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Dbacks MiLB Round-Up 5/1: The sound of inevitability

In today's round-up: Mobile blanks Birmingham, South Bend squeaks by Bowling Green, Visalia lost, inevitably, to Lake Elsinore, and Reno lost their shirts in Las Vegas.

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As Agent Smith almost put it in The Matrix: "You hear that, Mr. Anderson? That is the sound of inevitability. It is the sound of your call-up." I'll save time and copy-paste, with minor alterations, what John said about Chase Anderson after his last start. "We've been talking plenty about Chase Anderson of late and he gave us more reason for that with 6+ 7+ shutout innings last night. He only walked 1 while striking out 6 7 and allowed 5 3 hits... It really is time to push him to the next level. I was listening to a podcast the other day where Piecoro was talking about Chafin being on the radar as a possible call-up pitcher. But I just don't see how he is ahead of Anderson at this point."

Snake Stars
3 Stars: Chase Anderson, Mobile 7.1 IP, 3 H, 1 BB, 7 K, 0 R, 0 ER, W (4-2)
2 Stars: Ryan Court, Visalia 2 for 4, 2 R, 1 HR (2), 1 RBI
1 Star: David Peralta, Mobile 2 for 5, 2 R, 2 DBL, 2 RBI
0 Stars: Jess Todd, Reno 0.2 IP, 6 H, 0 BB, 6 R, 6 ER, 0 K

Triple-A: Reno 3 @ Las Vegas 19. Ugly, ugly day for the Aces pitchers as the 51's tattooed them, highlighted by six runs in the third, and seven in the eighth. Charlie Brewer took the loss, giving up nine runs over three innings, on nine hits and three walks. But he wasn't the only one: Kevin Munson was charged with three runs in his inning, and Jess Todd whizzed past Brewer to claim the 0 stars award with the line above. However, Derek Eitel threw two scoreless innings on one hit, fanning four. RF Roger Kieschnick doubled and tripled for Reno, and there were also two-hit nights for 3B Nick Evans and CF Aaron Cunningham.

Double-A: Mobile 5 @ Birmingham 0. Chase Anderson had another great start for the BayBears, combining with three relievers on a four-hit shutout of the Barons. It took only 91 pitches for his 7.1 innings of three-hit ball, with one walk and seven K's, lowering his season ERA to 0.69, with three earned runs in 39 innings, and a K:BB ratio of 38:6. Mobile scored three in the first and never were threatened, especially after adding two more in the fifth. CF David Peralta had a pair of doubles, scoring two and driving in a pair, with SS Mike Freeman also getting two hits as the BayBears improved to 17-10.

High-A: Visalia 2 @ Lake Elsinore 3 (11). The Rawhide were swept in a heartbreaking four-game series by the Storm, each loss being by one run. This one took 11 innings, Henry Garcia being charged with the loss on a one-out double and RBI single. Starter Spencer Arroyo deserved better, keeping the home team to two runs over six innings on eight hits and a walk, but all the offense managed was DH Ryan Court's second homer of the season in the second, and a sacrifice fly by CF Evan Marzilli in the seventh, which tied things up at two. Court had two hits, but the Rawhide offense scored only eight runs over the four games.

Class A: South Bend 3 @ Bowling Green 2. Silver Hawks starter Blake Perry took a shutout into the eighth inning, before apparently tiring, but still got the win, as South Bend held on against the Hot Rods. Perry was lifted in the eighth, one out after allowing a two-run homer, but the Hawks bullpen got the next five Rods' hitters, four by K, J.R. Bradley notching his fifth save with a 1-2-3 ninth. In 10 innings, Bradley has allowed five hits, no runs and has a K:BB ratio of 18:3. South Bend got solo homers from 2B Jamie Westbrook and DH Steve McQuail, and won despite going 0-for-3 with runners in scoring position.