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Diamondbacks Minor League Recap: 4/28/16: Kane County Nearly No-Hits Dayton

The Kane County Cougars pitching staff allowed only 1 hit and 2 baserunners for the game overall. Their rotation looks very nice from a prospect standpoint.

Lefty Junior Garcia flirted with a no-hitter over 6 innings for the Kane County Cougars
Lefty Junior Garcia flirted with a no-hitter over 6 innings for the Kane County Cougars

The Aces walked off in 11 innings and the Rawhide bats exploded for 8 runs today, but the main story was the near no-hit effort by the entire Kane County pitching staff. Starter Junior Garcia flirted with a no-hitter over 6 innings. The Mobile Baybears struggled with their pitching staff as Zack Godley has looked nowhere near the pitcher he was last year where he was able to compete somewhat at the Major League level. Archie Bradley turned in another solid start but still struggles with command although in Reno mistakes get hit worse than they do in the majors.

Snake Stars
3 Stars: Junior Garcia (Kane County) 6 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K
2 Stars: Visalia Rawhide Bullpen: 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 12 K
1 Star: Archie Bradley (Reno) 6 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 4 BB, 8 K
0 Stars: Zack Godley (Mobile) 4 1/3 IP, 7 H, 6 R (6 ER), 3 BB, 1 K

Reno 3, Albuquerque 2: Archie Bradley turned in a solid start, although the walks are still an issue with him putting 4 men on base that way. In the normally hitter friendly Reno, runs were scarce in the game with both teams scoring runs in the 1st and 11th innings. Peter O'Brien went 3 for 5 and drove in the first two runs of the game before scoring on a Mike Freeman walk-off triple. The Aces bullpen picked up where Bradley left off, allowing just an unearned run in 5 innings. Trailing 2-1 in the 11th, Socrates Brito led off with a single before moving up to 2nd on a Jack Reinheimer sacrifice bunt. That set up the comeback, with O'Brien and Freeman driving in the tying and winning runs.

Mobile 3, Jacksonville 6: Zack Godley was not very sharp tonight, which exasperated in the 5th inning where he allowed 5 runs (1 inherited) while only getting 1 out. The Baybears fell behind 6-0, which was too much for the offense to come back from. They got offensive contributions from Kevin Medrano, who went 3 for 4 with a double and 2 RBI. The bullpen of Myles Smith, Joey Krehbiel, and Daniel Gibson pitched well but it wasn't enough. 2B prospect Jamie Westbrook went 0 for 3 with a walk.

Visalia 8, Modesto 4: The Rawhide bats exploded for 8 runs tonight, putting up crooked numbers in the 3rd, 5th, and 7th innings. Very player in the starting lineup either drove in or scored a run, with Rudy Flores leading the effort with a 2-R HR and 4 RBI overall. Domingo Leyba scored 3 times and his only hit went for a double. LF Grant Heyman recorded 3 singles and a critical OF assist at home plate. Starter Ethan Elias struggled out of the gate, allowing 4 runs in 3 innings, but the bullpen came in and shut the door with 6 shutout innings. Overall the bullpen of Nick Baker (3 IP, accredited the win), Austin Wright (1 IP), Zac Curtis (1 IP), and Bud Jeter (1 IP) went only allowed 2 hits, 2 walks and struck out 12 over those 6 innings with Bud Jeter striking out the side in the 9th.

Kane County 2, Dayton 0: The Cougars flirted with a no-hitter, only allowing 1 hit and 2 baserunners over 9 innings. Junior Garcia pitched the front 6 innings, allowing the only 2 baserunners of the game as he retired 18 of the 20 hitters he faced. Garcia struck out 3 and walked none. The bullpen also set down all 9 hitters faced with Gabriel Moya picking up 3 strikeouts in 2 innings. Cameron Gann pitched a 1-2-3 9th for his 4th save of the year. There wasn't much offense, but with the pitching staff pitching a dominant game, 2 runs was enough. Matt McPhearson drove in a run with a single and a fielding error by the left fielder resulted in the 2nd run scoring.