3 stars: Markus Solbach, Kane County - 7 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 SO, W (9-2)
2 stars: Ryan Dora, Visalia - 7 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 SO
1 star: Luke Lowery, Missoula - 4-for-4, three R, two DBL, RBI, BB
0 stars: Ariel Hernandez, Hillboro - 0 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 0 SO
Triple-A Reno 1 @ Salt Lake 4. The Aces scored first, getting on the board in the top of the second on LF Garrett Weber's ninth home-run. However, that was all their scoring; the offense could muster only three other hits, all singles, and went 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position. 1B Nick Evans singled and walked and 3B Jamie Romak drew two walks, as did C Matt Pagnozzi. Justin Marks matched Patrick Corbin, with five innings of two-run ball; Marks allowed three hits and two walks, with three K's. Addison Reed worked a scoreless eighth, fanning two.
Double-A Mobile vs. Jackson postponed, rain
High-A Visalia 1 @ Rancho Cucamonga 0. After a rain delay, C Stryker Trahan's sacrifice fly in the ninth proved the margin, as Ryan Doran and three relievers combined on a five-hit shutout of the Bees. Doran worked seven frames, giving up five hits and a walk, with four strikeouts. Steve Hathaway fanned the two batters he faced for the W, and Joey Krehbiel stranded the tying run at third for the save, his ninth. 2B Ryan Gebhardt had three hits, and Trahan a pair, but SS Domingo Leyba went 0-for-5 with four striikeouts. The two sides went a combined 0-for-13 with RISP.
sA-ball Kane County 1, Wisconsin 0. Markus Solbach picked up his ninth win of the year, with seven shutout innings for the Cougars, then Cody Geyer and Zac Curtis each worked a perfect inning to complete the four-hitter. Solbach walked none and struck out three. The Kane County pitchers needed to be at their best, as all the offense the hitters could muster was 1B Marty Herum's sixth-inning RBI double; he also singled and walked, but was picked-off first. CF Chuck Taylor had a couple of singles.
A-short Hillsboro 6, Everett 14. The Hops actually outhit the 13-11, and had more XBH too, 5-2. But the ugly score here was the result of the visitors getting five walks while allowing none, and going 8-for-13 with RISP, compared to the home team's 3-for-15. Jeferson Mejia had a horrorshow start, allowing seven runs in 1.1 innings on five hits and two walks; while Ariel Hernandez failed to retire any of the five batters faced. 1B Trevor Mitsui and 3B Jeff Smith both doubled and singled.
Rookie Missoula 7 @ Ogden 1. Cameron Smith improved to 5-0 with 3.2 scoreless innings of relief, after starter Scott Schultz allowed one run over his 4.1 innings of work. C Luke Lowery led the offense, going 4-for-4 with a walk and two doubles, scoring three runs, and DH Jason Morozowski got two hits and a walk. 3B Tyler Humphreys doubled and singled, and the victory allowed the Osprey to take over sole ownership of first place in the North division of the Pioneer League.
AZL D-backs 1, Padres 2. Hector Hernandez had a good outing for the D-backs striking out nine over five scoreless innings, and allowing only a pair of hits, with no walks. He left with a 1-0 lead: Ramon Hernandez was hit by a pitch in the fourth, and came around to score on two wild pitches, separated by a balk! But an unearned run in the seventh gave the Padres the lead, and they held on, in a sloppy game where the sides combined for seven errors.