I was curious to see what the ripple effects of Jake Lamb's promotion to the big leagues might be. Argenis Diaz started there for the Aces tonight. I imagine they will probably leave Brandon Drury down at Double-A for a while, as moving him up to Reno would be really aggressive, considering he was at High-A Visalia through the end of July. However, confirmation of that will have to wait until tomorrow, as the BayBears Thursday night's game against the Tennessee Smokies was postponed, due to wet grounds from heavy rain in the Mobile area. The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader Friday..Also of note: we signed Xavier Paul (above) to a minor-league deal.
3 Stars: Rudy Flores, Visalia 2 for 4, 2 R, HR (24), RBI, BB
2 Stars: Sergio Alcantara, Missoula 2 for 3, 2 R, DBL, 2 RBI, SB, 2 BB
1 Star: Ronnie Cedeno, Reno 3 for 4, 2 R, DBL, 2 RBI
0 Stars: Dane McFarland, Missoula 0 for 5, 3 K, picked off 3rd, SB
Triple-A Reno 7, Sacramento 5. The Aces scored six unanswered runs after falling 5-1 down by the middle of the fourth. They got two in the bottom half of that inning, then took the lead with a four-run fifth, keyed by a two-run double from SS Ronnie Cedeno. He had three hits, driving in and scoring two runs, while 1B Mike Jacobs reached base four times, with two hits and two walks. Charles Brewer didn't make it through four, giving up five runs in 3.2 innings on seven hits and three walks, with five strikeouts, but the Aces 'pen was excellent. They tossed 5.1 innings of one-hit shutout ball, Mark Serrano getting the W and Jake Barrett his 10th save.
Double-A Mobile: postponed.
High-A Visalia 10, Bakersfield 11. This was a wild one. Here's just one example: the Blaze scored the tying run on the seventh when Rawhide catcher Dallas Tarleton was called for touching a baseball in play with his mask. It wasn't a night for pitchers: starter Spenser Arroyo lasted five innings, giving up seven runs on 10 hits and two walks with three strikeouts. SS Raul Navarro went 3 for 4 with a double and an RBI, 1B Rudy Flores two hits, including his 24th home-run and DH Steve McQuail hit a three-run shot in the fifth inning, his fourth for the Rawhide. Visalia stranded the tying run on third in the eighth, and on first in the ninth.
Class A South Bend 3, Great Lakes 2. A tight one was decided in the sixth. The Loons scored once to take a 2-1 lead, but had another runner thrown out at the plate, and the Silver Hawks scored twice to go back in front, on an RBI single by 2B Jamie Westbrook and a passed ball. Ryan Doran held the visitors to one run over five innings on four hits and two walks with three K's, and CF Chuck Taylor wasn't retired all night, getting two hits and two walks. DH Justin Williams also had a pair of hits for South Bend and Silvio Bracho struck out the side in the ninth for his 22nd save, dropping his ERA below one in the process.
A short Hillsboro 5, Eugene 2. Austin Platt and three relievers held the Emeralds to three hits, with the bullpen working four hitless innings, giving up one walk and fanning five. Platt walked three and struck out five in his five innings, being charged with both runs. The Hops were 1-for-11 with RISP, but did enough, 1B Kevin Cron homering (his third), singling, walking and scoring twice. LF Jordan Parr also had a pair of hits, and C Stryker Trahan had the RISP hit, a two-run triple. Dan Savas retired all six batters he faced, striking out two, followed by scoreless innings from Luis Ramirez and Mason McCullough.
Rookie Missoula 9, Ogden 4. The Osprey scored in six separate innings, with leadoff man SS Sergio Alcantara getting on four times and crossing home twice, with two hits and two walks, also stealing his sixth base. 1B Trevor Mitsui had three hits and an RBI, with RF Stewart Ijames doubling, singled and walked, driving in a run and scoring three. Starter Tyler Boloton improved to 5-3, despite allowing four runs in six innings, on eight hits and a walk with a pair of strikeouts.
AZL Dbacks 4 @ Indians 5. LF Gerard Hernandez got the D-backs on the board with his first home-run, a solo shot, and later singled. CF Yoman Garcia doubled and singled, but we blew a 3-0 lead on our way to defeat. Bryan Woodall pitched a scoreless first with two K's, but Andrew Potter retired only two of eight batters faced in the second, giving up four hits, two walks and three runs. Luis Castillo worked 5.1 innings, allowing two runs on five hits and a walk with four strikeouts. The rehabbing Matt Capps worked the first for the Indians.