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Diamondbacks Minor League Recap 7/26/17: Shut down pitching

The Diamondbacks affiliates received quality starts from their starting pitchers last night.

Snake Stars:

3 Stars: Hillsboro RHP Connor Grey 7 IP, 2 H, 1 R (0 ER), 0 BB, 6 K, GS 81, W (6-2)

2 Stars: Jackson RHP Brad Keller 6 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, GS 69, W (7-7)

1 Star: Visalia RHP Jose Almonte 6 IP, 3 H, 1 R (0 ER), 2 BB, 5 K, GS 68, W (8-7)

0 Stars: Reno RHP Frank Duncan 5 IP, 10 H, 7 R (7 ER), 2 BB, 3 K, GS 16

Pavin Smith: 2 for 5, 2 RBI

Reno Aces 7, Oklahoma City Dodgers 8: The Aces fell behind 7-1 early, but a run in the 5th plus a pair of jacks in the 6th made it 7-6 in a flash. Christian Walker hit a 2-run homer and Kristopher Negron added a 3-run homer in that 5-run 6th inning after struggling against Walker Buehler for 5 innings. After tying things in the 7th, the Dodgers were able to score the winning run against Jared Miller. Frank Duncan allowed 7 runs on 10 hits through 5 innings, with 2 of those hits leaving the ballpark.

Jackson Generals 5, Mobile Baybears 1: Keller was stellar, allowing just 5 hits over 6 shutout innings with 3 strikeouts and no walks. Travis Denker put the offense on his back, driving in 4 of the 5 Generals runs with a 2-run homer and a pair of sac flies. The bullpen allowed a run in 3 innings with Joey Krehbiel going 2 innings and Yuhei Nakaushiro pitching a scoreless 9th.

Visalia Rawhide 7, Stockton Ports 3: The Rawhide got a strong start from Jose Almonte, who allowed 1 unearned run on 3 hits over 6 innings, walking 2 and striking out 5. Henry Castillo and Jason Morozowski tallied solo shots in the 2nd and 5th innings respectively to give the Rawhide the lead for good. The Rawhide continued to scratch across runs to build up a 7-1 lead after 8 innings. Morozowski added a 2-run triple in that inning as part of a 3 RBI game.

Kane County Cougars 3, Beloit Snappers 2: The Cougars took a 3-0 lead then held onto dear life to that lead. Marcus Wilson and Anfernee Grier picked up a pair of singles and Seth Spivey drove in 2. Emilio Vargas allowed 6 hits and 2 walks in 5 innings of 2-run ball with 3 strikeouts. The bullpen was nails, with three perfect innings between Tyler Mark and Trevor Simms. Jake Winston loaded the bases in the 9th inning, but Junior Garcia picked up a strikeout to end the threat in just 1 hitter.

Hillsboro Hops 6, Boise Hawks 1: Connor Grey was tough to hit in the game, allowing just an unearned run in 7 innings with 6 strikeouts. The Hillsboro lineup was tough as well, drawing 5 free passes and striking out only 2 times. Pavin Smith and Jorge Perez drove in 2 runs each. Kevin Ginkel finished the game with 2 scoreless.

Missoula Osprey 12, Idaho Falls Chukars 15: In a classic Pioneer League slugfest, the first team to 15 runs won. The Osprey defense and pitching wasn’t good with 6 unearned runs scoring on 5 errors. However, the Osprey were able to slug their way back in the game, with Joey Rose crushing a 3-run homer and Andy Yerzy a 2-run blast, their 5th of the year for both players. Carlos Bustamente was the only Osprey pitcher to not give up runs with 3 scoreless innings at one point.

AZL Dbacks 7, AZL Athletics 4: The Dbacks got some timely hits with 6 extra base hits. Buddy Kennedy had a double and a triple in the game and drove in 2 runs. The pitching was solid, with Wilfry Cruz allowing 2 runs (1 earned) over 5 innings. Kevin Watson didn’t hit much, but he showed off the tools with a stolen base and an outfield assist in the game.