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Minor League Recap 4/20/2018: Late Night Edition

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Visalia and Reno lost their games, while Jackson and Kane County won theirs.

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Ildemaro Vargas was 4-5 with a HR on the night for the Reno Aces
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Snake Stars

4 Stars Colin Poche, LHP AA Jackson 1 IP 0 hits 0 walks 3 K ( Through 8 innings pitched, Poche has one walk, one hit, zero runs, and 19 strikeouts. Take a look at his fangraph page

3 Stars Ildemaro Vargas SS, AAA Reno, 4-5 with a HR

2 Stars Sam McWilliams RHP A+ Visalia 5.0 IP 0ER 3 hits, 2 BB, 5 Ks

1 star Pavin Smith, 1B A+ Visalia 1-4 with a HR (second HR in last three games)

0 Stars Bradin Shipley, RHP AAA Reno 5.0 IP 8 Runs, 11 hits, 2 HRs 1 walk, 3 SO

El Paso Chihuahas 11 Reno Aces 3

Bradin Shipley start was solid in the first, a wobbly in the second, and very rough third and fourth innings, giving up four runs in each, with a wild pitch contributing to the carnage. Shipley exited the game after the fifth inning, in all surrendering 8 runs. Bradin Hagins following three innings weren’t much of an improvement either. Hagins gave up a run on two hits and a walk in the sixth, and another two runs in the seventh on a two run home run. Daniel Robertson would work a clean inning, striking out two in the ninth.

Ildemaro Vargas was 4-5 with a HR, Socrates Brito was 2-5 with a 2B. Kristopher Negron hit a double pinch hitting for Bradin Hagins in the ninth inning. The Aces offense was actually decent, with 10 hits and 3 runs, but they just couldn’t overcome the 11 run deficit.

Birmingham Barons 2 Jackson Generals 7

Aside from Mason McCullough rough outing in the sixth, the Generals pitching was excellent Justin Donatella had a very solid 5 inning outing, striking out four with just a hit and a walk and no runs allowed. McCullough would come on in relief in the sixth and would cough 2 runs, although a throwing error by Generals third baseman Kevin Medrano and a stolen base allowed contributed. Gabe Speier would come in to finish the sixth and another two innings, striking out three, with no walks and no hits allowed. Colin Poche would close the game, and continued his completely dominant streak, striking out the side in his inning of relief.

Galli Cribbs who hit for the cycle the game before, was the only member of the Generals offense to not have a hit. However, all the Generals got on base, including Cribbs, who reached base on a hit by pitch. Ben DeLuzio was 2-5 with a double and a stolen base. Catcher Matt Jones went 3-4.DH Rudy Flores was 1-4 with a walk and a home run.

Visalia Rawhide 2 Stockton Ports 3

Visalia was up 2-0 in the 9th inning, only for Josh Taylor to blow the save in the ninth, and then have Miguel Aguilar lose the game on one hit thanks to the automatic runner at second rule. Those two innings spoiled solid scoreless appearances from starter Sam McWilliams(5.0 IP 3 hits, 2BB 6Ks, and relievers Austin Mason (2.0 IP 3Ks 0 BB), Tommy Eveld(1 inning 0 hits 0 BB).

First baseman Pavin Smith went 1-4 and homered(again!) While shortstop Camden Duzenack was 2-4 with a double and a home run, proving the other half of Visalia’s offensive output for the night.

Kane County Cougars 5 Cedar Rapids Kernels 2

Mack Lemieux went five innings, allowed five hits, but also allowed no runs, no walks, and struck out five. Erbert Gonzalez pitched two innings, allowed two runs on 3 hits, two walks, and a home run, while striking out one. Abraham Almonte pitched an inning, allowing no runs, hits, or walks, while striking out two. Breckin Williams pitched the ninth, allowing just a walk, earning his first save of the season.

First baseman Yoel Yanqui was 2-4 with double.Ernie De La Trinidad was 2-3 with a walk, but was caught stealing in the first, while Yan Sanchez was 2-4 with a double and a walk, but was caught stealing in the 2nd. Luis Alejandro Basabe was also 2-5 on the night, but every hitter aside from catcher Tim Susnara reached base. All in all, the Rapids offensive was more than adequate, with Cedar Rapids only putting up the two runs in the seventh.

Correction: An earlier version of this article stated Pavin Smith had his second HR in two games, when in reality it was his second in the last three games.