According to Baseball America, our #1 choice in the draft last month, shortstop Dansby Swanson, "was hit in the face with a pitch from Cuban righthander Yoan Lopez during a simulated game Thursday at the Diamondbacks’ extended spring training facility." While the damage does not appear to have been too severe, it appears Swanson will not be joining our short-season affiliate in Hillsboro, as had originally been scheduled to happen today. Hopefully, this is just a small detour on the road to the majors.
3 stars: John Omahen, Mobile - 8 IP, 7 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 6 SO, W (4-0)
2 stars: Isan Diaz, Missoula - 2-for-4, three R, HR (5), three RBI, BB
1 star: Gerard Hernandez, Hillsboro - 2-for-4, two R, DBL, HR (2), two RBI
0 stars: Allen Webster, Reno - 4 IP, 10 H, 9 R, 9 ER, 2 BB, 3 SO, L (2-5)
Triple-A Reno 9, Las Vegas 15. Not a pitchers' duel. Allen Webster's struggles continued, as he was charged with nine runs in four innings, on 10 hits and two walks with three K's. In ten starts for Reno, he has an ERA of 9.55. It took three pitchers and eight attempts for the Aces to record the first out in the fifth, which turned into a nine-run inning for the 51's. Each side had 16 hits; there were three apiece for 1B Nick Evans and CF Nick Buss, while 3B Brandon Drury and LF Danny Dorn each recorded a pair of hits and a walk.
Double-A Mobile 3 @ Mississippi 0. John Omahen tossed eight scoreless innings for the BayBears, scattering seven hits and two walks, with six strikeouts; Silvino Bracho then closed the door, notching his 11th save, striking out the side around a walk. Mobile managed only four hits, but made the most of them and seven walks. 1B Rudy Flores drove in a pair with a sixth inning double, and a LF Zach Borenstein single in the third was responsible for their other tally. 3B Sean Jamieson reached base three times, on a hit and two walks, stole a base, but was also caught.
High-A Visalia 5, Modesto 7 (11). Nickolas Sarianides allowed a game-tying single with two outs in the ninth, and the Rawhide paid the price in the 11th as a C Stryker Trahen throwing error on a dropped third-strike led to two unearned runs off Mason McCullough, who fanned six in two relief innings. Visalia scored once in each inning from the second to the sixth, with LF Fidel Pena notching a pair of doubles and a walk; SS Domingo Leyba was also on base three times. Brandon Sinnery allowed three runs over six innings, on seven hits with no walks and seven K's.
A-ball Kane County 0 @ Peoria 4. The Cougars managed only four hits, all singles, and no walks, having just two at-bats with a runner in scoring position, as they were stifled by the Chiefs. Two of those hits went to SS Ildemaro Vargas. KC starter Chris Oliver struggled badly with his control, walking seven in 4.1 innings; he also allowed five hits, striking out just one, and was charged with three runs, all earned. Myles Smith was solid in relief, fanning four over two scoreless innings.
A-short Hillsboro 4, Salem-Kaizer 3. Hops starter Jared Miller took a shutout into the eighth, but tired, allowing a walk and two hit batters, to be charged with three runs there. He held on for the W, allowing two hits and a walk over 7.1, with seven strikeouts. LF Gerard Hernandez homered and doubled, DH Nick Irving had two hits and two RBI, and SS Fernery Ozuna picked up three singles, as Hillsboro ended the first half with a 22-16 record, as champions of the Northwest League's Southern Division.
Rookie Missoula 11 @ Helena 1. The Ospreys pounded the Brewers, with SS Isan Diaz and DH Jason Morozowski each going yard and singling. C Francis Christy added three hits and drove in a pair of runs for Missoula, and CF Marcus Wilson had two hits. Yefrey Ramirez was the beneficiary of all the run support, but didn't need it, tossing six innings of one-run ball, on six hits and a walk, with three strikeouts. The Osprey bullpen followed with three innings of no-hit relief.
AZL D-backs 11, Giants 7. The D-backs came back with ten unanswered runs from a 7-1 deficit in the middle of the second, after Chester Pimentel gave up six hits and a walk in 1.2 innings (though only three of the seven runs were earned). The bullpen worked 7.1 innings without further damage, led by three from winner Luis Castillo. Meanwhile, the offense struck back, 3B Ramon Hernandez getting four hits, 1B Ismael Pena picking up two hits and two walks, and C B.J. Lopez driving in two runs on a pair of hits.