3 stars: Kyle Jensen, Reno - 3-for-4, two R, two HR, seven RBI, BB
2 stars: Brad Keller, Visalia - 7.2 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 7 SO, W (7-6)
1 star: Braden Shipley, Reno - 7 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 7 SO, W (8-5)
0 stars: Kevin Cron, Mobile - 0-for-3, two SO, error
Triple-A Reno 10, Colorado Springs 1. 1B Kyle Jensen had three hits and drove in seven runs, a season-high for the Aces. He had a three-run homer in the first, and followed that with a grand-slam in the sixth, and now has 19 home-runs for the season. 2B Ildemaro Vargas and LF Peter O'Brien each had two hits and a walk, while CF Mitch Haniger had a hit, two walks and scored three runs. Braden Shipley scattered seven hits and three walks over his seven innings of one-run ball, striking out seven. A first-inning solo homer was the only damage he allowed, before the Aces reeled off 10 unanswered runs.
Double-A Mobile 1 @ Chattanooga 3. The BayBears offense was almost totally stifled here, managing only two hits against the Lookouts tonight. Rehabbing RF David Peralta doubled, driving in Mobile's only run, and also stole a base. DH Rudy Flores got their only other hit and also swiped a bag. Starter Billy Buckner probably deserved a better fate, giving the visitors a quality start. He worked seven innings, and was charged with three runs on six hits and a walk with six strikeouts.
High-A Visalia 2 @ Bakersfield 0. Brad Keller took a shutout deep into the eighth inning for the Rawhide on the road. He didn't walk a batter, allowing five hits while striking out seven over 7.2 innings. Gabriel Moya stranded the two runners he inherited for the final out, before Cameron Gann closed out the win for his first save. 1B Marty Herum got two hits and a walk, while CF Zach Nehrir got two hits. 3B Joe Munoz accounted for both runs with his first home-run, and also walked. The offense struggled in the clutch, going 0-for-11 with runners in scoring position, but thanks to Keller, it was enough.
A-ball Kane County 5, South Bend 2. Emilio Vargas picked up his first win of 2016, throwing 7.1 innings, and being charged with a pair of runs on six hits and a walk. He struck out four. Cody Clark got his first save, and looked good in doing so, striking out three of the four batters he faced. On offense, RF Joey Armstrong went 3-for-4 with a double; 2B Raymel Flores and 1B Trevor Mitsui each got two hits and a walk, with Flores also stealing two bases. CF Colin Bray got his third homer, also singling and swiping a bag.
A-short Hillsboro 4 @ Eugene 6. Starter Anfernee Benitez struck out nine over five innings, but also gave up six hits, a walk and a pair of wild pitches, leading to five runs (four earned) and the loss. Palmer Betts tossed a pair of hitless innings in relief. C Alexis Olmeda was the only Hops hitter to reach safely more than once, getting a hit and walking, and Hillsboro also struggled on defense. They made a total of five errors, with two being charged to 2B Connor Owings.
Rookie Missoula 0 @ Idaho Falls 7. The Osprey could only manage four hits and now walks here, half of the hits coming from the bat of SS Jasrado Chisholm. Starter Pierce Romero's struggles continued, his record falling to 0-4 and his ERA rising to 7.96, as he gave up six runs (five earned) over four innings, on six hits and three walks, with just a pair of strikeouts. Williams Durruthy allowed one run over three innings out of the bullpen, and Luis Castillo worked a scoreless eighth.
AZL D-backs 2, Giants 12. The D-backs had the lead going into the fifth, but the Giants put up an eight-spot there, sending no less than 14 men to the plate. The wheels came off starter Franklyn Soriano there, all six runs he allowed coming in the fifth; he allowed 10 hits and a walk, with four strikeouts, over 4.1 innings. 2B Paxton De La Garza got two hits and a walk to lead the hitter, with two hits also for CF Gabriel Maciel and LF Rafael Santana.
Finally, we don't normally mention the Dominican League, but one of our two teams there deserve mention, as they pounded the Padres' farm team by a score of 19-8. They piled up a total of 21 hits, took eight walks and stole six bases in the game. 3B Luis Lara had three hits, stole two bases and scored four runs.