3 Stars: Jackson 1B Rudy Flores 2 for 4, 3B, HR (5), 3 RBI
2 Stars: Visalia RHP Joel Payamps 5 IP, 5 H, 2 R (0 ER), 3 BB, 4 K, GS 52
1 Star: Kane County SS Jazz Chisholm 2 for 4, 2B, RBI, 2 SB
0 Stars: Visalia RHP Cody Clark 2⁄3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 3/3 inherited runners scored
Reno Aces 4, New Orleans Baby Cakes 7: I won’t go into the topic of WTF a Baby Cake is and don’t care for an explanation. However, it was a below average outing for Anthony Banda, who allowed 4 runs in 6 innings. While he wasn’t great, Banda kept the Aces in the game. Thanks to some timely offense, the Aces shrank the lead down to 1 in two separate occasions, making it 5-4 after 7. Unfortunately the bullpen could not stem the bleeding. Oswaldo Arcia belted out his 8th homer on an opposite field shot in the 1st inning.
Jackson Generals 4, Tennessee Smokies 6: Josh Taylor also had a below average outing, allowing 5 runs in the first 3 innings, but settled in to pitch the final 3 innings scoreless. The offense worked its way back into the game thanks to a 3 RBI performance from Rudy Flores and a home run from Evan Marzilli. However, the early deficit proved to be insurmountable as the Generals fell just a bit short in a comeback bid.
Visalia Rawhide 3, Inland Empire 66ers 5: Joel Payamps pitched well, but was hurt by errors as he allowed a pair of unearned runs in 5 innings. Bellow got the next four outs, but ran into trouble in the 7th. Inheriting a bases-loaded, one out situation in a tie game, Cody Clark proceeded to give up a bases-clearing double that put the game out of reach. Marty Herum had a perfect day at the plate with 2 singles, a double, and a walk in 4 plate appearances while driving in 1.
Kane County Cougars 1, Lansing Lugnuts 4: The Cougars struggled against Justin Maese, who pitched a complete game in the win. Marcus Wilson and Jazz Chisholm contributed to the team’s lone run, but it wasn’t enough. Curtis Taylor allowed 3 runs in 5 innings, but the bats were dig out of a 3-1 hole. Wilson went 1 for 4 with a double and Chisholm 2 for 4 with a double, single, and 2 stolen bases.