The Diamondbacks Minor League affiliates combined to go 6-1, with only the Missoula Osprey failing to win. Here are the stars of last night’s set of games:
3 Stars: Kane County RHP Jeff Bain 7 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K, GS 76, W (7-2)
2 Stars: Jackson RHP Joel Payamps 7 IP, 6 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 9 K, GS 76, W (6-5)
1 Star: Hillsboro 2B Keshawn Lynch 3 for 3, HR, BB, 2 RBI, R
Reno Aces 8, Salt Lake Bees 1: With Robbie Ray making a triumphant return against the Marlins on Wednesday, the Aces did not have a starter for this game. So they pulled up Austin Mason from Visalia and turned this into a bullpen game. Mason and the Aces bullpen allowed only 1 run despite allowing 6 hits and 7 walks. The Aces offense did their part, as they were able to convert their chances to score better. Socrates Brito homered and drew a walk, Yasmany Tomas had 2 doubles and 4 RBI, and Ildemaro Vargas had 3 hits.
Jackson Generals 13, Birmingham Barons 1: Joel Payamps allowed a run in the first then was nails afterwards as he had a strong game on the mound (see above). On the other side, the Generals hitters roughed up White Sox pitching prospect Alec Hansen for 6 runs and chased him in the 4th as they took advantage of sloppy defense. Jamie Westbrook and Josh Prince had 3 hit games, the former hammering out his 12th long ball of the year with a solo shot in the 5th.
Visalia Rawhide 8, Inland Empire 66ers 4: Lane Ratliff was touched up for 4 runs in 4 innings in a spot start for Visalia, but solid relief work kept them in the game. Visalia tied the game in the 8th with a pair of runs then busted it open with a 4-run 9th with Drew Ellis picking up the big hit with a bases-clearing double. Ellis finished the game with a triple-double, driving in 4 runs. Ellis has now hit safely in 7 straight games, in which he’s 13 for 31 with 6 extra base hits with 2 walks and 4 strikeouts.
Kane County Cougars 5, Quad Cities River Bandits 2: Jeff Bain was good again (see above) with 7 shutout innings, continuing his demolition of the Midwest League (2.65 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, 75/25 K/BB in 78 IP). The Cougars started off with the long ball with solo homers by Jazz Chisholm in the first and Eudy Ramos in the 3rd. Ernie De La Trinidad smashed a 2-run homer in the 5th to give Kane County a 5-0 lead. There might have been more offense, but the Cougars baserunners committed 4 TOOTBLANs. Chisholm was the only Cougar to get multiple hits, as he added a single and was hit by a pitch to reach a total of 3 times in 4 PA.
Hillsboro Hops 6, Boise Hawks 5: The Hops got out to an early lead thanks in large part to 3B Joey Rose, who had 2 doubles, and terrible Boise defense (4 errors). Keshawn Lynch added a 2-run homer in the 4th and it appeared the rout was on. Unfortunately, Adrian Del Moral ran into trouble in the 5th and was lifted with 1 out and the tying run on base (which would score). The game remained deadlocked at 5 until the 8th when the Hops were able to scratch across a run in the most stupid fashion possible. Jake McCarthy scored the go-ahead run after reaching on a throwing error by the catcher, advancing to second on a wild pitch, and ended up scoring after the Boise 3B dropped the ball on a would-be TOOTBLAN at 3rd. Speed kills, I guess, although McCarthy should have been out twice that inning. Boise got the tying run to 3rd with less than 2 outs in the 8th thanks to a stolen base plus a throwing error by Andy Yerzy, but Josh Green struck out the next 2 hitters to end that threat.
Missoula Osprey 3, Great Falls Voyagers 4: Jacob Stevens could not throw strikes and after issuing 3 walks in the top of the 2nd was lifted for Geraldo Sanchez. Sanchez did a good job of keeping the Voyagers off the board that inning and pitched to the 4th, just allowing a solo homer. A 2-run 5th inning gave Missoula a 2-1 lead until seeing that lead evaporate in the bottom half of the frame. After picking up the lead again in the top of the 7th, the Osprey bullpen could not hold the lead again and allowed the tying and go-ahead runs in.
AZL Dbacks 11, AZL Reds 10: If you liked offense, this was your game. Both teams combined for 21 runs on 29 hits, 13 walks, and 5 errors. Every starter for the Dbacks picked up at least one hit in the game. Joe Gillette did the most damage with 3 RBI for the Dbacks. Alek Thomas had 2 hits and a stolen base, Geraldo Perdomo also stole a base on the same play while reaching 3 times, Kristian Robinson a hit and a walk, and Blaze Alexander 2 hits (1 double).