3 stars: Braden Shipley, Mobile - 7 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 SO
2 stars: Bryant Holtmann, Missoula - 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 SO
1 star: Evan Marzilli, AZL - 2-for-3, three R, TPL, RBI, three BB, SB
0 stars: Will Lowman, Missoula - 0.2 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO, L (0-2)
Triple-A Reno 1 @ El Paso 4. The Aces were blanked for seven innings by the Chiahuahuas, before 1B Nick Evans's single ended the shutout; it was their only hit with a runner in scoring position, in six at-bats. LF Mike Freeman had two of Reno's five hits, with RF Nick Buss singling and walking. Caleb Clay allowed all four runs over his 5.2 innings of work, scattering eight hits and a walk, with a trio of strikeouts. Kaleb Fleck and Kevin Munson combined for 2.1 scoreless innings of relief.
Double-A Mobile 3, Biloxi 2. Braden Shipley gave up only an earned run over seven innings of four-hit ball. He walked one and struck out six, reducing his ERA over the last nine starts to 2.48. But he didn't figure in the decision, as the Shuckers to break a 1-1 tie, scoring one in the top of the eighth, only for the BayBears to respond with a pair, RF Gabriel Guerrero's RBI double scoring the go-ahead run. 2B Garrett Weber and LF Zach Borenstein each doubled and singled, while Silvino Bracho got the win, recording the final five outs.
High-A Visalia 4 @ Modesto 6. The Rawhide outhit the Nuts 13-11, but unfortunately, also out-errored them, with three Visalia gaffes leading to the margin of defeat, costing two unearned runs. Those went on the tally of R.J. Hively, as well as two earned; he went five innings, with six hits, no walks and five strikeouts. CF Breland Almadova and SS Domingo Leyba each had a double and a single, with RF Mitch Haniger getting three hits. Joey Krehbiel dropped to 0-4, taking the loss for the two earned runs he allowed in the eighth, after Visalia had tied it up at four.
A-ball Kane County 5, Cedar Rapids 4. A four-run seventh by the Cougars turned this one in their favor, as they came back from three down. 1B Marty Herum had a double and two singles, while RF Quinnton Mack hit a double and walked twice, also stealing a base. Brad Keller, written about recently, worked four iinnings, scattering five hits and allowing three runs, walking none and fanning four. Nick Baker tosses three hitless innings of relief for the W, and Zac Curtis notched a four-out save stranding the tying run on base in both eighth and ninth frames.
A-short Hillsboro 6, Tri-City 2. The Hops left it late, but a five-run ninth got them the victory: RF Luis Veras's two-run triple drove in the tying and go-ahead runs. He also singled, catcher Alexis Olmeda adding a double and a single. Carlos Hernandez was, by his standards, roughed up, giving up four hits and two walks in three innings, allowing two runs and fanning four; he did set the Hops' single-season strikeout record with a K to end the first. The Hillsboro bullpen was excellent, six relievers tossing six innings of one-hit ball with one walk and eight K's.
Rookie Missoula 0, Billings 5. The Osprey offense was all but handcuffed, managing only a trio of hits, all of them singles. Two came off the bat of RF Jason Morozowski, who also walked, the other going to CF Marcus Wilson. Starter Bryant Holtmann pitched well, tossing five scoreless innings of three hits, with no walks and four K's. But Will Lowman allowed three runs in two-third of an inning to take the loss. Aaron Sookee struck out the Mustangs in the eighth, around a hit batter.
AZL D-backs 7, Athletics 2. I'm not sure why Evan Marzilli is still in the AZL: in eight games there, he is 9-for-22 with seven walks, for an OBP of .516. He reached base five more times tonight, with a triple, a single and three bases on balls, also stealing a base. DH Jose Herrera wasn't far behind, with a hit and three walks, as the D-backs took 12 free-passes in total. Chase Anderson started for us, and threw four shutout innings, allowing four hits and no walks, striking out three.Oliver Polanco got the win for two scoreless relief frames, also fanning three.