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Dbacks MiLB Round-Up 6/26: Pitching holds sway

Three starting pitchers in our farm system combined for a total of 18 shutout innings this evening.

Bob Levey

Lucas Harrell had been moved to the Reno bullpen after a wretched outing on June 12, allowing nine runs in two innings, but with the loss of Bronson Arroyo and promotion of Mike Bolsinger, was brought back to the Aces rotation over the weekend. His first start - six innings, five earned runs, was nothing special, but tonight was a lot better. In the pitchers' hell which is the PCL, Albuquerque is perhaps the worst park of all, so much credit to Harrell for his seven shutout frames there tonight, facing only three batters over the minimum during his time in the game, on two hits with four K's. He also walked and scored a run.

Snake Stars
3 Stars: Lucas Harrell, Reno 7 IP 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 4 K
2 Stars: John Omahen, South Bend 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 4 K, W (3-2)
1 Star: Brent Jones, Hillsboro 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, W (1-1)
0 Stars: Taylor Ratliff, Hillsboro 0 for 6, K

Triple-A Reno 6 @ Albequerque 3 (14). Thanks to Harrell's efforts, the Aces were 3-0 up after seven. They got two in the first on a single by RF Danny Dorn, and a sac. fly by 1B Mike Jacobs scored Harrell later. SS Nick Ahmed had a pair of doubles, CF Tony Campana three hits and a walk and 3B Andy Marte two hits and three walks. But Will Harris had a two-run eighth, on two hits and a walk, and Jake Barrett gave up a two-out homer in the ninth to tie it up. Reno loaded the bases with one out in the 13th, but couldn't score; however, another Dorn single pushed home a run in the 14th, and 2B Argenis Diaz followed with a two-run double. Eury de la Rosa worked the last two frames for the W.

Double-A Mobile 3, Jacksonville 4 (10). Archie Bradley started for the BayBears, allowing one run over four innings on three hits and four walks, with just the one strikeout, as he continues to rehab his elbow. He threw 72 pitches, 41 for strikes.Willy Paredes then threw three innings of one-hit ball, but Jimmie Sherfy allowed three hits and a walk in a two-run 8th as the Suns tied it up and scored the winning run off Seth Simmons in the 10th. RF Dustin Martin had his 4th homer and singled, as well as nailing a runner at home, while LF Tom Belza tripled and singled.

High-A Visalia 6 @ San Jose 2. Aaron Blair almost joined the shutout starter's society tonight, allowing only one run over his six innings, on five hits and a walk, with another seven strikeouts - in 56.1 innings since his promotion, he has a K:BB ratio of 68:15. That was plenty, as the Rawhide were 6-0 up after three, 3B Brandon Drury getting four hits, and LF Alex Glenn coming a triple short of the cycle. He drove in four, including a three-run homer, his 15th of the season for Visalia, as the visitors had 16 hits. Enrique Burgos K'd the final batter, for his 18th save.

Class A South Bend 3, Great Lakes 1. In the battle of the birds, the Silver Hawks beat the Loons, John Omahen and three relievers holding the visitors to four hits. Omahen threw six shutout innings, on two hits and four walks, with four strikeouts. Silvino Brachio lost the shutout in the ninth, but still closed out his 13th saves. South Bend used the long-ball for their offense, a two-run homer from 1B Daniel Palka (his 14th) and a solo shot by C Michael Perez (#6) driving in all their runs tonight.

Class A Short Hillsboro 10 @ Boise 0. Brent Jones and Nick Baker combined to four-hit the Hawks, as the Hops rolled to an eay win. Jones worked the front five on two hits, then Baker the rest of the way on three, with neither pitcher walking a man. The offense was just as sharp, Hillsboro being seven runs up by the middle of the third inning. DH Todd Glaesmann and C Elvin Soto each had three singles and a double, while SS Justin Gonzalez had two hits and also drove in a pair.

Rookie Missoula 4 @ Billings 5. A four-run second saw the departure of starter Gabriel Moya, who faced 13 batters and retired only five. The Osprey did come back, tying the game at four in the middle of the sixth, but the Mustangs took the lead back off Holden Helmink, and held on despite Missoula getting the tying run on base in each of the last three innings. Eric Brooks worked 3.1 innings of scoreless relief; 3B Tyler Humphreys and 2B Fernery Ozuna had a pair of singles apiece, but the Osprey went 1-for-14 with RISP.

AZL D-backs 3, Angels 5. Not quite sure how we lost this, as we out-hit the Angels 15-8, and had twice as many hits with runners in scoring position as well. LF Matt McPhearson had four hits and stole a base, though was also caught stealing; there were three-hit nights for C Jose Herrera and 3B Vicson Graciano. Starting pitcher Rodrigo Takahashi took the loss, but didn't pitch badly, being charged with two runs in six innings, on three hits and a walk with four strikeouts.