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Diamondbacks Farm Round-Up: April 20th

Not such a good day for our farm system - just a single win in the five contests, and that by a single run. The D-backs' affiliates were outscored 14-29 over those games, and scored only one run in three of them.

Snakelet of the Day:
Brad Wilson (Double-A): 5 IP, 7 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K

Triple-A: Reno 7, Sacramento 14. The River Cats scored in every inning bar the fourth, as Kyler Newby (three IP, five H, five BB, five ER) and Tom Layne (3.2 IP, eight H, three BB,seven ER) struggled, both with their control and also the opposing hitters. The Aces actually were 3-1 up at the end of the first, but it was all downhill from there. However, CF Collin Cowgill continued his recent improvement getting three hits - he's 9-for-27 over the past week - while 2B Tony Abreu got a couple of hits, and 1B Brandon Allen got a walk in addition to his solo homer with one out in the eighth inning.

Double-A: Mobile 1, Jacksonville 6. Right-hander Brad Wilson wobbled his way through his Double-A debut for the BayBears, scattering seven hits and a walk, but came away unscathed, with five shutout innings, and in line for the win thanks to RF Evan Frey's fourth-inning single, which scored CF A.J. Pollock. However, the bullpen coughed it up, allowing the Suns to score three in the seventh and three more in the ninth - Josh Ellis and Billy Spottiswood were the guilty parties. Pleased to see fan favorite Clay Zavada back in action: he worked a scoreless sixth for Mobile, retiring all three batters faced, two by strikeout.

High-A: Visalia 1, Stockton 2. The Rawhide found themselves just on the wrong side of a pitcher's duel against the Ports - the two runs Eric Smith allowed in the third proved sufficient, though this outing - five innings, six hits and a walk, with six strikeouts - was a great improvement on his first two starts. Visalia were 1-for-7 with runners in scoring position, and their only run came on a fourth-inning solo homer by CF Adam Eaton. C Rossmel Perez had another two-hit game, raising his average for the season to .371, while RF Kyle Greene reached twice, on a hit and a walk. Taylor Sinclair struck out five over three frames of scoreless relief, and has 16 K's in 9.1 innings.

A-ball: South Bend 4/1, Great Lakes 3/4. The Silver Hawks split a double-header with the Loons, taking the opener 4-3, but losing the night-cap 4-1. The first game saw South Bend come back from three down, the big blow being a three-run homer in the fifth off the bat of DH Zach Walters. 1B Yazy Arbelo had got them on the board with a solo homer. Tyler Green got the W, while Dan Taylor notched the save, retiring all six hitters faced. In the second, Soutb Bend left eight on base through four, and were left to rue the lost changes as the Great Lakes chipped away, scoring in four consecutive innings. Jeff Shields took the loss there.