3 Stars: Reno LHP Eric Jokisch 7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 9 K, GS 85, W (8-6)
2 Stars: Visalia RHP Jose Almonte 6 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K, GS 75, W (9-8)
1 Star: Missoula 2B Keshawn Lynch 3 for 5, 2B, 3B, 2 RBI
0 Stars: Missoula RHP Pierce Romero 1 IP, 5 H, 3 R (3 ER), 0 BB, 2 K
Pavin Smith: 2 for 3, 2B, BB, RBI
Reno Aces 4, Sacramento River Cats 0: Eric Jokisch blanked the River Cats over 7 dominant innings, picking up 9 strikeouts and allowing no extra base hits. The offense was good enough in support as the Aces offense had a solid showing with runners in scoring position and were able to keep the pressure up on the River Cat pitchers. Ildemaro Vargas and Rey Fuentes had multi-hit games at the top two spots of the order. Jared Miller and Jimmie Sherfy each pitched a scoreless inning in relief.
Jackson Generals 4, Biloxi Shuckers 6: The Generals fell behind 2-0 early, but that’s all Joel Payamps gave up in 7 innings. The offense chipped away with runs in the 5th and 6th inning to tie the game before taking a 2-run lead in the 7th. Travis Denker provided a pinch-hit 2-run homer in the bottom of the 7th, batting for Payamps. The lead lasted about 2 seconds as Mason McCullough failed to get the 3 hitters he faced out, leaving Kirby Bellow to inherited a bases-loaded, no-out situation. Unfortunately, he also gave up the game-tying hit to send the game to extras. Gabe Speier allowed 2 runs in the 10th to seal the deal.
Visalia Rawhide 6, Modesto Nuts 3: Jose Almonte blanked Modesto for 6 innings, despite less than overpowering stuff with only 3 strikeouts. The offense was able to score 3 runs in support for him, as Grant Heyman, Tyler Baker, and Matt McPhearson recorded multi-hit games for the Rawhide. Things got shaky in the 7th when Modesto was able to cut the lead to 3-2 against Tommy Eveld, but the offense scored 3 runs in the bottom half of the inning to push the game out of reach.
Kane County Cougars 4, Clinton Lumber Kings 5: The Cougars grabbed a 4-0 lead in the 2nd and watched it slip. Jose Herrera smacked out his first homer of the year as part of the big inning. Emilio Vargas struck out 6 in 7 innings, allowing 3 runs on 9 hits. Unfortunately, the bullpen stunk as Anfernee Benitez and Trevor Simms each allowed a run to score, the latter being a walkoff single. Marcus Wilson had 2 hits and 2 walks in the loss.
Hillsboro Hops 2, Eugene Emeralds 3: Tyler Badamo allowed a couple early runs, but settled in before the offense was able to tie things. A 2-run 6th, highlighted by an RBI single by Pavin Smith, against Keegan Thompson, who apparently pitches for the Cubs organization when he’s not doing Snake Pit stuff. Unfortunately, a 3rd run came across for the Emeralds against Badamo in the 8th. Overall he struck out 7 in 7 2⁄3 innings, but got BABIP’d to death with 10 hits allowed and none of them leaving the ballpark.
Missoula Osprey 7, Grand Junction Rockies 13: The Osprey brought their big sticks to the yard, pounding out 9 extra base hits. Unfortunately, the pitching stunk as a 6-run meltdown following a bad throw from the 1B sunk the Osprey. Keshawn Lynch finished a home run short of the cycle and Joey Rose hit a double and solo homer in the game.