The Diamondbacks Minor League affiliates combined to go 2-3, with the Reno Aces and Jackson Generals winning. As you can infer from the title, the Aces scored a lot of runs. Also notable is Kane County once again played a doubleheader, meaning they’ve played 5 games in 3 days due to freaky April weather in the Midwest.
3 Stars: Reno 3B Kevin Cron 3 for 6 2 2B, HR, 6 RBI, R
2 Stars: Jackson CF Daniel Robertson 3 for 5, 2B, HR, BB, 2 RBI, 2 R
1 Star: Reno RHP Bradin Hagens 5 2⁄3 IP, 3 H, 2 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 3 K, GS 63, W (2-2)
0 Stars: Kane County RHP Cole Bartlett 1+ IP, 9 H, 9 R (8 ER), 1 BB, 0 K, GS -1, L (2-1)
Reno Aces 20, Las Vegas 51s 3: There was a massacre of Las Vegas pitchers as the Aces (24-31) turned 21 hits, 7 walks, and 3 errors into 20 runs. The leading suspect was Kevin Cron, who had 3 extra base hits and 6 RBIs in 6 trips to the plate. It was a team effort as every position player recorded at least 1 hit and scoring a run in the game. Only Christian Walker (1 hit) and Cesar Puello (2) fell short of 3 hits in the game, although the two combined for 5 walks. Bradin Hagens had a solid outing of 2 runs in 5 2⁄3 innings, with a homer allowed by Michael Dimock making his pitching line look worse than it was.
Jackson Generals 14, Montgomery Biscuits 8: The Generals (30-22) also applied the whooping stick to their opponents as they greeted former Dbacks prospect Sam McWilliams by lighting him up for 6 runs on 8 hits in 2+ innings. Daniel Robertson led off the game with a solo shot with Jose Vinicio and Rudy Flores adding long balls of their own later in the game. Jayson McKinley struggled with command with 5 walks and 3 runs (2 earned). The pitching wasn’t great overall, but the sheer amount of offense early was enough to allow them to cruise. Robertson was a triple short of the cycle, Flores went 2 for 6, and Jose Vinicio drove in 4.
Visalia Rawhide 2, San Jose Giants 5: Facing Madison Bumgarner is a tough task for a major league hitter, let alone an A ball hitter. A rehabbing Bumgarner struck out 7 Rawhide hitters and only Pavin Smith was able to hit him, belting out a 2nd inning homer off the SF Giants Ace. Kevin McCanna allowed 5 runs on 7 hits in 5 2⁄3 innings with 7 Ks and took the loss. Drew Ellis and Marcus Wilson each went 1 for 3 with a walk.
Kane County Cougars 0, Beloit Snappers 2: Matt Peacock allowed 2 runs in 5 innings, but a non-existent Kane County offense that had 3 walks and a Yan Sanchez single for the game doomed him to a loss. Jazz Chisholm went 0 for 2 with a walk. Free passes came to bite Peacock, who allowed 3 walks and hit a batter in the game.
Kane County Cougars 2, Beloit Snappers 9: The 2nd half of the doubleheader went equally as south as Cole Bartlett got lit up for 8 runs without recording an out in the 2nd inning to put the Cougars down 9-0. Defense wasn’t sharp and given the early hole the offense faced an uphill battle and struggled overall. Jancarlos Cintron was the lone bright spot in the lineup with a 3 for 3 day. Joey Rose drove in a run and the bullpen delivered 5 shutout innings. Hopefully we don’t see another 5 games in 3 days type stretch again for any team.