3 stars: Myles Babitt, AZL - 3-for-4, R, DBL, RBI, 2 BB
2 stars: Andy Yerzy, Missoula, pro debut, 3-for-4, R
1 star: Colin Poche + Trevor Simms, Hillsboro - 6 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 5 BB, 6 SO
0 stars: Cody Reed, Visalia - 1.1 IP, 6 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 4 BB, 1 SO, L (0-4)
Triple-A Reno 3, Tacoma 2. Anthony Banda's third AAA start went a good deal better than his first two, where he had an ERA of nine. Here, he tossed six innings of two-run ball, scattering eight hits and two walks, striking out seven. However, the win went to Adam Loewen for his scoreless seventh, the Aces' bullpen tossing three hitless innings, ending in Jimmie Sherfy's first save, striking out the side around a walk. 2B Mike Freeman and CF Mitch Haniger each got two hits, Haniger driving in Freeman with the go-ahead run in the seventh. Kyle Jensen's 17th home-run had tied things up in the sixth inning.
Double-A Mobile 4, Pensacola 10. The Bay Bears scored three in the first, on two hits, two walks and two sacrifice flies. But before they crossed home-plate again. the Blue Wahoos had done so ten times. Starter Matt Koch took a quality start into the seventh, but ended up allowing five earned runs on 10 hits and a walk, with four strikeouts. The bullpen inherited six runners in total, but Austin Wright and Miller Diaz allowed them all to score. CF Evan Marzilli and SS ildemaro Vargas each picked up a hit and a walk, though the former was also caught stealing.
High-A Visalia 7 @ Lancaster 10. Cody Reed lasted only four outs, giving up seven runs on six hits and four walks with one K. Despite that early 7-0 deficit, the Rawhide did their best to fight back, pulling within one by the seventh inning stretch. SS Domingo Leyba had three hits, and 1B Marty Herum homered (#7) and doubled, driving in three. However, a two-run bottom of the seventh, extended by a Leyba error, gave the Jethawks their final margin of victory. Jency Solis was the best Visalia reliever, tossing 3.2 hitless innings.
A-ball Kane County 1 @ Peoria 2. All the scoring here was over by the middle of the second. Cougars' starter Emilio Vargas allowed two runs (one unearned) in the first, but that was all over his six innings, on four hits and three walks, with four strikeouts. Kane County out-scored Peoria by a 10-5 margin, but were an unclutch 1-for-16 with runners in scoring position. That hit didn't even score anything, as their only run came in the second on a sac. fly by LF Gerard Hernandez. CF Collin Bray had three hits and stole a base. 1B Austin Byler doubled and singled.
A-short Hillsboro 9, Tri-City 1. Starter Colin Poche and Trevor Simms each threw three scoreless frames. Poche had three hits and two walks, fanning four; Simms got the W, allowing one hit and three walks, striking out a pair. The Hops put up crooked numbers from the second through the fifth, led by RF Stephen Smith's three hits, while 1B Justin Chigbogu's had two, including his third home-run. 3B Josh Anderson had a pair of doubles, driving in two. CF Marcus Wilson also had two RBI, and stole a pair of bases.
Rookie Missoula 7 @ Great Falls 3. Connor Grey allowed two runs in seven innings, on five hits and three walks, and improved to 2-0. Our second-round pick, Andy Yerzy, DHing here, got three hits in his professional debut and scored a run, though was also caught stealing. There were two-hit games for CF Billy Endris, 3B Ramon Hernandez and RF Jacy Cave, the last also stealing a base. LF Luis Silverio had a three-run homer (#4) in the first inning, and the Osprey won easily from there.
AZL D-backs 8, Reds 7. A back-and-forth game saw the D-backs come back from 3-0 down, then again from 7-3, finally taking their first lead on Daniel Comstock's walk-off single with one out in the ninth. This was a remake of The Good, The Bad and The Ugly: we had 11 walks, 16 strikeouts and committed five errors! LF Myles Babitt reached base five times, on three hits and two walks. CF Gabriel Maciel had two hits, two walks and scored three times. Franklyn Soriano went five innings, allowing five runs (three earned) on four hits and four walks, with two K's.