The Diamondbacks Minor League affiliates combined to go 3-4, with Missoula splitting a doubleheader. Here are the stars from last night’s games:
3 Stars: Kane County RF Ernie De La Trinidad 4 for 4, HR, 3 RBI, 2 R
2 Stars: Kane County RHP Brian Shaffer 7 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 7 K, GS 79, W (3-5)
1 Star: Hillsboro C Andy Yerzy 3 for 3, HR, 2 RBI, R
0 Stars: Reno LHP Jared Miller 1 1⁄3 IP, 5 H, 3 R (3 ER), 4 BB, 2 K, 1/1 inherited runner scored, BS (1), L (1-2)
Reno Aces 6, Salt Lake Bees 9: Jake Buchanan started off well, pitching a trio of goose eggs before surrendering 3 runs in the 4th. The Aces were able to take the lead thanks to a 4-run bottom of the 4th. Unfortunately, Buchanan and Jared Miller were very shaky from that point as the duo allowed 6 more runs in the 6th-8th innings. Christian Walker went 3 for 5 with a solo HR and drove in 3 in the game to lead the offense.
Jackson Generals 6, Pensacola Blue Wahoos 11: Ryan Atkinson got bodied for 9 runs in 2+ innings, falling behind 9-0 very early. The Generals had two separate 3-run innings, but were unable to sustain much offense to put a dent in their early deficit. Josh Prince reached base in all 5 trips to the plate.
Visalia Rawhide 0, Inland Empire 66ers 7: Emilio Vargas had the rare off day as IE connected for 2 homers and 5 runs off of him. In unsurprising fashion, he also struck out 9 hitters as he continues to miss Cal League bats despite the poor start. Pavin Smith accounted for 2 of the the Rawhide’s 3 hits and the only XBH for them.
Kane County Cougars 13, Peoria Chiefs 0: Brian Shaffer and Abraham Almonte combined to throw a 6-hit shutout. Shaffer went the front 7, allowing 5 hits with no walks and 7 Ks. The Cougar bats were able to post 4 separate innings of 3 runs or more. Jancarlos Cintron and Ernie De La Trinidad hit big homers with runners on base. Overall 8 of the 9 starters recorded a hit and either a run scored or RBI.
Hillsboro Hops 6, Salem-Keizer Volcanoes 5: The Hops trailed 3-0 going into their first trip to the plate, but Tra’Mayne Holmes immediately chipped into the deficit with a leadoff homer. Andy Yerzy added a solo shot of his own in the 3rd to cut the deficit to 3-2. Kenny Hernandez was shaky with 5 runs (4 earned) on 9 hits in 4 1⁄3 innings with 1 walk and 4 strikeouts. Hillsboro put up a pair of 2 spots in the 5th and 7th innings while the bullpen pitched scoreless baseball the rest of the way. Yerzy finished the game with 3 hits in 3 ABs with 2 RBI.
Missoula Osprey 10, Helena Brewers 2: Game 1 of the doubleheader was an offensive explosion for the Osprey, who used 6 doubles to plate 10 runs. Wilfry Cruz allowed 2 runs in 5 innings and Justin Garcia pitched 2 scoreless behind him. David Sanchez had 2 doubles and 4 RBI to lead the offense.
Missoula Osprey 1, Helena Brewers 4: The 2nd game did not go as well. After an RBI single by Buddy Kennedy in the 1st, the Osprey offense was shut out the rest of the way. Erin Baldwin allowed 1 run in 2 innings, Geraldo Sanchez pitched 2 scoreless. However, Matthew Ladrech wasn’t as lucky as he allowed 3 runs in his 2 innings.