With their season on the line, the Aces bats went silent as they fell to the Sacramento River Cats 3-1. With nothing else to play for, the Diamondbacks can pull up some of their players to the majors to showcase for an even more important job. Players like Socrates Brito, Matt Koch, and Andrew Chafin come to mind.
3 Stars: RHP Matt Buschmann (Reno/AAA) 7 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K, GS 76
2 Stars: RHP Palmer Betts (Missoula/Rk+) 7 IP, 5 H, 1 R (0 ER), 2 BB, 7 K, W (2-2), GS 72
1 Star: 1B Tanner Hill (Missoula/Rk+) 2 for 4, 2B, 2-R HR (7), 3 RBI
0 Stars: LHP Alex Young (Visalia/A+) 3 2⁄3 IP, 12 H, 8 R, 0 BB, 4 K
AAA Reno Aces 1, Sacramento River Cats (SF) 3: The Aces got a quality outing from Matt Buschmann, who pitched 7 shutout innings with no walks and 4 strikeouts. Unfortunately the Aces were unable to capitalize on his strong performance despite picking up 9 hits, 3 with runners in scoring position. Andrew Chafin came in the 8th and allowed 2 runs and 3 hits in 2⁄3 innings, taking the loss. The Aces put up a rally in the 9th, even scoring a run but the rally fell short as the tying run was stranded at 2nd.
AA Mobile Baybears vs. Montgomery Biscuits (TB) PPD, Rain
A+ Visalia Rawhide 1, Stockton Ports (OAK) 12: Rubby De La Rosa made his first rehab start, pitching a 1-2-3 first inning with a pair of strikeouts. After that, the normal starter Alex Young got blasted for 12 hits and 8 runs in 3 2⁄3 innings. After 5, the Rawhide trailed 8-0. Robeleys and Victor Reyes (unrelated) scratched out a run in the 6th, but otherwise the offense went cold with only 4 hits for the game.
A Kane County Cougars 2, Quad City River Bandits (HOU) 3: This game was closely contested from the get-go, but the Cougars never led. After falling behind 2-0 after the first, they rallied back for a run in the 3rd and 4th inning. Carlos Hernandez yielded 3 runs in 5 innings and the bullpen went 3 hitless innings with 8 strikeouts after him, but the offense struggled after the 4th inning. There wasn’t any notable individual performances from the hitters in this game, although they did get 6 walks.
A- Hillsboro Hops 2, Spokane Indians (TEX) 5: The Hops really struggled to sustain offense, although they scored 2 runs in the 2nd to take a short-lived 2-1 lead. Mack Lemieux scattered 3 hits and 3 walks over 3 innings, allowing only 1 run. Behind him Wei-Chieh Huang didn’t fare as well as he allowed 4 runs in his 3 innings to take the loss. Mark Karaviotis led the team with two hits, a double, and a walk.
Rk+ Missoula Osprey 11, Helena Brewers (MIL) 4: The Osprey scored first when their first batter of the game homered and never let up as they plated 11 runs in the first 5 innings to take an 11-1 lead. Palmer Betts was the main beneficiary of all that run support and showed his gratitude by allowing only an unearned run over 7 quality innings. The bullpen allowed 3 irrelevant runs after he exited, but this game wasn’t in doubt. The Osprey slugged 3 home runs and tallied 7 extra base hits. Gabriel Maciel had 3 hits, Paxton De La Garza drove in 4, and Tanner Hill had two hits and 3 RBI.