★★★: Zack Shannon, Missoula - 4-for-7, three R, two DBL, TPL, HR, four RBI, two BB (double-header)
★★: Justin Donatella, Jackson - 5.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 10 SO, L (3-5)
★: Rafael Jimenez, DSL - 2-for-3, R, HR, two RBI, BB
0 stars: Juan Araujo, AZL - 0.1 IP, H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 0 SO, L (0-1)
Triple-A Reno 3 @ Tacoma 5. The Aces jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the third, helped by back-to-back homers from RF Steven Souza and LF Socrates Brito. But the Rainiers chipped away, taking the lead for good in the sixth. Neftali Feliz allowed one run over four innings, and Randall Delgado one more in the fifth, but Anthony Vasquez gave up the others and took the L. Brito singled in addition to his homer, while 2B Kevin Medrano doubled and singled.
Double-A Jackson 0 @ Birmingham 2. The Generals wasted a good start from Justin Donatella, who allowed one run on three hits over 5.1 innings. He walked one and struck out 10. But he took the loss as Jackson managed only six hits and went 0-for-6 with RISP. 1B Josh Prince had two of those. Daniel Gibson worked 1.2 scoreless innings in relief, but allowed the runner inherited from Donatella to score.
High-A Visalia 6, San Jose 5. The Rawhide stole this, coming into the ninth trailing 5-3. With two outs, consecutive batters reached on errors, the second allowing two runs to score and setting up 1B Pavin Smith for a walk-off RBI single. SS Camden Duzanack went 3-for-3 with a walk, Smith had a pair of hits, and 2B Adam Walton doubled, singled and walked. Tyler Mark struck out five over two relief innings, after starter Tyler Keele allowed four runs over six innings, on four hits and a walk with five K’s.
A-ball Kane County 7, Clinton 8. The Cougars outhit the LumberKings 13-7, but three errors led to four unearned runs which cost them the game. Starter Mack Lemieux allowed three of those over 4.2 innings, on three hits and three walks, with four K’s. 1B Yoel Yanqui went 3-for-5 and scored twice, but also committed an error. RF Ernie De La Trinidad had two hits and drove in three. Trailing by three in the ninth, Kane County made it close by scoring twice, but left the tying run stranded at first.
A short Hillsboro 7, Spokane 6. Like Visalia, the Hops scored three in the ninth to snatch a victory. C Andy Yerzy’s two RBI single with one out in the ninth scored the tying and walk-off runs for Hillsboro. RF Jorge Perez doubled, singled, walked, stole a base and drove in two; SS Jose Caballero drew a pair of walks. Wesley Rodriguez allowed a run over two innings, but got the W. Matt Mercer and Ryan Miller each tossed scoreless frames.
Rookie Missoula 7/6 @ Billings 8/5. Missoula blew a 7-0 lead with six outs to go in the first half of the 7-inning double-header. 1B Zack Shannon hit his third home-run and tripled, driving in three, but also committed a key error in the six-run sixth for Billings, who went on to win in extras. The second game finished at 12:22 am, local time, the Mustangs scoring two in the seventh before the Osprey replied with two of their own, taking a 6-5 win on a walk-off error. Until the ninth Missoula had gone 0-for-11 with RISP; Shannon doubled twice and walked, and CF Jesus Marriaga walked three times.
DSL. The #1 roster scored two in the eighth and one in the ninth to walk-off the Reds 6-5, They notched 13 hits, all singles. 3B Neyfy Castillo had two hits, a SB and drove in a pair. LF Carmelo Paulino had a hit, two walks and stole a base. Jander Dilone and Jesus Ceballos combined for 4.1 hitless innings of relief. The #2 squad went down 6-3 to the Cubs. They managed only four hits, two by 1B Rafael Jimenez, including his fourth homer. He drove in two and also walked, but the D-backs were 1-for-11 with RISP.
AZL D-backs 7, Cubs 10. 1B Jordan McArdle had three hits and a walk, driving in two; SS Blaze Alexander had a hit and two walks, and LF Kevin Watson Jr had three walks. But the D-backs’ pitching wasn’t up to much, led by Juan Araujo, who retired one of five batters face, with the other four all scoring. However, Jake Polancic impressed with 2.2 scoreless innings of one-hit ball, five of the outs coming by the K.