The Diamondbacks affiliates went 1-3, with the Mobile Baybears getting the only win tonight. Top pitching prospect Yoan Lopez turned in a spectacular start for the Baybears in a victory. The Rawhide took one on the chin tonight while the Aces and Cougars had late bullpen meltdowns to take defeat from the jaws of victory.
3 Stars: RHP Yoan Lopez (Mobile) 6 1/3 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K
2 Stars: RHP Justin Donatella (Kane County) 7 IP, 3 H, 2 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 4 K
1 Star: LHP Edwin Escobar (Reno) 5 IP, 5 H, 1 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 2 K
0 Stars: RHP Keegan Long (Kane County) 0 IP, 5 H, 5 R (5 ER), BS, L (0-1)
Reno 3, Salt Lake 5: Edwin Escobar got the start for the Aces and his 2nd outing went much better than his first. The Aces took advantage of a Jason Bourgeois double to score the first run of the game. Escobar was able to settle in and only gave up 1 run for his 5 innings. The Aces gave him a 3-1 lead when Brett Hayes drove in Socrates Brito with a groundout and Bourgeois' 2nd double of the night drove in Jack Reinheimer. Kaleb Fleck pitched a scoreless 6th inning, but imploded in the 7th when he gave up the tying runs. Dominic Leone came in and didn't help things by allowing the inherited runner and one of his own to make it a 5-3 game. The Aces were unable to get anything going after that.
Mobile 1, Chattanooga 0: The story of this game was the pitching of Yoan Lopez. Lopez has one of his best outings of the season, going 6 1/3 innings and scattered 6 hits and walk with 3 strikeouts. After a string of bad outings, it's nice to see him rebound. The only run of the game came in the first. The Baybears put the first two hitters then a force play at 2nd and a sacrifice fly plated Evan Marzilli, who led off the game with a single. From there, the Baybears pitching staff went to work. Steve Hathaway and Matt Stites got the final 8 outs of the game, the latter picking up the save.
Visalia 5, Lancaster 19: After last night's bombing, the Lancaster Jethawks returned the favor. In his 2nd rehab start, Josh Collmenter was unable to get out of the first inning, allowing 7 runs (5 earned) on 5 hits and a walk. Bud Jeter came into a 5-0 game and allowed both inherited runners to score then a 3-run homer in the 2nd inning. It was a nightmarish game for the Rawhide pitching staff that allowed 16 hits and 8 walks in the game. The Rawhide tried desperately to get back in the game with a 4-run 5th, but outside of that inning were unable to muster any offense. Defensively, they weren't that much better with 4 defensive errors. It's one of those games you forget immediately the next day.
Kane County 4, Fort Wayne 7: This game couldn't have started much better for the Cougars. The Cougars most consistent pitcher, Justin Donatella, delivered his usual outing. Donatella pitched 7 innings, allowing 2 runs (1 earned) on 3 hits while striking out 4. The Cougars scratched across runs in the 2nd, 4th, and 7th innings to take a 3-2 lead. Reliever Ryan Burr delivered a scoreless outing in his season debut to push the lead to the 9th inning. In the 9th, closer Keegan Long got lit up as he gave up 5 runs in the top of the 9th without getting an out. Trailing 7-3, the Cougars could only scratch across one run in the bottom of the 9th.