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Diamondbacks Minor-league Round-up, 7/16: Miller time!

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What a difference a level makes. Jared Miller was awful for the Kane County Cougars, but after vanishing for a month - reason unknown - re-appeared in Hillsboro and looks a totally-different player.

Snake Stars
3 stars:
Jared Miller, Hillsboro - 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 11 K, W (6-0)
2 stars: Jamie Westbrook, Visalia - 4-for-5, R, DBL, two TPL, three RBI, two SB
1 star: Socrates Brito, Mobile - 3-for-4, two R, DBL, HR (4), two RBI
0 stars: Gabriel Moya, Missoula - 0 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 0 SO, L (1-1)

Triple-A Reno 3 @ Salt Lake 9. A four-run first off Allen Webster dug the Aces a hole they never managed to climb back out of. Webster limped through six innings, scattering eight hits and a walk, and only fanning one; he was charged with seven runs, all earned. Evan Marshall didn't retire a batter and gave up two earned runs. There were solo home-runs for the Aces from CF Todd Glaesmann (his ninth) and DH Danny Dorn (#6), though the former was also picked-off first after walking. Dorn also doubled and walked, while 2B Garrett Weber got two hits

Double-A Mobile 8, Jackson 3. CF Socrates Brito had three hits, finishing a triple short of the cycle and driving in two runs, including his fourth home-run for the BayBears. LF Stewart Ijames had a pair of doubles, and DH Zach Borenstein doubled and singled, driving in three. Starter John Omahen improved to 3-0, working 5.2 innings and holding the Generals to three runs, scattering nine hits and two walks, with one strikeout. Will Locante was the pick of the relievers, striking out three in 1.1 innings of hitless relief for Mobile.

High-A Visalia 7 @ Lake Elsinore 4. 2B Jamie Westbrook had all three extra-base hits for the Rawhide here, tripling twice, doubling and singling, also driving in three and stealing two base. CF Mitch Haniger had two hits and also stole a bag, with RF Alex Glenn getting two hits, two SB and scoring twice. Blake Perry got the W, allowing three runs over his 5.2 innings of work, on five hits and two walks, with six strikeouts. J.R. Bradley worked a perfect seventh in relief, striking out a batter, and Visalia are 15-5 in the second half.

A-ball Kane County @ Clinton - postponed, rain.

A-short Hillsboro 4 @ Eugene 0. Jared Miller continues to dominate the competition for the Hops, winning his sixth straight since coming down from the Cougars. Here, he worked six scoreless, on only three hits and a walk, with 11 strikeouts, and his ERA dropped to 0.66 - quite a contrast to the 6.91 figure for Kane County! Brody Greer and Ryan Burr then completed the four-hitter. 1B Josh Anderson had a pair of doubles, driving in two runs, with 2B Fernery Ozuna doubling, singling and swiping his 13th bag.

Rookie Missoula 4 @ Idaho Falls 6. The Osprey led 2-1 after six, but couldn't hold on Yefrey Ramirez looked sharp to that point, with seven K's and no walks, but a leadoff triple in the seventh ended his night, and then came in to score, costing Ramirez a decision. Cody Clark worked two innings of relief, and both runs he allowed were unearned, and Missoula scored two in the top of the ninth to tie it up on 2B Raymel Flores's first homer of the year. However, Gabriel Mota went walk, homer in the bottom to lose it. LF Jason Morozowski and 3B Tyler Humphreys each drew three walks.

AZL D-backs 1, Cubs 2. Four pitchers threw two innings apiece for the D-backs starting with Kevin Munson, then going to Jose Jose, who allowed both runs and took the loss. Good to see none of the four allowed a walk, with a total of five strikeouts between them. Not much offense though, the D-backs getting just six hits. DH Ismael Pena had two of those, including his third home-run, leading off the fourth. CF Maik Ehmcke doubled and singled, and CF Max Brown singled and walked.