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Diamondbacks Minor League Recap 5/23/17: Banda bounces back

Coming off two poor starts, Banda responded with his 4th straight outing of 6 innings, but only his 2nd quality start of the year.

Snake Stars:

3 Stars: Reno LHP Anthony Banda 6 IP, 3 H, 1 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 8 K, GS 71, W (4-2); 1 for 2, 2B

2 Stars: Kane County CF Anfernee Grier 3 for 4, 2B, RBI, 2 SB

1 Star: Visalia RHP Bo Takahashi 7 IP, 5 H, 3 R (3 ER), 0 BB, 8 K, GS 65, W (1-2)

0 Stars: Reno 3B Kris Negron 0 for 3, 3 K

Reno Aces 2, Iowa Cubs 1: Anthony Banda outdueled Seth Frankoff 2-1, with Banda striking out 8 and walking 2 in 6 innings. The Aces took a 1-0 lead when Ronnie Freeman singled home Jeremy Hazelbaker. After losing the lead to the opposing pitcher, the Aces answered quickly when Christian Walker drove in Jack Reinheimer with a sac fly. From there, the bullpen took over and did the job. Fleck, Barrett, and Sherfy faced 9 hitters and got 9 outs, although Fleck needed a double play behind him. Sherfy pitched the 9th for his 3rd save with his 9th consecutive outing, which dropped his ERA to a microscopic 0.59 in 14 appearances with a 20/1 K/BB. It’s still a bit early for a promotion overall, especially if you see him as closer of the future as saves become expensive in arbitration, but he’s making a case for sooner rather than later.

Jackson Generals Off Day

Visalia Rawhide 4, Stockton Ports 3: Bo Takahashi pitched extremely well, a 2-run homer by former Wildcat great Trent Gilbert being the only blemish over 7 innings. Takahashi struck out 8 and walked none in the outing, picking up the win when the Rawhide plated 2 runs in the bottom of the 7th. Sergio Alcantara went 3 for 3 with a walk, raising his batting average to .276. The Rawhide pounded out 13 hits, although struggled to string them together with a 3 for 17 clip with runners in scoring position. However, it was enough to win. With a 4-3 lead, the bullpen pitched a pair of scoreless innings with Cameron Gann and Bud Jeter picking up two strikeouts apiece.

Kane County Cougars 3, Burlington Bees 5: Cody Reed was very human, allowing 4 runs in 5 innings after pitching a complete game shutout his last start. Reed might not have had his best stuff as he only struck out 2 in the game and allowed the rare homer. Offense was slow to come by with Marcus Wilson getting a rest day. Anfernee Grier had 3 hits, 1 for extra bases, and a pair of stolen bases to spark the offense. Unfortunately, they were unable to crack the Bees bullpen, getting shut out over the final 6 frames of the game despite having chances.