Braden Shipley made his second start at High A Visalia on Friday and was much better than in his first start, though not without a few minor hiccups. His defense added to his woes as 2 Kevin Medrano errors contributed to all three runs allowed by Shipley, and thus none were earned. He finished with 6 innings of work allowing 3 runs (none earned) on just 2 hits but 4 walks and he struck out 8. The effort lowered his ERA to 3.00 and he clearly looks to be moving forward. I expect him to spend the better part of the year in Visalia (unless he really gets on some kind of ridiculous roll) with a ticket already punched for Mobile in 2015 and a potential big league rotation arrival date in 2016 at the age of 24.Anything can happen obviously but that's probably the expected timeline of things for Shipley if all goes according to plan.
3 Stars: Braden Shipley, Visalia 6 IP, 2 H, 4 BB, 8 K, 3 R, 0 ER
2 Stars: Stryker Trahan, South Bend 2 for 4, 2 BB, 2 R, 1 HR (7), 2 RBI
1 Star: Andrew Velazquez, South Bend 3 for 5, 3 R, 1 DBL, 1 SB (16)
0 Stars: Mike Bolsinger, Reno 3.1 IP, 5 H, 2 BB, 0 K, 5 ER, L (5-1)
AAA: Reno 4 El Paso 6. Mike Bolsinger had one of his worst starts of the year getting knocked out in the 4th inning having allowed 5 runs on 5 hits and 2 walks. Mike Jacobs clubbed a 2-run homer (11) in the 1st inning for an early 2-0 lead but it was all downhill after that. Roger Kieschnick went 3 for 4 with a pair of doubles, Andy Marte went 3 for 5 with a double and Nick Ahmed went 2 for 4.
AA: Mobile - Rained Out
A+: Visalia 5 Lancaster 8. Braden Shipley was on his way to a comfortable win before some untimely errors made the game close and the bullpen imploded late. Shipley finished with no earned runs allowed over 6 innings but 3 unearned runs. He surrendered just 2 hits, walked 4 and struck out 8--an awfully good line all things considered. He did help hold top Houston prospect Carlos Correa to an 0 for 5 night. Keith Hessler was the main bullpen culprit allowing 4 of 5 runs in the 8th inning. Daniel Bowman had 3 RBI and Socrates Brito a pair of singles to lead the offense.
A: South Bend 13 @ Lansing 5. The Silver Hawks blew this one open early and never looked back. Austin Platt had his best start of the year and probably deserved some Snake Stars after pitching 7 strong innings allowing 2 runs on 5 hits. The offense was on a roll as Stryker Trahan had a big game going 2 for 4 with 2 walks and his 7th home run. Andrew Velazquez refuses to cool off and went 3 for 5 with a double, 3 runs scored and his 16th stolen base. Chuck Taylor was 2 for 5 with 3 RBI, Jamie Westbrook had 3 hits and scored twice, and George Roberts went 2 for 4 with 2 RBI.