There's so much news, I'm going to put it into a separate "News" article.
In the meantime ... game action ...
AAA -- Reno 8, Tacoma 5 -- Box
Puzzling Pax back again. Even when James Paxton (Talk40 #3) has been good, he's been laboring to get through 5.0 IP on 90+ pitches. On Friday, it was the same, except for the "good" part: 5.1 IP, 8 H, 6 ER, 3 BB, 4 K.
And 91 pitches. So Pax won't be on the short list of rotation options anytime soon. His wonderful finish to 2012 is distant in the rear-view mirror.
But Brian Moran (Talk40 #35) has been quietly awesome, even as lefty bullpen guy is maybe the one spot with a surplus right now (Oliver Perez, Charlie Furbush, Lucas Luetge, Bobby LaFromboise (Talk40 #34)). Moran got three more strikeouts in his inning of work, and now has 37 strikeouts and just 2 walks in 23.1 IP.
On offense, Jesus Montero got the start at first base (that didn't take long) and doubled in four at-bats.
AA -- Mongomery 2, Jackson 1 -- Box
Don't put him in the major-league mix yet, but the pitcher moving up fastest in the pecking order is Cuban exile Roenis Elias (26intheMix). He may be A Little Like a Refugee, but he's been the most consistent guy out there this season. Friday: 6.2 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 8 K.
Overall: 2.88 ERA | 1.12 WHIP | 7.2 H/9 | 2.9 BB/9 | 7.2 K/9
Elias didn't get any offensive help, with the only scoring coming from Leon Landry (Talk40 #18) delivering a solo shot. Landry has an OPS of .707 in May after an awful .589 in April. Still looking like more of a Cal League fluke than we'd thought.
High-A -- High Desert 8, San Jose 6 -- Box
Picture says 1,000 words:
OK, remember how, in our analysis piece on Blash, we noted that he'd been hitting a home run every 11 plate appearances? Yep, you got it, it was his 11th plate appearance since the last homer when he went deep for Blash Splash 12! That's kinda scary.
Oh, yeah, he also had a double and a single (3-for-4) and is now hitting .327/.400/.743.
Jamal Austin had three hits and two stolen bases.
Low-A -- Clinton 6, Burlington 0 -- Box
Another very strong, but low-strikeout performance from Dylan "Sharkie" Unsworth (26intheMix): 5.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K. Sharkie just won't walk anyone. Last time it happened was April 14. His ERA is 2.22 and his WHIP is 0.84.