One of our new acquisitions in the Gerardo Parra trade fared well in his first outing as Anthony Banda pitched 5 innings of 1-runball for South Bend. Banda is currently sporting a 3.55 ERA in 88 innings at the A level with 90 strikeouts. He turns 21 next Sunday and is a 6-2, 190 pound left out of Texas. The Diamondbacks actually drafted Banda back in 2011 in the 33rd round but he didn't sign and chose the junior college route which raised his draft position to the 10th round. He hasn't exactly flashed a lot in his first 2 seasons of pro ball but I still give him a chance if he can take a couple more steps forward like he has this year.
3 Stars: Chuck Taylor, South Bend 4 for 5, 1 BB, 3 R, 1 HR (3), 6 RBI
2 Stars: Fidel Pena, South Bend 4 for 5, 1 DBL, 1 TPL, 2 RBI
1 Star: Jake Lamb, Reno 3 for 5, 1 BB, 2 R, 1 DBL, 2 RBI
0 Stars: None
AAA: Reno 13 @ El Paso 7. It was all about the offense in this one as the Aces racked up 13 runs on 19 hits. Every starting position player but one had at least 2 hits with four different players tallying 3. Jake Lamb continued his early assault on AAA pitching with a 3 for 5 game with a double and 2 RBI. Ronny Cedeno had 3 hits that included his 2nd home run and 3 RBI. Mike Jacobs and rehabbing Cliff Pennington also added 3 hits each. Lucas Harrell went 5 innings but gave up 6 runs on 8 hits.
AA: Mobile 1 @ Mississippi 5. Bradin Hagens was decent going 7 innings allowing 4 runs (3 earned) on 5 hits. The offense could only respond with 5 hits, 2 by Tom Belza, 2 by newly-acquired Peter O'Brien (who played catcher and had a passed ball), and a double by Brandon Drury.
A+: Visalia 8 Modesto 6. The Rawhide prevailed in a back-and-forth affair with the go-ahead run in the 6th and an insurance solo home run by Raul Navarro in the 8th, his 7th of the year. Andrew Barbosa was back on the mound and got through 5 innings allowing 4 runs (just 1 earned) on 6 hits while striking out 4. The offense cranked out 13 hits led by Alex Glenn's 2 doubles and George Roberts' 3 hits for 2 RBI. Steve McQuail had a walk, a double and 3 RBI. Joey Krehbiel pitched a perfect 9th with 2 strikeouts for his 2nd save.
A: South Bend 13 @ Dayton 2. South Bend turned the tides on Dayton with a blowout that avenged Saturday's laugher. Anthony Banda made his first start for the Dbacks organization with 5 innings of 1-run ball on 5 hits and a walk while fanning 7. Chuck Taylor and Fidel Pena each racked up 4 hits each with Taylor adding in a home run with a whopping 6 RBI. Daniel Palka hit a 3-run homer and Joe Munoz chipped in a pair of doubles. Michael Perez hit his 9th home run. Ryan Doran in his first outing since being promoted from Hillsboro pitched 3 shutout innings with 4 strikeouts.
A-: Hillsboro 12 @ Spokane 6. The Hops offense continued its merry ways with another double-digit outburst. Steve Nyisztor led the way with 4 hits followed by Kevin Cron who delivered a double and his 2nd home run for Hillsboro (8th overall). Stryker Trahan went 2 for 5 with a double and his 14th home run (and no strikeouts). Scott Schultz started and went 5 innings allowing 3 runs only due to some poor defense.