Daniel Hudson's scheduled fourth rehab outing in the Arizona Rookie League looked a dicey proposition today, after the torrential rain which swept across the valley.
So about that AZL game I was supposed to pitch in tonight…— Daniel Hudson (@DHuddy41) August 19, 2014
However, the weather relented long enough tonight for Hudson to get his work in, and the results were quick and impressive, working a perfect first inning, with two strikeouts and a ground-out back to the pitcher.
Got another good outing in tonight. Stuff/command starting to click a little more. Def a step in the right direction! #Allin— Daniel Hudson (@DHuddy41) August 20, 2014
3 stars: Andrew Barbosa, Visalia 6 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 10 K
2 stars: Marty Herum, South Bend 3 for 4, R, 2 RBI, SB, scored walk-off run
1 star: Spencer Medick, AZL 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, S (1)
0 stars: Alex Sogard, Mobile 1 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 2 K
Triple-A Reno 2 @ New Orleans 3. Andrew Chafin took the loss in his first start since being returned to the minors, finding the Zephyrs line-up a little harder to handle than the Indians. He gave up three runs over five innings, on six hits and no walks, with five strikeouts. The Aces offense couldn't muster much, with just six hits, two of them by SS Nick Ahmed, and 2B Ronnie Cedeno had the only extra-base hit, a double. C Bobby Wilson reached base three times, on a hit and a pair of walks, but Reno couldn't tie the game up, despite having the tying run on second with no outs in the ninth.
Double-A Mobile 3, Mississippi 9. The game was scoreless through six innings, with BayBears starter A.J. Schugel having faced two over the minimum to that point. However, he then imploded in spectacular fashion for the seventh, facing six batters and retiring only one, the other five all scoring. He wasn't helped by a Mobile bullpen which allowed three inherited runners to score in the seventh, then added four more runs of their own over the final two innings. The offense scored three in the ninth to avoid being shutout. 1B Tom Belza doubled and singled, while CF Evan Marzilli singled and drove in two.
High-A Visalia 2, Rancho Cucamonga 0..Andew Barbosa looked good tonight, blanking the Quakes over six innings on four hits with two walks and ten strikeouts. Donny Baarns said it was the best he had looked all year, with the fastball, curve and change-up all working. Johnny Shuttlesworth and Joey Krehbiel then completed the five-hitter, the trio combining for 14 strikeouts on the night. Offense was hard to come by for Visalia, but CF Breland Almadova and 3B George Roberts each had a pair of hits with a stolen-base. 2B Ryan Gebhardt had the Rawhide's only extra-base hit, a double, and also drew a walk.
Class A South Bend 5, Dayton 4. The Silver Hawks pulled out a stunning comeback, scoring three in the ninth to snatch victory from the Dragons, walking off, literally, on a bases-loaded walk to DH Chuck Taylor, his second BB of the night. That followed RBI singles from 1B Marty Herum and CF Daniel Bowman. Herum had half of South Bend's six hits, driving in two and also stole a base. Starter Anthony Banda scattered eight hits and no walks over his 6.2 innings of work, striking out four and being charged with two runs. Adam Miller got the W and improved to 5-1, with a scoreless ninth including two K's.
Low-A Hillsboro off day
Rookie Missoula off day
AZL D-backs 3, Angels 2. After Daniel Hudson tossed his scoreless first, Brad Keller allowed one run over four innings on three hits and a walk with two strikeouts, and Andrew Potter tossed two frames with an unearned run. Spencer Medick struck out four of six batters faced in two perfect innings, dropping his ERA below one. The offense did just enough, DH Yorman Garcia and 2B Alvaro Rondon doubling and singling; Gerard Hernandez had two hits, a stolen-base and an RBI, with 1B Raul Santana drawing three walks and stealing a bag. Chris Owings walked, singled, .and grounded out before being replaced at SS in the fifth. Hope that doesn't indicate a setback.