Bradin Hagens spent last year in the Mobile rotation, but started off this season in the bullpen. At the start of May, however, he was moved back to a starter's role, although his first couple of outings were of the "stretching" variety, lasting 4 and 4.1 innings. Everything seemed to click this evening though, as he delivered most of a eight-hit shutout for the BayBears. Perhaps the best thing about his line was the zero walks issued in 6.2 innings. Control issues had plagued him earlier, with 14 BB in only 20 innings, so this was a vast improvement. Hopefully, it's one he can sustain going forward.
3 Stars: Bradin Hagens, Mobile 6.2 IP, 7 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K, W (1-2)
2 Stars: Blaine Weller, South Bend 4.2 relief innings, 2 H, 2 B, 0 R, 4 K, W (2-2)
1 Star: Andy Marte, Reno 3 for 4, 2 R, HR (6), RBI
0 Stars: Since no-one lost, I'll skip awarding this one tonight!
Triple-A Reno 5, Salt Lake 2. 3B Andy Marte's sixth home-run of the year, led off the sixth inning, broke a 2-2 tie and he singled and scored as part of the Aces' two-run eighth, enjoying a three-hit night. LF Aaron Cunningham reached base three times, on two hits and a walk, while 1B Mike Jacobs had two hits. Zeke Spruill had a solid outing, working 7.1 innings and allowing one earned run (and an unearned one), on just three hits, with no walks and four strikeouts. Matt Stites picked up his second save with Reno, helped by a K/CS double-play; he has thrown four innings since his promotion. allowing four hits and a walk with five K's, and an unearned run.
Double-A Mobile 4, Chattanooga 0. Bradin Hagens, R.J. Hively and Patrick Schuster combined on a eight-hitter of the Lookouts tonight. Hagens worked 6.2 innings on seven hits with no walks and six strikeouts, getting his first win and lowering his ERA to 2.36. Schuster recorded a five-out save, while facing only four batters (he got a double-play to end the eighth). 3B Jake Lamb had another good night, with two doubles and a single, scoring twice and driving in a run. RF Dustin Martin and LF Gerson Montilla each picked up a pair of hits, as the BayBears notched their fifth straight win.
High-A Visalia 4, High Desert 3. RF Alex Glenn joined Nick Evans in the ten-homer club, getting the Rawhide on the board in the second and cutting the deficit to one run. LF Brandon Jacobs' double tied things up in the fifth, and a two-run sixth, on a bases-loaded walk to 1B Ryan Court, and 2B Fidel Pena groundout, gave Visalia the lead for good. The Mavericks got one back and left the bases loaded in the seventh, but the Rawhide bullpen held on, Enrique Burgos getting the save. Starter Jesse Darrah lasted only four innings, allowed two runs on four hits and three walks, with six K's. CF Socrates Brito had a double and a single.
Class A: South Bend 5, Fort Wayne 4. Silver Hawks' starter Adam Miller left the game after only 1.2 innings, with some kind of arm injury, according to John B. Not heard any details as yet. Reliever Blaine Weller Collmenter'd up with 4.1 scoreless in relief, on two hits and two walks with four K's. The Tincaps' starting pitcher issued five walks, four wild pitches and hit a batter in 4.1 innings. Appropriately, his name is Walker Weichel... South Bend took advantage, CF Breland Almadova getting two hits and a walk. Things got interesting in the ninth, Fort Wayne scoring three on a bases-loaded double off Silvino Bracho, but the runner was nailed at third, for the final out.