Another big step forward in Daniel Hudson's rehabilitation as he made his first appearance at Triple-A tonight, the highest level he has pitched since June 2012. He was promoted to Reno after four appearances in the AZL, allowing one run on four hits, with five strikeouts and no walks, and tonight's debut for the Aces went well. Hudson retired all three batters faced in the opening inning with one strikeout, throwing ten pitches. Fingers crossed, it's now just a matter of time before he gets called up, perhaps when rosters expand in September.
3 stars: Ronnie Freeman, Visalia 2 for 4, RBI, BB, walkoff hit
2 stars: Chris Owings, Reno 3 for 5, 2 R, DBL, RBI, E
1 star: Taylor Ard, Missoula 2 for 3, DBL, 2 RBI, BB
0 stars: Jordan Parr, Hillsboro 0 for 4, 3 K
Triple-A Reno 7, Omaha 6. A back and forth contest turned on a three-run seventh for the Aces, 3B Andy Marte driving in two with a bases-loaded single to tie things up, and CF A.J. Pollock following with a go-ahead single. Chris Owings started at second and got three hits, scoring twice and driving in a run, with SS Nick Ahmed and LF Garrett Weber each drawing a pair of walks. After Hudson, Mike Bolsinger lasted four innings, allowing four runs on five hits and two walks. Once Reno had the lead, however, Kevin Munson and Jake Barrett each pitched a perfect innings, Barrett picking up his 14th save.There were HR by 1B Danny Dorn (#11) and C Bobby Wilson (#3)
Double-A Mobile 6, Huntsville 1. Graham Godfrey got called up from the AZL to start tonight. Not certain what that's about, but Godfrey went four innings and allowed one run on four hits and two walks, with four strikeouts. If my math is right, it should have been Archie Bradley starting tonight, but looks like he's going tomorrow instead, so nobody panic. The bullpen then threw five shutout, Bryan Woodall retiring all six batters faced for the win; Cody Wheeler had three K's in his 1.2 shutout innings of work. C Mark Thomas and SS Argenis Diaz each picked up a pair of singles, while CF Evan Marzilli had the BayBears only extra-base hit, a double, and also walked.
High-A Visalia 4, Modesto 3. Another walkoff win for the heart-stopping Rawhide, C Ronnie Freeman singling home pinch-runner Brandon Jacobs with two outs in the ninth to snatch victory. Visalia got on the board in the first on a bases-loaded walk and sacrifice fly, but the Nuts chipped away, starter John Omahen being charged with three runs, two earned on seven hits and two walks, with four K's. Freeman also had a single and a walk, while 1B Rudy Flores got three bases on balls. Enrique Burgos got the W, striking out the side round a two-out double, and now has a K:BB ratio of 75:24 in 52.1 innings.
Class A South Bend 5, West Michigan 3. CF Daniel Bowman had his fourth HR for the Silver Hawks and sixth overall, a two-run shot in the fifth that gave the home team the lead for good, while 2B Fidel Pena had a pair of hits. Brent Jones got the win, going six solid innings of two-run ball, allowing six hits and two walks with four strikeouts. Bud Jeter and Jose Jose worked scoreless innings, and Silvino Braco notched his 26th save, despite allowing a run on two-out homer in the ninth. South Bend turned three double plays, but both sides struggled in the clutch, combining to go 2-for-14 with RISP.
A Short Hillsboro 3 @ Tri-City 4. The Hops were dropped into a 4-0 hole by the end of the third, though starter Marcus Solbach went six innings, allowing six hits and no walks, with one of the four runs being unearned. He struck out four. That was just too big a hole for the offense in this one, as they managed only five hits, including SS Justin Gonzalez's sixth home-run, a two-run shot in the seventh which brought Hillsboro within one. They did have the tying run on third in the eighth, and on base in the ninth, but CF Taylor Ratliff was caught stealing second to end the game. The Hops were 0-for-5 with RISP.
Rookie Missoula 5, Helena 3. The Osprey had some good offense going tonight. 1B Trevor Mitsui had three hits, driving in and scoring a run, while RF Stewart Ijames and 3B Trevor Ard both doubled, singled and walked - Ard drove in two, Ijames scored a pair, but made an error. That was enough to make a winner out of Yefrey Ramirez, who gave up five hits and no walks with three strikeouts over his five innings, leading to a pair of runs. Brody Greer picked up a four-out save, his 10th, despite a couple of walks.
AZL Dbacks 3 @ Athletics 6. Merkis Montero was charged with five runs, four earned in his five innings of work, allowing six hits and two walks with three strikeouts. There wasn't much doing on offense, beyond 3B Vicson Graciano's double and single, the D-backs mustering only four other hits. Mid-game replacement in LF Yorman Garcia singled and walked in his two PAs. Andrew Potter allowed a run in two innings of relief, while Jake Roberts closed out the loss with a perfect ninth.