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Minor League Recap 5/6/2018: Aces High

Only the Aces won, as the Generals, Rawhide, and Cougars all took tough losses

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Aces Ballpark, where the Aces were the only Dbacks affiliate to win last night

Snake Stars

3 Stars: Juniel Querecuto 3-5 with two runs scored

2 stars: Daulton Varsho 2-4 with a double

1 Star: Marcus Wilson 1-5 with a home run

Tacoma Rainiers 1, Reno Aces 5

Bradin Hagens got the start for the Aces, and pitched five innings, giving up one run on three hits and a walk, while striking out four. Hagens would pitch to one batter in the sixth inning, but would be relieved by Joey Krehbiel would pitch two scoreless innings, giving up two hits and striking out three, but would allow the inherited runner to score. Neftali Feliz pitched a perfect eighth inning and a perfect ninth, and struck out three in his two innings of work.

Cesar Puello and Ildemaro Vargas were the stand out performers in this one. Puello reached base in all four of his plate appearances, going 3-3 with a triple and a walk, though Puello was caught stealing in the first. Vargas was 2-4 with a triple as well, his fourth of the year.

Montgomery Biscuits 6 Jackson Generals 4

A very tough loss for the Generals, who had their recently traded teammate Colin Poche get the win for the Biscuits. Top prospect Jon Duplantier got the start for the Generals, and pitched four and a third of an inning, giving up four runs, only three of which were earned. Gabe Speier would relieve Duplantier in the fifth, and would pitch one and two thirds of an inning, allowing one run on four hits, striking out a batter. Justin Donatella would pitch two and two thirds of an inning, allowing one run on on two hits and three walks. Mason McCullough would get the final out of the eighth inning.

The Generals would score first in the third inning, but wouldn’t lead for even an inning, as the Biscuits scored three runs in the top of the fourth and would have the lead for the rest of the game. Juniel Querecuto had a very solid 3-5 day at the plate, and scored two runs. Jamie Westbrook reached base twice, going 1-3 with a double and walked. Rudy Flores was 1 for 3, with 3 strikeouts, but hit a three run homerun. Jose Vinicio was 1-5 with a double and a run scored.

Rancho Cucamonga Quakes 10, Visalia Rawhide 7

Connor Grey tossed five innings, giving up three runs (two earned) on seven hits, and struck out five. Miguel Aguilar pitched a scoreless sixth inning, but ran into trouble after getting the first out in the seventh, giving up a hit and a walk, before being taken out of the game for Austin Mason. Mason would give up a walk to the first batter he faced, strike out the next batter for out #2, then gave up a double to the next batter, scoring the two runners on base, The next batter would single, scoring the runner on second, the batter would advance to second on a throwing error, but mason would strike out the next batter to end the inning. Kevin Ginkel would pitch the eighth inning, allowing one run on two hits, a solo home run and a single, but would strike out three. Josh Taylor would pitch the ninth, and would give up three runs (two earned) on three hits and a walk, while striking out three.

Quite the offensive explosion from Visalia batters, so the loss stings a little more than it would otherwise. SS Camden Duzenack was 1-3 with a homer and two walks, though he was caught stealing. Marcus Wilson was 1-5 with a home run. Daulton Varsho was 2-4 with double, and Drew Ellis was 1-3 with a double and a walk. Adam Walton was 1-3 with a home run and a walk.

Kane County Cougars 3, Great Lakes Loons 4

Mack Lemieux got the start for the Cougars, pitching 5.1 innings, and allowed three runs (two earned) on 3 hits and 3 walks, and struck out 9(!). Carlos Bustamante would pitch 1.2 innings, and would allow a run on a hit (a solo HR) and walk, and struck out three. Jordan Watson pitched the eighth inning, and allowing a hit and striking out one.

Not a lot of great offensive performances in this one, aside from center fielder Gabriel Maciel who was was 2-4 with a walk, Second baseman Yan Sanchez who was 2-4 with a double, the Cougars only XBH of the game. Shortstop Jasrado Chisholm reached base twice thanks to a single and a walk, and catcher Tim Susnara, who was hitless, reached base twice as well, thanks to two walks.