3 Stars: Kristopher Negron 2 for 4, 2 HR (5, 6), 3 RBI, 2 R
2 Stars: Hillsboro C Daulton Varsho 3 for 5, 2 3B, 3 RBI, R
1 Star: Missoula LHP Brady Muller 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 8 K, GS 70, W (2-2)
0 Stars: AZL Dbacks RHP Omar Herman 2⁄3 IP, 0 H, 4 R (4 ER), 5 BB, 1 K, GS 23, L (0-1)
Pavin Smith: 1 for 5, RBI, R
JJ Hoover rehab: 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 2 K
Reno Aces 6, El Paso Chihuahuas 2: The Aces got a solid start from Jake Buchanan, who allowed 1 run in 5 2⁄3 innings. The Aces seized the lead in the bottom of a 4th with a 5-run inning that included home runs by Kristopher Negron and Hank Conger. Negron would add another homer in the 6th for the Aces final run. With a 6-1 lead, the bullpen was able to lock things down, allowing only 1 unearned run over the final 3 1⁄3 innings of the game.
Jackson Generals 1, Montgomery Biscuits 6: Taylor Clarke allowed 2 runs in 6 innings, allowing 5 hits and no walks while striking out 5 but took the loss because of bad offense and bad bullpen. The Generals offense had chances early on with 9 hits and 3 walks, but stranded 11 runners on base and went 1 for 11 with RISP. A scoreless 7th inning by Gabe Speier kept the 2-1 deficit there and gave the offense a final chance to tie things. However, Bud Jeter could not do the same, allowing 4 runs in the final 2 frames including 3 in the 9th inning to put the game out of reach.
Visalia Rawhide 6, Modesto Nuts 1: The Rawhide plated 3 runs in the first inning, 2 of them coming on Grant Heyman’s 12th homer of the year. That was enough run support for Cody Reed, who was able to pitch with traffic on the bases and allowed 1 run in 5 innings despite walking 4 batters. From there, the bullpen was able to shut things down with 4 scoreless innings while the offense continued to scratch across runs.
Kane County Cougars 1, Bowling Green Hot Rods 2: Curtis Taylor struck out 6 over 4 1⁄3 innings, but the pitch count came up too quickly and had to be lifted after 93 pitches. Cody Clark came in after that point and tallied a pair of strikeouts to get out of the 5th inning. At that point, the game was tied 1-1 thanks to a Raymel Flores RBI triple in the 3rd inning. In the 6th, JJ Hoover allowed 2 hits and a run while striking out 2 as part of his rehab assignment. Unfortunately, that run proved to be the decisive tally of the game.
Hillsboro Hops 6, Eugene Emeralds 5: After a leadoff homer from Yan Sanchez, the Emeralds scored 5 straight runs to take a 5-1 lead off Mitchell Aker. In the bottom of the 5th, the Hops countered with a 4-run 5th to tie the game at 5. Daulton Varsho smacked a bases-clearing triple to as the tying hit. In the 9th, Varsho hit his second triple of the game and wound up scoring the winning run on a passed ball on the very next hitter.
Missoula Osprey 8, Ogden Raptors 5: Brady Muller pitched 5 shutout innings and the Osprey secured a 6-0 lead in the first inning and knocked out the opposing starter after getting just 1 out. It was after Muller left the game that things got shaky. Gabe Gonzalez allowed 4 runs in the 6th and needed to be bailed out by Cole Bartlett. After that point, the bullpen was nails, allowing just 1 run in the final 3 innings.
AZL Dbacks 4, AZL White Sox 18: The pitching was terrible in this game as the Dbacks gave up 14 hits and walked 13 in the game, which is an ugly combo. The game was still winnable with a 5-2 deficit after 2 innings, but things got ugly after the 5th inning, including a 9-run 8th inning.