Nick Evans 11th home-run of the year for the Aces will probably increase the calls for him to be brought up to the majors. Admittedly, we have gone the slugging, defensively-challenged route before, and Roger Kieschnick didn't exactly do much to justify his presence, and was rapidly dropped off at the bus-station with a ticket to Reno [Also worth noting Kieschnick hit pretty well for the Aces, and had two HR himself tonight]. But against that, Ender Inciarte's .253 OPS is now the worst, by over 80 points, of any Diamondback non-pitcher ever, in a season with 30+ PAs. 4-for-35, with no extra-base hits and one walk, isn't getting it done. #FreeNickEvans #DeadHorse.
3 Stars: Roger Kieschnick, Reno 3 for 4, 2 HR (7), 2 R, 3 RBI, BB
2 Stars: Blake Perry, South Bend 5 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, W (3-2)
1 Star: David Peralta, Mobile 3 for 5, R, two DBL, RBI
0 Stars: Kaleb Fleck, Mobile 0 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 0 K, 1 R, 1 ER, L (2-1)
Triple-A Reno 4 @ Tacoma 3. A three-run eighth pulled the Aces to victory, driven by back-to-back home-runs from CF Roger Kieschnick and LF Nick Evans, the former a two-run shot. It was one of two long-balls for Kieschnick on the night, as he had a solo shot in the first; he now has seven on the season. Evans' HR was his 11th. Starter Lucas Harrell was wild, walking five in five innings, and being charged with three runs on four hits. But the bullpen held the Rainiers to one hit over the last four innings, Matt Stites getting his fourth save with Reno for a perfect ninth. 3B Andy Marte had two hits and a walk.
Double-A Mobile 5 @ Tennessee 6. 1B Jon Griffin did homer in his first at-bat this afternoon, making him 5-for-5 with five home-runs, but that and a walk was it for the day. The BayBears came back from three down in the ninth inning, tying the game up on LF David Peralta's third hit, but Kaleb Fleck didn't retire any of the three batters faced, allowing the Smokies to walk off winners. Starter A.J. Schugel struggled with his control, walking five and hitting a batter in four innings, being charged with five runs on six hits. Peralta's other two hits were doubles, and 3B Jake Lamb also had a pair of two-baggers.
High-A Visalia 4 @ Modesto 2. Solid outing by Andrew Barbosa for the Rawhide, pitching into the seventh inning before he seemed to flag a bit. He struck out nine over 6.1 innings, on seven hits and a walk, with two runs allowed. Kyle Schepel came in to a two on, one out jam and stranded both runners, Enrique Burgos worked a perfect ninth, with one strikeout: It's a small sample size, but a K:BB ratio of 24:9 in 18.1 innings is promising. 2B Kevin Medrano had a double, two singles and drove in a pair of runs, and DH Brandon Jacobs had his sixth home-run among his three hits, scoring twice, with an RBI.
Class A South Bend 4 @ Great Lakes 1. Blake Perry got the W, allowing only an unearned run over five innings, on two hits and two walks with a pair of strikeouts, and the bullpen pitched four shutout innings of two-hit ball. Daniel Gibson got a groundout then three K's in the eighth (one reached on a dropped strike three), and Silvino Bracho fanned the side in the ninth. RF Stryker Trahan had a home-run and double for the Silver Hawks, though his average is still below the Uecker Line. DH Steve McQuail also had a pair of hits, as South Bend kept their lead in the Eastern division at 1.5 games.