Tucson 2 @ Salt Lake 3
Lefty Chris Michalak threw his second consecutive complete game Monday night in Salt Lake, going eight innings, allowing just six hits and two earned runs on two solo homers. A third inning throwing error by shortstop Sergio Santos would lead to a third, unearned run, and that would be the difference.
Michalak fell to 4-9 on the season, and a prime reason is the long ball. He has now allowed 21 home runs this season in just over 104 innings, or roughly two a game.
In Salt Lake, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim California USA affiliate, Conor Jackson make the start as the designated hitter and was 1-3 with a walk, his 53rd of the season, but the best offensive day belonged to catcher Koyie Hill, who was 3-4 with a run scored.
West Tennessee 14 @ Tennessee 1
The fireworks started early at Smokies park, but it was the West Tennessee Diamond Jaxx holding the flame and Smokies starter Enrique Gonzalez blowing up. Gonzalez had his worst outing of the year, lasting only 2.2 innings and giving up 10 runs, nine earned, on eight hits and a season high five walks. It is Gonzalez third straight loss.
There was little pop in Smokies bats either, as none of position players managed more than one hit. Left fielder Marland Williams was 1-4 and logged the Smokies' only run and only RBI on his third home run of the season.
Even Casey Daigle was hit. Daigle, who came on in the ninth inning with the game out of reach at 12-1, allowed three hits including a two run homer. Daigle had allowed only one other home run on the season, back on April 14th in one of his two starts on the season.
Lefty specialist Bill White went more than one inning for only the second time this year. In two innings White allowed three hits and one earned run while striking out three.
Bakerfield 5 @ Lancaster 9
A. J. Shappi made his first start since his promotion to Hi-A Lancaster with solid, if unspectacular results. Shappi went six innings, allowing nine hits and five runs (four earned). Perhaps the most remarkable thing about the start for Shappi was that his control seemed off. He walked two hitters and had two wild pitches, in South Bend Shappi walked only 15, and didn't have a wild pitch in 103.2 innings.
The bullpen was stellar for Lancaster though, with three different JetHawks pitchers combining for three innings of scoreless ball. Sam Smith earned his first win of the season out of the bullpen. Since being removed from the starting rotation Smith has blossomed. He was 4-5 with an ERA over 6.00 in the starting rotation, he has now pitched in 11 games out of the bullpen, and carries a 1.56 ERA in relief.
Salt Lake seemed particularly aware of Stephen Drew, and the rest of the JetHawks batting order took advantage, hitting four homers on the day. Drew was 1-2 with two walks and a run scored hitting fifth in the order. Steve Garrabrants made his fourth start in center field since coming off the disabled list and continued to be hot. He was 3-5 with a homer and three runs scored Monday. Since coming off the DL on July 1st Garrabrants is 7-19 with three doubles, a homer, four RBI and six runs scored.
Catcher Miguel Montero extended his hitting streak to eight games with a 2-4 performance that included a two run homer and two runs scored. Chris Carter was in the clean up spot, just ahead of Drew, and took advantage, going 2-4 with his 17th homer of the year, collecting three RBI on the day. Jay Garthwaite would also hit a home run, his seventh, and collect two RBI. It was Garthwaite's fourth straight game with a run driven in.
South Bend 8 @ Burlington 5
Kellen Raab was missing bats, the bullpen held on, and the Silverhawks bats exploded for four homers as South Bend knocked off Burlington on the road. Raab gave up seven hits and three earned runs in 6.2 innings, walking one and striking out a season high 10. Raab has walked one batter or less in 11 of his 17 starts this season.
First baseman Cesar Nicolas continued to be selective, picking out the pitches he can handle and driving them. Nicolas was 1-2 with his 12th home run of the year and three walks on the day. It was the seventh straight game Nicolas had drawn a walk, during the streak he's walked nine times and struck out on only three occasions. For the season Nicolas has 21 walks and 24 strikeouts. Catcher Wilkin Castillo has hit in seven of his last eight games (the only hitless performance was in a pinch hit role), and Monday he was 2-5 with a double, homer, and two runs scored.
By far the biggest bat of the day belonged to right fielder Carlos Gonzales. Gonzales was 2-3 with two homers, two walks, two runs scored and five RBI on the day. During his eight game hitting streak Gonzales has two doubles, a triple, five homers and 13 RBI.
Yakima 1 @ Vancouver 0
Adam Howard pitched admirably for the South Bend Silverhawks out of the bullpen, but the Diamondbacks have always seen him as a starter, and thus moved him down to Yakima to get him into the starting rotation. Howard is making them look like psychics. After a shaky first outing where he gave up four runs in six innings Howard has now thrown 14 innings of one run ball, including Monday's seven innings of six hit, zero run, zero walk, five strikeout performance. In 31.2 innings out of the bullpen in South Bend Howard walked only 11 while striking out 16, in 20 innings as a starter at Yakima Howard has yet to walk a batter and struck out 12.
Third baseman Ricardo Sosa and catcher Josh Ford accounted for the only run of the game. Sosa reached on an error, advanced to second on a single by Trey Hendricks, and scored on a Ford groundout. Sosa was 1-4 on the day and has hit in 11 of 12 games this season, while Ford was also 1-4, and has gone 3-8 in two games since reporting to Yakima.
Billings 8 @ Missoula 4
In his debut with Rookie League Missoula former Stanford product Mark Romanczuk went three innings, giving up three hits and no runs. After a long college season Romanczuk is being kept on strict pitch counts. Unfortunately the bullpen was not as solid. Cody Evans has yet to make an appearance without allowing a run, Monday he walked four and gave up two hits, including a two run homer, likewise Vincent Bongiovanni has made four appearances and given up runs in all four. Monday he walked three and gave up two hits while taking the loss. Lorenzo Church has made five appearances, and in a developing theme he has allowed runs in all five as well. Church finished the game with 2.1 innings of three hit, one earned run ball.
Only three Osprey position players managed hits on the night, but second baseman Rusty Ryal collected the second three hit game of his pro career, going 3-4 with a run scored. Shortstop Steve Mena had hit first multi-hit game as well, going 2-4 with a double, a RBI and two runs scored.