3 stars: Brad Keller, Visalia - 7 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 SO
2 stars: Billy Buckner, Mobile - 6 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 7 SO, W (2-4)
1 star: Colin Bray, Kane County - 2-for-3, two R, TPL, RBI, two BB, SB
0 stars: Visalia bullpen - 1.2 IP, 7 H, 3 BB, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 SO, L
Triple-A Reno were off but the Pacific Coast All-Stars played the International League in Charlotte. RF Kyle Jensen walked to lead off the second, then scored the game's first run on Travis Taijeron's homer. He singled in the fourth, stole second, and drew another walk in the ninth. However, the IL tied things up, with Braden Shipley allowing a solo home-run in the third, during his inning of work. SS Jack Reinheimer struck out in the seventh, after coming in as a defensive replacement the previous frame. The IL ended up beating the PCL 4-2.
Double-A Mobile 4, Mississippi 3. Remember Billy Buckner? Played for AZ from 2008-10? After a spell in indy ball, he's back with the organization, and tossed six scoreless innings tonight for the Baybears. He allowed five hits and three walks, striking out seven. Mobile did all their scoring in the third, including a three-run homer by 1B Kevin Cron (#13). SS Ildemaro Vargas doubled and singled, and RF Stewart Ijames doubled and walked. The BayBears were 4-0 up in the ninth, but a two-out error by Jamie Westbrook opened the door for the Braves, who scored three runs, before Matt Stites cane in, and stranded the tying run on second, for his sixth save.
High-A Visalia 3 @ Lake Elsinore 4. The Rawhide also had a lead in the ninth, but this ended less happily. Bud Jeter and Drew Muren combine to let the storm score three and walk-off winners, on a woeful night for the Visalia 'pen. That cost Brad Keller a W, after he had been excellent, tossing seven shutout frames, on four hits, two walks and five strikeouts. 1B Marty Herum had a home-run (#8), a double and a walk, LF Victor Reyes got homer #5 and walked, and RF Stryker Trahan doubled and walked, but was caught stealing.
A-ball Kane County 6, West Michigan 7. This looked over early, as the Cougars fell 6-0 down by the middle of the fifth. Emilio Vargas was charged with five runs in just three innings, on eight hits and a walk with two strikeouts. But Kane County clawed their way back, led by CF Colin Bray who reached four times on a triple, single and two walks, stealing a base. RF Austin Byler drove in three with his two hits, but the Cougars come back ended just short. They scored two in the ninth to pull within one, but left the tying run on first. Hector Hernandez allowed one run over 4.2 relief innings.
A-shirt Hillsboro 3, Everett 7. Three errors by the Hops doomed them to defeat, as the AquaSox scored five unearned runs here. Anfernee Benitez didn't help by walking five in his five innings, even if only one of the five runs allowed, on four hits and four K's, was earned. CF Marcus Wilson reached base safely four times, on two hits and two walks, and Sergio Alcantara got a single plus a walk. DH Anfernee Grier got his his first home-run of the year, a two-run shot in the third.
Rookie Missoula 2 @ Ogden 8. Pierce Romero dug a deep hole early, lasting four innings and being charged with seven runs (five earned), on eight hits and two walks; Romero struck out four. The Osprey were six down before they got on the board, and never got closer than five the rest of the way. SS Jasrado Chisholm and 3B Ramon Hernandez each had two hits and drove in a run, but Missoula struck out 13 times tonight, without drawing a single walk. Williams Durruthy was effective in relief, tossing three scoreless while fanning five.
AZL D-backs 8 @ Athletics 4. David Peralta and Chris Owings started for the D-backs here, though neither played a full nine innings. RF Peralta went 0-for-2 with a walk and scored a run. Owings DH'd and went 1-for-3. A three-run fifth gave the D-backs the lead for good, keyed by a two-run double off the bat of SS Mark Karaviotis. 1B Francis Martinez had a pair of doubles, driving in and scoring a pair. LF Juan Araujo got his fourth home-run and two singles, getting two RBI, and 3B Joey Rose tripled and walked. Alex Gunn got the win for 5.2 innings of three-run ball (two earned). Anyel Beato got a nine-out save with three shutout innings.