Archie Bradley delivered the kind of performance last night that reminds us of the kind of prospect he is. Seven innings pitched, 2 runs on 3 hits and a walk with 10 strikeouts. For me personally it registers as a kind of relief as it's been quite a long time since we've seen a performance like that from him. It's certainly something he can build on, and a few more starts like that and it's not even beyond unreasonable to think he could get a few starts for the Diamondbacks in September. Most importantly he did it on 97 pitches which says he's fully healthy and they're taking the gloves off and letting him go.
3 Stars: Archie Bradley, Mobile 7 IP, 3 H, 1 BB, 10 K, 2 ER
2 Stars: Kevin Medrano, Visalia 5 for 5, 4 R, 2 DBL, 1 SB
1 Star: Rudy Flores, Visalia 3 for 5, 2 R, 2 HR (16), 4 RBI
0 Stars: Grant Heyman, Hillsboro 0 for 5, 3 K
AAA: Reno 7 Tacoma 1. Mark Serrano made his first start of the year after pitching out of the bullpen all year and delivered 5 solid innings allowing 1 run on 4 hits and a walk. The offense made sure he was a winner scoring all 7 runs in the first 4 innings. Garrett Webber led the way going 3 for 4 with a double, a homer and 3 RBI. Webber is hitting .455 with a 1.309 OPS in 12 games since being promoted from Mobile. Alfredo Marte went 3 for 4 and hit his 11th home run.
AA: Mobile 3 Chattanooga 2. The Bay Bears needed 14 innings to dispatch the Lookouts when Ryan Court singled in the winning run. Archie Bradley led the way with 7 strong innings allowing 2 runs on 3 hits and a walk with 10 strikeouts. Five different relievers tacked on 7 shutout innings with Willy Paredes getting the win. Tom Belza went 3 for 7 and Jake Lamb was 2 for 5 with 2 walks and a double.
A+: Visalia 10 High Desert 9. The Rawhide won a wild one in the home run mecca of High Desert when Rudy Flores hit a 2-out, 3-run homer in the top of the 9th inning. The heroics were needed when Daniel Gibson surrendered a 3-spot in the bottom of the 8th inning. Braden Shipley started and was pretty good except for three defensive errors that led to some unearned runs. Shipley finished with 5 runs allowed (2 earned) on 8 hits and 2 walks in 6 innings of work while fanning 6. Kyle Schepel pitched the 9th for his 1st save. Flores had 2 homers on the night and 4 RBI. Kevin Medrano had a big game going 5 for 5 and scoring 4 runs. Alex Glenn went 2 for 5 with 4 RBI and hit his 17th home run.
A: South Bend 1 Peoria 2. The Silver Hawks lost in 10 innings ro ruin a very strong outing from Blake Perry who went 7 innings allowing 1 run on 4 hits with 9 strikeouts. The offense could only come up with 6 hits with 2 coming from Marty Herum and a double by Andrew Velazquez.
A-: Hillsboro 3 @ Eugene 2. Ben Eckles started and was cruising through 3 shutout innings with 6 strikeouts, but he was removed for reasons unknown. Dan Savas got the win with 2 runs allowed in 3 innings of work and Luis Ramirez earned his first save with a clean 9th. Jake Mayers paced the offense going 3 for 4.
R: Missoula 8 Orem 4. The Osprey scored 4 in the 1st and 4 in the 5th and cruised from there. Dallas Newton started and allowed 4 unearned runs in 4 innings. Three relievers followed with 5 shutout innings to put the game away. Trevor Mitsui hit his 6th home run in a 2-hit game and Tyler Humphreys went 2 for 4 with 2 RBI.