Diamondbacks Farm Round-Up: April 17th

Only one of the five games played by our farm affiliates went our way today. Beyond the results, however, perhaps the most concerning news was another disappointing start from Jarrod Parker. In seven innings of work at Double-A, he has allowed 15 runs (14 earned) on 13 hits and six walks, with three homers....

Snakelet of the Day:
Bobby Borchering (A): 4-for-5, BB, HR, 2B, 3 RBI

And I'm pleased to report Zephon is rejoining the 'Pit, and will be spelling me on these three times a week, starting with tomorrow. Look forward to reading his recaps. Also, holding back on the weeky round-table for tomorrow, seeing as it's an off-day. Should be up after the fantasy recap.

Triple-A: Reno 5, Colorado Springs 8. The Aces had a one-run lead going into the eighth, but Tom Layne and Ron Mahay couldn't hold onto it. They retired two of the ten Sky Sox batters they saw in the frame, six of whom crossed the plate, and Colorado Springs held on from there. That spoiled a decent start from Matt Torra, who allowed two runs (one earned) over six innings, scattering eight hits and two walks, with three K's. LF Wily Mo Peña got three hits, 3B Cody Random drove in two on a pair of knocks, while CF Collin Cowgill and RF Cole Gillespie each reached base twice with a hit and a walk.

Double-A: Mobile 10, Mississippi 14. Jarrod Parker's second start went, if anything, worse than his first, as our first-round pick was swatted for seven runs, all earned in just 3.1 innings. Parker allowed seven hits and three walks, including a pair of homers. The opposing starter was rehabbing Braves man Kenshin Kawakami, but he did little better, giving up six runs. One of !B Paul Goldschmidt's hits was a ninth-inning grand-slam, which would have tied the game, but for Mississippi scoring four in the top of the frame off the BayBears 'pen. 2B Jacob Elmore had two hits, and relief pitcher Billy Spottiswood smacked a three-run homer off Kawakami in the fourth.

High-A: Visalia 17, Stockton 7. Perhaps stung by the disapproving mention from blue bulldog in our latest prospect round-up, Bobby Borchering kicked it up a notch, reaching safely five times as the Rawhide blew past the Ports, mostly as the result of a seven-run fourth. Every starter bar one got on base at least twice: 2B David Nick got three hits, while DH Brent Greer and C Mark Reed each enjoyed two hits and a walk. A mediocre start from Trevor Harden (seven ER in four IP) was countered by five shutout innings from the bullpen, striking out seven Stockton batters. Christian Beltre got the W for two scoreless frames, matched by the same from Victor Capellan.

A-ball: South Bend 1/3, West Michigan 8/6. The Silver Hawks found themselves on the losing end in both halves of their seven-inning double-header, and sunk to 2-8 on the year. Bradin Hagens took the loss in the opener, walking four but also committing two errors, which allowed the Whitecaps to score four unearned runs. 3B Ramon Castillo homered for the only South Bend Run there. The nightcap saw West Michigan jump on J.R. Bradley for five runs by the middle of the third, though Silver Bend kept it relatively close, despite being held to four hits. SS Raul Navarro drove in two, while RF Chris Jarrett drew a pair of walks.

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