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Diamondbacks Minor League Recap 5/12/16: Peter O'Brien Collects 4 Hits

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Peter O'Brien went 4 for 5 and was a triple short of the cycle on Thursday.

Peter O'Brien continues to have a strong season in AAA Reno.
Peter O'Brien continues to have a strong season in AAA Reno.
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The Reno Aces beat up on the Giants AAA affiliate, the Sacremento River Cats. Peter O'Brien had another strong night at the plate, collecting 4 hits that included a double and his 11th home run. O'Brien's bat plays at the major league level as we saw in his short cameo last year and this Spring, but he doesn't have anywhere to play positionally. However, with the possibility of the Designated Hitter coming to the National League as early as next season, the Diamondbacks should hold onto him since he fits that profile. His best defensive position would be 1B, but that's not happening any time soon.

Snake Stars
3 Stars:
1B Peter O'Brien (Reno) 4 for 5, 2B, HR (11), 3 RBI, 2 R
2 Stars: RHP Edwin Escobar (Reno) 7 IP, 3 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 3 K, W (1-0)
1 Star: CF Colin Bray (Visalia) 3 for 4, 3B, BB, 2 RBI, 2 R
0 Stars: RHP Yoan Lopez (Mobile) 4 IP, 7 H, 4 R (4 ER), 4 BB, 1 K, L (3-3)

Reno 8, Sacremento 2: Edwin Escobar followed up his stellar outing with another one, setting down the first 10 River Cats while the Aces hitters went to work. The Aces got on the scoreboard first when Peter O'Brien collected his first hit, doubling in Mike Freeman. After O'Brien picked up his 2nd hit, a 5th inning single, Socrates Brito smashed out his 2nd home run on what was supposed to be a hit-and-run play. Escobar did his part on the mound as well, pitching 7 innings of 1-run ball, allowing 3 hits and a walk, and struck out 3. The Aces put up 5 runs on the River Cats bullpen, with Peter O'Brien launching his 11th home run of the year in the 8th and then singling in Mike Freeman in the 9th. Cody Hall pitched the final two innings, allowing a run over that span.

Mobile 1, Mississippi 4: Yoan Lopez struggled in his outing, getting lit up for 4 runs on 7 hits and 4 walks over 4 innings. The Baybear bats didn't fare much better either, with only 5 hits and a walk. The Baybears only run came when Marzilli doubled followed by a single by Michael Bourn and a swinging bunt from Ildemaro Vargas in the 3rd. Marzilli also recorded an outfield assist on a ground ball by pitcher Rob Whalen. The Baybears were unable to get things going at the plate, despite a great effort from the bullpen in the final 4 innings.

Visalia 6, Stockton 5 (10): The Rawhide fell behind early with another stinker outing from a rehabbing Josh Collmenter. Collmenter allowed all 5 runs in 4 innings on 6 hits and 2 walks with 3 strikeouts. Despite falling behind 5-1 after 3 1/2 innings, the Rawhide bats worked to tie the game with a pair of two spots in the 6th and 7th inning. Colin Bray hit a 6th inning based loaded single and Grant Heyman drove in the tying runs with a double in the 7th. The key part of the comeback was the bullpen held the Ports scoreless for the final 6 innings. The Rawhide's final run came after a Colin Bray reached base for the 4th time, moved up to scoring position after Victor Reyes reached on an error and scored the winning run on a Francisco Leonora single. Luis Ramirez pitched the final two innings and got the win.

Kane County 10, Burlington 3: Cody Reed put out a solid start today, but wasn't as dominant as his last two outings. Reed went 5 1/3 innings, allowing 1 run on 4 hits and 1 walk with 5 strikeouts. For the season, that's a 36/1 strikeout to walk ratio over 23 innings and has posted a game score of 60 or better in all 5 of his starts. It looked like the case of Reed not having his best stuff or command as he had to throw 94 pitches to get as far as he did, but the results were very solid. The Cougar bats gave him plenty of run support, blowing the game open early with all 10 runs scoring in the front 6 innings. Eduardo de Oleo hit a 3-run home run in the 3rd and drove in 4 for the game. Jose Queliz hit two doubles and Luis Veras had a double and triple.