going 5+ innings allowing 7 runs (6 earned) on 10 hits. On the plus side he didn't walk anyone and had 5 strikeouts. Chris Owings went 2 for 5 with a double and 2 RBI and Taylor Harbin went 3 for 5 with a double.
Double A: Mobile - rained out.
High A: Visalia 6 @ Stockton 3.The Rawhide upped their record to an impressive 19-9 with another come-from-behind victory as they scored 5 runs in the 8th to win 6-3. Kyle Winkler started and was much better than his last outing as he allowed 3 runs on 4 hits and 3 walks in 6 innings of work while striking out 5. The solid Visalia bullpen was at it again with 3 shutout innings as Kaleb Fleck earned his 4th save. Raul Navarro delivered the big blow in the 8th with a bases loaded triple with 2 outs that proved to be the game-winner. Sean Jamieson went 3 for 5 with a double.
Low A: South Bend 2 Quad Cities 3. Brandon Sinnery was spectacular once again and took a no-hitter into the 7th inning before an error by SS Pedro Ruiz extended the inning on what should have been the 3rd out. Quad Cities followed with consecutive singles to break up the no-hitter and the shutout and cut the lead to 2-1. Chris Capper followed and surrendered solo runs in the 8th and 9th to make it 3-2 and the offense couldn't rally. Brandon Drury was at it again going 2 for 4 with his 2nd home run. Roidany Aguila went 2 for 4 with a double.