Memphis won 6-3 behind a trio of homers. Jon Jay lead off in the first with a line drive that cleared the wall; Jeremy Hazelbaker and the still-hot Aledmys Diaz followed with their own home runs later in the game. Diaz's homer was his 2nd in 8 games. Springfield won by the same score, with David Washington hitting his 15th home run of the season.
Homers from Carson Kelly and Mason Katz couldn't save Palm Beach from losing 3-4, as the rest of the team was 4-for--27 with one walk and no extra bases. Peoria scored three runs across the 8th and 9th innings to win 5-4.
State College walloped their opponents 9-2, as R.J. Dennard went yard twice. Johnson City lost a one-run game, as they failed to score any runs in support of Ronnie Williams' stellar outing.
Aledmys Diaz, SS, Memphis, 1-for-4, HR, 2 Runs, RBI, K
At this point, we're pretty aware of how much better Diaz has been playing, so I'll just note that in AAA he has slashed .310/.394/.552 with four walks against four strikeouts, and slugged two homers in just eight games.
Jon Jay, CF, Memphis, 2-for-3, HR, BB, SB, R, RBI
After going 0-for-3 in his first rehab game for Memphis, Jay has been 4-for-6 with a walk, a homer, and two stolen bases in his last two games.
Mason Katz, RF, Palm Beach, 2-for-4, HR, 2 Runs, RBI
Katz has been moderately disappointing since returning from his May injury. In August he OPS'd just .626, and overall this year he has taken 100 more ABs to reach just two thirds of his HR total at Palm Beach last season (4 this year, and 6 last year). It's encouraging to see him start September off so well, but he just turned 25, doesn't have a well-defined position, and has yet to master High-A ball.
Ronnie Williams, P, Johnson City, 5 IP, 7 Ks, BB, 3 Hits, ER
To date, Williams has mostly struggled in Rookie Ball, walking over 11% of batters, and striking out just 16.6%. His ERA was 3.88, but he also carried a 5.15 FIP into yesterday's start. Still, Williams, a 2nd-round pick last year, is just 19, and this is a glimmer of the sort of potential he has.
Today's starters include Zach Petrick, for whom I just cannot stop rooting.
Just four games scheduled: Memphis, Springfield, Peoria, and State College.