3 Stars: Jackson 2B Kevin Medrano 3 for 5, HR (2), 3 RBI, 3 R
2 Stars: Missoula LF Eduardo Diaz 2 for 4, 2B, HR (1), 3 RBI, R
1 Star: Kane County 3B-LF Fernery Ozuna 2 for 4, HR (2), 3 RBI, R
0 Stars: Jackson RHP Brad Keller 2 IP, 8 H, 7 R (7 ER), 2 BB, 2 K, GS 7, L (4-6)
Pavin Smith: 1 for 4
AJ Pollock rehab: 0 for 3, played 7 innings in CF
Reno Aces 2, Salt Lake Bees 5: The Aces were never in it as Laffey allowed 3 early runs and the offense couldn’t muster any rallies. In fact, the scoring came in the form of solo homers by Kris Negron and Oswaldo Arcia. Ildemaro Vargas went 0 for 4 in his last game as an Ace, as you’ve probably already heard the news on him. AJ Pollock went 0 for 3, putting his rehab line to 1 for 9 with a walk in 10 PA. I say give him 1 more rehab game. Jake Barrett fired 2 scoreless innings and he’s getting better with each outing.
Jackson Generals 7, Tennessee Smokies 8: The Generals fell behind big when Brad Keller got knocked around the yard for 7 runs in 2 innings. The bullpen on the other hand was stingy, allowing just 1 run in 6 innings. The hitters starting chipping away at the lead, scoring twice in the 3rd and 5th innings to shrink the deficit to 8-4. They were unable to start another rally until the 9th when they got 2 on base before Kevin Medrano smacked a 3-run homer to get the Generals within a run. Unfortunately home runs that don’t tie or give a team the lead are rally killers and they weren’t able to get the tying run across.
Visalia Rawhide 1, Modesto Nuts 2: Justin Donatella was able to pitch around trouble, allowing just 1 run despite giving up 8 hits in 5 2⁄3 innings. Unfortunately, the bats never showed up as the only scoring for them happened in the 4th on a Matt Jones sac fly to score Sergio Alcantara. The bullpen was lights out through the 12th inning, but the Rawhide ran out of pitchers and had to resort to position players pitching and it went about as well as you expected.
Kane County Cougars 5, Clinton Lumber Kings 6: Curtis Taylor wasn’t as sharp as he’s been recently, allowing 4 runs in 4 2⁄3 innings, where the Lumber Kings were able to string together hits because the peripherals are pretty strong for Taylor 6/1 K/BB, 5 GO vs. 2 FO. The Cougars took a 5-4 lead when Fernery Ozuna hit a 3-run homer in the bottom of the 6th. Unfortunately, that would not last as Cody Clark allowed a 2-run homer in the 9th to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. Marcus Wilson walked in his only plate appearance of the game before getting lifted for a pinch hitter, so that doesn’t seem good.
Hillsboro Hops 3, Eugene Emeralds 8: Mitchell Aker struggled to prevent runs as the Emeralds ran wild on him and catcher Daulton Varsho on the basepaths with 4 SB in 5 attempts. I don’t think Varsho will be throwing anyone under the bus though unlike certain other catchers that played in the Diamondbacks system. The Hops were unable to string together hits or get the big hit with a runner in scoring position (1 for 10) and ultimately stranded 13 runners. Pavin Smith went 1 for 4 with a walk and is batting .300/.364/.350 with 1 double, 2 walks, and 3 strikeouts in his first 5 games.
Missoula Osprey 8, Billings Mustangs 9: Tyler Vail turned in a decent start with 3 runs in 5 innings and the Osprey led 5-3 after 6. Unfortunately, the wheels fell off in the top of the 7th as errors allowed 5 runs to score in the inning. The Osprey would make a game of it with home runs from Eduardo Diaz in the 8th and Andy Yerzy in the 9th made it a 9-8 game. Unfortunately, that was it from a scoring perspective.