I wonder if Alfredo Marte and Andy Marte ever get confused? Or put on each other's jerseys just to mess with people? I say this, because I did a bit of a double-take on today's box-score for Reno, when I saw Marte had driven in the winning run. Didn't he just get called up? Then I remembered, the other Marte. Also a Dominican, also having a first name starting with A. But Andy Marte has yet to get the call, despite having quietly put together a solid enough season: his 113 hits leads the team, and he's batting .318 with 13 home-runs for the Aces. Maybe we should start the #FreeAndyMarte campaign. After all, it worked so well for Nick Evans...
3 Stars: Taylor Ard, Hillsboro 2 for 2, 2 BB, 2 R, HR (1), RBI
2 Stars: Alex Glenn, Visalia 3 for 4, BB, 2 R, HR (18), 5 RBI
1 Star: Trevor Mitsui, Missoula 3 for 5, 2B, 5 RBI
0 Stars: Andrew Velazquez, South Bend: 0 for 5, K, RBI, CS (11)
Triple-A Reno 4 @ Salt Lake 3. 3B Andy Marte's ground-rule double in the seventh scored the tying and go-ahead runs after the Bees had walked the based loaded. Marte also had another double, with DH Garrett Weber having the Aces' only other extra-base hit, with his fourth homer for Reno. Former D-back Tony Campana went 3-for-4 for Salt Lake, but was also picked off third. Jess Todd got the W for 2.2 hitless innings in relief of Mark Serrano, who lasted 4.1 innings, allowing six hits and two walks, striking out three. Jake Barrett allowed a two-out single and walk in the ninth, before closing the door for his fifth save with the Aces.
Double-A Mobile 6 @ Pensacola 7. Bradin Hagens had a forgettable start, digging the BayBears a 7-2 hole after three innings; he survived 4.1 innings, giving up eight hits and four walks, with six of the seven runs allowed being earned. Mobile did fight back, getting three in the fifth and making it a one-run game in the eighth, with the tying run on third and one out. However, the runner was stranded there. 1B Ryan Court had a pair of doubles, while CF Evan Marzilli reached base three times on two hits and a walk. each man also driving in a run. SS Nate Samson had his second home-run to lead off the game.
High-A Visalia 10, San Jose 9. The Rawhide winning streak stretched to eight despite blowing an early three-run edge, after they scored four in the ninth. Andrew Barbosa gave that lead up in the fourth, and added two more in the fifth, on a total of seven hits and two walks, with five strikeouts. LF Alex Glenn had his 18th home-run in the seventh, to pull Visalia back within one, but they entered the ninth three down before roaring back with three hits and three walks. Glenn had three hits, walked, and five RBI, while C Ronnie Freeman also had three hits and drove in a pair of runs, including the walk-off knock with one out. It's their fifth straight one-run win.
A-ball South Bend 3 @ Kane County 5. Interesting to see Stryker Trahan back behind the dish here. Not sure if that's a permanent move, but he doubled and singled in four at-bats, albeit with the inevitable strikeout. 1B Marty Herum also had two hits, and drove in a run. The Silver Hawks were clutchless, going 1-for-13 with runners in scoring position. John Omahen took the loss, scattering ten hits over six innings, walking none and with four K's, being charged with four runs.
Short-A Hillsboro 7/2, Vancouver 3/5. A 7-inning double-header for the Hops was split. In the opener, 3B Taylor Ard reached base four times, including two walks and his first homer, while four other Hillsboro hitters had two hits. Scott Schultz came within one out of the full seven, allowing three runs (two earned) on eight hits and three walks, with three K's. In the nightcap, however, the Hops were blanked until C Elvin Soto hit a two-run homer, his first, with one out in the seventh. He also singled, but the rest of the offense managed only three singles, and Hillboro made four errors. Kyle Anderson gave up five hits and three runs (two earned) in four for the L, without a walk or strikeout.
Rookie Missoula 9 @ Billings 3. The Osprey poured it on late, scoring eight runs from the sixth inning on, to run away with the game. 1B Trevor Mitsui drove in five runs with his three hits; LF Justin Williams and SS Sergio Alcantara each got on base four times, with Alcantara scoring four runs. Starter Dallas Newton stuck around long enough to get the W, working 6.1 innings, with eight hits and a walk leading to a pair of runs, both earned. Kevin Simmons took things the rest of the way, with 2.2 innings of one-hit ball, striking out four while giving up an unearned run.
AZL D-backs: off