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Diamondbacks Minor-league Round-up, 6/22: Short season salvo

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With Reno off, and our other full-season affiliates on their All-Star breaks, it was just the short season farm teams in action today.

Snake Stars
3 stars: Luke Lowery, Missoula - 3-for-4, HR (1), two R, three RBI, BB
2 stars: Fernery Ozuna, Hillsboro - 3-for-5, R, two RBI
1 star: Francis Christy, Missoula - 2-for-5, TPL, RBI, BB
0 stars: Jeferson Mejia, Hillsboro - 1.2 IP, 4 R, 4 ER, 4 H, 3 BB, 1 K

Short-Season A Hillsboro 3 @ Spokane 8. A four-run second inning chased starter Jeferson Mejia, who lasted only 1.2 inning on four hits and three walks with one strikeout, and the Hops never got closer than two runs the rest of the way. Best of the Hillsboro relievers - in fact, the only pitcher to escape without allowing at least one run - was Cameron Gann, who tossed 2.1 scoreless on two hits with one K. 2B Fernery Ozuna had three hits and drove in a pair of runs, while SS Sergio Alcantara had a single and a walk, and LF Quinnton Mack drew a pair of walks, scoring a run.

Rookie Missoula 7 @ Billings 8. Certainly exciting, as the Osprey came back from five runs down, scoring six unanswered runs to take the lead, but couldn't then hold on to it. Starter Dallas Newton was charged with five runs (three earned) in 3.2 innings on five hits and two walks, with two strikeouts. But Missoula scored six runs from the fifth through the seventh to take the lead, led by DH Luke Lowery, who reached base five times on three hits and two walks. He hit his first homer with two outs in the ninth to make it a one-run game. RF Jake Peavyhouse also had three hits, with C Francis Christy and 3B Jeff Smith each getting two hits and a walk.

AZL D-backs 4, Cubs 1. Hector Hernandez allowed just the one hit and no walks over three innings, though didn't strike out anyone either. The D-backs bullpen held the Cubs to three hits and one run over the remaining six innings, with Merkis Montero working a two-inning save, fanning three. The D-backs managed only five hits themselves, all singles. 2B Jacob Cordero probably had the best day, as he singled, walked and stole a base, also scoring a run.