Bad news for Braden Shipley, whose progress through our minor-league system has been delayed, as it appears the blister issue which led to an early exit from his last start on August 12, will necessitate a DL stint for our first-round pick in 2013. Shipley had posted a 3.88 ERA over 20 starts between South Bend, Visalia and Mobile, striking out 159 in 155.2 innings. The 22-year-old will hopefully not miss too much time, but it's certainly best to get this kind of thing cleared up, rather than trying to push through it.
3 stars: Alex Glenn, Visalia: 2 for 4, 2 R, HR (22), RBI, BB
2 stars: Isan Diaz, AZL 3 for 4, 2 DBL, RBI
1 star: Anthony Banda, South Bend 6.2 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 10 K, W (8-6)
0 stars: Steve McQuail, Visalia 0 for 5, 4 K
Triple-A Reno 6 @ Round Rock 1. Starter Keith Hessler made his AAA debut, and went three innings, allowing a run on four hits and two walks, with four strikeouts. Jess Todd got the win, for three scoreless innings of one-hit ball, and the offense did the rest, led by 2B Ronnie Cedeno, who had two doubles and a walk, scoring twice. C Bobbie Wilson also got two hits and a walk, with 1B Garrett Weber and LF Aaron Cunningham picking up a pair of knocks apiece. Each side left ten men on base, and there were a total of five double plays turned, three of them by the Aces' defense, but Round Rock went 0-for-7 with RISP, and that proved key here.
Double-A Mobile 8/1 @ Pensacola 3/2. First, finishing off last night's game, suspended for a power outage. The Baybears tacked on four more in the ninth, mostly on a bases-clearing triple by CF Evan Marzilli, who ended the game with three hits and three RBI, as did 3B Brandon Drury. The nightcap then took a cue from the D-backs, going 11 innings. A.J. Schugel gave up one run in six innings, but the offense struggled, managing to score only once, despite getting four hits with runners in scoring position. 2B Gerson Montilla had a double and two singles, while 3B Brandon Drury and LF Todd Glaesmann each had two hits.
High-A Visalia 6, Stockton 11. An ugly eight-run seventh inning cost the Rawhide dearly. Though five runs were unearned, it's never a good sign when it takes eight attempts to record the first out. Visalia made four errors in total, countering a good night at the plate where seven batters recorded a multi-hit game. RF Alex Glenn was one of those, hitting his 22nd homer, and also walking, while C Ronnie Freeman, doubled, singled and drove in three. Andrew Barbosa went six innings, allowing four runs (two earned), on four hits and four walks with six strikeouts. Kyle Schepel got the loss, not retiring any of the four batters he faced, with all of them scoring.
A-ball South Bend 10 @ West Michigan 2. Lots of on-base work tonight, with seven Silver Hawks reaching safely with two or more hits, walks, or a combination thereof. Fractionally ahead of the pack was 3B Joe Munoz, who had two walks and South Bend's only extra-base knock among their 14 hits, a two-run triple in the eighth. SS Andrew Velazquez had two singles and stole a base. Anthony Banda took a shutout into the seventh, and ended with two runs in 6.1 innings on six hits, with no walks and an impressive 10 strikeouts. The bullpen then worked 2.2 innings of one hit, scoreless ball to close out the win.
Rookie Missoula 4/1 @ Ogden 2/3. The opener of the 7-inning double-header went to the Osprey, as second-round pick Cody Reed made his pro debut, with three scoreless innings, allowing one hit with no walks and two K's., RF Stewart Ijames had a homer in the first (#8) and singled, CF Dane McFarland later matching him, with HR #7 among his two hits. The second game saw SS Sergio Alcantara reach base three times, on two hits and a walk, but the Osprey's offense struggled, their only run scoring on a wild pitch. Tyler Bolton went 4.2 innings, being charged with two runs, one earned, on five hits and two walks, with five K's.
A short: Hillsboro 2, Boise 7. A nasty five-run second inning for starter Scott Schultz largely ended this as a meaningful contest, though credit him for lasting 5.2 innings, allowing seven runs on eight hits and two walks, with four strikeouts. The Hops offense struggled almost as much, mustering just five hits, with 1B Kevin Cron's double, the only extra-base knock - he also singled. SS Pedro Ruiz singled and walked, driving in one of Hillsboro's runs, and Kyle Anderson threw 2.1 scoreless innings of relief.
AZL D-backs 6, Cubs 2. A three-run first inning set the D-backs on their way to victory tonight, 2B Isan Diaz had three hits, including a pair of doubles, with RF Gerard Hernandez and 1B Danny Dorn each also having two extra-base hits for us. LF Matt McPhearson had two singles and stole his 20th base of the season. Brad Keller went eight innings, giving up two runs while scattering six hits and two walks, with just the one strikeout, improving his record in the AZL to 2-0. Jake Roberts worked a perfect ninth.