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Minor League Recap 4/28/2018: The Automatic Runner at Second is a Terrible Idea

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Reno and Visalia won, the Generals lost in general, while Kane County lost in extra innings once again thanks to the automatic runner on second

Snake Stars

☆☆☆ Michael Perez C, Reno 4-4 HR, BB

☆☆ Evan Marzelli 3-6 2B, HR

☆ Colin Poche 1IP zero runs, 1 hit but only a strikeout has further reduced his ridiculous K rate

Zero Stars: Emilio Vargas 4.2 IP 4 hits, 5 walks, 7 ks 1 run

Reno Aces 10 Sacramento River Cats 7

Troy Scribner got the start for Reno, and had a very rough first inning, giving up four runs in the first, and another run in the fourth inning. Scribner pitched five innings, giving up five runs on 7 hits, two of which were home runs in the first. Despite all that, Scribner struck out 8 and walked none. Albert Suarez and Jimmy Sherfy both worked hitless innings, striking out one. Silvino Bracho would work a perfect inning, striking out two. Stefan Crichton would have a rough outing, only able to get one out, while giving up two runs on two hits and a walk,

Big nights at the plate for multiple Reno batters, but mostly for Evan Marzelli, who was 3-6 with a double and a home run. Catcher Michael Perez had an even better night at the plate though, reaching base in all five of his plate appearances, going 4-4 with a home run and a walk. Jack Reinheimer was 2-4 with a walk, Daniel Robertson was 2-4 with a home run, and Ildemaro Vargas was 2-5.

Jackson Generals 3 Mississippi Braves 4

Alex Young got the start, pitching six innings, and allowing 4 runs, only two of which were earned thanks to a fielding error by SS Jose Vinicio in the fourth inning. Young allowed 5 hits, 3 walks, hit a batter, and struck out three. Colin Poche continues his dominance of the Southern league, pitching a scoreless one-hit inning, walking no batters and striking out one. Mason McCullough worked a scoreless and hitless eighth inning, striking out two.

Rough night at the plate for the Generals, with only Juniel Querecuto and Rudy Flores having solid nights, both going 2-4. The only other players to get a hit or reach base were Galli Cribbs who drew a walk, but was otherwise hitless. Jose Vinicio had was 1-3, and Luis Lara had a hit, pinch hitting for Mason McCullough

Inland Empire 66ers 1 Visalia Rawhide 3

Emilio Vargas was quite lucky to come out of his 4.2 IP outing with only one run scored. Although he struck out seven, he was extremely wild, walking five batters, and allowed four hits. Keegan Long inherited a bases loaded mess, but ended the inning there, and pitched a perfect sixth. Robbie Sexton would follow with a perfect inning in the seventh, striking out one. Kevin Ginkel would give up a hit in the eighth, but didn’t allow any other damage, and struck out a batter. Tommy Eveld would pitch a perfect ninth, striking out one, earning the save.

Drew Ellis was 1-4, with his 4th home run the year. and right fielder Manny Jefferson was 2-3 with a double, knocking in a run. Marcus Wilson’s 8 game hitting streak came to an end, going 0-3 with 3 strikeouts but he hit a sac fly, knocking in a run that would up being the difference in the game.

Burlington Bees 3 Kane County Cougars 2

Cole Stapler had a very good start, tossing six innings of scoreless 2 hit baseball, while walking two and striking out six. Matt peacock followed with two perfect innings, striking out two. Unfortunately, Matt Brill blew the save, giving up two runs on a walk and a home run, sending the game into extra innings. Jordan Watson came on in relief, with the automatic runner at second. A walk and a fielding error later, and Burlington Bees were up 3-2 and the Cougars would go down easy in the bottom of the inning.

The Cougars were held to just 6 hits, with Luis Alejandra Basabe having the best night at the plate, 2-3 with a walk and a double, which knocked in both of the Cougars runs.