3 Stars: Reno LHP Eric Jokisch 7 IP, 8 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K, GS 64
2 Stars: Kane County RHP Curtis Taylor 5 1⁄3 IP, 6 H, 2 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 5 K, GS 51
1 Star: Kane County DH Marcus Wilson 2 for 4, BB, SB
0 Stars: Visalia RHP Trevor Simms 2⁄3 IP, 3 H, 3 R (3 ER), 1 BB, 0 K
Reno Aces 0, Tacoma Rainiers 1: The Aces were unable to plate a run over 11 innings, despite getting 10 baserunners on. There was no sign of offense at any point of the game. On the mound, Eric Jokisch was able to scatter 10 baserunners over 7 scoreless innings and the bullpen kept putting zeros on the board for the next 3 innings. Eventually the lack of offense caught up to the Aces as they were walked off in the bottom of the 11th.
Jackson Generals 3, Chattanooga Lookouts 2: Josh Taylor had a short, but effective start with 1 run over 4 innings. In the early going, the Generals could not get anyone on base with just 1 hit in 5 innings. In the 6th inning, the tables turned as the Lookouts went to the bullpen. The Generals got a 2-run single from Kevin Cron and scored 3 runs in the 6th inning to take a 3-2 lead. The bullpen was outstanding after that with 3 scoreless innings between Ivan Pineyro, Jared Miller, and Miller Diaz.
Visalia Rawhide 3, San Jose Giants 7: Jose Almonte was a bit shaky early on, but settled in to strikeout 8 in 5 innings, allowing 4 runs. The Rawhide battled back to make it a 4-3 game, but Trevor Simms had a 6th inning meltdown that had 3 runs scoring and left with the bases loaded and 2 outs. Nick Baker was able to pitch out of the jam and provide some length for the bullpen afterwards. Unfortunately, the bad inning seemed to discourage the hitters as there wasn’t much offense left after the 5th inning.
Kane County Cougars 2, Peoria Chiefs 3: Curtis Taylor was stuck in a pitching duel between him and Chiefs starter Jordan Hicks, with both pitchers walking away with a no decision. Taylor allowed 2 runs in 5 1⁄3 innings, striking out 5 and walking 1. Anfernee Grier and Marcus Wilson had 2 hits apiece in the game to spark some offense, although clearly the middle and bottom of the order not getting the job done enough. The Cougars going 1 for 11 with RISP certainly kept the scoring down to a minimum. At that point, it came down to which bullpen was better. Unfortunately the better bullpen wasn’t Kane County’s as Tyler Mark allowed the go-ahead run to score in the 8th.