The Diamondbacks Minor League affiliates combined to go 2-2, with wins by Reno and Kane County. Reno starter Troy Scribner was scratched before the Aces were set to play Albuquerque, so that may shed some light on the Diamondbacks pitching situation over the weekend.
3 Stars: Reno RHP Emilio Vargas 5 1⁄3 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K, GS 64
2 Stars: Kane County C Renae Martinez 4 for 4, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 R
1 Star: Kane County RHP Jhoan Duran 5 IP, 3 H, 2 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 3 K, GS 55, W (1-0)
0 Stars: Visalia RHP Kevin Ginkel 1 IP, 2 H, 3 R (0 ER), 0 BB, 0 K, L (0-1)
Reno Aces 6, Albuquerque Isotopes 3: As I mentioned earlier, scheduled starter Troy Scribner did not start this game and instead Anthony Vasquez got the honors. Vasquez allowed 2 runs in 5 innings, walking 1 and striking out 2. The offense put this one out of reach early with a 5-run 2nd inning highlighted by a 2-run jack by Cody Decker. The Aces (14-20) would add on in the 4th with a solo shot from Anthony Recker. The bullpen held on with Jake Barrett and Jimmie Sherfy striking out the side in their respective innings without allowing a free pass.
Jackson Generals 2, Chattanooga Lookouts 4: Taylor Widener once again had to battle, allowing 3 runs in 4 2⁄3 innings with 6 strikeouts and 2 solo homers allowed. Unfortunately he was unable to wiggle out of trouble in the 5th inning, getting knocked out of the game and ultimately taking the loss. Josh Prince homered to lead off the game and scored both of the Generals (19-13) runs.
Visalia Rawhide 2, Stockton Ports 4: A 2-run homer by Ramon Hernandez gave the Rawhide (18-15) an early lead and Emilio Vargas made that stand with 5 1⁄3 scoreless with 6 Ks. Unfortunately the offense was unable to tack on and the bullpen coughed up the lead. Tyler Mark got out of the 6th but gave up a run in the 7th and Kevin Ginkel allowed a go-ahead 3-run homer in the 8th after the inning started with a defensive miscue at 3B. Drew Ellis had 2 hits, 1 for a double, but a caught stealing plus a fielding error ended up undoing his work at the plate. Daulton Varsho went 1 for 4 at the plate and Pavin Smith 0 for 4.
Kane County Cougars 6, Lake County Captains 4: Jhoan Duran allowed just a 2-run homer over 5 innings and struck out 3 in a winning effort. Duran’s sinker was effective, generating 6 outs on the ground and 1 double play. At the plate, the Cougars kept tacking on runs to keep the game out of reach. Jazz Chisholm went 1 for 5 with a triple, Eduardo Diaz had a double-double, Eudy Ramos drove in 3, but the best hitting performance belongs to Renae Martinez, who went a perfect 4 for 4 with 2 RBI. Matt Peacock threw 3 scoreless and Jordan Watson had 3 Ks in the 9th although he allowed 4 hits and 2 runs in that frame.