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Dbacks Minor League Round-Up 4/4: Holmberg Sharp in Season Opener

It was Opening Day for all four full-season minor league teams last night as the season got underway. Only Reno earned a victory as Mobile, Visalia and South Bend all lost. Some of our top pitching prospects took the mound but only David Holmberg had a noteworthy outing. Andrew Chafin put up an ugly line like a lot of last year's outings, and Randall Delgado had one rough inning that ruined an otherwise decent start.

David Holmberg started the season in fine fashion for Mobile with 6 shutout innings.
David Holmberg started the season in fine fashion for Mobile with 6 shutout innings.

Holmberg meanwhile managed 6 shutout innings while striking out five in starting the year in impressive fashion. He is my #6 rated prospect in the team's system. Cody Ross served as the DH for Visalia is his first rehab start going 0 for 2.

Snake Stars
3 Stars: David Holmberg, Mobile 6 IP, 4 H, 3 BB, 5 K, 0 ER
2 Stars: Matt Davidson, Reno 3 for 4, 2 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI
1 Star: Socrates Brito, South Bend 2 for 3, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI
0 Stars: J.R. Bradley, South Bend 1/3 IP, 5 H, 1 BB, 5 ER, L (0-1)

Triple A: Reno 5 @ Colorado Springs 4. Matt Davidson was the hero as he clubbed a 2-run homer in the top of the 9th to break a 3-3 tie and earn Reno a 5-4 road victory to start the year. Davidson also had a pair of singles. Randall Delgado got the start and pitched pretty well outside of a 2-run homer allowed in the 4th inning as he finished with 4.2 IP, allowing 3 runs on 4 hits and no walks while striking out 5. Outside of Davidson's three hits the Aces only collected two other hits. The bullpen was very good as Eury De La Rosa, Garrett Mock and Joe Paterson all tossed shutout innings. Evan Marshall allowed an unearned run in the 9th and earned his first save.

Double A: Mobile 1 @ Mississippi 2. David Holmberg tossed 6 shutout innings in a pitcher's duel that remained scoreless until the bottom of the 8th when the Braves got a run off Bryan Woodall. The Bay Bears tied it in the top of the 9th on a sacrifice fly by Nick Ahmed. In the bottom of the 9th Eric Smith started and struck out the first two batters before allowing a walk and consecutive singles to lose 2-1. Garrett Webber led a meager offense with 2 hits including a double.

High A: Visalia 7 San Jose 8. Andrew Chafin took the mound hoping to prove he deserved an off-season promotion to Mobile that he didn't get. Unfortunately he had a brutal first inning allowing 4 runs on 3 singles, 2 walks and a double. He threw two shutout innings after that but the damage had already been done. The bullpen didn't help matters as Conrad Flynn and Frank Santana both allowed more runs to dig a deep hole. The offense did its best to overcome the deficit when Jake Lamb hit a 2-run homer in the bottom of the 9th with no outs to cut the lead to one. But they couldn't do any more. Sean Jamieson was the only multi-hit performer with two singles.

Low A: South Bend 2 Bowling Green 8: Starter Jesse Darrah was terrific going 6 innings and allowing just an unearned run with 4 strikeouts. Unfortunately J.R. Bradley was called upon next and he was awful allowing 5 runs in just 1/3 of an inning. It was never close after that. Socrates Brito had two of the team's five hits including a 2-run home run to account for all of the home team's scoring.