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Minor League Recap 4/23/2018: Cesar is king

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Michael’s deep into NFL draft stuff this week, so I’m stepping in for the next few days.

Arizona Diamondbacks Photo Day Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Snake Stars:
☆☆☆: Alex Young, Jackson - 6 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 8 SO, W (3-0)
☆☆: Kevin Medrano, Jackson - 4-for-7, three R, two DBL, two RBI
☆: Cole Stapler, Kane County - 6 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 SO
0 stars: Gabe Speier: 0.2 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO

Triple-A Reno 3, Fresno 2. LF Cesar Puello’s double with two outs in the eighth inning scored the tying and go-ahead runs, and allowed the Aces to win consecutive games for the first time since the opening two contests. Puello (pictured, top) also singled, and there were two-hit afternoons for SS Ildemaro Vargas and DH Yasmany Tomas, though Vargas was caught stealing. Jake Buchanan scattered seven hits and three walks over six innings, allowing two earned runs and fanning four. Jake Barrett got the W for his scoreless eighth, before Jimmie Sherfy notched his second save, around a two-out double and walk.

Double-A Jackson 7, Chattanooga 0. Today saw a 7-inning double header for the Generals, and Alex Young looked particularly impressive in the opener, combining with Yoan Lopez on a two-hit shutout of the Lookouts. Young took a no-hitter into the sixth, and settled for six innings of one-hit ball, with one walk and eight K’s. The top third of the Generals order got it done. 2B Kevin Medrano had three hits, with CF Ben De Luzio getting a pair, and LF Jamie Westbrook homering, as they went 6-for-9 with four RBI and five runs scored. C Alberto Rosario also had two hits.

Double-A Jackson 7, Chattanooga 6. In the night-cap, the Generals had a 4-1 lead after five, taking advantage of two dropped strike threes to plate a trio of runs in the first. After a lead-off home-run, Taylor Widener settled down well, allowing one run in five innings on two hits and a walk, with nine K’s. But Gabe Speier and Michael Dimock combined to allow a four-run sixth. Although an RBI triple from SS Gail Cribbs leveled the scores back at five, Dimock allowed another run in the top of the seventh. But a wild finish saw Marty Herum drive in two runs with a one-out single, as the Generals swept the double-header, and improved to 15-2. Cribbs also had an RBI double, while DeLuzio stole three bases.

High-A Visalia: scheduled off day

A-ball Kane County 1, Quad Cities 3. The Cougars were held to four hits, with CF Luis Silverio’s sixth inning double the source of their only run. Starter Cole Stapler deserved a better fate, holding the River Bandits to one run over his six innings of work, on three hits and a walk, with four strikeouts. Breckin Williams took the loss, giving up two runs in the seventh, one unearned. 1B Yoel Yanqui and William Gorman each had a hit and a walk for Kane County.