Daniel Palka homered and doubled to lead Visalia to yet another victory, improving their record to 21-8. The slugging first baseman is off to a solid start in his 3rd minor league season hitting .278 with 3 home runs and an .852 OPS.
3 Stars: Nick Evans, Reno 3 for 4, 1 BB, 2 R, 1 DBL, 1 HR (3), 4 RBI
2 Stars: Daniel Palka, Visalia 2 for 4, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 DBL, 1 HR (3), 3 RBI
1 Star: Jose Queliz, Kane County 3 for 4, 3 R, 2 DBL, 1 RBI
0 Stars: Willy Paredes, Reno 2 IP, 4 H, 1 BB, 1 K, 4 ER
AAA: Reno 14 @ Salt Lake 12. Not much pitching in this one as the Aces scored all 14 runs in the first 4 innings then had to hold on for the 14-12 win. Starter Blake Beavan and relievers Willy Paredes and Dan Runzler all got hit hard. Tim Crabbe provided 3 innings of good relief in between to earn the win. Jake Barrett slammed the door in the 9th striking out the side for his 6th save. Nick Evans led the potent attack with 3 hits including his 3rd home run. Danny Worth had 3 hits with his 3rd home run and Jamie Romak hit his second. Peter O'Brien went 2 for 5.
AA: Mobile 2 Jacksonville 4. This one went deep into the night for 14 innings before the Bay Bears fell when Pat Schuster allowed 2 runs and the offense couldn't answer. Braden Shipley started and was pretty good going 6 innings allowing 2 runs on 6 hits and 2 walks while striking out 9. The bullpen was outstanding with 7 shutout innings on 2 hits and no walks with 6 strikeouts. Silvino Bracho saw his first action since being promoted to AA and pitched a perfect frame with a strikeout. The offense was fairly meager with 2 hits each from Raul Navarro and Brandon Drury.
A+: Visalia 3 @ Bakersfield 2. The Rawhide are finding all kinds of ways to win. This time they did it with just 3 hits, 2 coming from Daniel Palka including a 2-run double and a solo home run. John Omahen started and was very good going 7 innings allowing 6 hits and no walks while striking out 8. Nickolas Sarianides pitched a perfect 9th for his 2nd save.
A: Kane County 11 @ Clifton 4. The offense showed up in a big way with 11 runs on 16 hits that featured a big 6-run 5th inning that blew the game open. Brad Keller went 5 innings for his 1st win allowing 3 runs on 4 hits and a walk. Everyone got in on the offensive explosion which was led by Jose Queliz with 3 hits including 2 doubles, an RBI and 3 runs scored. Marty Herum went 4 for 6 with a double.