Bo Takahashi, one of our less-heralded prospects, is off to a nice start this season for Kane County. Signed out of Brazil a few years ago Takahashi tossed 6 shutout innings last night on 2 hits with 8 strikeouts. He's actually bounced back and forth a little between Visalia and KC and on the season has thrown 19 innings giving up just 12 hits and 3 walks with 19 strikeouts. He's not a big kid at 5-11, 180 but held his own in the tough Pioneer League last which is every bit as bad as the PCL or the Cal League. I'd like to see what he could do with a full season in the Midwest League while building up some innings since he is just 19 years old. Someone to keep an eye on a little.
3 Stars: Bo Takahashi , Kane County 6 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 8 K, 0 ER, W (1-0)
2 Stars: Kyle Drabek, Reno 7 IP, 6 H, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 ER, W (2-2)
1 Star: John Omahen, Mobile 6 IP, 4 H, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 ER, W (1-4)
0 Stars: Blake Perry, Visalia 2/3 IP, 4 H, 1 BB, 0 K, 5 ER
AAA: Reno 3 @ Sacramento 1. Kyle Drabek was sharp going 7 strong innings allowing one run on 6 hits and a walk while striking out 4. His offense got him an early 2-0 lead and other than a single tally allowed in the 3rd he kept things right there to earn the win. Our up-and-down major league bullpen of Enrique Burgos and Silvino Bracho closed things down from there with shutout 8th and 9th innings. The offense racked up 10 hits with 2 each from Jason Bourgeois and Mike Freeman.
AA: Mobile 4 @ Mississippi 1. Monday. John Omahen came out of nowhere to toss a gem in leading the BayBears to victory with 6 innings of one-run ball. He only struck out 1 but surrendered just 4 hits and a walk. Jimmie Sherfy got promoted from Visalia and promptly earned the save with a perfect 9th and 2 strikeouts. He's having a terrific bounce-back season after really struggling in AA last year. He tore it up in Visalia with 17 strikeouts and just 3 hits allowed in 9 innings. This will be a critical stretch for him to see how he handles AA this time around. So far so good. Kevin Cron did the critical offensive damage in this one with a 2-run homer in the 2nd that gave them a lead they would never surrender.
AA: Mobile 0 @ Mississippi 5. Zach Godley didn't pitch badly in this one though some poor defense led to 3 unearned runs. He got through 6 innings allowing 4 runs overall with just one earned and he walked none while striking out 6. The offense was a no-show with 5 hits and nada on the scoreboard. Michael Bourn made his first appearance for the organization leading off and going 1 for 4 playing center field.
A+: Visalia 3 Stockton 11. Taylor Clarke was another pitcher who got a promotion and made his first start for the Rawhide. He pitched pretty well though his line doesn't show it. He gave up a triple and a home run to the first two batters in the 2nd, but was pretty stellar after that putting up goose eggs through 6. He was left in for the 7th and hit a batter before allowing back-to-back singles to load the bases. Blake Perry got the call and allowed all three runners to score plus a couple of more and before it was over a 2-1 deficit grew to 11-1. Clarke gave up 5 runs overall on 5 hits and 2 walks and struck out 5. He looks like he'll be fine, though the margin for error in the Cal League is MUCH smaller than down below. Not much offense in this one either with just 5 hits and 2 late meaningless runs in the 9th.
A: Kane County 2 @ Cedar Rapids 0. Bo Takahashi was the story here with 6 shutout innings as Cameron Gann pitched a perfect 9th to give Takahashi the much-deserved win. The offense did just enough with their 4 hits as Jose Queliz drove in both runs and hit his first home run of the year.
A: Kane County 2 @ Cedar Rapids 3. The Cougars couldn't complete the DH sweep when reliever Gabe Speier allowed the go-ahead run in the 6th that broke a 2-2 tie. Junior Garcia started and was okay allowing 2 runs on 9 hits over 5 innings. The offense was meager in this one as well with just 5 hits that plated 2 runs, but that wasn't quite good enough.