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Diamondbacks Minor-League Round-Up: Hops turn Maverick

The Hillsboro Hops honored the Portland Mavericks tonight, turning back the clock with some retro uniforms - and, as Dansby Swanson shows above, retro personal grooming... Going by his first pro home-run tonight, he may want to retain the hair!

Dansby Swanson, rockin' it old-school...
Dansby Swanson, rockin' it old-school...
Hillsboro Hops via Facebook

Snake Stars
3 stars: Austin Byler, Missoula - 2-for-2, R, HR (13), RBI, two BB
2 stars: Wei-Chieh Huang, Kane County - 6 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER. 2 BB, 4 SO, L (7-3)
1 star: Mike Freeman, Reno - 3-for-6, three R, two DBL
0 stars:Roberto Cancio, AZL D-backs - 0 IP, 2 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 0 SO

Triple-A Reno 9 @ Oklahoma City 3 A.J. Schugel picked up his second win with six innings of two-run ball, on six hits and two walks, with five strikeouts. R.J. Hively took the ball the rest of the way for a three-inning save, the night after Reno had lost in 15. RF Mike Freeman had three hits, including two doubles, and scored three times, while 3B Brandon Drury doubled, singled and walked, and C Matt Pagnozzi had a pair of singles. The 2-3-4 hitters for Reno, 2B Jordan Pacheco, 1B Nick Evans and LF Danny Dorn, each had a hit and two walks.

Double-A Mobile @ Jacksonville postponed. The scheduled double-header was rained out, so they'll play two both tomorrow and Saturday.

High-A Visalia 0, Rancho Cucamonga 4. The Rawhide could muster only five hits off the Quakes, 1B Kevin Cron getting two of those, his double being the only extra-base knock. The team went 0-for-6 with RISP, but it was only a one-run game after seven as Brett Shankin worked five innings, allowing five hits and a walk with two K's. RC blew it open in the eighth, getting a three-run homer off reliever Hector Hernandez.

A-ball Kane County 1 @ Cedar Rapids 2. The Cougars actually outhit the Kernels 6-4, and got on the board first, courtesy of 1B Marty Herum's sixth home-run.. But they were 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position; 2B Henry Castillo had half of KC's hits, with 3B Cody Regis singling and walking. Wei-Chieh Huang deserved a better fate, especially as one of the two runs he allowed over his six innings was unearned; he allowed four hits and two walks with four strikeouts. Ryan Burr had two perfect and impressive innings, fanning five of six batters faced.

A-short Hillboro 3, Boise 5. The Mavericks theme could not bring the Hops joy, as Cody Reed retired only one of six batters faced in the first, surrendering two hits, three walks and four earned runs. Ariel Hernandez allowed one run over 3.2 innings, with nine of eleven outs coming by the K! The home-team were blanked through seven, before SS Dansby Swanson uncorked his first professional homer, a three-run shot with one out in the eighth, though also made his first pro error. LF Grant Heyman singled and walked; 2B Sergio Alcantara drew a pair of bases on balls.

Rookie Missoula 2, Orem 4. Yefrey Ramirez allowed four hits and two walks over five innings, striking out three and being charged with three runs, all earned. His record evened out at 4-4. The Osprey had eight hits, led by 1B Austin Byler, who continued to mash, getting a pair of knocks that included his 13th home-run, and also walking twice - he has a K:BB ratio of 44:42. LF Matt Railey had a pair of hits and Matt McPhearson stole a pair of bases. Scott Schultz struck out five over his two scoreless innings of relief.

AZL D-backs 0 Cubs 11. An ugly loss for the D-backs here, as they were outhit by an 18-4 margin. Emilio Vargas allowed two runs (one earned) over the first four innings, scattering six hits and a walk with four K's. But it got ugly thereafter, the Cubs scoring every time they batted, including a five-run seventh. Every one of the five D-backs pitchers used, allowed at least one run. CF Max Brown singled and walked, but 2B Jeff Smith got a golden sombrero, going 0-for-4 with four K's.