3 stars: Caleb Clay, Reno - 8 IP 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 8 K
2 stars: Aaron Blair, Mobile - 7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K
1 star: Stryker Trahan, Kane County: 3-for-4, DBL, two R, RBI
0 stars: Jake Barrett, Reno - 0 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, L (1-2)
Triple-A Reno 2 @ Iowa 3. The Aces scored in the first two innings, on RBI by LF Nick Evans and P Caleb Clay, and Clay then made it stand up until the ninth, flummoxing the Cubs and holding them to three hits, all singles, over eight innings, with one walk and eight strikeouts. He needed to be good, as the Reno offense was also limited, though SS Danny Worth had a pair of doubles and, inevitably, 1B Danny Dorn also had a multi-hit night. Enter Jake Barrett for the ninth. He didn't retire a batter, as Iowa went single, single, three-run homer to snatch victory in dramatic fashion from Reno, and walk off winners.
Double-A Mobile 3 @ Tennessee 0. There was almost as good a start for the BayBears, and a happier ending. Aaron Blair threw seven shutout innings, before the rehabbing David Hernandez and Adam Miller completed the three-hitter. Blair gave up those hits, striking out four and walking one, as he improved to 4-2, with his season ERA dropping to 2.07. This was DHern's first time pitching on consecutive nights, so if there are no issues, will be a big hurdle crossed in his journey back. Blair also tripled, driving in a run, while C Matt Pagnozzi had the other two RBI, with a single and two walks. LF Alex Glenn had three hits.
High-A Visalia 1, Bakersfield 4. Zack Godley was perfect through five innings but a three-run seventh, with the helo of a couple of Rawhide errors, ruined what could have been the best outing of the night. He allowed four hits and a walk, with two runs earned, striking out 11. Another rehabber, Matt Stites, followed Godley to the mound and fanned four batters in the eighth, courtesy of a wild-pitch K. Visalia got their run in the first on a 1B Kevin Cron single, who added another single later and was also hit by a pitch. CF Breland Almadova also reached base three times, on two hits and a walk. Rawhide pitchers struck out a total of 17 batters, with just the one walk.
A-ball Kane County 5 @ Quad Cities 2. Ethan Elias scattered eight hits and three walks over 5.2 innings, but kept the River Bandits in check with double-plays in the first three innings, and being charged with two runs, striking out four. The Cougars took advantage of some home team miscues, being credited with only two RBI. C Stryker Trahan had a double and two singles, scoring twice, with DH Henry Castillo getting two hits and a walk. Steve Hathaway left the bases loaded in the sixth, Cody Geyer worked 1.1 hitless innings, and Zac Curtis notched two strikeouts in a perfect ninth, to pick up his 10th save of the season. Of note: all four KC pitchers used, have an ERA below two.