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Minor League Recap 4/27/2018

Visalia’s Bo Takahashi and Marcus Wilson Impressed. Reno, Jackson, and Kane County did not.

Bo Takahashi pitched six scoreless innings, striking out eight

Snake Stars

☆☆☆ Bo Takahashi 6.0 IP 4 hits 2 walks 8 strikeouts 0 runs

☆☆ Marcus Wilson 2-4 with a double, home run, walk

☆ Jasrado Chisholm 1-4 with a triple, walk and 2 errors

Zero Stars Yasmany Tomas 0-4 with a strikeout, an error, and grounded into a double play

Reno Aces 4 Sacramento River Cats 6

Taylor Clarke had another rough start, but errors in the first inning by Ildemaro Vargas and Yasmany Tomas definitely contributed. Outside of the one run in the first inning on the aforementioned Tomas and Vargas errors, Clarke was cruising through the fifth inning. At the top of the 5th inning, the Aces went up 2-1 on back to back home runs by Marcus Littlewood and Kristopher Negron. Unfortunately, during the bottom of the fifth, the River Cats would respond with back to back two-run home runs, and that’d be the difference maker in this game. The River Cats would tack on another run in the bottom of the eighth, and that would be the ball game.

Cesar Puello had a solid 3-3 night at the plate, and would reach base on an error. Marcus Littlewood did as well, going 2-4 with a home run, as did Kristopher Negron, who in addition to his home run, would also reach base a second time on a walk.

Jackson Generals 3 Mississippi Braves 6

Justin Donatella would get roughed up in 3.2 IP, giving up 5 runs (4 earned) on 8 hits and 2 walks, while only striking out two. Yuhei Nakaushiro would pitch 2.1 scoreless innings of 2 hit baseball, striking out four. Michael Dimock would follow, and would surrender a run on 3 hits, while also striking out three and walking none. Kirby Bellow would work a clean inning, with no hits, walks, strikeouts or runs.

The Generals offense just couldn’t overcome the 3 run deficit in this game, and once again bad defense was a factor as well. Kevin Medrano and Jay Gonzalez both went 2-4 at the plate, with the latter having the only extra base hit of the night, a double.

Inland Empire 1, Visalia Rawhide 5

Bo Takahashi had another impressive start. Takahashi pitched six innings of scoreless baseball, allowing four hits and two walks while striking out eight. Tyler Mark pitched a scoreless seventh, but would have a rocky eighth inning that he came out of relatively unscathed. Josh Taylor pitched a hitless inning in the ninth, walking one batter, while striking out two.

Marcus Wilson extended his hitting streak to 8 games, going 2-3 with a double, home run, and a walk. Adam Walton reached base three times, going 1-2 with two walks, and Drew Ellis was 2-4. Daulton Varsho, although hit-less, did reach base twice via walks.

Burlington Bees 7, Kane County Cougars 1

The Cougars got off to a good start scoring a run in the first, but that was one of the only positives in this one. Sloppy defense, with four errors by the Cougars contributing to the loss, and an inability to capitalize offensively on the eight walks issued by Bees pitchers also played a part. Sloppy base-running, with the Cougars getting caught twice on the base-paths probably didn’t help either.

Kevin McCanna actually had a very solid start, pitching five innings, and allowing two runs, one earned on four hits and two walks, while striking out 7. Carlos Bustamante would have a bad outing after, surrendering 4 runs(3 earned) on 5 hits. Abraham Almonte would work a scoreless inning, allowing just a hit while striking out two. Erbert Gonzalez would allow a run on two hits in the ninth.