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Dbacks MiLB Round-Up 8/4: O'Brien Hits GW Homer

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O'Brien hit the game winning home run for Mobile in the 10th inning.
O'Brien hit the game winning home run for Mobile in the 10th inning.

Minor league thumper Peter O'Brien showed off his prodigious power with a game-winning 3-run blast for Mobile in the top of the 10th inning. Acquired in the trade of Martin Prado to the Yankees O'Brien interestingly played right field last night. He played catcher the game before and has also played both first base and third base this year. So while he doesn't play any of those positions particularly well he might be the kind of guy who can provide some positional versatility as a super sub all over the diamond. The consensus is that left to any one position for any extended period of time his defensive liabilities may threaten to offset his offensive talents. But perhaps as a part-time catcher, outfielder, first baseman, third baseman, DH and daily pinch-hitter one could find 400+ at bats for him and collect 30 home runs without doing too much defensive damage.Just a thought.

Snake Stars
3 Stars: Peter O'Brien, Mobile 2 for 5, 1 R, 1 HR (34), 3 RBI
2 Stars: Rudy Flores, Visalia 2 for 4, 2 R, 1 HR (23), 1 RBI
1 Star: Blake Perry South Bend 5 IP, 3 H, 4 BB, 7 K, 0 ER, W (6-4)
0 Stars: Jon Griffin, Mobile 0 for 4, 3 K

AAA: Reno 4 @ El Paso 3. Andrew Chafin allowed just 1 run on 2 hits over 4 innings, but he walked 4 and needed 91 pitches to get through those 4 innings. On the plus side he did put his team in a position to win and after Mark Serrano surrendered 2 runs in the 6th inning that cut the lead to one, Blake Cooper, Kevin Munson and Jake Barrett held the lead over the final three frames. Zach Borenstein, called up from Mobile on Sunday, did the most damage with a 2-run homer in the 4th inning to go along with a pair of walks. Jake Lamb went 1 for 4 with a double and an RBI.

AA: Mobile 6 @ Mississippi 3. Archie Bradley followed Chafin's lead in allowing 1 run on 4 hits over 4.1 innings. He too gave up 4 walks and needed 98 pitches for the short outing. RJ Hively surrendered 2 runs in the 7th that tied the game at 3-3 which eventually led to extra innings. In the top of the 10th with 2 on and 2 out Peter O'Brien blasted a 3-run shot that proved to be the game winner. Kaleb Fleck got the win getting 2 outs in the 9th and all 3 in the 10th. Brandon Drury hit his 2nd home run in 4 games for Mobile giving him 21 on the season. Gerson Montilla hit his 4th homer of the year.

A+: Visalia 2 @ Stockton 8. John Omahen allowed 4 runs over 5.2 innings and Henry Garcia allowed 4 more after that to turn this one into a rout. Rudy Flores went 2 for 4 and hit his 23rd home run. Raul Navarro and Kevin Medrano each had a 2-hit game.

A: South Bend 5 @ Bowling Green 1. Blake Perry tossed 5 shutout innings on 3 hits and 4 walks while fanning 7 to pick up his 6th win. Daniel Bowman hit a 2-run homer in the 2nd inning that would prove to be all they would need. Daniel Palka went 2 for 4 with a double and Jamie Westbrook went 2 for 4 with an RBI. In his first game for South Bend Justin Williams went 1 for 4 with a triple and an RBI.

A-: Hillsboro - Off Day

R: Missoula 7 @ Ogden 9. It's hard to blame the pitching when the defense commits 7 errors and contributes to 7 unearned runs. Sergio Alcantara had 3 of the errors and Fernery Ozuna had 2. The offense tried to rally back with a run in the 8th and 2 more in the 9th but came up short. Henry Castillo tried to make up for his error with a 3 for 4 game with a double and an RBI. Alcantara also tried to atone with a 2-run homer in the 5th. as did Ozuna going 2 for 5 with a double. Trevor Mitsui went 2 for 4 with 2 RBI.

AZL: Dbacks 5 Angels 2. Brad Keller gave up 7 hits and 5 walks in 4 innings but battled hard to allow just 2 runs. Spencer Medick got the win pitching 3 shutout innings on 4 hits with 3 strikeouts. Zachary Wasserman earned his first save with a shutout 9th. Yorman Garcia and Jacob Cordero each had 2 hits and an RBI to lead the offense. Marcus Wilson went 1 for 2 with a walk and stole 2 bases.