3 of the Diamondbacks’ four full season affiliates played today, with the Reno Aces picking up a win in a Pacific Coast League slugfest. Kris Medlen was scratched from his scheduled start in Reno, so that suggests from the team who they might tab to fill in Ray’s spot in the rotation for the next 6-8 weeks as he recovers from an oblique strain.
3 Stars: Reno C Anthony Recker 2 for 4, 2 HR (2, 3), 3 RBI, BB
2 Stars: Reno RHP Bradin Hagens 4 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 8 K, GS 60
1 Star: Visalia DH Dominic Mirgolio 3 for 4, 2B, HR (1), 3 RBI
0 Stars: Visalia RHP Connor Gray 2⁄3 IP, 1 H, 5 R (5 ER), 4 BB, 1 K, GS 14, L (4-1)
Reno Aces 8, El Paso Chihuahuas 6: This game looked like a laugher after three innings as Anthony Recker powered out home runs in his first 2 ABs. Ildemaro Vargas started the game with a triple and scored on a Jack Reinheimer. Back-to-back homers with Recker and Daniel Robinson to lead off the 2nd plus a Yasmany Tomas single put up the Aces (8-17) 4-0 after 2 and Recker’s 2nd bomb gave the Aces a 6-0 lead. In the mean time Bradin Hagens, spot-starting for Kris Medlen, punched out 8 in 4 scoreless innings. Unfortunately the inning after he left Anthony Vasquez allowed 6 runs to score and the Chihuahuas to tie the game. The Aces took the lead in the 6th with a bases loaded HBP and scored an insurance run in the 8th with back-to-back doubles by Socrates Brito and Cody Decker. Jimmie Sherfy came in with the tying runs in scoring position and 1 out in the 8th and got two strikeouts to escape the inning. However, the 9th inning became an adventure with 3 walks, but he also struck out 3 in the inning to close things out.
Jackson Generals 0, Mississippi Braves 4: The Generals (17-7) had no answer on offense, picking up just 5 hits (0 XBH) on the night. Unfortunately, that also meant that Ryan Atkinson took a loss because he allowed just 2 runs in 5 innings with 5 hits, 2 walks, and 5 strikeouts. Luis Lara was the only General with more than 1 hit in the game in a box score littered with 0 for Xs. Colin Poche appeared in the game and struck out 2 of the 3 hitters he faced, which puts his strikeout rate at 63.9% for the season so far.
Visalia Rawhide 6, San Jose Giants 13: Pitching stunk for the Rawhide (15-10) as every pitcher that appeared got tagged for at least 2 runs. Connor Gray faced 6 hitters and 5 of them scored. The Rawhide got the lead down to 5-4 in the 3rd thanks to a Dominic Mirogolio 3-run homer, but the bullpen continued to melt down which cost the Rawhide a chance to win. Daulton Varsho had a tough night behind the dish, but at the dish went 1 for 4 with a solo bomb. Mirgolio fell a triple short of the cycle at the plate.