Three of the Diamondbacks Minor League affiliates played with Visalia having the day off. The overall record was 2-1 with well-pitched games in all 3. Jon Duplantier took the mound for Jackson and as you can guess from the title, he had a good outing.
3 Stars: Jackson RHP Jon Duplantier 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 6 K, GS 74, W (3-1)
2 Stars: Kane County C Renae Martinez 3 for 5, 2B, HR (4), RBI, R
1 Star: Reno RHP Jake Buchanan 7 IP, 7 H, 2 R (2 ER), 2 BB, 2 K, GS 60, W (3-3)
0 Stars: Kane County DH William Gorman 0 for 4, 3 K
Reno Aces 4, Fresno Grizzlies 2: Jake Buchanan allowed 2 runs in the first inning, but shut the door for the next 6 innings. In the meantime, the Aces scratched across runs in the 4th, 5th, 7th, and 8th innings. Ildemaro Vargas had 2 RBI, Rey Fuentes added an RBI triple, and Kristopher Negron went 3 for 4 with a SB and RBI. Jake Barrett allowed a hit and walk in his scoreless 8th and Silvino Bracho picked up the save with a 1-2-3 9th that included 2 Ks.
Jackson Generals 5, Pensacola Blue Wahoos 0 F/8: Another Duplantier start, another opponent shut down. Duplantier allowed just two measly singles over 6 outstanding innings with 2 walks and 6 Ks. His overall stat line is a 2.37 ERA with a 1.09 WHIP and 37/7 K/BB ratio in 6 starts (30 1⁄3 IP), so start the hype train for our future ace. On the offensive end, he also drew a walk and scored in 2 trips to the plate. Daniel Robertson, Kevin Medrano, Rudy Flores, and Juniel Querecuto had multi-hit games from the top half of the lineup with Robertson and Flores picking up the only XBH for the game. Rain ended up shortening the game to 7 1⁄2 innings instead of the usual 9.
Kane County Cougars 2, Cedar Rapids Kernels 3: Kane County’s offense was unable to hit with RISP, going 1 for 10 and stranding 11 on base. Their offense came in the form of solo homers by Renae Martinez, who a triple short of the cycle, and Ernie De La Trinidad. Matt Peacock, who’s been pitching on the back-end of the piggyback starter system got moved to the front half and pitched 4 innings of 2 run ball, allowing 4 hits, walking one, and striking out 5. The Cougar bullpen was nails for the next 4 frames, which set up De La Trinidad’s solo shot to tie the game at 2 in the 7th. Unfortunately, the magic ran out for the KC bullpen as a run came across in the 9th but you can’t really fault them too much there. Other notable performances includes a 2 for 4 day with a walk from Gabriel Maciel, who also threw out a runner trying to advance to 2B on a ball in the gap.