Dbacks' affiliates have been getting a large dose of good pitching across the board lately and last night was no exception. The starting pitchers in the four A leagues and up combined to throw 31 innings and surrendered just 2 runs on 18 hits and 4 walks while striking out 21. The list of pitchers involved included Bradin Hagens, A.J. Schugel, Blake Perry, Ben Eckles and Scott Schultz. (Note: I combined Eckles and Schultz as Eckles started in an obvious rehab-type effort with 2 innings and Schultz pitched the next 6 innings.) We'll give Hagens top honors with his complete game victory for Reno as he just missed the shutout with a run scoring in the 9th.
3 Stars: Bradin Hagens, Reno 9 IP, 5 H, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 ER, W (1-1)
2 Stars: A.J. Schugel, Mobile 7 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 4 K, 0 ER, W (6-3)
1 Star: Scott Schultz, Hillsboro 6 IP, 4 H, 0 BB, 10 K, 1 ER, W (4-5)
0 Stars: AZL Defense 4 errors leading to 6 unearned runs
AAA: Reno 7 Omaha 1. Bradin Hagens led the way with a complete game victory allowing just a 9th inning run in an easy win over Omaha. The offense was led again by Andy Marte and Mike Jacobs with Marte going 2 for 4 with his 19th home run and Jacobs going 2 for 3 with a walk, a double, an RBI and 3 runs scored. Chris Owings played second base and went 1 for 4 with a stolen base while A.J. Pollock played center field and went 1 for 3 with a double and an RBI.
AA: Mobile 3 Huntsville 1. A.J. Schugel did the job in this one throwing 7 shutout innings on 2 hits and 2 walks. RJ Hively pitched the final 2 innings to earn the save, his 3rd. The Bay Bears scored all 3 runs in the 7th inning on a Dallas Tarleton bases-loaded double.
A+: Visalia - Off Day
A: South Bend 3 West Michigan 1. It was Blake Perry's turn in this one as he also threw 7 shutout innings on 6 hits and 2 walks. Silvino Bracho picked up his 25th save in spite of allowing a run. Chuck Taylor led the offense with a 3 for 4 game that included a triple, 2 RBI and 2 stolen bases. Andrew Velazquez was 2 for 4 and got picked off first. Jamie Westbrook went 2 for 4 with a double.
A-: Hillsboro 8 @ Tri-City 1. Ben Eckles techically got the start and threw 2 shutout innings in his first outing since July 19th. Scott Schultz followed with 6 dominating innings in which he struck out 10 and allowed a single run to earn the win. Kevin Cron drove in 3 runs with a double and Pedro Ruiz had a 3 for 4 game with 2 RBI. Taylor Ratliff, Steve Nyisztor and Jake Mayers each added 2 hits to the cause.
R: Game 1. Missoula 5 @ Great Falls 3. Dallas Newton was reasonably effective surrendering 3 runs over 5.2 innings and the offense did the job to make him a winner. Anthony Bazzani got the save with 2 strikeouts in the 7th. The Osprey had 13 hits though all but one were singles. Tyler Baker had the most with 3 hits and an RBI.
R: Game 2. Missoula 2 @ Great Falls 3. The Osprey were a couple of outs away from getting the doubleheader sweep when a Jency Solis wild pitch with a runner on third capped off the walk-off loss. Tyler Bolton allowed 1 run on 6 hits over 4.2 innings before Solis took over. The offense had just 5 hits with 2 coming from Yosbel Gutierrez.
AZL: Dbacks 2 @ Brewers 8. The pitching was let down by the defense as the first 6 runs to score were all unearned. Each of 4 pitchers allowed 2 runs and the offense was nowhere close to matching that. Ismael Pena hit a solo home run as the lone highlight.