Transactions update: AAA pitcher Jeff Marquez went to the disabled list with a staph infection. That opened up a spot in Tacoma for Brian Moran (Talk40 #24) -- "not just a LOOGY anymore." With that obviously unanticipated event, "developing story" Andrew Kittredge, who had just been sent back to Clinton, turns around and comes back to Jackson.
AAA -- Tacoma 6, Reno 4 [Box]
With all due respect to the Rainiers, the big story here is the jockeying for position and pecking order between Vinnie Catricala (Talk40 #5) and Alex Liddi (Talk40 #7). As you probably know, Vinnie C. spent the entire first half mired in an ugly slump. Nevertheless, when Liddi came back down from the big club, Catricala stayed at 3b and Liddi had to find playing time at LF, 1b and DH. It doesn't necessarily mean much, but on Friday it was Liddi at 3b and Cat in LF. It's possibly a sign that the organization is souring on Catricala. Or it could be that the org wants to see if Cat can handle LF better than Liddi (maybe they view 3b as "taken" at the MLB level now). We'll see.
If it was a challenge, Vinnie responded well, getting his 6th homer, a single and a walk. Maybe his best game of the year. His "last 10" stats look more like vintage Vinnie: .351/.455/.649, with five multi-hit games. Liddi was 0-for-4.
The other big "positioning" news was Nick Franklin (Talk40 #4) at 2b for the second game in a row (no AAA games played at SS). Lots of chess pieces being moved around here. Franklin had a single in three at-bats.
And the aforementioned Moran had his AAA debut right off the bat and went 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K.
AA -- Jackson 7, Huntsville 4 [Box]
New blood at Jackson also continued to do well: Stefen Romero (Talk40 #32) had a double and a single in his 2nd game at AA. And Nate Tenbrink, not new to AA, but playing there for the first time since last July (due to injury), had a single and three walks.
High-A -- High Desert 6, Inland Empire 5 [Box]
More "positioning" news in High Desert. I don't know if it related to 2b Romero moving up, but Steven Proscia (Talk40 #26) played 3b for the first time in a long while. Proscia played 1b exclusively when he was promoted to Jackson. It worked out well at the plate, with Proscia getting his 12th HR of the season and a single as well. His college buddy John Hicks (26intheMix) had two hits also.
Low-A -- Clinton 6, Kane County 1 [Box]
Steven Baron (Talk40 #38) is destined to move down one notch on the catching depth chart once Mike Zunino is signed, but he seems to be working hard to prove that his bat is not a complete waste. He had two more hits on Friday for a .263/.301/.407 line. Jamal Austin (26intheMix) had a single and a double.
Rookie -- Princeton 2, Pulaski 1 [Box]