The Diamondbacks four minor league affiliates all won tonight. The Reno Aces and Kane County Cougars enjoyed terrific starting pitching from Cody Reed and Tyler Wagner. Baybears catcher Ronnie Freeman fueled the victory with a walk-off home run in the 9th inning to cap a two homer day for him. In Visalia, the Rawhide used early offense to take a big lead then cruise to a close finish. It was an overall good day, and I had to nitpick for the 0 Stars Award because no one in the organization had an exceptionally bad day.
3 Stars: LHP Cody Reed (Kane County) 6 2/3 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 9 K, W (2-1)
2 Stars: C Ronnie Freeman (Mobile) 2 for 4, 2 HR (2), 3 RBI
1 Star: RHP Tyler Wagner (Reno) 6 IP, 4 H, 1 R (1 ER), 4 BB, 2 K, W (1-3)
0 Stars: 2B Jamie Westbrook (Mobile) 0 for 4, K
Reno 3, Fresno 2: The Aces got a strong pitching performance from Tyler Wagner and the offense did just enough to eek out a close victory. Wagner went 6+ innings, allowing 4 hits and 4 walks while striking out 2. Wagner left the game in the 7th inning up 3-0 and 2 men on base, with reliever Dominic Leone allowing 1 of the 2 to score for the only run charged to Wagner. Leone finished out the 7th and Marshall pitched a scoreless 8th. Bracho ran into some trouble in the 9th, allowing a run on two hits, but was able to halt the damage to pick up his 4th save. RF Socrates Brito did most of the damage at the plate going 3 for 5 with a 2-run triple.
Mobile 6, Chattanooga 5: Once again Zack Godley had a mediocre outing, but this time the offense was able to support him. Godley allowed 4 runs in 6 1/3 innings, allowing 7 hits and struck out 4 with no walks. The Aces bats went downtown, with 3 home runs and catcher Ronnie Freeman crushing out two of them for his first two of the season. OF Mitch Haniger is enjoying a resurgent season at the plate and after a 3 for 4 game is batting .376 on the season. Reliever Joey Kriehbiel got the Baybears out of the 7th inning and pitched into the 8th inning, but left a man on base when he exited with 2 outs and the tying run scored after Daniel Gibson gave up back-to-back hits. Stites pitched a scoreless 9th inning before his battery mate clubbed the walk-off shot to lead off the bottom of the 9th.
Visalia 6, High Desert 4: The Visalia bats broke out early and often in this game, putting up 6 runs in the 2nd-4th innings combined. Henry Castillo hit 2 doubles while 4 other players put up multi-hit games. Starter Luke Irvine, the main beneficiary of all this offense, did what the Rawhide needed and had quick innings while the offense went to town on David Ledbetter. Irvine overall allowed 4 runs (2 earned) in 5 innings, on 6 hits, 2 walks, and 2 strikeouts. Bud Jeter took over in the 6th inning and pitched a scoreless frame, followed by the recently promoted Jared Miller striking out 5 of the 7 batters he faced in a scoreless 7th and 8th. Jimmie Sherfy got the 9th inning and ran into some two out trouble, but managed to avoid giving up runs for the save.
Kane County 6, Fort Wayne 2: Cody Reed continues his dominance in the Midwestern League with another jaw-dropping start. Reed went 6 2/3 innings, scattering 4 hits and struck out 9 batters. Over his 3 starts, he has 31 strikeouts and no walks over a span of 17 2/3 IP and an ERA of 0.51. If you're wondering, yes Reed does have a negative FIP. The Cougars made sure to provide him with plenty of offense, with CF Zach Nehrir falling a triple short of the cycle in addition to multi-hit games from 1B Trevor Mitsui and LF Jason Morozowski. Gabe Speier allowed 2 unearned runs in the 8th, but was able to pick up his first save of the season.