3 stars: Sean Furney, South Bend 8 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K
2 stars: Stewart Ijames, Missoula 3 for 4, R, HR (7), 3 RBI, 2 BB, outfield assist
1 star: Brandon Drury, Mobile 2 for 4, 2 R, DBL, HR (22), 2 RBI, BB
0 Stars: Jake Meyers, Hillsboro 1 for 4, BB, 2 K, four errors
Triple-A Reno 3 @ Red Rock 4 (12). Jake Barrett blew a ninth inning lead, and Zeke Spruill took the loss, allowing the winning run in his third relief frame. That was the Express's first hit with a runner in scoring position, coming with one out in the 12th. Charles Brewer started and was solid after starting the game single-homer, working six innings with no further damage, on five hits and a walk with five strikeouts. The Aces got all their runs in the fourth: 1B Garrett Weber doubled and singled, while 2B Ronnie Cedeno and 3B Andy Marte each reached based three times on a single and pair of walks.
Double-A Mobile 6 @ Pensacola 1. Brandon Drury homered and doubled, and starting pitcher Braden Shipley also went deep for the Baybears, though only lasted four innings and didn't factor in the decision. It was Drury's third for Mobile, and 22nd of the year overall. RF Dustin Martin also had two hits, with both he and Drury getting a walk as well. Shipley allowed one run on three hits and a walk with five strikeouts, and the BayBears bullpen then worked five scoreless, with three hits and nine K's. Seth Simmons led the way, fanning five in two innings of work, and now has 64 strikeouts in 52 innings between Mobile and Visalia.
High-A Visalia 7, Stockton 1. Brandon Sinnery got the W, giving up five hits and two walks with eight strikeouts over six innings, and one run. Kyle Schepel and two innings from Henry Garcia completed things for the Rawhide. 1B Rudy Flores went had three hits and drove in three runs, with SS Ryan Gebhard also getting three hits, driving in and scoring a pair. Visalia had 14 hits in all, with a three-run sixth inning proving decisive, keyed by Flores' bases-clearing double. That gives him 84 drive in on the season, tied in our farm system with Jake Lamb, and trailing only Drury's 87 RBI.
A-ball South Bend 1 @ West Michigan 2. Sean Furney took a shutout into the ninth, with a 1-0 lead thanks to 1B Daniel Palka's RBI single with no outs in the first. However, that was all the offense the Silver Hawks could manage, and Furney was lifted after a leadoff single in the ninth. Silvino Bracho had been impeccable as South Bend closer, but didn't have it, allowing the tying run after a sacrifice bunt, wild pitch and single, then one out later, a walk-off double. Good to see SS Andrew Velazquez get three hits and a stolen-base for the visitors, with C B.J. Lopez adding a pair of knocks.
A short: Hillsboro 11 @ Salem-Keizer 14. The Hops lost ugly, blowing an 8-1 lead in the middle of the second, and committing five errors, four by 3B Jake Meyers.. DH Stryker Trahan had a three-run homer (his 3rd for Hillboro, #16 overall) as part of a seven-run second, and ended the night with two hits and a walk, driving in four. 1B Kevin Cron had his 10th HR of the season, also singling and walk, driving in two and scoring three, and LF Jordan Parra cranked his fourth as part of his two-hit night. Austin Platt lasted 4.2 innings, being charged with 11 runs, eight earned, on two walks and eight hits, three of which left the yard.
Rookie: Missoula 11, Ogden 10 (10). CF Dane McFarland singled home the winning run with one out in the 10th, as the Osprey pulled this out, after blowing a five-run lead. RF Stewart Ijames reached base five times on three hits and two walks, including his seventh homer; 1B Trevor Mitsui drove in four with his three hits, and also scored a trio of runs. C Tyler Baker doubled, singled, and drew two walks with two RBI. Carlos Hernandez wobbled through five, giving up four runs on seven hits and two walks with five strikeouts. The bullpen wasn't much better until Jency Solis struck out four over 2.1 innings of one-hit ball for the W.
AZL D-backs 7, Padres 2. Despite Daniel Hudson's concerns, this game actually did go ahead, though without Hudson's active participation it would appear (though after last time, I'm not sure I can trust the box-score!). Gabriel Perez got the W, with only an unearned run over four innings of work, and Luis Castillo worked the last two innings without allowing a hit. 2B Alvaro Rondon finished a home-run away from the cycle, scoring three times, and there were two hit nights for LF Matt McPhearson, who also scored three runs and stole his 19th base, plus another rehabber, DH Danny Dorn.