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Minor League Recap 4/25/2018: Hernandez drives in five

Ramon Hernandez led Visalia to the only win for our farm systems today.

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Snake Stars
☆☆☆: Ramon Hernandez, Visalia - 4-for-5, two R, DBL, HR (3), four RBI
☆☆: Kevin Medrano, Jackson - 2-for-4, R, HR (2), two RBI
☆: Mark Karaviotis, Visalia - 3-for-4, DBL, BB
0 stars: Abraham Almonte, Kane County - 0.2 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 0 SO, L (0-1)

Triple-A Reno 3 @ Sacramento 5. Kris Medlen was fine through four innings, but couldn’t get out of a four-run fifth. He ended up going 4.2 innings, and gave up five runs on six hits and a walk, with six strikeouts; he’s still looking for his first W, after his record dropped to 0-3. 3B Kris Negron had three hits for the Aces, who got two runs in the seventh and had the tying run on base there as well, but went 2-for-12 with RISP. CF Socrates Brito got a pair of knocks, while Neftali Feliz, Jared Miller and Silvino Bracho combined for 3.1 scoreless innings out of the bullpen.

Double-A Jackson 3, Chattanooga 4. A grand-slam in the second inning off Sam Lewis proved enough to condemn the Generals to defeat. That was all he allowed over five innings, on five hits with two walks and one strikeout. Jackson had take the lead on 1B Kevin Medrano’s home-run in the first, a two-run shot, and pulled within one through DH Matt Jones’s fourth-inning RBI single. While outhitting Chattanooga 13-6, they couldn’t get the tying run across, despite having 2nd/3rd with one out in the fourth and eighth innings. Jones had three hits, Medrano and SS Gail Cribbs two each; Joel Payamps threw two hitless innings of relief.

High-A Visalia 10, Lancaster 5. 3B Ramon Hernandez finished a triple shy of the cycle and drove in four runs for the Rawhide. That included a solo shot in the fourth, while Pavin Smith, starting this one at first-base, added his third of the year, also a solo homer, in the sixth, and LF Mark Karaviotis got three hits and a walk. A five-run second put Visalia under way, but the JetHawks pulled to within one in the fourth, before the home-team pulled away again, scoring three in the fifth. Connor Grey worked 5.1 innings, allowing four runs while scattering nine hits and a walk, with four K’s. Kevin Ginkel threw a seven-pitch eighth, including two strikeouts.

A-ball Kane County 5, Quad Cities 10. And it was going so well too. The Cougars scored five in the sixth inning to take a 5-1 lead, RF William Gorman’s bases-clearing triple the big blow. But after Mack Lemieux had a strong start, limiting the River Bandits to one run over six innings, on five hits, with no walks and four K’s, the KC bullpen melted. Abraham Almonte and Breckin Williams were charged with nine earned runs combined in their 1.2 innings, on seven hits and three walks. 2B Luis Alejandro Basabe and C Renae Martinez each had two hits, while 3B Eudy Ramos reached three times, on a hit and two walks.