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Arizona Diamondbacks Minor-league Round-up, 4/9: Opening Night!

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It was the first game for four of our minor-league affiliates this evening, so let's see how our farm system did in their opening contests.

Here is the @Aces lineup for Opening Night in Albuquerque as prepared by Manager Phil Nevin.
Here is the @Aces lineup for Opening Night in Albuquerque as prepared by Manager Phil Nevin.
@RenoAces_PR, via Twitter

Hello... Is this thing on? Been a while since I've done one of these, so let's see if I can still remember what's the format for these! It was a good night overall for our minor-league affiliates, winning three games out of four and outscoring the opposition handily, 31-16.

Prospect stars
3 stars: Alex Glenn, Mobile - 4-for-5, two TPL. DBL, two R, five RBI
2 stars: Peter O'Brien, Reno - 3-for-5, HR (1), three R, three RBI
1 star: Antony Banda, Visalia: 5.1 IP 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 5 BB, 7 K
Zero stars: Tom Jameson, Kane County - 1 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 0 K

Triple A: Reno 8 @ Albuquerque 2. The first minor-league home-run by a Diamondback went to Peter O'Brien, who homered to lead off the second inning. He was starting in right, but there was no sign of Yasmany Tomas in the Aces' opening game, since he was apparently "attending to a personal matter." After falling behind 2-1, Reno struck back with a four-run fifth, keyed by a pair of two-run singles, from O'Brien and C Blake Lalli. 1B Danny Dorn added a two-run homer in the sixth, and Vidal Nuno got the W, allowing two runs (one unearned) over five innings, on six hits, with no walks and six strikeouts. O'Brien and 2B Jamie Romak each had three hits; Lalli two hits and a walk.

Double-A: Mobile 11 @ Birmingham 3. Aaron Blair started for the BayBears and held the Barons to three hits over six innings, with three walks and four strikeouts. However, two of the hits were triples, Blair giving up three runs in total. That was still easily enough for the win, with the offense teeing off to score ten in the front five innings, on 17 hits overall. Leading the charge was LF Alex Glenn who had three extra-base hits and drove in five, while DH Zach Borenstein got four knocks, and SS Raul Navarro reached three times on two hits and a walk, and stole a base. RF Socrates Brito got a pair of doubles. Adam Miller and R.J. Hively each fanned three in scoreless relief innings.

High-A: Visalia 10, High Desert 4.Anthony Banda got the start for the Rawhide, and got the W after giving up just one hit to the Mavericks over 5.1 innings. However, his control left a lot to be desired, with five walks, though he also struck out seven. Visalia blew this one open with a five-run seventh, in which 3B George Roberts made both the first and last outs. However, he did hit a two-run homer in the fourth inning, and also singled. SS Domingo Leyba had three singles and drove in three, DH Stewart Ijames had a pair of doubles, a walk and an RBI, and 1B Kevin Cron also had two doubles and an RBI.

A-ball. Kane County 2. Cedar Rapids 7. Through five innings of the Cougars' debut as a D-backs affiliate, this was a real pitchers' duel, each side having mustered only one hit and no runs. But in the sixth, Kane County starter Brent Jones flagged, giving up three runs: he ended up allowing three hits and three walks, but struck out seven in his 5.2 innings of work. The Cougars' offense was badly handcuffed, managing to cobble together only four hits, and going 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position. CF Colin Bray got a pair of doubles and DH Steve McQuail picked up three of Kane County's four walks.