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Dbacks MiLB Round-Up 4/22: How sweep it is

The Diamondbacks may have sucked, but the minor-league teams did us proud sweeping all five contests today, by a combined margin of 34-13.

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David Peralta had an interesting route to get here. He was originally a Cardinals signing, but after two years as a teenage pitcher in rookie ball, that was derailed by injury and he vanished off the grid for three years. He re-appeared in independent ball in 2011, as an outfielder, and was signed by the Diamondbacks in July last year, and hit .346 for Visalia, with eight home-runs in 51 games. That merited a promotion this year to Mobile, and tonight's show will likely open a few more eyes; his line in AA is now .311/.354/.514, with 19 RBI in 19 games, though at 26 he is likely old for the level.

Snake Stars
3 Stars: David Peralta, Mobile 4 for 4, 3 R, DBL, 2 HR (3), 7 RBI, BB
2 Stars: Bo Schultz, Reno 8 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, W (2-2)
1 Star: Justin Greene, Mobile 4 R, 5 for 5, DBL, 3 RBI
0 Stars: with-held, since everyone won today. :)

Triple-A: Reno 4 @ Fresno 3.  CF Ender Inciarte's second home-run of the season was key for the Aces, as that three-run shot in the second inning provided much of the offense as they beat the Grizzlies in Fresno, evening their record at 10-10. Bo Schultz had an excellent evening, allowing two runs, one unearned over eight innings on four hits and no walks with six K's. That gives him a 2-2 record, with a 2.92 ERA. Things got interesting in the ninth, as the Grizzlies scored one and put the tying run on second with no outs, before Todd Jess settled in to retire the final three batters. Inciarte singled in addition to his homer.

Double-A: Mobile 13 @ Huntsville 2. The BayBears pounded out 17 hits, as they crushed the Stars. LF David Peralta had a brilliant night, with a grand-slam in the fourth inning, then a two-run shot later in the game. He finished with 11 total bases and seven RBI. CF Justin Greene scored four times and went 5-for-5 - all the more amazing, since he came into the game hitting .122, raising his average 84 points in one contest! SS Sean Jamieson and C Steve Rodriguez each had two hits. Michael Lee allowed two runs, one earned, over six innings for Mobile, with five hits and no walks, fanning six.

Class A Advanced: Visalia 4 @ San Jose 2. The Rawhide did all their damage in a four-run fourth, started by LF Alex Glenn's third home-run of the year, and capped by SS Kevin Medrano's two-run double. Visalia starting pitcher Hector Hernandez took a shutout into the eighth, but had to settle for 8.1 innings of two-run ball, scattering seven hits and a walk, with four strikeouts. Brought in for the final two outs and a man aboard, Seth Simmons walked the tying run on base, but recovered to strike out the next two for his first save. Glenn reached bases safely three time, with a single and a walk in addition to his long-ball.

Class A: South Bend 5/8, Dayton 2/4. The Silver Hawks swept the double-header against the Dragons, extending their winning streak to seven games. Aaron Blair pitched a seven-inning complete game in the opener, allowing two runs (one earned) on four hits and two walk with six K's. DH Stryker Trahan had two hits and three RBI. The nightcap saw Brad Allen improve to 3-0 with five innings of two-run ball, on three hits and two walks with five K's. South Bend's offense here was led by RF Zach Esquerra, who went 2-for-3 with two runs scored, an RBI, a walk, and a stolen base, but four other team-mates also had two-hit games.