It was a day for strikeouts in Visalia with two of the top prospects in the California League in dueling mode.
No. 2 D-backs prospect Braden Shipley struck out a career-high 10 over seven shutout innings, outdueling San Francisco's No. 20 prospect Kendry Flores and his 13 strikeouts in the process, as Class A Advanced Visalia held off San Jose, 2-1.
The right-handers traded zeros through the game's first four innings, combining to allow three hits while striking out 14 of 15 consecutive batters from the bottom of the second through the the fourth.
University of Nevada product Shipley (1-1) pitched with traffic on the bases in the first and second, but found his stride. The 2013 first-round Draft selection faced multiple baserunners once, in the fifth inning, and rolled two double plays to help his cause.
In the bottom of the fifth, Visalia broke through when Rudy Flores led off with a home run. Two innings later, Raul Navarro belted a solo shot to double the advantage.
With the lead, Shipley didn't relent. The 22-year-old pitched around a two-out walk in the sixth and erased a one-out single in the seventh with a double-play ball. The win marked his first in four California League starts since a promotion earlier this month from Class A South Bend. In total, Shipley scattered five hits over seven innings, walking two.
Flores (3-5) was nearly as good, striking out multiple batters in five innings and fanning the side twice. His 13 Ks came two shy of matching a career high, set on Aug. 21, 2013 for Class A Augusta against Lexington.
Following Shipley's departure, J.R. Bradley worked around two hits in a scoreless eighth. Enrique Burgos surrendered a solo home run to Brian Ragira, but closed the door to pick up his 14th save.