Charles Brewer did it all in Reno's 6-0 win over Albuquerque last night. He threw 8 shutout innings on 3 hits and no walks with 5 strikeouts. And in the Aces 6-run 5th inning he hit a bases-loaded, bases-clearing double to start the scoring. Interestingly he hit it off of former Dback Barry Enright. Charles Brewer certainly has his moments and if he would somehow ever develop some consistency he might actually find a place for himself in the big leagues. It's not like he's too old or anything at 26. Last night was certainly his night and let's hope he can do that a little more often.
3 Stars: Charles Brewer, Reno 8 IP, 3 H, 0 BB, 5 K, 0 ER, W (5-9)
2 Stars: Charles Brewer, Reno 2 for 3, 1 R, 1 DBL, 3 RBI
1 Star: Rudy Flores, Visalia 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 HR (19), 5 RBI
0 Stars: Gabriel Moya, Missoula 2/3 IP, 5 H, 1 BB, 2 K, 6 R, 4 ER, L (2-3)
AAA: Reno 6 Albuquerque 0. It was the Charles Brewer show as he tossed 8 shutout innings and drove in 3 runs with a bases-loaded double. Aaron Cunningham and Mike Freeman each went 2 for 4 with a double and drove in a run during the 6-run 5th.
AA: Mobile 4 Jackson 8. A.J. Schugel had a so-so outing allowing 3 runs over 5 innings and Alex Sogard was worse allowing 4 runs without recording an out. The offense never got close after that managing just 6 hits. Evan Marzilli led the way going 2 for 4 with a triple.
A+: Visalia 8 @ Bakersfield 7. The Rawhide scored 5 times in the first inning that featured a Rudy Flores grand slam and held on for dear life from there. Spencer Arroyo started and let in 2 runs over 4 innings and reliever Henry Garcia allowed 3 more. Still Visalia took an 8-5 lead into the 9th and Enrique Burgos notched his 22nd save in spite of allowing a 2-run homer. Flores added another RBI later giving him 5 for the game. Breland Almadova had a 3-hit game that included a triple and Brandon Drury had a nice game going 2 for 3 with a walk, a triple and an RBI. Socrates Brito had a 2-hit game with a double and his 8th home run.
A: South Bend 9 @ Clifton 0. Brent Jones, the Dbacks 4th round pick out of Cornell this year had a fine game with 5.2 shutout innings on 4 hits and 2 walks while fanning 3. Jones started the year in Hillsboro and is sporting a 1.84 ERA in 3 starts for South Bend. Four starters had 2 hits each in a balanced 12-hit attack. Andrew Velazquez had 2 hits, 2 RBI and 2 walks. Michael Perez had 2 hits with a double, a triple and an RBI. Fidel Pena and Chuck Taylor also had 2 hits each. Jamie Westbrook hit his 6th home run.
A-: Hillsboro 6 Boise 1. Starter Kyle Anderson got things going with 4 solid innings allowing 1 unearned run on 2 hits. Dan Savas followed with 3 shutout innings to earn the win. 11th round pick Jared Miller made his first pro appearance since signing at the deadline and added a shutout inning. Fireballer Mason McCullough finished things off by striking out the side in the 9th. Grant Heyman paced the offense going 2 for 4 with a double and 2 RBI.
R: Missoula 4 Great Falls 12. Osprey pitching got roughed up yet again as Gabriel Moya couldn't get out of the first inning before 6 runs had crossed. Three different relievers all surrendered runs of their own. Fernery Ozuna went 2 for 5 with a double. Justin Williams went 2 for 4 and raised his average to .402. Trevor Matsui hit his 10th home run in 38 games. Interesting thing about Matsui. He played at the University of Washington and the scouting reports prior to the draft said he had prodigious power but had an opposite field approach in college that only amounted to 1 home run in 2 years. What's interesting about that is that is exactly what they said about Jake Lamb when he was coming out of Washington. Must be something about the way they approach hitting there that doesn't allow them to pull the ball and tap into their power. One home run in 2 years of college and now 10 home runs in his first 38 pro games. Interesting.
AZL: Dbacks 12 @ Cubs 6. Zeke Spruill started the game and pitched 1 shutout inning in a rehab stint. Touki Toussaint followed and went 3 innings allowing 2 runs on 2 hits and 2 walks with 2 strikeouts. Just one of the runs was earned due to a throwing error by Cliff Pennington. Luis Castillo earned a rare 4-inning save allowing 2 runs on 4 hits. Pennington made up for the error by going 3 for 5 with 2 RBI. Stewart Ijames had 3 RBI on 2 hits. Ismael Pena had 2 RBI on 2 hits and walked twice. Jacob Cordero had 2 hits, 2 walks and 2 RBI. And Jose Herrera went 2 for 5.