Shipley followed up Aaron Blair's solid opening night start with an even better effort pitching into the 7th inning allowing just a single run on four hits. The Mobile squad is looking like it's going to be very good again with some top notch pitching and a host of hitting prospects. We'll be watching developments here closer than anywhere with guys like Drury, Brito, Glenn, Borenstein and others trying to break through.
3 Stars: Zack Godley, Visalia 6 IP, 3 H, 1 BB, 6 K, 0 ER, W (1-0)
2 Stars: Braden Shipley, Mobile 6.2 IP, 4 H, 2 BB, 1 ER, 4 K
1 Star: Robbie Ray, Reno 6 IP, 2 H, 5 BB, 4 K, 1 ER
0 Stars: Jared Miller, Kane County 3 IP, 7 H, 2 BB, 3 K, 5 R (4 ER), L (0-1)
Triple A: Reno 1 @ Albuquerque 2. Tough loss at Albuquerque in 10 innings after tying the game in the 9th on a bases-loaded walk by Danny Dorn. The bases were still loaded with one out but Nick Evans popped out and Peter O'Brien struck out. The Isotopes won it on a bases-loaded single off Dan Runzler. Robbie Ray was wild but very good allowing just one run on two hits but with 5 walks. The offense had 11 hits (all singles) and five walks but was 1 for 9 with runners in scoring position and left 13 on base. Evan Marzilli had three hits while Danny Dorn, Danny Worth and Yazmany Thomas each had two.
Double A: Mobile 4 @ Birmingham 3. Braden Shipley led the way with a sparkling effort into the 7th only to have the win stolen when Jimmie Serfy surrendered two runs in the 8th that ultimately led to extra innings. They won it when Rudy Flores homered to center with two outs in the 11th and Enrique Burgos made it hold up with a perfect 11th for the save. The offense managed just 6 hits with two coming from Flores.
High A: Visalia 8 High Desert 0. The Rawhide put a whooping on the Mavericks as newly-acquired Zack Godley was stellar throwing 6 shutout innings on 3 hits and a walk with 6 strikeouts. Godley came over in the Miguel Montero trade as the lesser-publicized piece. So far so good. The offense cranked it up too with 8 runs on 16 hits led by three-hit efforts from Kevin Cron and George Roberts. Daniel Palka, Todd Glaesmann, Tyler Baker and Jamie Westbrook each added two hits apiece.
A: Kane County 4 Cedar Rapids 6. Starter Jared Miller had a rough go of things giving up 5 runs over the first three frames. The offense kept it close with four of their own over the first four frames but the Cedar Rapids bullpen was solid and they could never get the equalizer. They did get 11 hits featuring a 3-run bomb by Stryker Trahan in the first and 3 hits from Steve McQuail.