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Diamondbacks Minor League Recap 5/16/17: Ships are better than trains

Braden Shipley fired 8 shutout innings against the Round Rock Express, thus proving ships are more fun than trains.

MLB: Arizona Diamondbacks at Washington Nationals Patrick McDermott-USA TODAY Sports

Snake Stars

3 Stars: Reno RHP Braden Shipley 8 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K, W (4-1), GS 85

2 Stars: Kane County LF Paxton De La Garza 4 for 7, 2 2B, 2 HR (2, 3), 5 RBI

1 Star: Kane County CF Marcus Wilson 3 for 7, BB, 2B, HR (6), 4 RBI in the doubleheader

0 Stars: Jackson LHP Josh Taylor 23 IP, 4 H, 2 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 0 K, L (3-3), GS 29

Reno Aces 9, Round Rock Express 0: Braden Shipley delivered a stellar start, shutting down the Express for 8 innings, allowing just 3 hits and 1 walk while striking out 5. Offense came early and often as the Aces batters slugged their way to an early 8-0 lead. Jeremy Hazelbaker had a double and a 2-run homer and Ketel Marte blasted out a solo homer. Zach Borenstein was the only Ace without a hit, but he drew 2 walks in the game. Jake Barrett pitched the 9th and got 3 ground outs.

Jackson Generals 2, Pensacola Blue Wahoos 5: Josh Taylor couldn’t get out of the first inning, with 5 of the 7 batters he faced reaching base. Yuhei Nakaushiro came in and stabilized things with 3 13 scoreless innings and kept the Generals in the ball game. However, Jared Miller came in and had a disastrous 5th inning that put the game out of reach. The Generals got a pair of runs in the bottom of the 6th, keyed by a Rudy Flores RBI double, but would not be enough.

Visalia Rawhide 5, San Jose Giants 1: Joel Payamps was good for the Rawhide, allowing 1 run in 6 13 innings on 3 hits, a walk, and 6 strikeouts. The Rawhide got on the board first on an RBI single by Sergio Alcantara and RBI double by Marty Herum in the 3rd inning. In the 8th inning, Grant Heyman slugged out a 2-run homer to give the Rawhide a comfortable lead. The bullpen pitched 2 23 scoreless to seal the deal.

Kane County Cougars 11, Beloit Snappers 3: Continuing a 1-0 game, both teams swapped out 3 run first innings before the Cougars took control of the game. Paxton De La Garza broke the 3-3 tie with a solo shot in the 2nd, a lead that the Cougars would not relinquish. In the 6th, the Cougars put the game away with the long ball with Marcus Wilson crushing his 6th of the year to make it 8-3 and De La Garza adding a 2nd long ball in the 7th. Austin Mason and Jake Winston pitched 4 scoreless innings, Mason recording the win as the pitcher that cleared the 5th inning.

Kane County Cougars 2, Beloit Snappers 8: Unfortunately, they used up all the offense they would need in the first game as the bats fell silent. Paxton De La Garza hit a 2-run double in the 2nd, but that was all the offense for the game. Mitchell Aker and Jeferson Mejia struggled in the 3rd inning, combining to allow 6 runs in that frame. After the 2nd inning, there was little to no offense to be found.