Oswaldo Arcia didn’t make the club, but he’s showing off his HR power for the Diamondbacks AAA team. After not hitting a homer in his first 11 games, Arcia has hit 4 in the last 2 games. His current slash is .415/.469/.805 with 7 XBH in 49 PA to start the 2017 season.
3 Stars: Reno RF Oswaldo Arcia 2 for 4, 2 HR (3, 4), 4 RBI
2 Stars: Kane County CF Anfernee Grier 3 for 4, 2B, BB, RBI, 2 R
1 Star: Jackson CF Evan Marzilli 2 for 3, 2B, BB, 2 RBI, 2 R
0 Stars: Kane County RHP Wei-Chieh Huang 2 1⁄3 IP, 5 H, 3 R (3 ER), 0 BB, 2 K
Reno Aces 7, Albuquerque Isotopes 4: Anthony Banda was able to right the ship in this game, allowing 2 runs in 5 2⁄3 innings, striking out 5 and walking 2. After mightily struggling in his first two starts, the Dbacks consensus #1 prospect as able to bounce back and deliver a solid start. The Aces crushed 4 home runs in support of Banda, with Jack Reinheimer and Zach Borenstein adding solo shots in addition to Arcia’s 2 homer game. Arcia paced the offense with a solo HR and a 3-run HR in the game.
Jackson Generals 4, Montgomery Biscuits 6: Josh Taylor had a mediocre start, allowing 3 runs (2 earned) over 5 innings. After falling behind 1-0, the Generals plated 3 in the 3rd inning, keyed by a Victor Reyes triple. Falling behind once again, Evan Marzilli delivered a game-tying double to knot the score at 4. In the 9th inning, Gabriel Moya surrendered a 2-run homer to former Dbacks prospect Justin Williams for the game’s winning score.
Visalia Rawhide 2, San Jose Giants 3: Justin Donatella allowed 3 runs in the first inning and that lead barely managed to hold up. He settled in to strike out 8 in 5 innings, but once again the offense struggled. Despite drawing 5 walks in the first four innings, they were unable to capitalize with only 2 unearned runs. The Rawhide picked up 2 hits and are struggling offensively with a team batting average of .210. Despite strong relief work from the pen, the Rawhide were unable to make that final push.
Kane County Cougars 5, Beloit Snappers 6: Poor pitching out of the gate was too big a hurdle for the Cougars, as they fell behind 5-1 and 6-3. Vargas was unable to get past the 3rd inning and Wei-Chieh Huang allowed 3 runs in the 4th to put the game out of reach early. The Cougars offense, particularly led by the foursome of Marcus Wilson, Anfernee Grier, Jazz Chisholm, and Ramon Hernandez scoring all 5 runs of the game and driving in 4. Ryan Burr and Sam Lewis did their best to try to give the bats a chance, but they ran out of outs.