There was a bunch of sterling pitching performances last night, though none of them were by any of our name prospects. The one name prospect who did pitch last night didn't do well at all and earned our zero stars award for the night. There were five starters who pitched well enough to earn Snake Stars but only three can make it. And with all the pitching several hitters got short-shrift including a 2-home run game and a near cycle.
3 Stars: Brandon Sinnery, Visalia 9 IP, 4 H, 0 BB, 4 K, 0 ER, W (13-7)
2 Stars: Gabriel Perez, AZL 6 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 10 K, 1 R, 0 ER
1 Star: Gabriel Moya, Missoula 6.1 IP, 1 H, 3 BB, 10 K, 1 ER, W (4-4)
0 Stars: Touki Toussaint, Missoula 1.2 IP, 5 H, 1 BB, 4 K, 3 ER, L (1-2)
AAA: Reno 11 Iowa 6. Charles Brewer deserved some Snake Stars as he was dominant allowing 1 run on 5 hits and a walk with 8 strikeouts over 7 innings to earn the win. The offense more than did its share as Danny Dorn was a single short of hitting for the cycle and Roger Kieschnick hit a grand slam. Garrett Webber had 3 hits and 3 RBI and Andy Marte went 3 for 4 with a double.
AA: Mobile 6 Hunstville 7. Bryan Woodall's second start since coming off the DL wasn't any better than his first as he got hit hard for 5 runs in 4 innings, all of them coming in the 3rd inning. The offense kept chipping away getting to within one run but couldn't get the equalizer. Evan Marzilli did his part with a double, a homer and 3 RBI. Tom Belza, Argenis Diaz and Dustin Martin each had 2 hits.
A+: Visalia 7 @ San Jose 0. Brandon Sinnery was masterful with a complete game shutout on 4 hits with 4 strikeouts. The offense was more than adequate with Steve McQuail hitting a pair of 2-run homers and Rudy Flores hitting his 25th. Raul Navarro went 3 for 5 and stole a base.
A: South Bend 5 @ Lansing 8. Joe Munoz got things started with a 2-run homer in the top of the first inning, his 8th. But it was all downhill after that. Sean Furney wasn't very sharp allowing 4 runs in 4+ innings on 6 hits and 3 walks. Daniel Bowman was 2 for 4 with a triple and Michael Perez was 2 for 4 with a double.
A-: Hillsboro 4 Spokane 3. Felipe Perez was good again surrendering just 1 run on 5 hits over 5 innings. Spokane fought back from a 4-1 deficit to get within 1 run in the 7th, but Cody Geyer got the job done in the 8th and Dustin Loggins did the same in the 9th to seal the win. Kevin Cron went 2 for 4 with a double and Pedro Ruiz added a pair of hits.
R: Game 1. Missoula 0 @ Billings 5. Touki Toussaint couldn't get out of the 2nd inning before allowing 3 runs on 5 hits and that was pretty much it for the Osprey in this one. The offense responded with 2 hits. Any more questions?
R: Game 2. Missoula 3 @ Billings 1. Gabriel Moya had a no-hitter going into the last inning (the 7th due to the DH-shortened games) and struck out the first two batters when he walked the next hitter and then surrendered a heart-breaking single that broke it up. Anthony Bazzani came on and allowed another hit to ruin the shutout as well. But there's no taking away the great effort as Moya struck out 10 on the night. Taylor Ard drove in 2 runs on 2 hits to help make Moya the winner.
AZL: Dbacks 3 White Sox 2. Gabriel Perez had yet another dominating outing for Dbacks affiliates as he went 6 innings allowing an unearned run on 2 hits and a walk with 10 strikeouts. He didn't even get the win as Luis Castillo blew the save in the top of the 9th. The Dbacks ended up winning in walk-off style when Alvaro Rondon singled and stole second in the bottom of the 10th and scored on Gerard Hernandez' RBI single. Hernandez was 3 for 5 on the night.