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Diamondbacks Minor-league Round-up, 7/30: Much ado about nothing?

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So, it was A.J. Schugel starting in Reno tonight, and Aaron Blair is on the schedule for tomorrow's contest. Move along, folks; apparently nothing to see here. Or is that just what Dave Stewart WANTS us to think?

Sigh. The sooner the trade deadline passes, the happier we'll all be!

A.J. Schugel was the Aces' mystery starter. It didn't go well.
A.J. Schugel was the Aces' mystery starter. It didn't go well.
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3 stars: Ryan Doran, Visalia - 8 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 SO, W (6-1)
2 stars
: Austin Byler, Missoula - 2-for-3, two R, DBL, HR (5), RBI, BB, SB
1 star
: Nick Buss, Reno - 2-for-4, two R, HR (2), RBI
0 stars: Arial Hernandez, Hillsboro- 1.1 IP, 2 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 5 BB, 3 S0

Triple-A Reno 10, Fresno 7. Maybe they'd have been better off letting Toby Announced pitch. For A.J. Schugel didn't get through three innings, being charged with six runs on seven hits and a walk - in seven starts for Reno, his ERA is an ugly 13.50. After falling six back, credit the Aces offense for making a game of it, in a typical Reno slugfest where the sides combined for 29 hits. CF Nick Buss had his second home-run and LF Peter O'Brien his 19th. Buss, 1B Nick Evans and RF Mike Freeman each had two hits for the Aces, Freeman driving in a pair.

Double-A Mobile 2, Jacksonville 4. Making his first "official" start in over a month, Yoan Lopez allowed two earned runs (plus one unearned) over four innings for the BayBears; he gave up three hits and struck out three, but walked four. Seth Simmons was highly effective in relief, retiring all nine batters faced, six by the K. Despite outhitting the Suns 9-4, and going 4-for-11 with RISP, Mobile couldn't score. 2B Garrett Weber had three singles, and CF Gabriel Guerrero a pair of doubles; C Mark Thomas doubled and walked.

High-A Visalia 7 @ Modesto 1. Ryan Doran improved to 6-1 with eight strong innings here. He gave up only three hits and two walks, with four strikeouts, the only damage being a solo home-run with two outs in the third. Mason McCullough pitched a hitless ninth to complete the three-hitter. The Rawhide got all the offense they'd need in a three-run first, and pounded out 14 hits, even though SS Domingo Leyba's triple was the only one for extras. SS Breland Almadova had three, with Leyba, 2B Jamie Westbrook and 1B Daniel Palka each notching a pair.

Class-A Kane County 5, Burlington 3. The Cougars took the lead with a three-run third, but it took tallies in the seventh and eighth to give them victory. The top of the order got it done, leadoff man Chuck Taylor getting three hits, with SS Ildemaro Vargas reaching base four times being Taylor, on two hits and two walks. C Michael Perez got two hits and a base on balls, with 1B Marty Herum driving in three on a pair of knocks. Markus Solbach scattered six hits and a walk, with no K's over five innings of two-run ball. Zac Curtis picked up his 22nd save with a scoreless ninth.

A-shirt Hillsboro 3, Tri-City 10. Tyler Bolton cruised into the bottom of the sixth, pitching a shutout and with a 3-run lead. But he couldn't retire a batter there, and the Hops bullpen melted down, allowing seven runs over the last three innings. Ariel Hernandez walked five batters in 1.1 innings, but got three K's. DH Nate Irving had three hits for Hillsboro and drove in a run, while 1B Trevor Mitsui singled and had the Hops' only walk. Bolton was charged with three runs over five innings, on six hits and a walk, with three strikeouts.

Rookie Missoula 3, Billings 6. The Osprey were held to just four hits, and went 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position. 1B Austin Byler had two of those, including his fifth home-run; he also doubled, scored twice, walked and stole a base, so a good game all round. LF Marcus Wilson drew two walks, scored a run and also stole a base, Scott Schultz struck out eight over 5.1 innings, on six hits and a walk, being charged with two runs. Cameron Smith took the loss, being responsible for the Mustangs' four-run seventh, including a three-run homer.