3 stars: Markus Solbach, Visalia - 8 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 5 SO, W (1-0)
2 stars: Daniel Palka, Visalia - 2-for-2, two R, TPL, HR (20), two RBI, two BB
1 star: Mitch Haniger, Visalia - 2-for-5, two R, two HR (12), two RBI
[That's the first time I remember all three coming from the same game!]
0 stars: Matt Reynolds, Reno - 0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 0 SO
Triple-A Reno 5, Salt Lake 6. The Aces had a five-run lead going into the sixth, but after five shutout innings, the wheels fell off Allen Webster. He went 5.2 innings, allowing four runs on five hits and two walks, with a trio of strikeouts. Matt Reynolds came in with two outs and the bases empty in the seventh, but didn't retire any of the three batters faced to blow the lead, and a homer by former D-back Roger Kieschnick in the eighth tagged Kevin Munson with the loss. DH Peter O'Brien had four hits and was a homer short of the cycle; 3B Brandon Drury had three hits and 1B Nick Evans was on base four times, with a hit and three walks.
Double-A Mobile 1, Mississippi 2. Braden Shipley took a one hitter into the seventh inning, but a two-run single with two outs there tagged him with a tough loss. He only allowed three hits and a walk, with nine strikeouts. Unfortunately, he got no support from the offense, who were held to six hits, with 2B Garrett Weber doubling and singling, while Stewart Ijames came off the bench for a pinch-hit home-run in the eighth, his third, for the BayBears only run. CF Evan Marzilli singled and walked.
High-A Visalia 6 @ San Jose 0. Markus Solbach showed his promotion was well-deserved, tossing eight shutout innings of two-hit ball to win his A+ debut for the Rawhide. A pair of one-out singles in the second and fourth, were the only hits allowed, and he threw 108 pitches before Mason McCullough completed the shutout. Visalia powered away in the middle innings, 1B Daniel Palka clubbing his 20th homer, tripling and also drawing a pair of walks. CF Mitch Haniger delivered his 11th and 12 HR for the Rawhide.
A-ball Kane County 2, Great Lakes 6. A pair of Cougars errors by SS Dawel Lugo and 3B Joe Munoz opened the door for five unearned runs on the tally of Josh Taylor, who scattered nine hits and a walk over five innings, with two strikeouts, but no earned runs. KC were outhit handily, by a margin of 15-7, with two hits from 1B Marty Herum, while RF Victor Reyes singled and walked, but was also caught stealing. Myles Smith worked a pair of scoreless innings in relief, striking out three batters.
A-short Hillsboro 3, Vancouver 2. It was a winning debut for our first-round pick Dansby Swanson; though he struck out in his first two at-bats, he drew a walk in the third, and came around to score on a ground-out by RF Luis Veras. The Hops drew a total of nine bases on balls all told, three for 1B Trevor Mitsui, and scored twice in the eighth to take the lead, tying the game on four consecutive walks, then going ahead on LF Gerard Hernandez's sac. fly. Tyler Bolton allowed two runs over eight, on three hits and a walk with nine K's, and Alex Young struck out the side in the ninth for his first save.
Rookie Missoula 8 @ Orem 9 (11). Extras were needed after Missoula scored twice in the top of the ninth to take the lead, only for Orem to match that off Dan Savas on the ninth, taking advantage of an error by LF Matt McPhearson. Cody Clark retired the side in the 10th, but could only get one out next time up before the Owlz walked it off. 2B Raymel Flores had four singles, stole a base and scored twice, with RF Joey Armstrong and C Luke Lowery getting three hits each. Bryant Holtmann gave up three runs over five innings, on five hits with no walks and one strikeout.
AZL D-backs 5, Padres 2. Randall Delgado made his first rehab appearance at Peoria, but allowed both runs here, working one inning and giving up a two-out, two-run homer after a single and a balk. Brent Jones got the win for five scoreless innings of two-hit relief, fanning an impressive nine and walking one. 3B Nic Coffman had three hits and scored a run, while RF Logan Soole tripled and singled, and catcher Jose Herrera had his first home-run, a solo shot in the 2nd.