3 stars: Paxton De La Garza, Missoula - 5-for-5, four RBI
2 stars: Junior Garcia, Hillsboro - 5.2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 SO, W (3-1)
1 stars: Luis Madero, AZL - 5 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 SO
0 stars: Josh Taylor, Mobile - 2.2 IP, 7 H, 7 R, 6 ER, 4 BB, 2 SO, L (3-3)
Triple-A Reno 4, Sacramento 12. The River Cats got their first run in the second on a home-run that didn’t actually clear the fence. Aces manager was tossed (for the sixth time this year) as part of a five-minute argument, but in hindsight, it didn’t matter. Matt Buschmann was torched for nine runs in 4.1 innings, albeit only five earned, but four of the eight hits allowed left the park. He walked two and struck out one. SS Jack Reinheimer doubled and singled for Reno, driving in two, and 3B Carlos Rivero hit his 15th home-run of the year. 2B Ildemaro Vargas had a pair of hits.
Double-A Mobile 5 @ Pensacola 8. The BayBears were similarly blown out early, falling 7-1 behind by the end of the third. Starter Josh Taylor was forced from the game after 2.2, allowing six earned runs on seven hits and four walks with a pair of strikeouts. Gabe Speier worked two scoreless innings in relief. 2B Domingo Leyba got three hits, including his second home-run, a three-run shot in the fifth. Middle-infield partner SS Dawel Lugo also went deep, a solo shot for his fourth homer.
High-A Visalua - off-day.
A-ball Kane County 1 @ Burlington 6. Starter Sam McWilliams struggled through four innings, surrendering six earned runs on seven hits and a walk, with one strikeout. Jeferson Mejia pitched well in relief, giving the Cougars three innings of one-hit ball, with seven strikeouts. CF Marcus Wilson doubled and singled, and C Francis Christy drew a pair of walks. RF Joey Armstrong drove in Kane County’s only run of the game with a seventh inning single that scored Wilson.
A-short Hillsboro 1, Spokane 0. Junior Garcia and a trio of Hops relievers combined on a four-hit shutout of the Indians. Garcia worked 5.2 innings on three hits and two walks, with four strikeouts; Riley Smith and Tommy Eveld took it to the ninth, where Curtis Taylor nailed down his third save in emphatic fashion, striking out the side. 3B Josh Anderson drove in the game’s only run, his RBI single in the fifth (below) scoring LF Jason Morozowski, who ha a pair of hits and an outfield assist.
Rookie Missoula 7 @ Billings 5. After two games at Hillsboro, 2B Paxton De La Garza was sent down to the AZL but batted .321 there and got moved back up to Missoula. He may not be long for the Osprey either, as a five-hit game tonight sees him batting .415 after 14 games. CF Gabriel Maciel had two hits, a pair of stolen bases and scored three times. Palmer Betts got the W, scattering eight hits and a walk over five innings of two-run ball, fanning five. Tyler Keelr worked a 1-2-3 ninth for his third save.
AZL D-backs 1, Giants 3. Luis Madero allowed only an unearned run over five innings of work, on four hits with two walks and two K’s. Jose Lopez took the loss, giving up two runs in two relief innings, before Juan Torres worked two scoreless. LF Myles Babitt went 2-for-3 with the D-backs' only walk, but was also picked off.