If the Dbacks need a short term back-up solution for third base should Eric Chavez go on the DL, one option may be Reno's Andy (not Alfredo) Marte. Marte spent parts of 6 seasons in the majors between 2005 and 2010, mostly with the Cleveland Indians in a reserve role. He never had a breakout season in any of those years but he sure has had a breakout time the last couple of months for Reno. In May he hit .346 with a 1.004 OPS, and so far in June he is 14 for 30 with 3 home runs. He hit two home runs last night and has 10 on the year with a .946 OPS. He might be a better option if we're only talking about a few week rather than Jake Lamb, who we'll want to call up for extended playing time as opposed to a reserve role.
3 Stars: Andy Marte, Reno 3 for 4, 1 BB, 2 R, 1 DBL, 2 HR (10), 2 RBI
2 Stars: Brandon Drury, Visalia 3 for 3, 2 BB, 2 R, 1 DBL, 2 RBI
1 Star: Rudy Flores, Visalia 3 for 5, 2 DBL, 1 RBI
0 Stars: Andrew Chafin, Reno 4.2 IP, 11 H, 2 BB, 4 K, 6 ER
AAA: Reno 7 El Paso 10. Andrew Chafin is starting to get a taste of the PCL effect as he got knocked around yesterday to the tune of 6 run in less than 5 innings on 11 hits and 2 walks. The offense bailed him out by tying the game at 6-6 in the 6th inning, but Eury De La Rosa and Jess Todd got rocked for 4 runs in the 8th inning and that was that. Andy Marte had a big game with 2 home runs and a double. Nick Ahmed went 3 for 6 with a double and 2 RBI, and he's now hitting .311 with a .799 OPS and has taken over the leadoff spot since Didi Gregorius got promoted.
AA: Game 1. Mobile 6 @ Huntsville 5.The Bay Bears rallied from a 5-2 deficit with 2 runs in the 5th and 2 runs in the 7th in the first game of a doubleheader. Tom Belza drove in all the runs with a 2-run single in the 5th and an RBI single in the 7th plus an error that scored the go-ahead run. Bradin Hagens gave up 4 runs in 6 innings on 3 hits and 4 walks. Sean Jamieson added a 2-run homer in the 3rd inning. Jake Barret pitched a perfect 7th for his 10th save.
AA: Game 2. Mobile 2 @ Huntsville 1. A.J. Schugel had a fine outing allowing 1 run in 6+ innings on 3 hits and 2 walks while striking out 2. Kaleb Fleck took over in the 7th and finished it off for his 3rd save. Mark Thomas was the offensive star going 2 for 2 with a walk, a double, a triple and an RBI.
A+: Visalia 6 Lancaster 5. The Rawhide won a squeaker in 10 innings following consecutive singles by Brandon Drury, Alex Glenn and the walk-off one by Raul Navarro. Aaron Blair started and wasn't his best though he kept his team in the game allowing 4 runs on 9 hits and 2 walks over 5.2 innings. He struck out 4 and allowed a home run. The offense pounded out 20 hits though they left 15 men on base. Brandon Drury had a big day going 3 for 3 with a pair of walks, a double and 2 RBI. Daniel Bowman went 4 for 5 and Rudy Flores went 3 for 5 with 2 doubles.
A: South Bend 1 West Michigan 7. The Silver Hawks got rocked again as the offense continues to struggle to score runs of late. They had 9 hits but left 9 on base and hit into 2 double plays. Sean Furney couldn't get out of the 5th inning before allowing 6 runs (4 earned). Andrew Velazquez went 2 for 5 and stole his 17th base, and Breland Almadova went 2 for 4 with a double.