The Diamondbacks Minor League affiliates combined to go 2-2 with the two Rookie Ball affiliates picking up the win. Robbie Ray had his 2nd rehab start coming back from an oblique injury. Ray was throwing 91-93 while topping out at 94 with the fastball while striking out 9 Storm Chasers in 4 1⁄3 innings with 1 walk. At the minimum, he should see at least 1 more rehab appearance with Reno, perhaps 2 before they activate him some time around July 4th. I’m hoping in his next start the velocity is up to the mid 90s like we’ve been accustomed to seeing the last couple seasons as he gets closer to 100% healthy.
Reno Aces 2, Omaha Storm Chasers 9: As I mentioned before, Ray’s 2nd rehab start coming back from an oblique injury was a mostly successful one. Ray allowed 3 runs (1 earned) in 4 1⁄3 with 9 Ks. Sloppy defense hurt Reno along with a big 6-run 7th allowed by Albert Suarez. On the offensive end, Evan Marzilli and Kristopher Negron had back-to-back RBI doubles that temporarily gave Reno a 2-1 lead in the 2nd.
SL North 5, SL South 9: Taylor Widener got the start for the North team and struck out 2 in his inning of work. Rudy Flores went 2 for 4 with an RBI and run scored, Jamie Westbrook 0 for 1 with a walk, Galli Cribbs 1 for 1 with a walk a run scored, and Kevin Medrano 0 for 2 with a walk. Justin Donatella faced 1 hitter and retired him on a groundout.
CAL North 8, CAL South 1: Emilio Vargas got the start and pitched a scoreless inning with a walk. Kevin McCanna and Tommy Eveld each pitched a scoreless inning with 1 strikeout. Tyler Mark pitched the final inning, racking up 2 strikeouts. Daulton Varsho was replaced on the roster by the other Rawhide catcher Dominic Miroglio, while the former is recovering from an injury, who struck out twice in 2 ABs.
MID West 2, MID East 3 F/10: Matt Brill pitched a scoreless inning, Jeff Bain retired the only hitter he faced, and Matt Peacock was on the mound for the final batter of the game and surrendered a walkoff single. Renae Martinez was hit by a pitch in his only plate appearance and Jazz Chisholm went 1 for 2.
Hillsboro Hops 5, Everett Aqua Sox 7: Both teams were scoring runs early as all 12 runs crossed the plate in the first 5 innings of the game. Jayson McKinley allowed 6 runs in 4 innings of work, allowing 7 hits with 2 of them leaving the ballpark. On the offensive side, Ryan Tufts belted out a 3-run homer in the 2nd and Jose Caballero added a solo shot in the 4th. Andy Yerzy went 1 for 4 with a double.
Missoula Osprey 3, Helena Brewers 1: Wilfry Cruz allowed a solo homer in the 2nd, but that was all he allowed for the entire game, striking out 4 in 5 solid innings. Buddy Kennedy gave Missoula the runs they needed with a 2-run homer in the bottom of the 5th inning. Eddie Hernandez added an RBI double one batter before the home run to put up a 3-spot for the 5th. From there, the bullpen was able to put up 4 zeros with only 4 baserunners against them and 4 Ks.
AZL Dbacks 1, AZL Giants Orange 0: Luis Frias and 4 relievers combined for a 2-hit shutout. Frias struck out 4 in 4 innings, walked 2 and allowed just 1 hit. This game also saw former MLB players and newly-minted pros playing for the Dbacks as former MLB pitchers Henry Owens and Brian Ellington pitched in this game and RF Jake McCarthy making his pro debut. Henry Owens K’d 5 in 2 1⁄3 innings, picking up the win and Brian Ellington K’d the side in order for the 8th. Baserunning was solid as the Dbacks stole 4 bases in 4 tries. Thomas picked up his first SB of his career, Geraldo Perdomo swiped 2 bags, and Marshawn Taylor got one as well. Thomas went 0 for 3, reaching on an error, Jake McCarthy 1 for 3, and Kristian Robinson 0 for 3 with a walk.