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Diamondbacks Minor-league Round-up, 8/11: Blair Blanks Bees

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After a nightmare first start, Aaron Blair appears to be mastering Reno. Six scoreless innings here reduced his ERA over his last seven starts for the Aces to 2.05.

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Snake Stars
3 stars
: Aaron Blair, Reno - 6 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 8 SO, W (5-1)
2 stars: Gerson Montilla, Visalia - 3-for-4, two R, HR (4), two RBI, BB
1 star: Austin Byler, Missoula - 2-for-5, two R, DBL, HR (10), RBI
0 stars: Tyler Mark, Hillsboro - 2 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO, L (1-1)

Triple-A Reno 3, Salt Lake 0.  Aaron Blair tossed six shutout innings, combining with Kaleb Fleck, Matt Reynolds and Enrique Burgos on a seven hitter, with a pretty freaking awesome K:BB of 14:0. Blair scattered six hits, fanning eight, throwing 101 pitches, 64 for strikes. The bullpen then took over, retiring nine of ten batters faced, six more by the K. LF Peter O'Brien had a pair of hits, and Danny Dorn drove in two runs with a first-inning sacrifice fly and eighth inning double. Nick Buss added the final Aces tally, later in the eighth.

Double-A Mobile 2 @ Chattanooga 6. John Omahen lost his first decision as a BayBear, dropping to 6-1, and being charged with four runs over six innings, on seven hits and two walks, with four strikeouts. Both sides had ten hits, but only one of those for Mobile went for extra-bases, RF Gabriel Guerrero's double. There were two-hit games for SS Sean Jamieson, 3B Raul Navarro and 1B Tom Belza, but the BayBears didn't draw a single walk here, while striking out a total of ten times.

High-A Visalia 6 @ San Jose 4 (11). D-backs GM Dave Stewart was in attendance to see the Rawhide score two in the 11th for the win, after blowing a three-run edge. 1B Kevin Cron's 23rd home-run gave them the lead and C Jose Queliz added a sac. fly later in the frame. 3B Gerson Montilla had three hits, including his fourth homer, scoring and driving in a pair, and 2B Kevin Medrano had two hits and a walk. Brandon Sinnery allowed two runs over a six-inning no-decision, and Bud Jeter got the W for 1.1 innings of scoreless relief; J.R. Bradley notched his second save.

A-ball Kane County 9, Great Lakes 1. Starter Jared Miller struggled with control, walking five in five innings, but also fanned six and held the Loons to one run on four hits to take the W. The bullpen worked four scoreless, Ryan Burr striking three out in two innings. Recently acquired SS Dawel Lugo had three hits; CF Colin Bray had two hits, including his third homer, with two runs and two RBI. LF Chuck Taylor and SS Ildemaro Vargas were both on base three times with two hits and a walk, Vargas also stealing his fourth base.

A-short Hillsboro 0 @ Salem-Kaizer 7. This'll be brief, since the Hops were three-hit, LF Gerard Hernandez getting one of those as well as a walk. A four-run first off Tyler Mark dug them a hole, and he lasted only one more frame, being tagged for eight hits, a walk, and five earned runs, with one K. Jeferson Mejia worked three relief innings, allowing an unearned run, and Ariel Hernandez a scoreless eighth,

Rookie Missoula 8 @ Orem 3. The Osprey singled their opponents to death, slapping out 13 of them; both extra-base hits were by DH Austin Byler, who continues to rake - he doubled and had his 10th home-run. RF Jason Morozowski and 2B Raymel Flores each had three hits, with LF Matt McPhearson getting a pair of hits and also stealing two bases. Bo Takahashi delivered a dollar-store quality start, working six innings for three runs, on six hits and a walk with three K's. Gabriel Moya fanned three in his scoreless eighth inning.

AZL D-backs 6, Reds 2. A three-run seventh for the D-backs helped break this one open; all the runs were unearned, as we took advantage of an error, capped by RF Francis Martinez's two-run double. LF Logan Soole had three hits, and SS Alvaro Rondon picked up two hits, a walk and a stolen base. Chester Pimentel struck out seven over five innings of two-run ball, on six hits and a walk; Merkis Montero tossed three scoreless frames in relief, fanning four.