Blake Perry, a mildly intriguing prospect at one time, threw 6 no-hit innings for South Bend last night with 1 walk and 6 strikeouts. He's now 22 and is still in South Bend, a place he first arrived back in 2012. He was drafted out of high school in the 6th round of the 2010 draft and just hasn't done anything exciting enough to warrant very aggressive promotions. He's having a decent season with a 3.34 ERA, a .191 BAA and 53 strikeouts in 64 innings. If he was still 20 maybe one could stay interested. But at 22 he's running out of time. More games like this one would help too, and it's sure a great sign that maybe the light bulb is coming on.
3 Stars: Blake Perry, South Bend 6 IP, 0 H, 1 BB, 6 K, 0 ER, W (5-2)
2 Stars: Brandon Drury, Visalia 3 for 3, 2 BB, 2 R, 2 DBL
1 Star: Jake Lamb, Mobile 2 for 4, 1 DBL, 4 RBI
0 Stars: Evan Marzilli, Mobile 0 for 3, 2 K
AAA: Reno 2 @ Nashville 3. The run totals sure have plummeted since Reno landed in Nashville and away from the thin air and high altitudes of most of the PCL. Last night it was Mike Bolsinger who had a nice outing going 6+ innings allowing 2 runs on 3 hits with 12 strikeouts. But it wasn't enough as the offense could only come up with 2 runs on 7 hits as Eury De La Rosa allowed the game-winner in the 8th inning. Mike Jacobs hit a solo home run to lead the meager offense.
AA: Mobile 5 Pensacola 3. Jake Lamb did it again driving in 4 runs in his 2 for 4 night with a double. He's having a scalding June with a 1.370 OPS in 10 games. Justin Fitzgerald improved to 6-0 with 6+ innings of 3-run ball in spite of allowing 9 hits. Jake Barrett picked up a 4-out save, his 11th. Sean Jamieson and Tom Belza each added a pair of hits to the attack.
A+: Visalia 8 @ Inland Empire 6.The Rawhide trailed 6-3 until a 5-run outburst in the 7th inning capped off by a Ronnie Freeman bases-loaded (and clearing) double. The inning included 3 doubles and 3 singles. Brandon Sinnery started and while he wasn't his best allowing 6 runs (5 earned) over 6 innings he was the beneficiary of the offensive explosion and got the win. The offense cranked out 16 hits headlined by Brandon Drury's perfect night going 3 for 3 with a pair of walks. Raul Navarro went 3 for 5 with a double, and Alex Glenn, Steve McQuail and Rudy Flores each had 2 hits. The bullpen was great with Kyle Winkler, J.R. Bradley and Enrique pitching 3 perfect innings with Burgos getting his 12th save.
A: South Bend 5 Lake County 3. It was the Blake Perry show as he produced 6 no-hit innings with 6 strikeouts to improve to 5-2. Austin Platt tried to make it interesting allowing 3 runs in the 7th to cut the lead to 4-3. But Jose Jose and Silvino Bracho came on to close things down the rest of the way. Bracho earned his 11th save and has a 0.49 ERA with 31 strikeouts in 18 innings. The offense was a balanced affair with Daniel Palka leading the way going 2 for 5 with a double. Andrew Velazquez went 2 for 5 and stole 2 bases while Stryker Trahan hit a solo home run (his 8th) and didn't strike out once.