The Diamondbacks Minor League Affiliates went 3-1 today, with wins by Reno, Jackson, and Visalia while Kane County took a loss. The Generals have won 4 games in a row and are off to a hot start.
3 Stars: Visalia LF Mark Karaviotis 3 for 5, 2B, 3 RBI, R, OF assist
2 Stars: Jackson RHP Taylor Widener 5 IP, 3 H, 1 R (1 ER), 3 BB, 8 K, GS 63
1 Star: Visalia C Daulton Varsho 2 for 2, 2 BB, 2 RBI, R, 1⁄2 stolen base attempts thwarted
0 Stars: Jackson LHP Kirby Bellow 2⁄3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K, 2/2 inherited runners scored, BS
Reno Aces 5, Sacramento River Cats 4: Troy Scribner made his organizational debut, although it started off rocky with a 2-run homer allowed in the first and 3 runs allowed in the first 2 innings. Fortunately the Aces (4-4) had a 3-0 cushion before he threw a pitch and Scribner allowed no more damage for the next 2 innings. From there, the bullpen was lights out behind him. Silvino Bracho struck out 5 while facing the minimum over 2 innings, Stefan Crichton struck out 3 in his 2 perfect innings of work and Sherfy was a bit shaky but locked things down in the 9th. Yasmany Tomas had 2 hits, a double, and 2 RBI as part of an opportunistic Aces offense that went 3 for 7 with RISP.
Jackson Generals 4, Tennessee Smokies 3: Taylor Widener’s 2nd start in the Dbacks organization was much better than the first, as he struck out 8 in 5 innings of 1 run ball. Control was a bit lacking with 3 walks in that start, although the walk numbers were the big knock on him last year in Tampa. Rudy Flores provided the Generals (6-1) the lead in the 6th inning with a solo shot and the team held a 3-1 lead in the 7th. Unfortunately Mason McCullough and Kirby Bellow could not find the strike zone, which allowed the tying runs to score. Gabe Speier picked up the next 6 outs and the offense picked up the go-ahead run on a botched double play attempt. The win gave the Generals their 4th in a row.
Visalia Rawhide 8, Modesto Nuts 2: The middle of the Rawhide (5-3) order reigned supreme as Mark Karaviotis and Daulton Varsho combined for 5 hits, 5 RBI, and 3 R. Emilio Vargas fell 1 out short of qualifying for the win as the Nuts got the tying run to the plate with 2 outs in the 5th. Overall he allowed 1 run on 5 hits and 4 walks while striking out 6. Wei-Chieh Huang got out of the jam and finished the next inning. Tyler Mark allowed a run in 2 innings, the only other run the Nuts scored. Adam Walton was the only Rawhide batter that didn’t reach base in the game.
Kane County Cougars 2, Quad City River Bandits 5: Mack Lemieux struggled again, allowing 5 runs on 4 hits and 4 walks with 3 strikeouts in 4 1⁄3 innings. Kane County fell behind 5-0 and struggled to put runs on the board with an 0 for 9 clip with RISP and struck out 11 times vs. 1 walk. The Cougars did also have 4 extra base hits, so there were opportunities available.