Two of the four affiliates won today, one other game was rained out. Another top pitching prospect took the mound today for Kane County and pitched well, although his start didn't compare to Taylor Clarke's start from last night. The Dbacks rotation plans post-2018 is starting to take shape in the lower minors.
3 Stars: Gabe Speier (Kane County) 2 1/3 Perfect Innings, 3 K, W (1-0)
2 Stars: Cody Regis (Visalia) 3 for 4, 2 2B, RBI
1 Star: Alex Young (Kane County) 4 IP, 4 H, 1 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 6 K
0 Stars: Miller Diaz (Visalia) 5 1/3 IP, 9 H, 6 R (4 ER), 4 BB, 4 K
Reno 2, Albuquerque 5: Kyle Drabek's first start for the Aces was OK, but the Aces struggled at the plate. A first inning sac fly from Zach Borenstein gave the Aces an early 1-0 lead, but Drabek allowed two runs in the top of the 2nd to put the Aces behind. In the 5th, Peter O'Brien smashed a solo HR to tie the game 2-2, but the pitching could not hold up. Drabek allowed the go-ahead run to score in the 6th inning. Dominic Leone delivered a scoreless 7th inning, but Scott Rice allowed 2 runs in the top of the 9th that made any hopes for a comeback for naught.
Mobile vs. Biloxed: Postponed, Rain
Visalia 7, Bakersfield 6: Miller Diaz struggled in his second outing for the Rawhide, allowing 6 runs in 5 1/3 innings. The Rawhide bats so far haven't been able to score without the help of some misplays by the Blaze. The Rawhide's first three runs came in on a throwing error, bases loaded walk, and a wild pitch. Bud Jeter was able to halt the Bakersfield lineup and the Rawhide loaded the bases in the 7th inning. A groundout and a fielding error allowed the Rawhide to tie it. Luis Ramirez pitched two hitless innings, which set the stage for Cody Regis in the bottom of the 9th inning. After a single by Henry Castillo, Regis ripped a ball to the gap and Castillo scored from 1st base for the walk-off double.
Kane County 5, Quad City 2: Alex Young made his second start for the Cougars and was very good again. Young went 4 innings of 1-run ball, gave up 4 hits and walked 2 while striking out 6. Young struggled with his command a bit, having to throw 75 pitches in just 4 innings. Kane County used a 4-run 5th inning to do most of their damage, with the big hit being a Luke Lowery 2-run triple. The bullpen held the 5-1 lead with Gabe Speier retiring all 7 hitters he faced for the win along with Brody Greer going 1 2/3 innings and Cameron Gann closing the door in the 9th inning for his first save of the season.