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Diamondbacks Minor League Recap 5/1/16: Dingers O'Brien Hits a Walk-Off Home Run for the Aces

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Peter O'Brien hit a walk-off HR for the Aces tonight. Check out what else happened in the Diamondbacks minor league system.

I hereby bestow the nickname Dingers O'Brien for Reno Aces Peter O'Brien. Dingers hit a walk-off home run tonight.
I hereby bestow the nickname Dingers O'Brien for Reno Aces Peter O'Brien. Dingers hit a walk-off home run tonight.
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The Diamondbacks minor league system went 2-2 today with wins from the Reno Aces and Visalia Rawhide. Both teams received strong pitching performances by their starters. Peter O'Brien continues to mash pitching in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League, but given the lack of a defined MLB position that he can play in Arizona, he is stuck there.

Snake Stars
3 Stars:
Braden Shipley (Reno) 6 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 5 K, GS 67
2 Stars: Dawel Lugo (Visalia) 3 for 4, 2-R HR (3)
1 Star: Peter O'Brien (Reno) 2 for 5, walk-off HR (8), 3B
0 Stars: John Omahen (Mobile) 4 1/3 IP, 8 H, 6 R (6 ER), 4 BB, 0 K, GS 19

Reno 1, Albuquerque 0 (12): Braden Shipley took the mound today for the Aces and once again delivered a strong outing. Shipley went 6 scoreless innings, allowing 4 hits, walking 2, and striking out 5. The Aces bullpen continued where he left off, pitching 6 more scoreless innings. The Aces hitters struggled against Jeff Hoffman for the front seven innings and were unable to generate much offense outside of a Peter O'Brien triple in the front 11 innings. Peter O'Brien rewarded the bullpen's strong effort with a walk-off home run to lead of the 12th. Matt Capps got the win with a scoreless 12th inning that preceded the game-ending blast.

Mobile 4, Jackson 6: It seems that John Omahen has reached his ceiling as a minor leaguer and is struggling mightily in AA Mobile. Omahen allowed 6 runs on 8 hits and 4 walks in 4 1/3 innings. Despite being down 4-0 after two, the Baybears were able to tie the game in the top of the 5th. Mitch Haniger went 2 for 2 with a double and 3 walks, driving in a run and scoring another run. Jamie Westbrook has shaken off his early season slump, with a 2 for 4 game raising his overall slashline to .237/.310/.303. In his last 10 games, Westbrook is hitting .353 and has more walks (5) than strikeouts (3).

Visalia 5, San Jose 4: The Rawhide bats played long ball in support of starter Brad Keller in order to earn the victory. Keller scattered 8 hits over 6 innings, allowing 2 runs, walked one, and struck out 3. At this point, it's pretty clear what type of pitching prospect Keller is barring a velocity jump and it's a very good profile. Dawel Lugo had a big day with 3 hits, including a 2-run homer. Luis Ramirez made things interesting in the 9th by allowing 2 runs, but Bud Jeter quickly came in and fanned the last hitter of the game to put the game to rest. Bud Jeter is finally starting to come into his own as a back-end reliever for the Rawhide and could be up for a promotion soon.

Kane County 2, Bowling Green 11: It was an ugly game for the Cougars in every facet possible. Carlos Hernandez struggled with his command and got rocked hard in a 7-run 5th inning. Hernandez had left the game trailing 4-0, but Joel Payamps allowed all 3 inherited runners to score in addition to two more runs of his own. The defense was sloppy, committing 4 errors with 1B Trevor Mitsui committing two of them. The Cougars fell behind 10-0 before the bats were able to put a dent in the scoreboard, with a 2-run double by Luis Veras. The team only collected 5 hits and 1 extra base hit for the game.