Andrew Velazquez broke the record for consecutive games on base Sunday with 72. He did it in his second at bat with an infield single to shortstop. It would prove to be his only hit of the game going 1 for 5 with a pair of strikeouts. Hopefully that will take some of the pressure off and he can get back to just playing baseball. Not that the pressure has really affected him or anything. It seems to me to be a very good sign that he's having his best month of the season in the midst of all the pressure attached to chasing a rather prestigious record. Congratulations to Andrew Velazquez for an amazing accomplishment for a 19-year-old...and he's not done yet.
3 Stars: Dallas Newton, Missoula 6 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 ER, W (1-1)
2 Stars: Charles Brewer, Reno 6 IP, 5 H, 2 BB, 6 K, 0 ER, W (4-7)
1 Star: Stryker Trahan, South Bend 3 for 5, 2 R, 2 DBL, 1 RBI, 0 K
0 Stars: Kyle Winkler, Mobile 1.2 IP, 5 H, 0 BB, 1 K, 4 ER, BS
AAA: Reno 2 @ Sacramento 1. Charles Brewer had one of his better outings of the year with 6 shutout innings on 5 hits and 2 walks while striking out 6. The bullpen was good enough with Kevin Munson pitching a perfect 7th, Will Harris allowing a run in the 8th, and Jake Barrett getting the save in the 9th. The offense was led by Mike Freeman who went 3 for 4 with a double and a run scored.
AA: Mobile 8 @ Mississippi 7. The Bay Bears broke a 7-7 tie in the 10th when Jake Lamb singled and later scored on a wild pitch. Michael Lee started and pitched well allowing 2 runs over 6 innings. The team looked to be cruising to an easy win until Kyle Winkler and Kaleb Fleck got roughed up in the bottom of the 9th to the tune of 4 runs which tied the game at 7-7. Mobile pounded out 20 hits with 8 different starters collecting 2 or more hits. Sean Jamieson went 3 for 5 with a triple and Zach Borenstein went 3 for 5 with a double. Jake Lamb went 2 for 5 with a walk and a double.
A+: Visalia 4 Inland Empire 3. Andrew Barbosa made his first start for Visalia since May 27 and wasn't especially sharp giving up 3 runs (2 earned) on 2 hits and 2 walks in 3 innings of work. Henry Garcia followed and was terrific tossing 4 shutout innings on 2 hits with 5 strikeouts. The Rawhide rallied from behind to tie the game at 3-3 when Brandon Drury hit a 2-run homer in the 7th. They won it in walk-off style when Socrates Brito singled home Fidel Pena who had singled and stole second to start the inning. Enrique Burgos got the win with a shutout 9th. Pena was 3 for 5 on the day. Rudy Flores hit his 14th homer and Socrates Brito had 2 hits that featured the game winner and stole his 25th base.
A: South Bend 10 @ Fort Wayne 7. The game was the sub-plot as everyone wanted to see Andrew Velazquez break the consecutive games streak for reaching base. He didn't disappoint getting an infield single in the 3rd inning to break the record. The offense rallied behind him with 10 runs on 16 hits. Stryker Trahan led the way going 3 for 5 with 2 doubles and an RBI. Daniel Palka also went 3 for 5 including a double and an RBI. Jamie Westbrook and Michael Perez each had 2 RBI. Starter Blake Perry got roughed up for 7 runs (5 earned) in 4 innings but the bullpen was fantastic with 5 shutout innings. Silvino Bracho finished it off with a perfect 9th on 2 strikeouts for his 17th save.
A-: Hillsboro 7 @ Salem-Keizer 5. The Hops won a back-and-forth affair when they rallied for 3 runs in the 8th inning on 2 sacrifice flies and a bases-loaded walk. Dan Savas started and was gone after 3 innings having allowed 2 runs on 3 hits and 4 walks. Alex Byo followed with 3 shutout innings and Zac Curtis got his 8th save in spite of allowing 2 hits and a walk. Elvin Soto led the offense going 3 for 4 with a double and a triple. Bennie Robinson went 2 for 4 with a double and 2 RBI.
R: Missoula 5 @ Orem 3. The Osprey made it a clean sweep for all affiliates in action behind a strong pitching performance from Dallas Newton who tossed 6 shutout innings on 2 hits. Dane McFarland was the offensive star going 2 for 4 with a 2-run homer and 3 RBI. Brody Greer struck out the side in the 9th for his 4th save. Trevor Mitsui went 2 for 3 with a walk, a double, an RBI and 2 runs scored.
AZL: Dbacks - Off Day