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Diamondbacks Minor League Recap: Kane County Splits Doubleheader

All four of the Diamondback affiliates lost at least one game today, some worse than others.

The Diamondbacks four affiliates all lost at least once today, three of them being monumental blowouts. The only team that was able to keep the game within a margin of 5 in their loss was the Mobile Baybears. The Kane County Cougars split two 7-inning games of the doubleheader.

Snake Stars
3 Stars:
RHP John Omahen (Mobile) 7 IP, 7 H, 2 R (2 ER), BB, 4 K
2 Stars: RHP Carlos Hernandez (Kane County) 5 IP, 2 H, 1 R (0 ER), 3 BB, 4 K, W (3-2)
1 Star: 1B Trevor Mitsui (Kane County) 2 for 3, 2B, 2 RBI in Game 1 
0 Stars: RHP Justin Donatella (Kane County) 2 2/3 IP, 6 H, 6 R (2 ER), BB, K, L (4-1)

Reno 2, Iowa 17: This game got out of hand quickly for the Aces, as Matt Buschmann got lit up badly. After a 2-run first, he gave up 6 more in the 2nd inning. The bullpen did not alleviate things and the combination of Kyle Drabek and Cody Hall gave up the final 9 runs over 2 1/3 innings. It got out of hand so bad that catcher Brett Hayes was asked to get the final 5 outs of the game. Overall, the Aces pitchers walked 10 and gave up 19 hits. The Aces bats struggled to hit with men on base, as they went 2 for 13 with RISP and the position players only combined for 1 extra base hit.

Mobile 2, Jacksonville 3: The Baybears got a solid start from John Omahen, who allowed 2 runs over 7 innings. Omahen struck out 4, walked 1, and allowed 7 hits. The Baybears struggled to plate runners with a 1 for 10 day with RISP, although they were able to tie it on a Kevin Cron 2-run homer in the bottom of the 7th inning. Steve Hathaway then proceeded to allow the tying run to come across in the 8th inning behind Krehbiel and Miller were able to stop the bleeding. The Baybears put up a strong rally in the 9th inning, with Michael Bourn and Mitch Haniger singling and both getting into scoring position with two outs, but Stewart Ijames struck out to end the game.

Visalia 1, High Desert 9: It was an ugly game for the Rawhide, both on the mound and at the plate. Starter Josh Taylor allowed 5 runs in 5 innings and the bats were unable to sustain any offense outside of a 3rd inning Colin Bray home run. The team also committed 6 errors on the field, which led to 4 of the 9 runs being unearned. Taylor struck out 6 and walked 1, but the sloppy defense plus 8 hits allowed yielded 5 runs (4 earned) charged to his name. It's one of those games the team needs to flush out of their memory because it's not one to look back towards.

Kane County 3, Burlington 1: Carlos Hernandez got the start in the first game and pitched his best game of the year so far. Hernandez gave up only an unearned run over 5 innings on 2 hits and 3 walks with 4 strikeouts. All four runs in this game scored in the 5th inning. The Cougars took the lead when Quinnton Mack drove in Eduardo de Oleo with a single with no outs then a two out, two-run double by Trevor Mitsui. The combination of Ryan Burr and Cameron Gann got the final 6 outs of the game, yielding only two baserunners.

Kane County 0, Burlington 6: The second game did not go according to plan, as Justin Donatella turned in his first stinker of the year. Donatella yielded 6 runs in 2 2/3 innings on 6 hits and a walk with just one strikeout. The Cougars defense was horrific in Game 2, where four errors led to four unearned runs in the game. Offensively, the Cougars could only scratch across 5 hits and a pair of walks. Joel Payamps retired all 10 hitters he faced, but the offense could muster any sort of rally in the game.