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Diamondbacks Minor League Recap 8/31/17: Aces clinch postseason berth

The Diamondbacks AAA affiliate punched in their ticket to the PCL postseason by winning the Pacific North division.

Reno Aces 0, Albuquerque Isotopes 3: The Aces made the postseason, but that was because the team chasing them lost. Clarke allowed 2 solo homers over 6 innings, striking out 8 and walking 1. Clarke also contributed at the plate with a double in 3 ABs. Unfortunately, the rest of the offense didn’t do much with their opportunities. The Aces went hitless in 7 trips with RISP and stranded 8 runners.

Jackson Generals 8, Tennessee Smokies 7: It took a while for the Generals offense to get going, but they were able to take advantage of opportunities late in the game. Tyler Badamo allowed 5 runs in 6 innings, struck out 10 and walked none. The Generals kept chipping away, before a 4-run 8th inning gave them a momentary 6-5 lead. That did not last as Mason McCullough allowed the tying run to score in the bottom half of the inning. The game remained tied at 6 until the 11th inning, where the Generals outscored the Smokies 2-1 in that frame. J.R. Bradley got credit for the save. Daniel Lockhart and Marty Herum had 3 hits apiece in the top two spots in the order.

Visalia Rawhide 0, Stockton Ports 22: This game was as lopsided as the score indicated. Bo Takahashi got blasted for 12 runs in 3 23 innings and the bullpen was equally as ineffective. It’s just one of those days where the team can easily forget about the game though.

Kane County Cougars 4, Clinton Lumber Kings 6: The Cougars quickly jumped out to a 3-0 lead, although that didn’t last. Mack Lemieux allowed 3 runs in 6 innings, striking out 6. The Cougars were able to re-grab the lead in the 6th, which would have made him the winning pitcher if the bullpen did its job. Tyler Mark allowed the tying run to score in the 9th, sending the game into extras where Cal Becker allowed 2 runs to score on a walk and a walkoff 2-run homer.

Hillsboro Hops Off Day

Missoula Osprey 4, Billings Mustangs 5: The Osprey fell behind 3-0, but were able to take the lead with a 4-run 4th inning. The Osprey were able to mount a rally going and knocked out the Mustangs starter with just 1 out. Unfortunately, they were unable to build on that inning, struggling to hit the rest of the way. Cesilio Pimentel allowed 4 runs in 5 innings. At the plate, Keshawn Lynch went 4 for 5 with 3 doubles.

AZL Dbacks 7, AZL Giants 5: The Dbacks offense came alive in this game, as they lit up the boxscore in every possible way. They had 13 hits, 6 for extra bases, 5 walks, and 2 stolen bases for the game. With the game tied at 4, the Dbacks scored single runs in the 6th, 7th, and 8th innings to take a 7-4 lead and it held up. Every Dbacks hitter reached base at least once, with 8 of 9 starters recording at least one hit. Eddie Hernandez also cranked out his 2nd homer of the year in the win.