Visalia's Anthony Banda had an outstanding outing last night tossing 8 scoreless innings while scattering 6 hits, walking none and striking out 7. It was his second longest outing of the year and his first without a walk since May 11. The 21-year-old lefty has been one of Visalia's most consistent pitchers and has certainly done enough to find himself in Mobile next year.
3 Stars: Anthony Banda, Visalia 8 IP, 6 H, 0 BB, 7 K, 0 ER, W (6-7)
2 Stars: Carlos Hernandez, Hillsboro 6 IP, 3 H, 2 BB, 10 K, 0 ER, W (1-1)
1 Star: Isan Diaz, Missoula 3 for 6, 2 R, 2 HR (4), 5 RBI
0 Stars: Sergio Alcantara, Hillsboro 0 for 3, 2 K, 1 E
AAA: Reno 4 @ Salt Lake 6. The Aces had a lead midway through and Jhoulys Chacin was crusing along until a 3-run 6th on a pair of home runs bit him and the team hard. J.C. Ramirez gave up 2 more and that was the game. Nick Evans and Jamie Romak each had 3 hits but it wasn't enough.
AA: Mobile 6 Jackson 5. Braden Shipley had one bad inning when he allowed 4 runs in the 3rd but did post zeros in the other 5 innings and got the win. he finished with 4 runs allowed on 7 hits and 2 walks while striking out 5. Silvino Bracho was the star working out of an 8th inning jam and pitching the 9th with 3 strikeouts for his 9th save. Bracho has dominated at every level in his climb through the minors. It's hard to imagine he won't be knocking on the door of the Dbacks bullpen before too long. The offense overcame the rough 3rd inning with 4 runs in the 5th and 6th innings. Socrates Brito had 3 hits and Stewart Ijames had 2 hits with a double and an RBI.
A+: Visalia 3 @ Rancho Cucamonga 1. Anthony Banda was rock solid with 8 shutout innings on 6 hits and no walks while striking out 7. Bud Jeter got the save after working out of a jam created by Mason McCullough. The offense banged out 10 hits with 3 from Fidel Pena and 2 each from Domingo Leyba and Gerson Montilla.
A: Kane County 3 Wisconsin 1. Ethan Elias got things going with 5 shutout innings on 3 hits and a walk. Four relievers followed to finish the game including 2 innings from Wei-Chieh Huang and the 9th by Luis Ramirez for his 6th save. Michael Perez drove in 2 runs on 2 hits and Marty Herum added 2 hits, drove in one and scored twice.
A-: Hillsboro 2 Everett 1. Carlos Hernandez was another solid starting pitcher last night with 6 shutout innings on 3 hits and 2 walks while fanning 10. Aaron Burr nailed things down in the 9th to preserve the tight victory for his 1st professional save. Jose Queliz paced the offense with a 2 for 3 game including a solo home run in the 3rd. Zach Nehrir went 3 for 4.
R: Missoula 10 @ Ogden 5. The Osprey used a relentless offensive attack that twice overcame deficits to blow this one open late. Bo Takahashi gave up all 5 runs in less than 5 innings but the relief corps provided 4 nearly perfect innings of relief to lock this one down. Isan Diaz was the big star with 2 home runs and 5 RBI as part of his 3-hit night. Raymel Flores, Kal Simmons and Luke Lowery each had 3-hit games as part of a 16-hit barrage.