Gabriel Guerrero homered twice for 6 RBI in leading Mobile to a big 9-3 win. But even that doesn't get him three stars as new farmhand Ericson Leonora (who?) outdid him with two home runs of his own and 7 RBI, one of them being a grand slam in Visalia's victory. Leonora is a former Yankees prospect out of Venezuela who never did enough to stick with them and the Dbacks picked him up in the off-season. He's a 23-year-old outfielder with a little bit of pop and a little too much swing and miss. Don't get too excited.
3 Stars: Ericson Leonora, Visalia 2 for 4, 1 BB, 2 H, 2 R, 2 HR (2), 7 RBI
2 Stars: Gabriel Guerrero, Mobile 3 for 4, 1 BB, 2 R, 2 HR (2), 6 RBI
1 Star: Taylor Clarke, Kane County 6 IP, 2 H, 0 BB, 4 K, 0 ER, W (1-0)
0 Stars: Evan Marshall, Reno 2 IP, 4 H, 1 BB, 1 K, 4 ER
AAA: Reno 1 Albuquerque 8. The Aces were never really in this one. Tyler Wagner was so-so giving up 4 runs on 9 hits and 2 walks over 6 innings with 4 strikeouts. Evan Marshall threw gas on the fire allowing 4 more runs in the 7th on 4 hits and a walk. The offense didn't really show up either picking up 7 hits, all singles. Peter O'Brien had 2 of those singles.
AA: Mobile 9 @ Biloxi 3. It was the Gabby Guerrero show as he hit a pair of 3-run homers in support of another solid outing by Yoan Lopez. Guerrero also added a single and a walk. Lopez went 6 innings giving up 2 runs on 5 hits and 3 walks while striking out 2. On another positive note Jamie Westbrook went 3 for 4 with a double to break out of his first week slump. Mitch Haniger had 2 hits, a walk and drove in 2 runs. Kevin Cron scored twice and tallied a triple and a walk.
A+: Visalia 8 @ San Jose 4. The offense did the work in this one overcoming Josh Taylor's inability to get out of the first inning and a 3-0 deficit. Unknown Ericson Leonora was the hero tying the game in the 2nd with a 3-run homer, then blowing it open in the 5th with a grand slam. The bullpen behind Taylor's stumble was terrific with Blake Perry going 2.1 innings giving up one run to steady the ship. A combination of Austin Wright, Myles Smith, Zac Curtis and Jimmie Sherfy went the final 6 innings allowing no runs on just one hit with 8 strikeouts. Rudy Flores and Henry Castillo each collected 3 hits while Grant Heyman and Domingo Leyba each had 2.
A: Kane County 4 Cedar Rapids 1. Top prospect Taylor Clarke was outstanding tossing 6 shutout innings on 2 hits and no walks while striking out 4 to earn his first win of the season. The offense wasn't special but it was good enough. Galli Cribbs led the way with 2 hits and 2 RBI. Matt McPhearson stole his 5th base in 6 games.