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Diamondbacks Minor League Recap 6/20/17: All Star Games

For the Diamondbacks A ball through AA affiliates, it was the day of their respective league’s All-Star affiliates. Also the other 3 Dbacks affiliates won.

Snake Stars:

3 Stars: Reno SS Ketel Marte 3 for 5, 3 2B, RBI, 2 R

2 Stars: Reno 1B Kris Negron 2 for 3, 2B, 3B, BB, R

1 Star: Hillsboro RHP Cody Clark 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K, W (1-0)

0 Stars: Reno RHP Frank Duncan 3+ IP, 10 H, 7 R (7 ER), 3 BB, 2 K, GS 18, L (6-5)

Reno Aces 4, Las Vegas 51s 8: Frank Duncan didn’t have great command, getting blasted for 7 runs in 3+ innings. The offense was unable to string hits together, with only Ketel Marte, Jack Reinheimer, and Kris Negron putting up multi-hit games, and that led to a lot of missed opportunities. The bullpen did it’s best job to keep the team in the game, but the offense was unable to put a huge dent in the lead.

Southern League All Star Game rained out

California League All Star Game: The North team defeated the South team 5-3. Diamondbacks prospect Bo Takahashi picked up the win with 2 scoreless innings, including striking out the side in the 5th. Marty Herum went 1 for 4 with an RBI single in the 8th inning. Sergio Alcantara went 1 for 2 with a run scored. The Rawhide bullpen trifecta of Mason McCullough, Cameron Gann, and Bud Jeter pitched a scoreless inning each, with Jeter picking up the save. Seattle Mariners prospect Braden Bishop was the game MVP, but the Diamondbacks organization showed up well in this game.

Midwest League All Star Game: The West team beat the East team 5-2. The Diamondbacks best two pitchers at this level were responsible for both runs allowed, with Jon Duplantier allowing a run in the 1st inning and Tommy Eveld allowing the other run in the 9th inning. Marcus Wilson started in RF and went 1 for 3 with a run scored. Sam McWilliams got 2 outs and Tyler Mark got 1 out in the game. Anfernee Grier came in the game as a late defensive replacement in CF and struck out in his only plate appearance.

Hillsboro Hops 7, Salem-Keizer Volcanoes 6: Matt Koch started the game as part of his rehab assignment and got knocked around a bit. The Hops defense didn’t do him any favors and they fell behind 6-0, but Koch did complete 5 innings, which is a good sign for his rehab. The bullpen contributed 7 scoreless innings, with Cody Clark’s contribution listed above, and set the stage for the comeback. Kyle Smith kicked things off with a 2-run homer to cut the lead to 6-2. In the 7th inning, the Hops strung together a 4-run rally thanks to some fortunate breaks. The game remained tied until the 12th until Domingo Leyba drove in Cole Thompson with a bloop single to end it.

Missoula Osprey 5, Billings Mustangs 3: The Osprey picked up their first win of the season. Andy Yerzy reached base 3 times in 5 plate appearances with a single and a pair of walks. Offensively they were able to maximize most of the amount of opportunities they got with a lot of small ball. The 3-for-12 RISP average is somewhat mitigated considering 3 of the runs scored on plays that did not include hits. The Osprey quickly accumulated a 5-0 lead and held onto that. Things got a bit close for comfort in the 8th when Melvin Ovalles got greeted with a 2-run homer, but that was it for that inning. Nestor Ramirez closed things out in the 9th for his first save of the season.