The Diamondbacks minor league affiliates combined to go 3-1 with the Diamondbacks A, A-Adv, and AA affiliates each celebrating 5-0 shutout wins. All three teams had great starting pitching obviously, with the average game score being 77. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’ll go mourn the Dbacks 2018 season.
3 Stars: Visalia RHP Emilio Vargas 6 2⁄3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 8 K, GS 80, W (3-0)
2 Stars: Kane County RHP Brian Shaffer 5 2⁄3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 11 K, GS 79
1 Star: Jackson RHP Taylor Widener 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K, GS 74, W (1-2)
0 Stars: Reno RHP Stefan Crichton 2⁄3 IP, 2 H, 3 R (3 ER), 2 BB, 1 K
Jake Lamb Rehab: 1 for 5, 2B, R
Reno Aces 3, El Paso Chihuahuas 6: Albert Suarez got the start and got through 3 innings, allowing 1 run on 4 hits and 2 Ks. Anthony Vasquez went the next 4 and struck out 7 while allowing 2 runs. The Aces (16-23) had cut the deficit to 3-2, but Stefan Crichton struggled in the 9th inning, allowing 3 critical insurance runs to score before being lifted with 2 outs. Evan Marzilli had 2 hits, including an RBI double, and Kristopher Negron hit out a solo homer in the 9th.
Jackson Generals 5, Mississippi Braves 0: Current Dbacks pitching prospect against former Dbacks pitching prospect matchup in this game as Taylor Widener got the better of Touki Toussaint. Widener, who’s been on a tight pitch count this year, went 6 innings with 4 Ks on 78 pitches and got help with 2 double plays turned behind him. The bullpen pitched 3 scoreless behind him. Juniel Querecto and Jamie Westbrook had two hits and 2 RBIs, the latter hitting a 2-run homer in the 3rd. Kevin Medrano had 2 hits and 2 runs scored.
Visalia Rawhide 5, Rancho Cucamonga Quakes 0: Emilio Vargas once again was outstanding with 6 2⁄3 scoreless with 8 Ks vs. 2 walks. Vargas has a 0.87 ERA although he’s walked 23 in 43 2⁄3 IP vs. 53 Ks on the season. The Rawhide scored 2 in the first and never looked back. Drew Ellis had a big 2-run double in the 5th as part of a 2-hit day, Daulton Varsho had 2 hits and a walk, Pavin Smith 1 for 4 with a walk, and Jake Lamb went 1 for 5 in his rehab.
Kane County Cougars 5, Burlington Bees 0: Brian Shaffer struck out 11 in 5 2⁄3 scoreless, but the bats were dormant for 7 innings, so he didn’t get the win. The Cougars didn’t get any XBHs, but took advantage of 7 walks and a timely defensive miscue late. Gabriel Maciel had 2 hits and a walk, Yan Sanchez had two hits and 2 RBI. Bullpen was electric with 7 Ks vs. 2 hits and no walks over the final 3 1⁄3.