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Diamondbacks Minor League Recap 4/17/2018: Good enough

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Tight ball games with enough offense to win for three of the Diamondbacks’ four full season affiliates.

A picture of Taylor Widener not in a navy blue pinstripe uniform we all love to hate.

The Diamondbacks Minor League affiliates combined to go 3-1 with Jackson, Visalia, and Kane County picking up wins.

Snake Stars:

3 Stars: Jackson 2B Kevin Medrano 3 for 5, 2B, RBI, R

2 Stars: Reno C Anthony Recker 1 for 2, HR (1), 2 BB, 2 R

1 Star: Jackson RHP Taylor Widener 4 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 8 K, GS 62

0 Stars: Reno 1B Yasmany Tomas 0 for 4, 2 K

Reno Aces 3, El Paso Chihuahuas 5: Troy Scribner’s 2nd start for the Aces (4-9) was better than the first, although control was not there with 7 walks in 5 innings. He only allowed the 1 hit, so the damage was only 2 runs over his start. The Aces offense was unable to scratch any runs across and fell behind 3-0. After shrinking the lead to 3-1, poor defense and Jake Barrett allowed two insurance runs to score in the 9th before the Aces attempted another furious comeback. Ultimately, the Aces ran out of outs before they could get the big hit to tie the game.

Jackson Generals 4, Birmingham Barons 3: Taylor Widener pitched 4 scoreless, walking 8 and striking out 8 which drove up the pitch count to 78. With Widener’s pitch count being limited early, you’d definitely like to see more efficiency with solid results. The Generals (9-2) took the lead in the 5th with a 2 spot in that frame. Things got a bit hairy late as the Generals bullpen struggled, but kept the tying run from crossing the plate. Kevin Medrano paced the lineup with a 3 for 5 day from the leadoff spot.

Visalia Rawhide 4, San Jose Giants 1: The Rawhide pitchers combined for a 2-hitter, although Emilio Vargas struggled with the strike zone with 6 walks in 4 innings. Since he didn’t allow any hits, those walks were stranded on base. Randall Delgado’s next rehab appearance was solid with 2 perfect innings, recording a strikeout. The Rawhide struggled with RISP, but when the pitching is lights out and the one hit was a bases-clearing double from Drew Ellis, that was enough offense to win. Daulton Varsho continues to impress with a 1 for 2 day, reaching base 3 times overall and throwing out guys on the bases, nailing 1 of 2. He’s thrown out 7 of 12 base-stealers and to add to the fun stole a base himself.

Kane County Cougars 5, Wisconsin Timber Rattlers 4: The Cougars struggled to figure out Bowden Francis, getting 1 run on 4 hits and striking out 7 times in the first 6 innings. However, they were able to score 5 times between the 6th-8th innings to steal it. Kevin McCanna had a mediocre game with 3 runs (2 earned) allowed in 5 innings while striking out 7. Late in the game, the Cougars got the big hits with a 3 for 6 day with RISP. Yoel Yanqui, Luis Silverio, and Eudy Ramos each had 2-hit games in the middle of the Cougars order. The bullpen was solid as well with 4 innings of 1 run ball with 8 strikeouts to allow the offense to come from behind.