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Diamondbacks Minor League Recap 6/4/16: Reno Aces win slugfest, Shelby Miller starts rehab

The Reno Aces wound up winning one of the wildest games I've ever seen from a box score perspective, in which the Aces used three big innings to score all of their runs in the game, including a comeback in the 8th inning that gave them the lead for good. The Aces used 3 home runs as part of their damage in the first inning and hit 5 extra base hits in the front 4 innings. David Peralta started his rehab assignment in Reno and had a solid day, going 1 for 3 with a single and a pair of walks while scoring a pair of runs.

Another player starting their rehab is RHP Shelby Miller, who made a start in extended Spring Training. Here's how he looked:

Overall Miller allowed 3 hits and no runs in 5 innings with 2 strikeouts. He threw 61 pitches in the outing and hopefully that's the first step into righting the ship since the organization put a lot of chips in his corner.

Reno 14, Salt Lake 13: Early on, it was clear it was going to be a slugfest when the Bees plated 2 runs in the top of the 1st followed by the Aces picking up 7 in the bottom half. Peter O'Brien (grand slam), Socrates Brito, and Tuffy Gosewisch each took Kyle McGowin deep in the first inning for the game's total home run total. Matt Buschmann struggled on the mound, getting lit up for 9 runs in 3+ innings and was removed 4 batters into the 4th inning. Adam Loewen didn't help the cause on the mound, allowing the Bees to score the tying run and could have been worse if Steve Hathaway didn't leave the bases loaded. Hathaway would allow the go-ahead run on a solo HR, but he and Enrique Burgos were able to stabilize the game. Burgos retired all 6 hitters he faced, 2 of them on strikes to set up the bottom of the 8th. The Aces capitalized with 4 singles and a walk to plate the four runs. Matt Capps was a bit shaky in the 9th inning, but was able to get the final out before the Bees could score the tying run.

Mobile vs. Pensacola: PPD, Rain

Visalia 8, Stockton 3: Brad Keller bounced back from a pair of bad outings to post a serviceable outing. Keller has proven he can be a reliable strike thrower, but his strike zone command is still a work in progress. Fortunately, he doesn't turn 21 until late July. Keller gave up 3 runs on 9 hits in 5 1/3 innings with solid K/BB numbers (4/0) and groundout/flyout numbers (6/2). The Rawhide bats got things going early with a Marty Herum solo HR in the first, then plated 3 in the 2nd inning when Victor Reyes tripled in a pair then later scored on a passed ball. The Rawhide kept pushing the lead bigger whenever Stockton started chipping into it. The bullpen of Josh Taylor, Luis Ramirez, Gabriel Moya, and Jency Solis shut the door, allowing only 2 hits and a walk in 3 2/3 innings. Josh Taylor's outing from the bullpen was much better than his starts in Visalia, stranding 2 inherited runners with a pair of strikeouts, that could be his calling card moving on up.

Kane County 1, Wisconsin 5: Justin Donatella served up 3 HR and gave up 4 runs overall, allowing 6 hits and walking 2 with 3 strikeouts in 3 1/3 innings. The Cougars faced a rehabbing Matt Garza and were only able to get a run against him and the bullpen. The only sign of offense was a Fernery Ozuna HR in the 3rd inning. The lack of offense combined with the bad start resulted in the Cougars falling behind early and never coming back into it.

DSL Dbacks 1, DSL Blue Jays 4: The Diamondbacks Dominican affiliate opened up play today and had a horrific opening inning. Starter Wilfry Cruz allowed a 4-spot in the first inning, but settled in to strike out 6 batters against 2 walks in 4 innings. The bullpen delivered a strong effort, retiring ever hitter they faced from the 5th inning on but the bats were silent in the game. The DSL Dbacks plated a run in the 8th when Mailon Arroyo drove in Eduardo Diaz on a line drive that the shortstop couldn't handle that was ruled a single.