The Diamondbacks Minor League Affiliates went 1-3 tonight. The Visalia Rawhide visited one of the most hitter friendly environments in the minors and put on an impressive display of hitting to the tune of 14 runs on 16 hits, with 8 extra-base hits and 4 of them leaving the ballpark. Braden Shipley turned in a serviceable start for the Aces and took a tough luck loss that the final score is not indicative of. The Baybears suffered a close loss against the Chattanooga Lookouts. The Cougars suffered a similar fate as the Baybears.
3 Stars: 1B Rudy Flores (Visalia) 3 for 5, 2 HR (8), 4 RBI, 3 R
2 Stars: LF Grant Heyman (Visalia) 3 for 5, HR (1), 2B, 3 RBI, 2 R
1 Star: 3B Dawel Lugo (Visalia) 4 for 5, 3 R
0 Stars: Reno Bullpen 2 IP, 5 H, 4 R (4 ER), 2 BB, 4 K
Reno 1, Salt Lake 6: Braden Shipley actually had a fairly solid outing, but unfortunately for him the rest of the game him virtually no support and took the loss. Shipley scattered 10 hits, allowing 2 runs, striking out 4 and no walks over 6 innings. The offense actually put up 11 hits on the day including two doubles, but were unable to get the big hit home. The Aces went 1 for 14 with runners in scoring position and stranding 13 runners. The bullpen took a 2-1 game and proceeded to stink for 2 innings, allowing 4 runs in the process. The Aces only run came on a Peter O'Brien solo home run in the 4th.
Mobile 3, Chattanooga 4: After a run of good starts, Anthony Banda came up mediocre, allowing 3 runs over 5 innings on 6 hits and 3 walks with 4 strikeouts. Banda is normally a strike-throwing ground ball pitcher, but the command was off today. Despite the lack of command, he competed well and kept the Baybears in the game. Catcher Michael Perez got a double and triple and drove in a run in the game to lead the Baybears offense. The Baybears had the tying run at 3rd following the Perez triple, but pinch runner Jamie Westbrook was stranded there after a strikeout and ground out that ended the game.
Visalia 14, Lancaster 7: Lancaster is one of the best hitting environments in the minors and the Rawhide proved it tonight. The bats pounded out 2 doubles, 2 triples, and 4 home runs, most of the damage coming at the expense of Jethawks starter Brock Dykxhoorn. The Rawhide put up crooked numbers in 6 of the 9 trips to the plate. With all the early offense, that allowed Brad Keller to settle in and overall pitched a solid game. Keller went 6 innings, allowed 5 hits and 3 walks, and struck out 6. Brad Keller continues to show that he is a strike-throwing ground baller that you like in the middle of an MLB rotation. 1B Rudy Flores, RF Victor Reyes, LF Grant Heyman, and 3B Dawel Lugo each collected at least 3 hits.
Kane County 4, Fort Wayne 5: The Cougars took a 1-0 with a solo homer from 1B Trevor Mitsui, but the lead quickly evaporated with 2 runs in the 2nd off starter Joel Payamps. After tying the game at 2, Payamps allowed 2 runs in the 5th to take a 4-2 lead that would ultimately hold up. The Cougars pitching staff was unable to deliver a shutdown inning after scoring, which spelled doom for them. Payamps went 5 innings, allowed 4 runs (3 earned) on 8 hits and struck out 4. Carlos Hernandez came in and allowed an unearned run, which was the ultimate margin of the game. Overall it was a sloppy game with two fielding errors and two players caught stealing.