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Dbacks MiLB Round-Up 8/29: Playoff Races

With most minor league seasons coming to an end this weekend, it's worth a look at who has either qualified for the playoffs or is still in the hunt to do so. (Hillsboro and Missoula finish their seasons next Wednesday and Thursday respectively.)

The Aces took a 1-game lead in their playoff push with a 7-5 win.
The Aces took a 1-game lead in their playoff push with a 7-5 win.

Reno Aces, Pacific Coast League - Hold a one game lead over Sacramento with three to play, all of which are against Sacramento. The Aces have won six straight to get into this position.

Mobile Bay Bears, Southern League - Won Southern League South divsion 1st half title and will begin playoffs next week.

Visalia Rawhide, California League - Has a two game lead with three to play to be the wild card qualifier. The Rawhide had won five straight before losing to Bakersfield on Friday night.

South Bend Silver Hawks, Midwest League - Has qualified for the playoffs as the 1st half division runner-up. They will begin their playoffs next week.

Hillsboro Hops, Northwest League - Has qualified for the playoffs as the 1st half division champions. They will begin their playoffs next weekend.

Missoula Osprey, Pioneer League - Trails for the 2nd half division championship by four games with six to play. Their magic number for elimination is three.

AZL Dbacks, Arizona Rookie League - Have been eliminated from playoff consideration.

Snake Stars
3 Stars: Trevor Mitsui, Missoula 3 for 5, 2 R, 1 HR (12), 5 RBI
2 Stars: Stryker Trahan, Hillsboro 3 for 5, 1 R, 1 HR (19), 4 RBI
1 Star: Mike Jacobs, Reno 3 for 4, 3 R, 2 HR (18), 2 RBI
0 Stars: Archie Bradley, Mobile 1/3 IP, 1 H, 5 BB, 0 K, 5 ER, L (2-3)

AAA: Reno 7 @ Sacramento 5. The Aces won the second game in their 5-game series with Sacramento to determine who will make the playoffs as the Pacific North Champion. That gives Reno a 1-game lead with three to play. Daniel Hudson made the start and pitched 1 shutout inning allowing a hit and a walk with a strikeout. Andrew Chafin followed and went 5 innings allowing 3 runs on 6 hits and 5 walks. Kevin Munson allowed a run in the 8th and Jake Barrett allowed another in the 9th but they held on for the win. Mike Jacobs hit a pair of solo home runs and Garrett Webber went 3 for 4 with a solo homer of his own. A.J. Pollock played the full game in center field and had a double in 4 trips with 2 RBI.

AA: Mobile 3 @ Jacksonville 8. Not a pretty sight of Archie Bradley's start when he couldn't get out of the 1st inning after walking 5 batters. He was pulled with just one out having thrown 39 pitches. Not sure where he goes from here but it is a discouraging development. On offense they never threatened as Tom Belza and Todd Glaesmann each contributed 2 hits.

A+: Visalia 8 @ Bakersfield 9. The Rawhide had an 8-2 lead after 4 innings but couldn't get the job done and lost a critical game that hurts their playoff push. Spencer Arroyo started and let in 5 runs over 6 innings. Kyle Schepel followed and let in 3 more before Johnny Shuttlesworth gave up a walk-off homer in the bottom of the 9th. Raul Navarro led the offense with a 3 for 3 night and Steve McQuail had a double, a triple and 2 RBI in the losing effort.

A: South Bend 6 Bowling Green 1. Anthony Banda had yet another fine outing for South Bend and has a 1.54 ERA in 6 starts since coming over in the Gerardo Parra trade. He went 5 innings last night allowing 1 run on 6 hits and 2 walks while striking out 6. Chuck Taylor was the offensive catalyst going 3 for 4 with a double and 2 RBI.

A-: Hillsboro 7 @ Tri-City 6. Jared Miller had a respectable start allowing 2 runs on 6 hits and 2 walks over 6 innings. Cody Geyer made it more interesting than it should have been when he gave up 3 runs in the 7th but the offense rallied with 2 runs in the top of the 9th to break a 5-5 tie. Zac Curtis earned his 14th save in spite of surrendering a run. Stryker Trahan was the star of the night with a big 3-run homer in the 1st inning as part of a 3-hit game.

R: Missoula 11 @ Billings 13. Missoula did more damage to their playoff chances with a tough 13-11 loss. Touki Toussaint got murdered with three 1st inning home runs and was removed having only recorded 1 out. Billings ultimately scored 8 times in that 1st inning and the Osprey offense came all the way back to tie the score at 10-10 in the 7th before conceding the game winner in the 9th. Trevor Mitsui had a huge game with 3 hits and his 12th home run for a 5 RBI night. Stewart Ijames hit his 11th home run for 2 more RBI.

AZL: Dbacks 6 @ Cubs 7. The Dbacks managed a 6-5 lead through 7 innings due mostly to Marcus Wilson's triple and 4 RBI. But the pitching allowed a run in the 8th and a walk-off run in the 9th for the loss.