Jake Lamb had a monster night at the plate going 5 for 6 with 3 doubles and a triple. That raises his triple slash to .305/.385/.533 with half of his 60 hits in 54 games going for extra bases. Lamb is getting dangerously close to being ready for a major league tryout and he's probably making either Prado or Hill expendable in a trade deadline deal for some top flight pitching. Lamb wasn't the only minor league bat with a monster night. Roger Kieschnick and Andy Marte each went 4 for 5 for Reno. In Mobile Mark Thomas hit 2 homers and drove in 5 while Jon Griffin hit a grand slam and drove in 5 more.
3 Stars: Jake Lamb, Mobile 5 for 6, 3 R, 3 DBL, 1 TPL, 3 RBI
2 Stars: Mark Thomas, Mobile 3 for 6, 2 R, 2 HR (3), 5 RBI
1 Star: Roger Kieschnick, Reno 4 for 5, 1 DBL, 4 RBI
0 Stars: Bud Jeter, South Bend 1.2 IP, 7 H, 1 BB, 2 K, 7 R, 2 ER
AAA: Reno 7 @ Las Vegas 4. The Aces scored 7 runs in the first 3 innings and never looked back. Lucas Harrell had a respectable start allowing 3 runs over 6 innings on 6 hits and 2 walks. Matt Stites got the final out for his 8th save. Roger Kieschnick and Andy Marte each had 4 hits on the day with Kieschnick picking up 4 RBI. Blake Lalli went 2 for 5 with 2 doubles and Didi Gregorius went 2 for 5 with a double.
AA: Mobile 16 @ Chatanooga 9. Jake Lamb had a huge night at the plate going 5 for 6 with 4 extra base hits and 3 RBI. Mark Thomas hit 2 home runs for 5 RBI and Jon Griffin hit a grand slam, his 11th home run. Bradin Hagens went 6 innings allowing 6 runs (3 earned) on 9 hits and 2 walks. Jimmie Sherfy continues to struggle in Mobile as he gave up a 2-run homer in the 9th, though he did strike out 2.
A+: Visalia 5 Lake Elsinore 6. The Rawhide lost a back and forth affair that wasn't settled until the 11th inning. Braden Shipley made his first start in the California League and was up and down. He struck out 7 in 6 innings but he allowed 4 runs on 6 hits and 2 walks. Kevin Medrano went 2 for 5 with a double and his 10th stolen base. Alex Glenn went 2 for 4. Ryan Court hit his 4th home run.
A: South Bend 1 Bowling Green 11. The Silver Hawks got waxed for the 2nd straight game as recently acquired Josh Slaats gave up 3 runs in 4+ innings and Bud Jeter gave up 7 more over the next couple of innings. The offense only managed 6 hits with Steve McQuail and Marty Herum each getting 2 with a double.