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Diamondbacks Minor League Recap 5/29/16: Rawhide split doubleheader

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The Rawhide played two games today and wound up splitting both games. In the day game, Brad Keller's struggles with the long ball continued when he allowed two of them in the game. Keller is only 20 years old, so struggling his first year in the Cal League is not a deal-breaker as a prospect, just ask Domingo Leyba. In the night game, the Rawhide took victory from the jaws of defeat for a 2-run 9th inning to walk off against Rancho Cucamonga to split the series 2-2.

Snake Stars:
3 Stars: 2B Henry Castillo (Visalia) 1 for 3, 2B, RBI in Game 1; 2 for 3, 2B, game-tying solo HR (5), 2R in Game 2
2 Stars: RHP Joel Payamps (Kane County) 6 2/3 IP, 6 H, 2 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 7 K, W (2-3)
1 Star: Reno Aces Bullpen 7 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 6 K
0 Stars: RHP Brad Keller (Visalia) 5 2/3 IP, 6 H, 6 R (6 ER), 2 BB, 5 K, L (3-4)

Reno 7, Round Rock 6 (11): The Aces took advantage of two-out opportunities with RISP to take a 3-0 lead after 2 innings, but the Express put up a 6-spot against Edgar Garcia in the 3rd inning. The Aces chipped away at the lead, using a 2-run homer from Carlos Rivero off Chi-Chi Gonzalez to make it 6-5. Zach Borenstein would then tie the game at 6with a solo blast of his own off of Phil Klein. The bullpen pitched 7 scoreless innings while the bats chipped away before Tuffy Gosewisch hit a tie-breaking homer of his own in the top of the 11th inning. Matt Capps put up a zero to seal the victory.

Mobile 3, Biloxi 7: Luke Irvine got knocked around a bit in this game, allowing 5 runs in 6 innings on 5 hits, 2 home runs, and 5 walks with 6 strikeouts. After falling behind 5-0, the Baybears tried to make a comeback when Gabby Guerrero launched a 3-run homer in the 7th inning, but that was all the offense they could get for the game. The Shuckers picked up 2 huge insurance runs when Adam Miller could not bail out Myles Smith from a bases loaded, 1 out situation.

Visalia 3, Rancho Cucamonga 6 (Game 1): The long ball bit Brad Keller again, as he allowed 6 runs in 5 2/3 innings off the strength of 2 home runs allowed to Quakes 3B Jordan Tarsovich. The Rawhide scored first when Marty Herum launched his 2nd home run of the year to make it 1-0. In the 2nd inning, Keller allowed 4 runs with 3 of them coming of Tarsovich's first home run. The Rawhide made it a 4-3 game thanks to RBI doubles by Stryker Trahan and Henry Castillo, but Keller allowed both runs back in the 6th inning to remove any hope of a comeback.

Visalia 4, Racho Cucamonga 3 (Game 2): Nick Baker had the spot start in Game 2 and pitched fairly well, allowing 2 runs (1 earned) over 4 innings. Baker walked 1 and struck out 5, but gave up a 2-run single with one of the runners reaching on a passed ball by Oscar Hernandez. From there, the Rawhide where able to keep the Quakes off the scoreboard. Colin Bray tied the game with a 2-run single of his own in the 5th inning. After falling behind 3-2 in the top of the 7th thanks to Bud Jeter forgetting how to throw strikes, the Rawhide completed the walk-off win. Henry Castillo tied the game on a solo HR then Hernandez doubled. After sending in Domingo Leyba to pinch run, Robelys Reyes drove in Leyba with a single that ended the game.

Kane County 4, Beloit 2: The game started off as a pitcher's duel between Joel Payamps and Angel Duno. Both pitches traded zeros in the first two innings before Beloit scored the first run on a Brett Siddell home run. The Cougars responded with a 3-run bottom of the 3rd inning. After a lead-off single by Sergio Alcantara, the Cougars took advantage of throwing errors by the SS and 2B to plate three runs. Payamps was cruising until the 7th, when he gave up back-to-back doubles that lead to the 2nd run he allowed to score. After a strikeout, the Cougars called in Gabe Speier to finish the inning. After a 1-2-3 8th by Carlos Hernandez, the Cougars plated a huge insurance run after a Trevor Mitsui double and Grant Heyman single. Cameron Gann came in the 9th and walked a hitter, but got 2 strikeouts to end the game and pick up his 9th save of the year.