3 stars: Jamie Westbrook, Visalia - 3-for-4, two HR (7), DBL, four R, three RBI
2 stars: Caleb Clay, Reno - 6.1 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 SO
1 star: Jacob Cordero, AZL - 3-for-3, five R, four RBI, two BB, SB
Triple-A Reno 0 @ Tacoma 1 (10). A pitcher's duel in the PCL? Yep. Caleb Clay worked 6.1 scoreless innings on six hits and two walks, with five strikeouts, but his offense were just as stymied by the Rainiers' staff. The Aces were 0-for-6 with RISP. LF Nick Buss had two of their five hits, stole a base, was caught stealing and had an outfield assist. 2B Brandon Drury doubled and walked, but made an error. Reno's fourth error of the night proved the most costly, leading to a walk-off sacrifice fly for the home team, tagging Evan Marshall with the loss.
Double-A Mobile 1, Tennessee 2. The BayBears were held to five hits, with RF Socrates Brito doubling, singling and scoring their only run. Mobile went 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position, although they were quite active on the basepaths, with six stolen-base attempts: it would have helped if they'd had more than a 50% success-rate. A.J. Schugel took the loss, though didn't pitch badly, tossing seven innings of two-run ball, on five hits and a walk, with five strikeouts; both runs came on solo homers.
High-A Visalia 13 @ High Desert 14. A slugfest here, the teams combining for 14 runs in the fifth. The Rawhide recovered from a four-run first, pouring on eight runs to take an 11-5 lead. But the Mavericks scored six to tie things up in the bottom half, and two in the eighth off Joey Krehbiel proved decisive. 2B Jamie Westbrook had ten bases,including two homers and drove in three, while C Stryker Trahan had five RBI including a grand-slam with his fourth HR for the Rawhide. RF Mitch Haniger looks to be angling for a quick return to Mobile, getting four hits in his Visalia debut.
Class-A Kane County 3 @ Peoria 5. Wei-Chieh Huang was announced as part of the World Team for the Futures Game, but had his worst start as a pro to date, a four-run first giving him his first loss. He lasted five innings, and gave up five hits, leading to five runs, four earned, but walked none and fanned six. Nick Baker tossed two scoreless innings of one-hit relief. 2B Cody Regis had three hits, including two doubles, while 3B Joe Munoz and RF Chuck Taylor each reached base twice, on a hit and a walk. The Cougars had 18 at-bats with RISP here.
Class A Short Hillsboro 4, Salem-Kaizer 1. All the scoring here came in the third inning. The Volcanoes struck first, but the Hops responded with a four-run frame, keyed by a two-run double from 3B Nate Robertson. Cody Reed got his first win with Hillsboro, giving up one run in six, on four hits; he walked none and struck out eight (on most nights, he might have merited a star!). Myles Smith got his first save, for two hitless innings, fanning three. DH Luis Veras had a pair of doubles and an RBI.
Rookie Missoula 9, Helena 7. After falling five runs down by the middle of the fifth, the Osprey roared back, with a five-run seventh propelling them to victory. It did get sticky in the ninth, as the Brewers had the tying run on base with no outs, but a key double-play let Dan Savas notch his fourth save. The bulk of the pitching and the W went to Cameron Smith, who tossed four innings of one-run ball. SS Isan Diaz finished a homer short of the cycle, while DH Jason Morozowski also had three hits, both men driving in two.
AZL D-backs 15, Cubs 5. Tons of offense here, led by 2B Jacob Cordero, who not only reached base each of the five times he was up, with three hits and two walks, he came around to score each time, and drove in four runs. CF Logan Soole had three hits, and DH Daniel Comstock a pair of hits and a pair of walks. RF Ismael Pena came off the bench with a three-run homer in his only AB. Chester Pimentel worked four innings, allowing a run on three hits, and Erbert Gonzalez was the best of the relievers, striking out two of three batters faced in the ninth.