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Down on the Farm: Minor-League Round-up, 5/31

Three out of four Diamondbacks' affiliates lost again last night, though most of those were one-run defeats, and so the overall run total was still 25-23 in our favor. Visalia fought the hardest before going down in 13 innings, but the Aces did match a club mark with their victory. We'll give the honor to the guy who kept the Rawhide in the game, even if it proved futile in the end.

Snakelet of the Day
Bobby Borchering (High-A): 3-for-6, game-tying HR in 9th, two RBI

Triple-A: Reno 9, Tacoma 3. The Aces rolled to their fourth win in a row, and matched the club record for wins in a single month, going 20-10 in May. They leaped out to an early 4-0 lead then, after the Rainiers had pulled back to within one, blew the game open with a four-run seventh. Patrick Corbin got the W, pitching six innings and allowing three runs on seven hits. 1B Mike Jacobs had two hits and drove in two runs, CF Adam Eaton picked up a pair of doubles, and there were also multi-hit games for DH Randy Ruiz and 2B Taytor Harbin. RF Cole Gillespie reached safely three times, on a hit and two walks.

Double-A: Mobile 3 @ Jacksonville 5. A four-run sixth inning for the Suns proved to be decisive, and the Bay Bears struggled to get runners past first, managing only three at-bats with runners in scoring position, coming up empty in them. They got solo home-runs off the bat of CF Brent Clevlen and RF Alfredo Marte, while 3B Matt Davidson picked up a couple of knocks. Starter Gaby Hernandez was largely cruising until that sixth, but took the loss, being charged with all five runs on five hits and a walk, with five strikeouts. The teams have split the first four games of the series: the rubber game is tonight, Tyler Skaggs taking the mound for Mobile.

High-A: Visalia 6, Lancaster 7. It took a while , but the Rawhide eventually went down to the Jethawks, who avoid blowing their fourth lead of the night. A homer off the bat of RF Bobby Borchering in the bottom of the ninth tied the game at four, and a two-run shot by 3B Eric Groff locked things up again in the 10th after Lancaster had taken a 6-4 lead. However, a wild pitch by Bradin Hagens in the 13th let the Jethawks pull ahead again, and though the home team got the tying run on base, they weren't able to come back again. Borchering had three hits, Groff, 2B Michael Freeman and DH Garrett Weber two each. David Holmberg struck out ten over seven innings, allowing three runs.

A-ball: South Bend 7 @ Dayton 8. The Silver Hawks blew a lead in the bottom of the ninth, D.J. Johnson allowing four straight hits to turn an 7-5 lead into a walk-off defeat, without retiring a batter. Starter John Pedrotty hadn't been stellar either, being charged with five runs over six innings, on eight hits and three walks, though did strike out seven. He was bailed out by the offense, who scored four in the fifth to take a lead they'd hold until the disastrous final frame. C Roidany Aguila doubled and homered, driving in two, and four other South Bend players had multi-hit nights.