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Diamondbacks Minor-league Round-up, 7/28: Hernandez does it again

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Carlos Hernandez is finding the Northwest League to his liking, and has a 1.26 ERA after eight starts. He hasn't allowed a run in 26 innings.

Snake Stars
3 stars
: Carlos Hernandez, Hillboro - 7 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 7 SO, W (3-1)
2 stars: Brad Kelller, Kane County - 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO, W (6-8)
1 star: Alexis Olmeda, Hillsboro - 3-for-5, R, DBL, RBI, two SB
0 stars: Mitch Haniger, Visalia - 0-for-4, four SO

Triple-A Reno off day.

Double-A Mobile 6, Jacksonville 4. Braden Shipley threw a solid seven, scattering seven hits and a walk, striking out four, the only damage being a two-run second. The BayBears immediately tied things up, on C Mark Thomas's third home-run, and took the lead with a three-run third, capped by a two-run single from RF Gabriel Guerrero, one of two hits for him, along with a stolen-base. 2B Garrett Weber also had two hits and two RBI, with CF Socrates Brito getting a pair of knocks too. Seth Simmons loaded the bases with no outs in the ninth, to bring the tying run to the plate. Silvino Bracho allowed two inherited runners to score before closing the door for his 12th save.

High-A Visalia 2, San Jose 1. The Rawhide pitchers had their whiff shoes on, fanning 16 Giants in this one. Nine of those were by starter R.J. Hively, who gave up one run on five hits and two walks  The bullpen then struck out seven over three scoreless, led by J.R. Bradley's three in one frame. Offense was hard to come by, Visalia managing only four hits, and striking out 16 times as well, in only 28 at-bats, but three of the hits were doubles. 1B Kevin Cron doubled and singled, while CF Breland Almadova walked, stole his 19th base and scored a run.

A-ball Kane County 5, Burlington 1. Brad Keller tossed six excellent innings, facing two over the minimum and allowing two singles and walk, with three strikeouts. The shutout was lost to the first batter faced by the bullpen, but by that point, the Cougars had a five-run lead, having blown the game open with a three-run sixth. DH Henry Castillo doubled, singled and scored twice, with C Michael Perez and CF Colin Bray also having two hits apiece. The Cougars are 24-8 in the second-half and have a three-game lead in the Midwest League Western Division.

A-short Hillsboro 10, Salem-Kaiser 0. Carlos Hernandez continues to destroy hitters - seven shutout innings on four hits here, with no walks and seven K's. That improves his K:BB ratio to 60:12 in 50 innings of work. the 21-year-old having made huge strides this year. The bullpen completed the shutout, and a six-run seventh ended this as a contest. DH Alexis Olmeda and SS Sergio Alcantara each had three hits including a double, and an RBI, with Olmeda also stealing a pair of bases.

Rookie Missoula 5, Helena 7.The Osprey fell behind 6-1, Dallas Newton being tagged for those runs (five earned) in four innings, on nine hits and two walks with three strikeouts. Missoula came back to make it a one-run game with a four-run fourth, but were unable to get any closer. C Frances Christy reached base four times with two hits and a pair of walks, scoring twice; DH Luke Lowery had a pair of hits and SS Isan Diaz drew two walks. Bryant Holtmann struck out five over three innings of one-run relief.

AZL D-backs 1/4, Cubs 12/8. The D-backs were mauled by the Cubs in a double-header. The opener saw our pitchers surrender 16 hits and eight walks, with Joshua Smith's two hitless innings the only performance of note. LF Luis Silverio walked and homered, for our only run. The other game was a 7-inning affair, but went little better; a six-run fourth dooming the D-backs. LF Jacy Cave homered (#1) and singled, driving in three, and SS Alvaro Rondon doubled and singled. Oliver Polanco surrendered all eight runs in two innings, on five hits and four walks.