Three stars: Zeke Spruill, Tucson 8 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 K
Two stars: Mike Jacobs, Tucson 3-for-3, HR, 2B, RBI, BB
One star: Mike Freeman, Mobile 2-for-2, 3 BB
Triple A Reno 5 @ Tucson 0: Spruill had a complete game-shutout of Colorado Springs last time, and backed that up with eight more shutout innings this evening, holding them to four hits and two walks, with four strikeouts.. Evan Marshall allowed two hits in the ninth, but got a strikeout to preserve the shutout. Aaron Hill made his rehab debut, and struggled initially, striking out in his first two at-bats, and fouling out to the infield in the third. But he singled home a run in the seventh, to finish 1-for-4 with an RBI. SS Chris Owings and RF Alfredo Marte had two hits, and 1B Mike Jacobs finished a triple short of the cycle, going 3-for-3 with a homer and a walk.
Double A Mobile 6 @ Pensacola 2: The Bay Bears managed only one extra-base hit, a double off the bat of Nick Evans, but took advantage of some spectacular wildness by the Blue Wahoos pitchers, who walked ten batters and hit another. C Raywilly Gomez got four free passes, and 2B Mike Freeman reached base safely all five times he was up, on a pair of hits and three walks. The result was a four-run fourth and a two-run eighth, backed up by seven solid innings from Andrew Chafin, who allowed two runs on five hits and two walks with four strikeouts. RF Keon Broxton and 3B Garrett Weber each had two-hit nights.
High A Visalia 7, San Jose 4: The Rawhide scored three runs in the six, and repeated that on the seventh, to come from behind against the Giants. 3B Gerson Montilla went 3-for-4 with a walk and a double, to lead the Visalia attack, who totaled 11 hits. LF David Nick had a pair of knocks and drove in two, with 1B Ryan Court getting two hits and also a pair of walks. Keith Hessler got the win with six innings of two-run ball, on five hits and no walks; he struck out four and improved his record to 5-3. The bullpen wasn't brilliant, allowing five hits and walking four in three innings, but did enough to preserve the win: Jake Barrett struck out the only batter he faced, for his 15th save.
Single-A South Bend 5, Dayton 4: The offense were on top early, each side scoring four runs by the end of the third inning. But after that, the pitching took over, and it wasn't until the bottom of the eighth innings that there was any more scoring. Silver Hawks 1B Rudy Flores homered to lead things off, capping a 3-for-4 night with three RBI, and R.J. Hively allowed a single in the ninth, but picked up his 18th save. Starter Jesse Darrah rebounded from early struggles and a three-run first, giving up only one more after that, on a total of seven hits and two walks over seven innings. 3B Brandon Drury and DH Fidel Pena each had two hits for South Bend.
Short-season A Hillsboro 4 @ Salem-Keizer 8: The Hops had a one-run lead at the seventh-inning stretch, but couldn't hold onto it, with the home team Volcanoes scoring five in their half, off reliever Alexander Carreras. Ross Gerdeman had a good start for the visitors, pitching six innings, and being charged with two runs, one unearned, on six hits and no walks, with three strikeouts. Hillsboro outhit Salem-Keizer 11-9, with the enchantingly-named RF Yogey Perez-Ramos going 4-for-4 with a double and an RBI. LF Zachary Esquerra and 2B Josh Parr, had two-hit games, and DH Ryan Kinsella drew a pair of walks.