Catcher Michael Perez collected a single, a pair of doubles, and a triple in the Visalia Rawhide’s 10-3 win. Needing a homer to complete the cycle, Perez couldn’t quite drive it over the fence and had to settle with a second double. The 2010 4th round pick’s career never really took off because his bat never developed, but it was a nice moment for him.
3 Stars: C Michael Perez (Visalia/A+) 4 for 4, 2 2B, 3B, RBI, R
2 Stars: RHP Max Duval (Kane County/A) 8 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K, W (2-6), GS 86
1 Star: LF Connor Owings (Hillsboro/A-) 2 for 3, 2 BB, 2-R HR (1), 3 R
0 Stars: RHP Ethan Elias (Hillsboro/A-) 0 IP, 2 H, 5 R, 2 BB, HBP
AAA Reno Aces 3, Tacoma Rainiers (SEA) 4: Anthony Banda didn’t have as good as outing as we’re usually accustomed to, allowing 3 runs in 2 1⁄3 innings. The command wasn’t there as he walked 5 hitters and uncorked 3 wild pitches. The bullpen did a solid job of not letting the game slip as the Aces stayed in it the whole game. Jack Reinheimer drove in a run in the 6th followed by a 2-run homer by Ildemaro Vargas with one out in the 9th to send the tying run to the plate. They never got any closer than that however. Reno is now 3 1⁄2 games back of Tacoma for the Pacific North Division title.
AA Mobile Baybears vs. Montgomery Biscuits (TB) Postponed, Rain: Doubleheader tomorrow
A+ Visalia Rawhide 10, San Jose Giants (SF) 3: The Rawhide got a big lift from their starting battery. Starter Markus Solbach allowed 3 runs in 7 innings, allowing 7 hits and 3 walks while striking out 6. Catcher Michael Perez had a big game, going 4 for 4 and fell a double short of the cycle, driving in 1 and scoring a run. Trevor Mitsui provided a lot of clout in the middle, knocking out his 2nd homer in 3 days and driving in 3.
A Kane County 1, Beloit Snappers (OAK) 0: Max Duval out-dueled Dustin Hurlbutt, both pitchers going eight innings. Duval allowed 4 hits and struck out 6 while not walking a single hitter. The lone run in the game came in the 7th when Ramon Hernandez doubled, then scored when Stephen Dezzi came in off the bench and drove him in with a single. Hector Hernandez came in the the 9th and picked up where Duval left off, striking out 2 in a 1-2-3 9th inning. Ramon Hernandez picked up 3 of the Cougars’ 5 hits.
A- Hillsboro Hops 11, Boise Hawks (COL) 8: The Hops blew things open with an 8-run 2nd inning. The big hit in the inning was a grand slam by Josh Anderson that made the score 5-0 at the time. Connor Owings reached base twice that inning, leading off the inning with a walk and capping the inning in grand style with his first professional homer, a 2-run shot that made it 8-0. Considering that his brother Chris had 3 hits for the parent club, the Owings family had a pretty good Sunday. With the early lead, Junior Garcia pitched a quality start with 2 runs allowed in 6 innings. After Garcia left, things got nasty as Ethan Elias and Jake Winston allowed 5 runs before recording the first out of the inning. Winston was able to preserve the lead and the offense gave the team breathing room with 2 runs in the 7th and 1 in the 8th. Curtis Taylor came in the 9th and allowed a run but got three outs.
Rk+ Missoula Osprey 1, Great Falls (CWS) 3: Ryan Atkinson provided a quality start with 2 runs (1 earned) allowed in 6 innings, but took a tough loss with an offense that struggled. Chris Comito and Jake Elliot combined for a 1-hitter, which was a Kal Simmons solo homer in the 3rd that gave the Osprey a short-lived 1-0 lead. The Voyagers plated runs in the 6th, 7th, and 8th for their 3 runs. The Osprey did have chances as they drew 5 walks, but hit into 2 double plays and went 0 for 3 with RISP.
Rk AZL Dbacks 4, AZL Dodgers (LA) 5: Jake Polancic allowed 5 runs in 2 2⁄3 innings, which put the Dbacks in what proved to be an insurmountable hole. They certainly did their best to dig themselves out of that hole as they put up a furious comeback bid in the late innings that fell a run short. The bullpen allowed no runs in the final 5 1⁄3 to give them a chance. Luke Van Rycheghem and Eduardo Diaz had two hits and an RBI each.