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Diamondbacks Minor League Recap 4/18/2018: Pavin Smith hits first regular season homer, Galli Cribbs does reverse cycle


The Diamondbacks Minor League affiliates to combined to go 3-1 with Jackson, Visalia, and Kane County scoring a lot of runs in their victories. The Aces were on the wrong side of a pitcher’s duel.

Snake Stars:

3 Stars: Jackson RF Galli Cribbs 4 for 4, 2B, 3B, HR (2), RBI, 3 R

2 Stars: Kane County RHP Cole Stapler 5 IP, 4 H, 2 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 6 K, GS 62, W (1-1)

1 Star: Reno RHP Jake Buchanan 6 IP, 6 H, 2 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 2 K, GS 58, L (0-2)

0 Stars: Kane County 2B Manny Jefferson 0 for 6, 2 K

Reno Aces 2, El Paso Chihuahuas 3: Jake Buchanan was solid, if not spectacular, for the Aces (4-10) but there offense gave him no support. Reno was held scoreless for the first 6 innings of the game before scoring a run in the 7th and the 8th inning respectively. Unfortunately El Paso scored an insurance run in the 8th inning, which saddled Buchanan with the loss. Hitting with RISP was a big bug-a-boo with a 1 for 14 clip.

Jackson Generals 8, Birmingham Barons 1: The Generals (10-2) are streaking again with 3 wins in a row and their 10th out of 12 games under Shelley Duncan, who will likely be an MLB manager some day. Ryan Atkinson had some struggles with control with 3 walks, but held the Barons to 1 run on 4 hits over 5 innings with 5 strikeouts. Offense came early and often, with Galli Cribbs fueling the offense by hitting for the cycle. He did it in reverse order going inside-the-park home run, triple, double, then single, a feat which should have its own name. RBIs were up and down the lineup so everyone was driving in runs. Anthony Vasquez pitched the final 4 innings, allowing no runs on 4 hits with no walks and 7 strikeouts en route to the old school save.

Visalia Rawhide 9, San Jose Giants 6: Riley Smith got lit up for 11 hits in 5 innings plus 2 batters into the 6th, allowing 6 runs overall. The Rawhide (8-6) trailed 6-3 going into the bottom of the 6th, but a 6-run outburst changed everything. The Rawhide were scoring in pairs with 2-run doubles by Stephen Smith and Camden Duzenack and a 2-run homer by Pavin Smith, the first regular season bomb by the team’s top pick from last year. Yes, it finally happened as that game was discussed in last night’s recap post’s comment section. The bullpen the final 3 innings locked things down, keeping the tying run from ever even stepping up to the plate. Marcus Wilson joined Smith and Duzenack in the 2-hit, 1 double club for the day as well. Daulton Varsho went 1 for 3 with a double and a walk as well, the walk starting off the key 6-inning 6th.

Kane County Cougars 13, Wisconsin Timber Rattlers 2: The Timber Rattlers were handing out free bases like candy on Halloween night and the Cougars hitters said thank you very much. Overall Kane County drew 11 walks and picked up 12 hits, which is a lethal combination against any pitching staff. Jazz Chisholm walked 3 times and stole a base, although he left the game in the 4th inning with an apparent injury. We all hope it’s not related to his surgically repaired right knee, which had a torn meniscus for 9 years before the Dbacks discovered it last year. Yoel Yanqui reached base 5 times in 6 tries (3 singles, 2 walks) and Luis Silverio went 3 for 5 with 4 RBI. On the other side, the pitching was good with 5 solid innings from Cole Stapler and excellent relief pitching behind him.