★★★ stars: Joel Payamps, Jackson - 5.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 14 SO, W (7-2)
★★ stars: Steven Souza, Reno - 2-for-5, two R, two HR, three RBI
★ stars: Matt Peacock, Visala - 5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 SO, W (2-0)
0 stars: Bradin Hagens, Reno - 1.1 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO
Triple-A Reno 4 @ Tacoma 11. Two ugly innings - a six-run third and five-run fifth - doomed the Aces, but RF Steven Souza provided some late relief with a two-run homer in the sixth and a solo shot in the 8th. 1B Kevin Cron followed the latter with his 14th of the year. Both men, along with SS Ildemaro Vargas and 2B Kevin Medrano, had two hits apiece. Starter Alex Young allowed seven runs over 4.2 innings and Bradin Hagens was also roughed up, but Jared Miller tossed a pair of scoreless innings.
Double-A Jackson 3 @ Birmingham 0. Joel Payamps and Wei-Chieh Huang combined on a four-hit shutout of the Barons. Payamps allowed two hits over 5.2 innings, with no walks and - get this - 14 of his 17 outs coming by the K. Huang notched a ten-out save, on two hits and no walks. Jackson managed only five hits, 2B Domingo Leyba doubling and singling, while CF Evan Marzilli walked three times and stole two bases. DH Jamie Westbrook had two RBI.
High A Visalia 7, San Jose 0. Matt Peacock and three relievers went one better for Visalia, three-hitting the Giants. Peacock allowed one hit over five innings, with two walks and five strikeouts. Austin Mason worked two frames, and Robbie Sexton and Miguel Aguilar completed the shutout. 3B Drew Ellis and RF Ramon Hernandez each hit two-run homers for the Rawhide, while 1B Pavin Smith, C Renae Martinez and CF Jason Mozorowski all got two hits and scored a run.
A-ball Kane County 3, Clinton 5. The Cougars pitched allowed 14 hits, eight by starter Jeff Bain in five innings, though he struck out seven. He walked one and allowed three runs, two earned. Lane Ratiff worked three scoreless relief frames. 2B Yan Sanchez had three singles and drove in a run, while RF Ernie De La Trinidad reached base three times on a hit and two walks. KC had the tying run on base with no outs in the ninth, but a double-play killed that rally.
A-short Hillsboro 4, Spokane 3. The Hops improved to 13-6, with 3B Jose Caballero’s RBI single in the sixth the difference maker. The teams had traded three-spots previously, Hillboro getting theirs in the fourth, with the help of three wild pitches and a passed ball. CF Tra Holmes hit his fourth homer, singled and stole a base; LF Jorge Perez had two hits, stole two bases and scored a pair of runs. Adrian Del Moral tossed four scoreless innings on two hits and a walk with five K’s; Josh Green got a four-out save.
Rookie Missoula 2, Billings 6. Only five hits for the Osprey, though those included 3B Buddy Kennedy’s third home-run of the season. RF David Sanchez’s double was the sole other extra-base hit. Marcos Tineo allowed only two unearned runs over five innings, on five hits and two walks with four strikeouts. Trent Autry worked two scoreless innings of one-hit ball with a pair of strikeouts.
AZL D-backs 0, Rangers 3. Both sides got seven hits, but the Rangers got them when they counted; the D-backs were 1-for-5 with RISP. 2B Gerardo Perdomo went 3-for-4, and 1B Jordan McArdle had two hits. Starter Antonio Cardenas didn’t pitch badly, but took an L, allowing a run over four innings. He allowed two hits, two walks and struck out five. Chester Pimentel struck two in a scoreless inning.
DSL D-backs1 6, White Sox 5. Just the one game in the DSL today, the D-backs2 game being canceled. The D-backs trailed 5-0 in the middle of the eighth, but scored all six runs in the bottom of the frame. The inning included four walks and a hit batter, 1B Andres Cordero had the key hit, a two-RBI single scoring the tying and go-ahead runs. He had another single, while C Manual Garcia had a hit and two walks. Henier De Jesus got the W and was likely the best pitcher, tossing two hitless innings with a walk and two K’s.