The Diamondbacks Minor League affiliates went 1-3 yesterday with the Reno Aces being the only team to pick up a win.
3 Stars: Reno RHP Taylor Clarke 7 IP, 6 H, 3 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 5 K, GS 52, W (2-4); 1 for 3
2 Stars: Reno LF Socrates Brito 3 for 4, RBI, 2 R
1 Star: Reno 1B Cody Decker 2 for 3, 3B, BB, RBI, R
0 Stars: Jackson RHP Sam Lewis 4 IP, 8 H, 7 R (7 ER), 2 BB, 3 K, GS 26, L (2-3)
Reno Aces 4, El Paso Chihuahuas 3: After getting lit up his last four starts, Taylor Clarke turned in a solid performance for the Aces (9-18). Clarke allowed 3 runs (2 earned) in 7 innings on 6 hits and 1 walk while punching out 5. For the PCL, that’s excellent. The Aces offense put up a 3-run 5th inning to get the runs he needed to be a winner. Socrates Brito had 3 hits and Cody Decker had the Aces’ only XBH, a 5th inning triple, as part of a 2 hit day. The Aces bullpen delivered 2 perfect innings, striking out 4 to take the game to the finish line.
Jackson Generals 5, Montgomery Biscuits 12: The Generals (17-8) got blown away in this game, trailing 10-0 midway through the 5th inning. Sam Lewis and the bullpen got lit up bad, as the offense had no chance to make it a game. The bats woke up late in this game, but had too big a hole to overcome to make an impact. Kevin Medrano and Jose Vinicio had 2-hit games each.
Visalia Rawhide 1, San Jose Giants 4: Bo Takahashi allowed 4 runs in 5 innings, walking 2 and striking out 7, but the Rawhide (16-11) offense remained dormant and unable to get that hit with RISP. The lone run came on a Marcus Wilson sac fly that followed a Camden Duzenack triple. Duzenack was the only Rawhide hitter with two hits, Dalton Varsho walked and stole a base, and Pavin Smith went 1 for 4.
Kane County Cougars 2, Lansing Lugnuts 6: This was a close game that the Cougars could not close on with poor situational hitting (0 for 7 RISP, 9 LOB) and baserunning (3 TOOTBLANs). The team had 4 XBH (3 doubles, 1 homer) with C Renae Martinez launching out his first homer of the year. Brian Shaffer allowed 3 runs (1 earned) in 4 1⁄3 innings on 7 hits, 2 walks, and 4 strikeouts, but fell victim to his own poor defense. Maybe he should learn from Zack Greinke. Trailing 3-2 late, Abraham Almonte allowed 3 solo homers to put the game out of reach.