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Diamondbacks Minor-league Round-up, 7/12: BayBears blast Suns

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The BayBears had their hitting shoes on, and a good pitching performance for the Hops went unrewarded.

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Snake Stars
3 stars: Carlos Hernandez, Hillsboro - 7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 8 SO
2 stars: Matt Fields, Mobile - 4-for-5, HR (1), DBL, four R, two RBI
1 star: Ildemaro Vargas, Kane County - walk-off pinch-hit home-run (2)
0 stars: Troy Marks, Hillsboro - 0 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO

Triple-A Reno 5, Tacoma 4. This looked like a slug-fest after the teams traded three-spots in the opening frame. But it became a lot tighter after that: Jhoulys Chacin went seven, allowing only one additional run, on eight hits and two walks, though didn't fan anyone. Evan Marshall and J.C. Ramirez completed the win. C Matt Pagnozzi tied things at four in the fourth, with his second homer of the year, then drove in the go-ahead run too, with an RBI single in the sixth. DH Nick Evans also had two hits, and LF Garret Weber his seventh home-run.

Double-A Mobile 12 @ Jacksonville 4. The BayBears broke out the lumber for 16 hits here, led in his first start by veteran Matt Fields who had four hits, including a homer and a double. LF Zach Borenstein homered and singled, driving in three, and 2B Kevin Medrano had a pair of doubles, driving in and scoring a pair, as every Mobile starting position player reached base at least twice. A.J. Schugel was the beneficiary of the run support, but didn't need it, holding the Suns to one run over 5.2 innings, on four hits and no walks with six strikeouts.

High-A Visalia 0, Bakersfield 8. The Rawhide were blanked, despite managing seven hits. RF Mitch Haniger had a pair of doubles, and LF Daniel Palka two singles, but the team only had four AB with runners in scoring position, and came up empty. Visalia manager J.R. House was ejected in the second inning, as the Blaze scored four, but even that couldn't fire up his team, who were on the wrong end of a complete-game shutout by Dan Altavilla. Anthony Banda was charged with six runs (four earned) in five innings, on nine hits and three walks, but K'd 8.

A-ball Kane County 3, Cedar Rapids 1. Markus Solbach took a shutout and a 1-0 lead into the eighth inning, but had to settle for a no-decision after allowing the tying run. He scattered nine hits but walked none, striking out four. The Cougars walked off winners, thanks to Ildemaro Vargas's pinch-hit home-run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, his second of the season. RF Chuck Taylor had three hits, and 1B Marty Herum doubled and singled. C Joe Munoz drew a pair of walks.

A short Hillsboro 5, Spokane 6 (11). Carlos Hernandez had a great outing holding the Indians to just three hits and a walk over seven innings, fanning eight. Meanwhile, the offense scored four, led by SS Sergio Alcannara, who was a home-run short of the cycle, driving in three; C Jose Queliz doubled and singled. But the bullpen blew a four-run lead, including a three-run homer with two outs, and then two more runs in the 11th. DH Zach Hoffpauir homered to lead off the bottom, but Hillsboro left the tying run on third for a heart-breaking loss.

Rookie Missoula 3/4, Idaho Falls 2/1.  The Osprey swept a 7-inning double-header. Scott Schultz allowed two runs over five inning in the opening game, with SS Isan Diaz driving in two of their three runs. DH Luke Lowery doubled and singled. The night-cap saw five shutout innings from Cameron Smith, who improved to 4-0 with a 0.96 ERA; he gave up only two hits and no walks, fanning eight. Diaz homered (his second) and tripled in that game, while RF Joey Armstrong went 2-for-2 with a walk.

AZL D-backs 4, Athletics 3. Reliever Oliver Polanco got the W, despite being the only one of six D-backs pitchers to allow any earned runs! CF Maik Ehmcke and 1B Ramon Hernandez each had a pair of hits for Arizona, and 2B Jacob Cordero singled and walked. Erbert Gonzalez picked up his first save, with a scoreless ninth inning.