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Diamondbacks Minor League Recap 6/25/17: Pollock resumes rehab

After quad soreness put the brakes on AJ Pollock’s rehab from a sore groin, he’s resumed his rehab in AAA.

Snake Stars:

3 Stars: Jackson RHP Ivan Pineyro 7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 12 K, GS 88, W (6-0)

2 Stars: Reno 1B Christian Walker 3 for 4, 2 2B, HR (19), 5 RBI, 2 R

1 Star: Reno LHP Eric Jokisch 7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K, GS 74, W (6-3)

0 Stars: Missoula RHP James Johnson 23 IP, 2 H, 4 R (4 ER), 1 BB, 1 K

AJ Pollock rehab: 0 for 2, BB, R

Pavin Smith: 1 for 4 (.333/.385/.417 in 13 PA), fielding error at 1B

Reno Aces 9, Tacoma Rainiers 1: Eric Jokisch shut out the Rainiers over 7 innings, walking 2 and striking out 2. The Aces offense went to work early with a pair of runs in the 2nd and 3rd inning before erupting with a 5-run 4th inning. Christian Walker carried the offense with a pair of doubles and a 3-run homer as part of a 5-RBI game. AJ Pollock walked in 3 trips to the plate and scored a run while playing the first 4 innings in the field. The team will likely try to get him about 3 games, or 10 ABs for his rehab, so expect him back for the Rockies series this upcoming weekend.

Jackson Generals 1, Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp 0: Ivan Pineyro de-veined, fried, and served the Jacksonville lineup with cocktail sauce as he struck out 12 Shrimp over 7 shutout innings. Unfortunately, this game was too close for comfort as the two teams combined for 8 hits and 1 run. The Generals were able to get a pair of hits in the 7th and scored the only run on a wild pitch. The bullpen retired all 6 hitters, although not in as impressive fashion as their starter. BJ Lopez was the only General with 2 hits and scored the only run of the game.

Visalia Rawhide 6, San Jose Giants 7: Jon Duplantier wasn’t very sharp in his Cal League debut, walking 5 and striking out 5 in 2 23 innings. Austin Mason was able to strand all 3 of his inherited runners in the 3rd, but struggled on the mound in regards to his baserunners with 2 runs in 2 13 innings. Cameron Gann pitched the next 2 innings, allowing 1 run on a balk. Ryan Burr was the only Rawhide pitcher that didn’t give up runs, with 2 scoreless innings before Tyler Baker smacked out a game-tying, 2-run homer in the 9th to send the game into extras. Unfortunately, Bud Jeter pitched like a closer in a non-save situation and gave up 2 runs in the top of the 10th and the Rawhide only got 1 of those runs back.

Hillsboro Hops 3, Boise Hawks 1: Matt Koch’s 2nd rehab start with the Hops went much better than the 1st as he allowed only a solo HR in 6 innings and struck out 5. The 3 hitters from the 2017 draft class each contributed a hit, each going 1 for 4. Camden Duzenack had an RBI double and scored on a Bryan Araiza RBI single in a 2-run 6th inning. Pavin Smith and Dalton Varsho both went 1 for 4 at the plate and each committed an error, as Smith had a fielding issue and Varsho was called for catcher’s interference. The bad defense did not deter the pitching though. Junior Garcia went 2 13 scoreless and Erbert Gonzalez got the final 2 outs of the game for his first save of the year.

Missoula Osprey 3, Great Falls Voyagers 8: The game was closer to the final score, but the pitching was not very good overall. The Voyagers scratched across single runs for the first 4 innings to put the Osprey in a 4-0 hole. However, Keshawn Lynch and his 5’6” 155 frame did a good Jose Altuve impression with 3 hits and 2 RBI to help shrink the deficit to 4-3. Unfortunately, James Johnson and Yeison Santana allowed 4 runs to score to make a close game unwinnable.

AZL Dbacks 11, AZL Brewers 3: The Dbacks beat up on the Brewers, with 8 of 9 players recording a hit and scoring in the first 6 innings of the game. Juan Hernandez pitched 5 innings of 2-run ball for an easy win and Edgar Martinez, who is not related to the former Mariners DH with the same name, pitched 4 innings of 1 run ball for the “save”. Didimo Bracho, not related to Dbacks pitcher Silvino Bracho, had a double, homer, and 3 RBI.