3 stars: Matt Koch, Mobile - 7.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 6 SO, W (1-0)
2 stars: Dansby Swanson, Hillsboro - 5-for-6, three R, TPL
1 star: Jhoulys Chacin, Reno - 7 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO, W (6-3) + three hits, DBL, RBI
0 stars: Markus Solbach, Visalia - 2 IP, 9 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 1 BB, 0 SO, L (2-2)
Triple-A Reno 9 @ Sacramento 5. LF Peter O'Brien got the hard parts of the cycle, but fell a single short, scoring three runs and driving in four; the homer was #26 for him. CF Todd Glaesmann reached base four times, on three hits and a walk, but best all-round performance goes to Jhoulys Chacin. He held the River Cats to one run over seven innings, on four hits and a walk, with two K, and also had three hits, including a double, and drove in a run. Brett Shankin tossed a scoreless eighth, but was touched for four runs in the ninth, making the final score more respectable.
Doublw-A Mobile 3 @ Pensacola 0. Matt Koch, newly arrived from the Mets in part payment for Addison Reed, tossed 7.1 shutout innings in his BayBears debut, holding the Blue Wahoos to a pair of singles. He walked four and struck out six. Daniel Gibson and Jake Barrett then completed the three-hit shutout. Mobile managed only five hits themselves, but did a better job of bunching them, scoring all three runs in the fourth, on a bases-clearing double by C Mark Thomas. 2B Garrett Weber had two hits and scored a run.
High-A Visalia 2, Stockton 14. ...and sometimes the bear eats you. Such was the case tonight, as the Ports pounded 20 hits off MarKus Solbach and the Rawhide bullpen. Solbach lasted only two innings, allowing nine hits and a walk, with seven earned runs. Tom Jameson did toss three scoreless innings in relief, but Johnny Shuttlesworth was tagged for seven runs over the last four frames. 2B Kevin Medrano and 1B Daniel Palka each had a single and a walk for Visalia,
A-ball Kane County 5 @ Quad Cities 11. The Cougars' magic number remained at one with the loss, and a win by the Peoria Chiefs. This one went south in the fifth, when the River Bandits blew open a 2-2 game by scoring seven times, chasing starter Ethan Elias. He went 4.2 innings, allowing six runs on six hits and four walks with five K's. CF Colin Bray picked up two hits and a walk, with RF Victor Reyes driving in four runs on two hits, including his first home-run of the year, a three-run shot in the ninth.
A short Hillsboro 12, Boise 0. After being blanked last night, the boot was on the other foot, as the Hops rolled to a blowout, out-hitting the Hawks 16-3. SS Dansby Swanson had the best night in his young pro career, getting five hits, including a triple, and is now hitting .320. DH Luis Veras doubled and had two singles, driving in two, and 1B Trevor Mitsui drove in four runs on two hits, and had set a single-season Hops record with 40 RBI. CF Zach Nehrir also had two hits. Meanwhile, Carlos Hernandez tossed six shutout innings on two hits, with two walks and four K's for the W.
Rookie Missoula 6, Great Falls 0. Bryant Holtmann tosses six shutout innings on five hits, as the Osprey blanked the Voyagers on eight hits. Holtmann walked none and struck out five. Cody Clark struck out the side in the eighth. Missoula scored four times in the second to take control, SS Isan Diaz continued his hot streak with a pair of doubles, while 3B Tyler Humphries tripled, singled and walked. 1B Austin Byler drove in a pair of runs with a single, a walk and a sacrifice fly for the Osprey.