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Arizona Diamondbacks Minor-League Round-up: Hillsboro gets hopping

Our short-season affiliate got under way, and Hillsboro welcomed their new manager with a win.

@HillsboroHops, via Twitter

Snake Stars

  • 3 stars: Manny Jefferson, Kane County: 4-for-4, four R, three DBL, two RBI, two BB
  • 2 stars: Gabe Speier, Jackson: 5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 SO
  • 1 star: Oswaldo Arcia, Reno: 2-for-5, R, TPL, HR, three RBI
  • 0 stars: Bryan Araiza, Hillsboro: 0-for-4, 4 SO

Triple-A Reno 13 @ Salt Lake 5. The Aces scored all those runs on only 11 hits, taking advantage of ten walks, as every position player reached base at least twice. DH Oswaldo Arcia homered (#15) and tripled, while there were also home-runs by RF Kristopher Negron (#3), 3B Carlos Rivero (#7) and C Hank Conger (#4). Frank Duncan got the W despite allowing five runs. He worked six innings, scattering nine hits and a walk, with one strikeout. Erik Davis tossed two scoreless relief frames, as Reno improved to 42-25 - one game better than the D-backs.

Double-A Jackson 2 @ Birmingham 1. Gabe Speier spun a gem, tossing five shutout innings of one-hit ball; he walked two and struck out two. But he got a no-decision, as the first run of the game didn't come until 3B Dawel Lugo had an RBI double in the seventh. C Oscar Hernandez repeated that later in the inning. Lugo had two hits, and 1B Kevin Cron reached base three times on a hit and two walks. Cron has 37 walks, already four more than his 2016 tally. Alex Young got the W, for two hitless innings, and Gabriel Moya picked up his ninth save.

High-A Visalia 4 @ San Jose 3. Six Rawhide hitters had two-hit nights, led by 1B Austin Byler who had two doubles, and 3B Marty Herum who drove in a pair. Bo Takahashi settled down after giving up two runs in the first and pitched into the ninth inning, being lifted after allowing a lead-off double there. He was charged with three runs on six hits and three walks with a pair of strikeouts. Bud Jeter did allow the inherited runner to score, but closed things out for his 16th save, stranding the tying run on first base.

A-ball Kane County 11/3, Peoria 2/6. The Cougars split the 7-inn double-header caused by yesterday’s rain-out. They powered to victory in the opener, RF Ben De Luzio getting two doubles and driving in four, DH Luis Silverio getting three hits and 2B Adam Walton a pair of knocks. Curtis Taylor allowed one run over six innings for the win. The nightcap saw Jon Duplantier take his first loss, being charged with four runs in six innings, on eight hits and a walk with seven K’s. SS Manny Jefferson went 3-for-3 with a pair of doubles, and got on base six times over the course of the day.

A-short Hillsboro 10 @ Everett 3. Congratulation to Shawn Roof on a win in his first game as Hops manager. The top third of his order combined for three home-runs and six RBI, including a three-run shot by SS Domingo Leyba in his 2017 debut, rehabbing from a shoulder injury. CF Billy Endris homered and doubled, and 3B Eudy Ramos homered and singled. Jhoan Duran allowed no earned runs in five innings, on four hits and a walk with four K’s. Cal Becker tossed two scoreless innings, and Erbert Gonzalez allowed an unearned run over his two innings. All three runs Hillsboro conceded were unearned, the result of three errors by Ramos.