3 Stars: Reno 3B Carlos Rivero 3 for 4, 2 2B, HR (5), 3 RBI, 2 R in Game 1
2 Stars: Jackson 3B Colin Walsh 4 for 4, 2B, HR (9), RBI, 2 R in Game 2
1 Star: Reno RHP Braden Shipley 7 IP, 6 H, 3 R (3 ER), 2 BB, 4 K, W (5-1), GS 55
0 Stars: Kane County RHP Kevin Ginkel 1 1⁄3 IP, 2 H, 4 R (4 ER), 3 BB, 0 K
Reno Aces 14/0, Omaha Storm Chasers 3/6: The bats were loud as the Aces cranked out 5 home runs in support of Braden Shipley, who threw a 7-inning complete game. Carlos Rivero had 3 XBH and 3 RBI in the win. In the 2nd game, the Aces were unable to score any runs and Keyvius Sampson allowed 6 runs on 10 hits in 5 innings. Offensively, the Aces were going through the motions after a strong first game.
Jackson Generals 2/5, Montgomery Biscuits 4/6: Taylor Clarke cruised through the first 4 innings before hitting a speed bump in the 5th inning, where he allowed 4 runs while only getting 2 outs in the frame. Kevin Medrano led off the first game with a homer as part of a 2-run first inning. After that, the General bats were in the deep freeze. The second half went slightly less worse. Josh Taylor allowed 4 runs (3 earned) in 5 innings, but the offense was able to get him off the hook by tying things in the top of the 5th. Joey Krehbiel allowed 2 runs in the bottom of the 6th, but the bats nearly got the game back even. With the tying run at 3rd, Kelly Dugan ripped a would-be game-tying extra base hit that was taken away by a leaping catch for the final out of the game.
Visalia Rawhide 2, Rancho Cucamonga Quakes 8: Joel Payamps got blasted for 6 runs in 7 innings, which for the Rawhide had to feel like a 60-0 deficit given the lack of offensive talent on the club. Marty Herum did his best to carry the offense with a pair of doubles and a walk in 4 trips to the plate, scoring twice. Nick Baker allowed 2 runs in the 8th inning.
Kane County Cougars 8, Quad Cities River Bandits 15: After shutting out Quad Cities for 3 days, the Cougars pitching staff got destroyed. I guess they were saving all their runs for yesterday’s game. Sam McWilliams allowed 5 runs (4 earned) in 4 innings, and that was the start of the avalanche. Kevin Ginkel allowed 4 runs while only recording 4 outs, Jose Martinez got 1 out and allowed 4 runs, and Tyler Mark allowed 2 runs in 3 1⁄3 innings. It’s one of those games where the pitching coach is better shielding his eyes than watching. Offensively, the Cougars took too long to stem the tide, but had a productive game overall. Your daily Marcus Wilson update: 1 for 5 with a solo homer and 2 strikeouts.