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Arizona Diamondbacks Minor-league Round-Up, 5/7: Aces roll snake-eyes

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A snake delay - no, seriously - proved a good omen, as the Reno Aces mounted a late comeback.

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Snake Stars

  • 3 stars: Brooks Hall, Jackson - 6 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 SO, L (1-2)
  • 2 stars: Hank Conger, Reno - 2-for-3, R, HR, three RBI, BB
  • 1 star: Bo Takahashi, Visalia - 5.1 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 SO
  • 0 stars: Kyle Smith, Kane County - 0-for-4, four SO

In the third inning, Reno shortstop Jack Reinheimer noticed the creature on the infield and alerted the umpires. He said, "I was probably a couple feet from it. It wasn't very big -- it was only a couple feet long -- but it just freaked me out... I asked the umpire, 'Do we just keep playing?' I don't know if we're supposed to try and pick it up and get it off the field, but I'm not laying out for a ball if it's right there.” The grounds crew eventually de-reptiled the field, and play resumed...

Triple-A Reno 6 @ Sacramento 5. Following the snake delay, the River Cats surged ahead, on a grand-slam off Aces’ starter Connor Grey. He went 4.2 innings, but didn’t allow any more runs, on five hits and a walk with six strikeouts. Trailing 4-1 after seven, things looked bleak for Reno, but they scored five in the eighth, keyed by two-run hits from Reinheimer and C Hank Conger. Erik Davis held on for the save, despite the tying run reaching scoring position with no outs. Conger drove in three runs with two hits and a walk, including his second homer. RF Oswaldo Arcia also had two hits.

Double-A Jackson 0 @ Mobile 4. The Generals were held to four hits and went 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position. Brooks Hall was the unlucky loser here, allowing just an unearned run over his six innings, on four hits and two walks with five strikeouts. Yuhei Nakaushiro gave up three runs in the seventh, before Jared Miller worked a scoreless eighth inning. C Oscar Hernandez and 2B Travis Denker each reached base twice, on a hit and a walk.

High-A Visalia 4, Lancaster 5. The Rawhide blew a 4-1 lead after six innings, wasting a solid outing from Bo Takahashi, who allowed a run on five hits over 5.1 frames, walking none and striking out four. Jake Barrett and Bud Jeter combined to allow four runs (three earned) in the seventh and eighth, Jeter taking the L. Rubby De La Rosa tossed his third scoreless frame for Visalia as he continues to rehab. 1B Marty Herum had a walk and a single.

A-ball Kane County 0 @ West Michigan 2. The Cougars were blanked for the second consecutive day by the Whitecaps, being on the wrong side of a four-hitter. DH Anfernee Grier had two hits and a walk, and LF Luis Silverio walked three times, but KC ran into 3 outs on the basepaths and were hitless with RISP. Cody Reed gave up both runs in 4.2 innings, on six hits and a walk, but did strike out eight. Riley Smith tossed 2.1 innings of scoreless relief for the Cougars.