3 Stars: Hillsboro SS Yan Sanchez 4 for 6, 2B, 3B, HR (2), BB, 2 RBI, 2 R
2 Stars: Hillsboro C Daulton Varsho 5 for 6, 2B, HR (2), 5 RBI, 2 R
1 Star: Reno DH Oswaldo Arcia 3 for 4, 2B, HR (20), 3 RBI, R
0 Stars: Kane County Cougars and Visalia Rawhide 0 combined runs
Pavin Smith: 4 for 5, 2B, RBI, BB, 3 R
JJ Hoover rehab (AZL) : 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K
Reno Aces 6, Tacoma Rainiers 3: The Aces fell behind 3-1 in the 5th, but a 3-run homer by Oswaldo Arcia gave them the lead that they would hold onto. Anthony Banda pitched his 3rd solid start in a row, striking out 5 in 6 innings of work and allowing the 3 runs. Erik Davis pitched 2 scoreless innings and Jimmie Sherfy picked up save #14 with a perfect 9th inning that included a strikeout.
Jackson Generals 3, Birmingham Barons 4: The Generals jumped ahead 2-1 in the 3rd, but wildness by Alex Young put them behind 3-2. Gabe Speier relieved him in the 5th and stranded the bases loaded there. In the 6th, a run came across thanks to a pair of passed balls from Oscar Hernandez, who has an alarming total of 19 on the season. The MLB leader in passed balls has 7. The bullpen did a good job of locking things down and giving the offense a chance to make a rally in the 9th inning. Unfortunately the rally ended with the tying run stranded on base.
Visalia Rawhide 0, Modesto Nuts 2: Jose Almonte had a decent game, striking out 8 in 6 innings of 2-run ball, but the offense completely failed him. Matched up against former University of Arizona great Nathan Bannister, the Rawhide lineup struggled to plate runs. Only 4 times did they get an AB with a runner in scoring position and went 0 for 4. The bullpen did it’s best to give the offense a chance to do something, but something never happened.
Kane County Cougars 0, Quad Cities River Bandits 3: The Cougars got 6 walks in the game, but ultimately did nothing with them, going 0 for 8 with RISP and stranding 9 runners. Unfortunately, that meant Ryan Atkinson would need to be perfect, and ultimately he wasn’t with 3 runs allowed in 5 1⁄3 innings.
Hillsboro Hops 17, Salem-Keizer Volancoes 2: Now to the fun part of the recap. The Hops set records in runs and hits (25). Everyone in the lineup scored at least one run, but the big story was Yan Sanchez hitting for the cycle, the first in Hops history. Daulton Varsho assisted with a 5-hit, 5 RBI performance that included his 2nd pro homer. Pavin Smith went 4 for 5 with an RBI double and scored times. Lost in the offensive outburst was a strong start from Connor Grey, who allowed just a solo shot over 6 strong innings.
Missoula Osprey 6, Great Falls Voyagers 5: After falling behind 2-0 after the first, the Osprey scored 6 unanswered runs to take a 6-2 lead into the bottom of the 6th. Eduardo Diaz hit a 2-run homer in the 5th. Things got a bit antsy with Franklyn Soriano allowing a run in his final inning of work followed by a 2-spot allowed by James Johnson. However, that was it in terms of scoring and Abraham Almonte had a stress-free 9th inning for the save.
AZL Dbacks 4, AZL Cubs 0: JJ Hoover started the game as part of a rehab assignment and pitched a scoreless 1st inning. From there, Juan Hernandez pitched 5 scoreless innings of 1 hit ball as the offense went to work. An RBI single by Walter Higuera and a RBI double by Ryan Dobson gave the Dbacks a 2-0 lead and they capitalized on 4 errors to push the total to 4 runs.