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Diamondbacks Minor-league Round-up, 8/26: O'Brien O'bliterates O'baseballs

The Kane County Cougars clinched a playoff berth, and Peter O'Brien homered twice for the Aces, highlighting today's minor-league action.

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Snake Stars
3 stars
: Peter O`Brien, Reno - 3-for-4, three R, DBL, two HR (23), four RBI
2 stars: Braden Shipley, Mobile - 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 7 SO, W (9-9)
1 star: Todd Glaesmann, Reno - 3-for-5, R, three DBL, RBI
0 stars: Tyler Humphreys, Missoula, 0-for-4, three SO

Triple-A Reno 11, Nashville 5. LF Peter O'Brien had ten total bases, with home-runs #22 and #23 as well as a double - he scored three times and drove in four, as the Aces pounded their way to victory. Starter Blayne Weller allowed five hits and a walk with five strikeouts over 5.2 innings, being charged with four earned runs. CF Todd Glaesmann had three of Reno's nine doubles, 3B Brandon Drury adding a couple, and SS Danny Worth getting three hits and driving in a pair of Aces runs. C Matt Pagnozzi reached base four times, with a hit and three walks, and 2B Jordan Pacheco doubled and drew two walks.

Double-A Mobile 4 @ Biloxi 3. After Zach Godley had allowed three runs over two innings, Braden Shipley showed how it should be done, tossing six shutout innings of two-hit ball for the win. He walked none and struck out seven: dropping his ERA over the last nine starts for the BayBears to 1.59. The offense clawed their way back into things, tying things up in the sixth on SS Jack Reinheimer's fifth homer, then taking the lead in the ninth on an RBI double off the bench by Tom Belza. Daniel Gibson got the save, with 3B Sean Jamieson homering and doubling; CF Evan Marzilli also had a pair of hits.

High-A Visalia 6 @ Bakersfield 8. Ryan Doran tossed one of the more unlikely complete games you'll see, scattering no fewer than thirteen hits across eight innings, with one walk and three K's - seven of the eight runs he allowed were earned. C Tyler Baker and DH Stewart Ijames each had a double and a home-run, their 4th and 18th long-balls for the Rawhide respectively, with two RBI apiece as well. 1B Kevin Cron singled and walked, scoring twice, and CF Breland Almadova drew a pair of bases on balls.

A-ball Kane County 7 @ Beloit 1. The Cougars out-hit the Snappers 16-2, DH Dawel Lugo leading the way with four singles and a stolen-base. CF Colin Bray had a double, two singles and a walk, while SS Ildemaro Vargas, LF Victor Reyes and 3B Cody Regis each had two hits. Brad Keller got the win, allowing a run over five innings on only one hit; he walked three and struck out three. Ryan Burr and Luis Ramirez each worked two scoreless innings to complete the win, which assured Kane County of playoff baseball for the second year in a row, with a dozen games left on the schedule.

A-short Hillsboro 3. Tri-City 2. The Hops snatched victory from the jaws of defeat, 1B Trevor Mitsui's double with one out in the ninth, scoring both the tying and winning runs. Mitsui also drove in Hillsboro's other run, with a first inning single. 2B Sergio Alcantara had a hit and walk. Tyler Mark allowed two in the first, but settled down to hold it there over five innings on four hits and two walks, with five K's. Jeferson Mejia tossed three hitless innings of relief, and Brody Greer got the W for a perfect top of the ninth with a pair of strikeouts.

Rookie Missoula 2, Helena 7. Anfernee Benitez struck out seven over five innings, but the seven hits and two walks led to four runs (three earned) and the loss. RF Jason Morozowski and 2B Kal Simmons had very similar lines: each had two of the Osprey's six hits, notching a double, a single and a pair of strikeouts. But contact was hard to come by, as Missoula struck out a total of 14 times. Austin Mason and Cody Clark were the best of the bullpen, tossing a scoreless inning of relief apiece.

AZL D-backs 1, Angels 3. A pair of unearned runs cost the D-backs big, representing the margin of defeat. Luis Madero was the victim of both, over four innings of one-hit ball with six strikeouts and two walks, after Pierce Romero had tossed two scoreless frames to get the game started. The D-backs managed six hits, all of them singles, with two apiece for SS Alvaro Rondon and C Michael Branigan.