The Aces took control of their game from the get-go and got a quality performance from starter Anthony Banda, who has posted his 3rd straight quality start. The early offense combined with good starting pitching was enough to propel the Aces to their 7th straight win, their longest winning streak since they won 8 games between May 5th and May 11th in 2012. There is also a rumor floating about that Monday's starting pitcher will be a AAA call-up, with top pitching prospect Braden Shipley being the most linked name to that rumor. Keep an eye out to see if Shipley gets scratched from his start.
3 Stars: LHP Anthony Banda (Reno) 7 1/3 IP, 5 H, 2 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 4 K, W (2-2); 1 for 3, R
2 Stars: RHP Kai-Wei Lin (AZL) 8 IP, 6 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 7 K, L (2-4)
1 Star: CF Mitch Haniger (Reno) 2 for 5, 2B, 2-R HR (14)
0 Stars: C Michael Branigan (Missoula) 1 for 4, R; 5/5 SBA, 2 throwing errors, PB
Reno 8, Las Vegas 4: The Aces offense took control of this game early with 7 runs in the first two innings, the latter being a 5-spot. The 2nd inning included home runs from Ildemaro Vargas, Chris Owings, and Mitch Haniger. That was more than enough support for Anthony Banda, who went 7 1/3 innings in the game, allowing just 2 runs on 5 hits and walked a guy and struck out 4. Banda also contributed at the plate with a 2nd inning single and scored on Owings' homer. Both David Peralta and Chris Owings had 2 hits, an extra base hit, and a RBI in the game, so that's nice to see and hopefully that roll continues when they come off the disabled list next week.
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Visalia 7, Stockton 8 (11): Joel Payamps got blitzed early on in this game, allowing 6 runs in 4 innings. At that point, the Rawhide trailed 6-1, but continued to fight back. The comeback started in the 7th inning, where they were able to knock out the opposing starter 3 batters into the inning and the big hit coming from Galli Cribbs, who launched a 3-run homer to make the score 6-5. In the 8th inning, they were able to tie the game without the benefit of a hit thanks to sloppy infield defense by the Ports. The score would remain that way until the 11th, when a botched double play ball caused 2 runs to score. The Rawhide tried to make a comeback bid, but fell short by a run.
Kane County 1, Great Lakes 4: The game started off alright as the Cougars pushed across an unearned run in the top of the 1st inning, but that was all they got offensively. Unfortunately, Max Duval decided to be in a charitable mood and gave back that run with interest, allowing 3 runs in the first two innings. The offense struggled to hit with RISP, going 0 for 6 in that situation.
Hillsboro 0, Tri-City 2: The Hops continue the no offense theme as they were unable to plate a run for the entire game. Bo Takahashi started the game with 4 shutout innings. Palmer Betts followed that up with an unearned run in 2 innings. When the offense isn't clicking and the defense lets you down, there is a problem. The Hops struggled with RISP, going 1 for 8 in that situation and stranding 7 runners. The one hit led to a runner being thrown out at home plate.
Ogden 12, Missoula 3: The Osprey had a game to forget, as they were unable to pitch, hit, or shut down the opposing team's ground game. Catcher Michael Branigan had an especially bad day behind the plate, allowing 5 stolen bases, made two throwing errors, and let a ball get through. It also didn't help the pitching had an especially bad day as they were getting shelled on the mound. Tanner Hill led the team with 2 RBI, which came on a 2-run double in the 6th inning.
AZL Dbacks 0, AZL Indians 1: This was a classic pitcher's duel between Kai-Wei Lin and Felix Tati. Unfortunately, Lin had the misfortune of giving up a run as his own offense was unable to support him. Lin went 8 innings and pitched extremely well, but came out as the tough luck loser despite pitching an outing with a game score of 80. Ben Deluzio and Jeff Smith had 2 hits in the game, but the Dbacks had issues even getting runners into scoring position as they only had 4 opportunities in that situation.