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Arizona Diamondbacks Minor-League Round-up, 7/23: Hops win first-half crown

It’s still only July, but there will be playoff baseball in Hillsboro this season.

Snake Stars

  • 3 stars: Willians Astudillo, Reno - 3-for-4, R, HR, two RBI
  • 2 stars: Cody Reed, Visalia - 6 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 6 SO, W (4-4).
  • 1 star: Paxton De La Garza, Kane County - 2-for-3, R, DBL, two RBI, three BB
  • 0 stars: Tommy Eveld, Visalia - 1 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO

Triple-A Reno 7 @ Colorado Springs 6. After being scoreless through three, the teams combined for nine in the fourth, the Aces getting four but the Sky Sox responding with five. The game was tied at five after seven, but Reno got solo shots from LF Zach Borenstein and Willians Astudillo in the ninth. Jimmie Sherfy struck out the side in the ninth for his 14th save, though did allow a run on two hits. Astudillo got three hits, and Jake Buchanan was charged with five runs over six innings on 10 hits, with a walk and five K’s.

Double-A Jackson 8, Birmingham 2. Four home-runs, by DH Kevin Cron (#19), 1B Travis Denker (#5), C Oscar Hernandez (#7) and RF Kelly Dugan (#11) powered the Generals offense. Denker and Dugan also singled. Ivan Pineyro got the win, improving his record to 8-0 with 6.1 inning of one-run ball, on six hits and a walk with five strikeouts.

High-A Visalia 8 @ Inland Empire 5. 1B Austin Byler was a home-run short of the cycle, with SS Fernery Ozuna, CF Matt McPhearson and 2B Henry Castillo each picking up two hits for the Rawhide. Cody Reed allowed only an unearned run over his six innings of work, holding the 66ers to four hits and three walks, with six strikeouts.

A-ball Kane County 9 @ Fort Wayne 2. The Cougars offense pounded out 15 hits and scored in each of the first four innings. It helped the Tincaps issued 10 walks: 1B Paxton De La Garza had three, in addition to two hits, while RF Ben DeLuzio reached four times, though was also caught stealing. Every starter crossed home plate for Kane County, providing plenty of support for Mack Lemieux, who gave up one run in five IP, on four hits, three walks and seven K’s.

A-short Hillsboro 3, Spokane 5. Despite the loss, the Hops won the first-half Northwest League South Division title, as the Eugene Emeralds also were beaten. The Hops made it interesting in the ninth, putting the tying run in scoring position before falling. 3B Drew Ellis went 3-for-5, including his fifth homer. 1B Pavin Smith and SS Camden Duzenack each had two hits. Smith also drew a pair of walks, and our first-round pick has a line so far of .359/.431/.456. Five different Hillsboro pitchers each allowed a run.

Rookie Missoula 4, Ogden 3. 3-1 down in the bottom of the sixth, the Osprey rallied, getting two runs in the sixth to tie, then taking the lead in the eighth on an error which allowed SS Brandon Leyton to score. He and CF Eduardo Diaz each tripled and singled, Diaz driving in all three RBI for Missoula. Kai-Wei Lin started, allowing three runs on seven hits over 4.2 innings. Jeff Bain got the W for two scoreless innings, with three K's.