3 stars: Alex Gouin, Missoula - 8 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 SO
2 stars: Luis Madero, AZL - 6 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 SO, W (1-2)
1 star: Stephen Smith, Hillsboro - 3-for-4, R, HR (1), three RBI
0 stars: Alexi Ogando, Reno - 0.2 IP, 2 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 4 BB, 0 SO
Triple-A Reno 4, Sacramento 12. This was relatively close until the River Cats put up a six spot in the seventh inning, off Alexi Ogando and Steve Hathaway. Matt Buschmann took the loss, going 5.2 innings and being charged with five runs (one unearned) on seven hits and two walks, with three strikeouts. Matt Capps was the only Aces pitcher not to allow a run, working a scoreless eighth. CF Mitch Haniger got his 19th home-run, and also singled and walked, and 2B Ildemaro Vargas got a pair of hits. David Peralta went 1-for-5, as he finishes his tune-up before being a return to the majors scheduled for this weekend.
Double-A Mobile 0, Biloxi 2. The Bay Bears were held to just three hits as they were blanked. Two of those, including their only extra-base knock, a double, came off the bat of SS Domingo Leyba, but Mobile were 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position. Cole Johnson got a tough loss, working seven innings of two-run ball, on five hits with two walks and five K's. Miller DIaz worked a pair of scoreless relief innings to finish things off, striking out a pair. 1B Rudy Flores got a golden sombrero, going 0-for-4 with four strikeouts, but is still hitting .318 for Mobile. .
High-A Visalia 1, Modesto 2. The Rawhide were almost shutout too, managing four hits and no RBI, with their only run scoring on an error in the second inning. That gave the home team the lead, but they were also hitless with RISP, going 0-for-7. An error by 3B Henry Castillo led to an unearned run in the fourth and the Nuts took the lead off Alex Young in the fifth. He gave up two runs (one earned) in six innings, scattering seven hits and a walk with four strikeouts. C Matt Jones walked and singled.
Class A Kane County off.
A-short Hillsboro 8, Boise 3. RF Stephen Smith's first home-run, a three-run shot in the third, helped lead the Hops to victory - Smith also picked up two other hits 2B Adam Walton picked up a pair of knocks, and Hillsboro used a four-run eighth to blow open a close game. Junior Garcia picked up his first W, striking out six over five innings of three-run ball, on four hits and a walk. The Hops bullpen followed with four scoreless frames, Riley Smith closing things with a six-out save, including five strikeouts.
Rookie Missoula 2, Idaho Falls 1 (10). 2B Yan Sanchez got a walk-off RBI single with two outs in the bottom of the 10th, as the Osprey edged the Chukars. That scored C Mike Branigan, who had been hit by a pitch and moved to third on a pickoff error. Missoula starter Alex Gouin went eight innings, giving up only one run on seven hits, with no walks and six strikeouts. 1B Tanner Hill got two hits, and DH Kyle Smith hit his third home-run of the season in the second inning, after Idaho Falls had taken the lead in the top of the frame.
AZL D-backs 8, Giants 3. Luis Madero got the W for six innings of one-run work here, on just three hits and a walk, with seven strikeouts. Good to see Socrates Brito back in a line-up, as he comes back from a fractured right toe suffered in late June. He went 1-for-3 as the DH here, before being replaced in the seventh. RF Juan Araujo got his fifth home-run, and singled; LF Gabriel Maciel doubled and singled, and C Gavin Stupienski achieved his first homer, a three-run shot in the sixth.