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Minor League Recap 4/8/2018: Highs and Lows

Three High Scoring Games and Two Low Scoring Affairs Made Sunday’s Games Interesting.

Kane County’s Brian Schaffer, pictured when he was with the University of Maryland, struck out 9 in just 4.2 innings of work.

Snake Stars

  • 4 Stars Brian Schaffer RHP, Kane County, 4.2 IP 9K 2BB 2 hits, 0 R
  • 3 Stars Justin Donatella RHP, Kane County 5.0 IP 2 H, 2 Ks 2 BB
  • 2 Stars Marcus Wilson, CF, Visalia Rawhide 1-3 with 2 BB, 2 SB, 2 runs scored
  • 1 Star Stephen Smith, RF Kane County 0-0 3 BB
  • 0 Stars Wei Chieh Huang RHP, Visalia Rawhide .2 IP 4 Runs 2 BB 3 Hits 2 HRs Blown Save

Fresno Grizzlies 9, Reno Aces 4

Fresno took advantage of the 10 walks by the Aces Pitching staff. It was a sloppy game all around with one inning featuring 5 walks and wild pitch, which the Aces were lucky to walk away from with just 3 runs scored. Albert Suarez got the start, pitching 4.1 innings, allowing 3 earned runs on 4 hits, 4 walks, while striking out 4. SIlvino Bracho had a rough outing in his two innings of work as well. He gave up 4 earned runs on a walk and five hits. Jared Miller pitched an inning, allowed no hits, but walked 3, including a run in, earning him the loss. Jake Barrett made an inning appearance, giving up a run on a hit and two walks. Bradin Hagens was successful in his one scoreless inning of relief. He struck out one while giving up a lone hit.

At the plate, Yasmany Tomas had a successful day, going 2-3 with a double and a walk. Michael Perez was 2-4 with a RBI. DH Cody Decker was 1-3 with a HR and walk. Socrates Brito was 1-3 with a walk.

Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp 0, Jackson Generals 1

Justin Donatella had a very solid scoreless outing, allowing just two hits, two walks, and struck out two in his five innings of work. Gabe Speier struck out two in his scoreless inning of work. Mason McCullough struck out two as well in his 1.1 innings of work. Kirby Bellow would finish out the game with 1.2 innings of scoreless baseball, striking out one.

This game wouldn't be won until the final inning, as neither team's offense could get going. First baseman Rudy Flores was the only batter to find sucves more than once, going 2-3 with a walk. Flores would single in the ninth and score the winning run on a walk off Matt Jones single. Jay Gonzalez was 1-3 with a double, the Generals' lone extra base hit. He threw a runner out at second in the top of the first, recieving a put out.

Rancho Cucamonga Quakes 8, Visalia Rawhide 4

What looked like a win turned into a loss thanks to a blown save by Wei-Chieh Huang, who gave up four earned runs in his 23 of an innings. Huang walked two and gave up two home runs which quickly lead the game getting out of hand. Riley ith had a solid start spoiled by the blowj save. He tossed five innings of solid work, giving up 2 earned runs on six hits, walking 2, while striking out 6. Tyler Mark struck out two in his scoreless inning of work, and Keegan Long struck out one in his own scoreless innong of work.

On the offensive side, DH Mark Karaviotis was 1-5 with his second HR in the last two games, but struck out three times. Marcus Wilson went 1-3 with two walks, stole two bases, and acored two runs. Pavin Smith also went 1-3 with two walks. Daulton Varsho is the only other Rawhide to reach base more than once, going 1-3 with a walk.

Kane County Cougars 1, Clinton Lumberkings 0

In the first game of the doubleheader, Brian schaffer tossed an absolute gem, giving up just 2 hits and 2 walks, while striking out 9 in 4.2 innings. Matt Brill got the win pitching an inning and a third, giving up just a hit. Abraham Almonte got the saving in a scoreless seventh, giving up just one hit as well.

There wasn't much offense on Kane County's side either, with the Cougars collecting just three hits a walk in the game, with no extra base hits.

The game's lone run came in the top of the second, when Yoel Yanqui walked, advanced to second on a ground out, and scored when Yan Sanchez hit a line drive single. That would be it for the games offense. Yan Sanchez, Ernie De la Trinidad, and Luis Alejandro Basabe were all 1-3 while Yoel Yanqui drew the lone walk in the game.

Kane County Cougars 0, Clinton Lumberkings 8

Kane County couldn't take advantage of the seven walks issued by LumberKings pitching in the second game of this double header. In fact, Yoel Yanqui, who went 2-3, was the only Cougars player to get a hit at all, and even then he bad luck on the base paths, getting caught stealing 2nd in the top of the 1st. As noted, no other pitcher collected any hits, but Stephen Smith did record any at-bats as he walked in all three of his plate appearances. Luis Alejandro Basabe drew two walks, but had a throwing error.

It was a rough day on the mound for Kevin McCanna, who allowed 4 runs in 3.2 innings pitched. Ernert Gonzalez's 1.2 innings pitched were a bit of a mixed bag to say the least. On one hand he struck out five and allowed just one hit. On the other hand that hit was a home run, he walked 2, and allowed 4 runs, 3 of which were earned. On a positive note, Breckin Williams in his jnning of work didn't allow any runs afrer giving up two hits.