Andrew Chafin made his first start for AAA Reno and had a solid night going 7 innings allowing 3 runs on 8 hits and no walks with 4 strikeouts. Two of the three runs came on a 2-run homer in the 5th inning. Chafin is still being eyed as a future starter and his improved control over the last two seasons gives him hope. He can always fall back on the idea of being a reliever but for now that's not the plan. Just as impressive is his outing was in one of the most hitting friendly parks in all of baseball in Albuquerque.
3 Stars: Mike Jacobs, Reno 4 for 5, 2 R, 2 DBL, 1 RBI
2 Stars: Dustin Martin, Mobile 4 for 5, 2 R, 2 DBL, 1 RBI
1 Star: Didi Gregorius, Reno 4 for 5, 1 R, 1 DBL, 1 RBI
0 Stars: Daniel Palka, South Bend 0 for 4, 4 K
AAA: Reno 8 @ Albuquerque 3. Andrew Chafin had a nice AAA debut and the offense did its job to make him a winner. Roger Kieschnick got things started with a 2-run homer in the first inning, and Mike Jacobs and Didi Gregorius put on hitting displays with 4-hit nights each. Jess Todd and Joe Paterson added shutout relief innings to complete the effort.
AA: Mobile 7 @ Tennessee 1. Justin Fitzgerald had an excellent start going 5+ innings allowing 1 run on 6 hits and no walks while striking out 4. Dustin Martin was the offensive star going 4 for 5 with 2 doubles and an RBI. Sean Jamieson and David Peralta each went 2 for 5 with a double. Three relievers went the rest of the way with 7 more strikeouts.
A+: Visalia 2 @ San Jose 6. Spencer Arroyo got hammered for 6 runs in the third inning and that was pretty much it. The offense only managed 2 runs on 6 hits led by Alex Glenn who went 2 for 3 with a double and an RBI. John Omahen did a nice job in relief with 3 shutout innings on 1 hit.
A: South Bend 1 @ Great Lakes 4. Sean Furney had another less-than-impressive start allowing 4 runs (3 earned) on 8 hits and 3 walks in less than 5 innings of work. The offense could only come up with 1 run in support on 7 hits. Andrew Velazquez had 2 hits with a double and a stolen base (his 11th). Chuck Taylor had 2 hits with a double and Steve McQuail went 2 for 2 with a walk.