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Diamondbacks Minor League Recap 6/21/2018: Back to Work

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The 2nd half of the minor league season begins

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The full-season level All-Star Breaks are over, which means now the farm system is fully armed and operational. Jackson, Kane County, and Missoula were all rained out, which meant only 4 of the 7 US minor league affiliates played games. The Dbacks affiliates combined to go 3-1 in those games. Here are the stars of yesterday’s games:

3 Stars: Reno 1B/LF Christian Walker 2 for 4, 2B, HR, BB, 3 RBI, R

2 Stars: Visalia 3B Drew Ellis 2 for 4, HR, 2 RBI, 2 R

1 Star: Hillsboro RHP Matt Tabor 4 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, GS 58

Reno Aces 3, Las Vegas 51s 5: Taylor Clarke came down to earth a bit after a solid run of starts. Clarke went 5+ innings, allowing 3 runs on 7 hits, walked 4, and struck out 3. The 6th inning came hard as a pair of doubles and a single plated 2 runs and chased him from the game with no outs in the inning. Joey Krehbiel stranded the inherited runner and set up the offense to tie things up at 3 in the top of the 7th. Randall Delgado allowed 2 runs in 1 23 innings but also struck out 4 as he continues to inch closer to being activated from the DL. Christian Walker was the main catalyst for the offense as he drove in all 3 of Reno’s runs with a solo homer in the 4th and a 2-run double in the 7th. Pavin Smith was 2 for 4 with a double, Marcus Wilson 1 for 4, and Drew Ellis 2 for 4.

Visalia Rawhide 8, Lake Elsinore Storm 6: Connor Grey struggled on the mound again, albeit his defense behind him was sub-optimal as well. Gray allowed 6 runs (3 earned) in 4 13 innings on 7 hits, 2 walks, and 4 strikeouts. The offense was able to get him off the hook and eventually win the game thanks to a big 6-run 5th inning. Drew Ellis opened up the scoring for Visalia with a 2-run homer in the 2nd. The Rawhide opened up the inning with 5 straight hits and 7 of the first 8 hitters in the inning recording hits as the team batted through the order that inning. The bullpen settled things down as Austin Mason got out of the 5th before things spiraled out of control and pitched a scoreless 6th to pick up the win. Junior Garcia had 2 scoreless and Tommy Eveld a scoreless 9th for the save.

Hillsboro Hops 4, Eugene Emeralds 0: Matt Tabor took the start and scattered 4 hits in 4 scoreless innings, striking out 2. Jose Caballero opened up the scoring with a 2-run triple after Eugene failed to capitalize on a 2nd and 3rd with no outs situation. Hillsboro would take on two more runs on a sacrifice fly and a wild pitch. The bullpen was stingy, as they allowed just a single and a walk in 5 frames with 8 strikeouts. Kyler Stout pitched 2 innings with 5 Ks to pick up the win, Trevor McKenna 2 innings with 3 Ks, and Wesley Rodriguez a scoreless 9th.

AZL Dbacks 12, AZL Giants Orange 7: A 7-run top of the 9th was enough for the Dbacks to slip ahead of the Giants. In a sloppy back and forth game, the Dbacks fell behind 5-1 before tying things up in the 7th only to see the Giants pick up the lead in the bottom half. However, they made sure the lead was bullpen-proof with the aforementioned 7-run 9th inning. The Dbacks batted around as Alek Thomas started the inning with a walk and ended it with a flyout. Thomas finished the game 1 for 5 with a walk, stolen base, and a run scored, Geraldo Perdomo 3 for 5 with 2 runs scored and an RBI, Jake McCarthy 1 for 5 with 2 RBI and a run scored, Kristian Robinson 2 for 5 with a double, RBI, and 2 runs scored, and Nick Dalesandro 2 for 5 with an RBI and 2 runs scored in his pro debut.