Second baseman Henry Castillo helped lead Visalia to a win with a game-tying home run in the bottom of the 7th. The 21-year-old infielder is progressing nicely through the minors, He lacks any one outstanding skill but he's got an outside chance if he keeps it up. He;s hitting .301 with an .826 OPS, 5 home runs and 5 stolen bases. Someone to keep an eye on.
3 Stars: Henry Castillo, Visalia 2 for 3, 1 R, 1 DBL, 1 HR (5), 1 RBI
2 Stars: Jeff Smith, Kane County 3 for 4, 1 R, 1 HR (1), 3 RBI
1 Star: Josh Anderson, Kane County 3 for 4, 2 RBI
0 Stars: Todd Glaesmann, Reno 0 for 4, 3 K
AAA: Reno 1 @ Round Rock 4. Matt Buschmann made it into the 6th but allowed 3 runs in all. Matt Stites gave up one of his own and when the offense supplied just 3 hits and one run in support the result was a pretty boring defeat. Socrates Brito tripled and drove in the lone run.
AA: Mobile 3 @ Biloxi 7. Luke Irvine got bumped up from Visalia for this start and was doing okay until he gave up one run in the 5th and then an ugly 4-spot in the 6th. Gabriel Guerrero hit a 3-run homer in the 7th to make it interesting but that was as good as it got. Five hits was all the offense could muster with 2 from Kevin Cron.
A+: Visalia 4 Rancho Cucamonga 3. In a 7-inning affair Henry Castillo homered in the bottom of the 7th to tie the game at 3-3 and Robelys Reyes singled home the game winner for the walk-off victory. Nick Baker started and went 4 innings giving up two runs in the first (one earned) on 4 hits and a walk while striking out 5. Bud Jeter walked the bases loaded in the top of the 7th and gave up a run to a sacrifice bunt before the heroics in the bottom of the 9th.
A: Kane County 5 Beloit 4. A couple of come-from-behind rallies made reliever Aaron Burr a winner. Justin Donatella started and was in control until a 3-run 7th ruined his night. The offense was up to the task with 3 runs in the bottom of the 8th that featured a Josh Anderson 2-run single. Burr pitched the 8th and the 9th innings and had a couple of strikeouts. Jeff Smith hit a 2-run homer in the 5th while Anderson had 3 hits on the night.