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Diamondbacks Minor League Recap 4/8/16: Yoan Lopez Delivers Masterpiece

Yoan Lopez delivered a strong pitching performance for the Diamondbacks AA affiliate.
Yoan Lopez delivered a strong pitching performance for the Diamondbacks AA affiliate.
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More of Diamondbacks Top Pitching Prospects toed the mound tonight, with Yoan Lopez and Tyler Wagner taking the mound for the Baybears and Aces. The Aces pitching prospect struggled while the Baybears pitching prospect flourished. The minor league system was able to crank wins in 2 of their 3 games.

3 Stars: Yoan Lopez 6 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 2 K

2 Stars: Mitch Haniger 3 for 4, 2B, RBI

1 Star: Zac Curtis SV, 2 IP, 1 H, 5 K

0 Stars: Tyler Wagner 2 2/3 IP, 3 H, 6 R (1 ER), 3 BB, 1 K

Reno 6, El Paso 8: Tyler Wagner was cruising through the first two innings until a combination of bad pitching and awful miscues resulted in 6 runs in the 3rd inning. Overall, Wagner allowed 6 runs (only 1 earned) in 2 2/3 IP, allowing 3 hits and 3 walks with 1 strikeout. The Aces would make it a game with their own offense, spearheaded by Zach Borenstein who went 2 for 4 with a HR and 2B. The 8 runs allowed by Wagner and Seth Simmons was simply too much for the Aces bats to overcome.

Mobile 2, Tennessee 1: The Baybears scored early again, with Kevin Cron driving in Todd Glaesmann for the first run of the game in the top of the first. With the early lead, Yoan Lopez was absolutely spectacular in this start, allowing 1 run in 6 innings while yielding 2 hits and no walks. Lopez did not factor in the decision because the Baybears were unable to take the lead until the 8th inning, when Mitch Haniger drove in Ildemaro Vargas with a single. Daniel Gibson got the win with a 1-2-3 7th inning. Westbrook went 0 for 4 again, although he has 0 strikeouts, so the BABIP gods will eventually start turning things around for him.

Visalia 3, Bakersfield 2: The Rawhide scored runs in the first two innings, taking a 2-0 lead. Starter Miller Diaz hit a roadblock in the 4th, allowing the Blaze to tighten it to a 1-run game in the 4th inning. Reliever Nick Baker was able to limit the damage to 2 runs and wound up getting the win when he cleared the 5th inning. Dawel Lugo hit his first homer of the year while Rudy Flores and Oscar Hernandez chipped in with RBI doubles. The bullpen took the 3-2 lead, nailing things down for the Rawhide. Closer Zac Curtis pitched the final two innings, striking out 5 of the 7 batters he faced. I suspect Curtis won't be in Visalia for long given his propensity to miss bats.

Kane County vs. Clinton: Postponed, Make Up TBD