Brandon Drury had one of those games that reminds you this kid has talent. He went 5 for 5 with a home run (his 1st for Reno), 3 doubles and 3 RBI for 11 total bases. He's playing 2nd base full time for Reno and was in the middle of a couple of double plays last night. He's likely capable of playing at the major league level right now, but there just wouldn't be enough at bats for him with the current roster. Expect a September call-up, some pinch-hitting opportunities, a few games at third base against lefties and the occasional spot start over Owings.
3 Stars: Brandon Drury, Reno 5 for 5, 2 R, 3 DBL, 1 HR (1), 3 RBI
2 Stars: Marcus Wilson, Missoula 3 for 4, 1 BB, 3 R, 1 DBL, 1 RBI, 1 SB
1 Star: Anthony Banda, Visalia 6 IP, 5 H, 0 BB, 13 K, 3 ER
0 Stars: Jeferson Mejia, Hillsboro 2 IP, 4 H, 3 BB, 2 K, 2 ER, W (4-3)
AAA: Reno 10 Fresno 4. It was the Brandon Drury show as his bat exploded for 11 total bases with 3 doubles, a home run and a single. Jhoulys Chacin struggled early allowing 4 runs in the first 2 innings before settling down and taking his start into the 6th. Three relievers tidied things up from there.Peter O'Brien hit a big 3-run homer in the 3rd that gave the Aces a lead they would not relinquish. Danny Dorn added 2 hits with a double.
AA: Mobile 4 Jacksonville 2. Socrates Brito hit a 2-run homer in the 6th that broke a 2-2 tie and the team held on from there. Edgar Garcia gave up 2 runs in the first 5 innings and five relievers followed to hold the Suns scoreless the rest of the way. Jimmie Sherfy got the win for pitching a scoreless 6th and Silvino Bracho earned his 13th save. Zack Borenstein had 2 hits, a walk and an RBI while Ronnie Freeman had 2 hits, a double and a walk.
A+: Visalia 5 San Jose 4. This one stayed tied at 3-3 until the 11th when San Jose scored in the top of the inning before Jamie Westbrook singled in the bottom of the inning with 2 outs to get the walk-off win. Anthony Banda was dominant in spite of giving up a 2-out, 3-run homer in the 5th. he went 6 innings and struck out 13 without walking a batter. Kevin Vance, Steve Hathaway and Joey Krehbiel were perfect in the 7th, 8th and 9th innings with Krehbiel striking out the side in the 9th. Johnny Shuttlesworth got the win in spite of giving up a run in the top of the 11th. Jamie Westbrook went 2 for 5 with 2 RBI and Mitch haniger went 3 for 6 with a double and 2 runs scored.
A: Kane County 5 Burlington 4. The Cougars won this back-and-forth affair on a walk-off sacrifice fly by Joe Munoz in the 9th. Ethan Elias allowed 2 runs over the first 5 frames and Wei-Chieh Huang went the final 4 innings allowing 2 runs but getting the win. Joe Munoz had 2 hits and 2 RBI while Henry Castillo had 2 hits with a double and 2 runs scored.
A-: Hillsboro 5 @ Tri-City 4. 6th-round pick Tyler Mark got the start and tossed 3 shutout innings on a hit and a walk. The bullpen was uneven other than Brody Greer who threw 2 scoreless innings allowing no hits and striking out 3. Jeferson Mejia got the win in spite of a shaky outing in which he gave up 4 hits and 3 walks in 2 innings while limiting the damage to 2 runs. Ryan Burr got his 3rd save though he did allow a run.
R: Missoula 10 Helena 4. The Osprey made it a clean sweep for the top 6 affiliates with a dominating 10-4 win. Bo Takahashi gave up 4 runs in the first 5 innings but the bullpen was dominating throwing 4 scoreless innings allowing 1 hit and striking out 9. That quartet of relievers included Austin Mason, Cody Clark, Gabriel Moya and Keegan Long. Marcus Wilson led the offense going 3 for 4 with a walk, a double, an RBI, 3 runs scored and a stolen base. Luke Lowery hit 2 triples and drove in 2 while Austin Byler had 2 doubles and 2 RBI.