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Diamondbacks Minor League Recap 7/3/16: Alex Young debuts for Visalia

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After getting promoted from Kane County, Alex Young made his first start for the Visalia Rawhide. He did OK in this start, limiting damage to 3 runs despite dealing with a lot of traffic on the bases. He got support from Domingo Leyba, who went 4 for 4 in the game with a pair of doubles.

Snake Stars
3 Stars:
SS Domingo Leyba (Visalia) 4 for 4, 2 2B, RBI, 2 R
2 Stars: LHP Edwin Escobar 6 IP, 9 H, 1 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 4 K
1 Star: CF Marcus Wilson (Hillsboro) 2 for 3, 2 BB, R
0 Stars: RHP Dominic Leone (Reno) 1/3 IP, 3 H, 3 R (3 ER), L (4-2) 

Reno 1, El Paso 4: The Aces scored first when Mitch Haniger singled, stole 2nd, then scored when Kyle Jensen singled him home. The Chihuahuas countered with a solo HR in the bottom half of the inning. From there, it was an offensive stalemate as neither team scored until the 9th inning. Edwin Escobar allowed 9 hits and 2 walks over 6 innings, but was able to keep them from picking up that hit with RISP to take the lead. Evan Marshall came in the 7th and pitched a scoreless inning before running into trouble in the 8th. Adam Loewen was able to end the threat with a strikeout. Things did not go as well in the 9th as Dominic Leone allowed a 3-run walkoff HR to Austin Hedges, who hopefully stays away from Phoenix until Thursday at the earliest. Offensively, the Aces couldn't get much going, although Haniger and Jensen both had a pair of hits in the loss.

Mobile 1, Montgomery 7: The Baybears got spanked in this game as Billy Buckner got lit up in a spot start after Yoan Lopez's 2nd AWOL episode. Buckner allowed 5 runs in 5 innings, putting the Baybears in a 5-0 hole. Offensively, they did little to dig themselves out of the hole. Evan Marzilli picked up 2 hits and Rudy Flores reached twice while picking up the only RBI for his team. Miller Diaz allowed 2 runs in his AA debut to push the score to 7-1.

Visalia 4, San Jose 3: Alex Young got the start after getting promoted from Kane County and did alright. Young allowed 3 runs over 6 innings, striking out 3 and walking 2. The two teams were in a back and forth affair as the Rawhide scored first when Domingo Leyba hit an RBI double then later scoring on a groundout by Marty Herum in the 3rd inning. Unfortunately, Young was unable to get the shutdown inning (must be an organizational epidemic or something because the Dbacks pitchers are allergic to this kind of pitching) and allowed both runs back in the top of the 4th on a 2-run single and later fell behind after the Giants hit a solo HR in the 6th. In the bottom of the 7th, the Rawhide struck back with a 2-run single from Michael Perez, which gave them a 4-3 lead. The bullpen held on for the win, with Bud Jeter picking up his 13th save.

Kane County 2, Quad Cities 1: This game started with both teams pitching brilliantly. Neither starter allowed a run in this game, with the Bandits starter going 8 scoreless. The Bandits scored the first run in the 8th inning to take a 1-0 lead and things looked hopeless at that point. However, the cliche of "Anyone but ..." came true when the Bandits turned to their closer. The Cougars were so ecstatic to see Albert Abreu out of the game, they plated 2 runs to walk it off in the 9th inning when Joe Munoz singled with the bases loaded. After only being able to get two hits in the first 8 innings, they picked up 4 in the 9th. No player had more than one hit, but Austin Byler and Raymel Flores added a walk to reach base twice.

Hillsboro 7, Boise 9: The Hops had plenty of baserunners and for the most part were successful at scoring them with 7 runs in the game. Unfortunately, the defense and pitching were not up to par as the team allowed 9 runs and 3 were unearned. Tyler Mark scuffled, allowing 7 runs in 5 innings, although only 4 were earned. The offense did rally to tie the game at 7 in the 7th inning, but the bullpen allowed the winning runs to score in the 7th and 8th innings. Marcus Wilson had 2 hits and walked twice (.212 BA and .369 OBP) to lead the team at the plate.

AZL Dbacks 6, AZL Dodgers 9: The Dbacks didn't get a lot of hits, but 3 walks, 2 errors by the Dodgers, and a steal of home contributed to the offense. The Dbacks took a 2-0 lead, but quickly fell behind 5-2 by the end of the 4th inning. To their credit, the Dbacks continued to battle and eventually tied the game at 6 in the 8th inning. Pedro Marquez had the best game at the plate with a double, triple, and a pair of runs scored. Unfortunately, the tie game would not last long as the Dodgers hit 2 home runs in the bottom of the 8th to win 9-6.