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Dbacks Minor League Round-Up 4/9: Chafin Bounces Back

The hot pitching across all levels of the organization continued on Tuesday with two more spectacular outings. Most notable, if only because of expectations, was that of Andrew Chafin who threw 7 shutout innings with 10 strikeouts in a 3-0 Visalia win. The other was by South Bend's Jesse Darrah who built on his superb Opening Day start to throw an even better game on last night going 7 shutout innings with 8 strikeouts and just one hit allowed.

Andrew Chafin bounced back from a shaky Opening Day start to spin a gem on Sunday.
Andrew Chafin bounced back from a shaky Opening Day start to spin a gem on Sunday.

Reno made it a clean sweep for Dbacks teams in action with their offense in an 11-3 wipeout of Salt Lake that featured 3 home runs including another by red-hot prospect Matt Davidson.

Snake Stars
3 Stars: Jesse Darrah, South Bend 7 IP, 1 H, 0 BB, 8 K, 0 ER, W (1-0)
2 Stars: Andrew Chafin, Visalia 7 IP, 4 H, 1 BB, 10 K, 0 ER, W (1-1)
1 Star: Matt Davidson, Reno 2 for 3, 3 BB, 1 HR, 3 RBI
0 Stars: Brandon Drury, South Bend 0 for 4, 3 K

Triple A: Reno 11 @ Salt Lake 3. Nelson Figueroa took the hill for Reno (he of WBC fame) and wasn't very sharp to start when he allowed 3 runs in the first. But he held it together with 3 subsequent shutout innings while the offense got untracked. The Aces scored in each of the first six innings led by Matt Davidson's 2 hits and 3 walks including his second homer of the year. Davidson is sporting a 1.234 OPS through the first 5 games and 6 RBI. Other Aces with multiple hits on the night included Chris Owings (with a triple), Kila Ka'aihue (with his 2nd homer), Tuffy Gosewitch (with his 1st homer) and Brad Snyder. The bullpen added 5 shutout innings including two by Garrett Mock, two by Matt Gorgen and one by newly-acquired Will Harris.

Double A: Mobile. Off-day. David Holmberg gets the start tonight.

High A: Visalia 3 Bakersfield 0. That was the Andrew Chafin we all know and love as he threw 7 shutout innings on 4 hits and a walk with 10 strikeouts. Apparently he made some adjustments from Opening day and he's also been working on a change-up for that all-important third pitch. Check out this article from MiLB which has post-game quotes from Chafin and some analysis on his development. Kaleb Fleck pitched a scoreless 9th for his first save. Evan Marzilli paced the offense with 2 hits including a double. Cody Ross drove in the first run of the game with an infield single and Raywilly Gomez followed with a 2-run single, which is all the offense the Rawhide would need or get.

Low A: South Bend 1 Dayton 0. As good As Chafin was for Visalia, Jesse Darrah did him one better with 7 shutout innings of his own on just one hit and no walks while striking out 8. It was the best outing as a professional by Darrah that I can recall. The offense managed just one run so the pressure was squarely on the bullpen to deliver the victory. And they did come through as Chris Capper pitched a scoreless 8th and RJ Hively threw a perfect 9th for the save. Socrates Brito drove in the solo run as part of his 3-hit night. He's batting .400 so far on the young season. Darrah has yet to surrender a run in 13 shutout innings, allowing just 3 hits and striking out 12.