Todd Glaesmann's incandescent start to the season with Visalia sees him moving back on up to Mobile. In 7 games for the Rawhide, Glaesman hit .419 with four home-runs, nine RBI and an OPS of 1.424, suggesting he was clearly undermatched by High-A pitching. His first stint in the Diamondbacks' system at Double-A didn't go too well, Todd managing a line over 49 games last season of only .211/.254/.283. So we'll see if the success in early going for Visalia translates better this year.
3 stars: Braden Shipley, Mobile - 5 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K
2 stars: Peter O'Brien, Reno - 3-for-4, 2 DBL, 1 R, 3 RBI
1 star: Steve McQuail, Kane County - 3-for-6, DBL, R, RBI
0 stars: Justin Marks, Reno - 4.1 IP, 7 H, 8 R, 8 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO
Triple-A Reno 4 @ El Paso 10. Justin Marks was roughed up with a six-run second inning, though did pitch into the fifth - with eight earned runs allowed in 4.1 innings it was one to forget. Julio DePaula gave up five hits and two earned runs in his 2.2 innings of relief, and tthe only decent outing was a scoreless inning from Matt Reynolds. The offense mostly consisted of RF Peter O'Brien, who had three hits and drove in three runs, with C Matt Pagnozzi adding a pair of knocks, though also committed an error. 2B Jamie Romak singled and had the Aces' only walk, as they struck out 13 times.
Double-A Mobile 4/2, Biloxi 3/0 (7). C Mark Thomas had a walk-off homer in the first game of the 7-inning double-header. Aaron Blair allowed three runs over six innings, on seven hits and three walks with three strikeouts, and Seth Simmons got the W for a scoreless 7th. 3B Tom Belza had two hits for the BayBears, and CF Mitch Haniger walked twice. The nightcap saw Braden Shipley throw five shutout frames, scattering five hits and two walks, striking out five as they completed the sweep of the day. The BayBears had only five hits, all singles, but RBI from 1B Rudy Flores and 2B Ryan Gebhardt proved enough.
High-A Visalia 3 @ Stockton 4. The Rawhide fell two back in the first inning, but rallied to tie it on an RBI single by RF Chuck Taylor in the second, and Kevin Cron's second home-run of the year, leading off the fourth. However, a two-run sixth gave the Ports the lead for good, and chased Visalia starter Blayne Weller, who struck out nine in 5.1 innings, but allowed four runs on five hits and four walks. 2B Jamie Westbrook doubled and single, and the Rawhide got one back in the eighth on a sacrifice fly by Cron. Taylor walked to lead off the ninth, but was still there when the game ended.
A-ball Kane County 6, Clinton 7 (13). The Cougars lost a heart-breaker, coming back from behind three times, but blowing a lead in the ninth as Bud Jeter allowed a run on two hits. The teams traded runs in the first, two-spots in the third, and after the LumberKings scored two in the fifth, the Cougars scored three for their first lead. The score stayed that way until Clinton tied things at six on a one-out homer in the ninth off Luis Ramirez. LF Grant Heyman and DH Steve McQuail each had three hits for Kane County, with 2B Fernery Ozuna doubling and tripling. Zac Curtis struck out the side in the eighth, and Cody Geyer retired all six he faced in relief.