The Diamondbacks Minor League affiliates combined to go 3-3 on the day, with wins by Reno, Jackson, and DSL Dbacks2. Two of the losses were shutouts, including a no-hitter that was a fielding error away from a perfect game.
3 Stars: Reno 1B Kevin Cron 3 for 4, 2 HR, BB, 4 RBI, 2 R
2 Stars: Reno RHP Jake Buchanan 7 IP, 6 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 7 K, GS 74, W (4-5)
1 Star: Visalia RHP Riley Smith 6 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 8 K, GS 70
0 Stars: Kane County Hitters 0 for 28
Reno Aces 7, Nashville Sounds 1: Kevin Cron mashed a pair of home runs, driving in 4 on his own, which was more than enough for Jake Buchanan. Buchanan allowed 1 run on 6 hits with no walks and 7 Ks in 7 innings. Cron wasn’t the only one mashing with Socrates Brito adding 2 doubles as part of a 3 for 4 day.
Jackson Generals 6, Tennessee Smokies 5: The Generals (33-27) put up a lot of hits in the game, totaling 13. Taylor Widener allowed 1 run in 5 2⁄3 innings with 3 walks and 4 Ks. Mason McCullough got the final out of the 6th and the first two outs of the 7th before things fell apart and he left the game with the bases loaded with a 4-2 lead. Unfortunately, Kirby Bellow allowed all 3 inherited runners to score and Jackson fell behind 5-4. The team rallied to tie the game in the 9th on Rudy Flores’ 3rd hit of the day starting things off and David Sopilka hitting a game-tying double to send the game into extras. A scoreless 10th from Brad Goldberg set the stages for a Jose Queliz walkoff single that scored the free runner from 3rd.
Visalia Rawhide 0, Modesto Nuts 1: Visalia’s offense disappeared when it was time to get the hit to score runs, combining to go 0 for 7 with RISP. That wasted a quality start from Riley Smith, who struck out 8 in 6 scoreless frames. The game remained in a scoreless stalemate until the 9th where Robbie Sexton allowed 2 hits and committed a throwing error without recording an out. Pavin Smith hit a double, Daulton Varsho had 2 hits and a walk, and Marcus Wilson went 2 for 4 with a double.
Kane County Cougars 0, Peoria Chiefs 8: Kane County pitchers got blasted for 8 runs, as Brian Shaffer allowed 4 runs on 8 hits and 1 walk while striking out 2 in 5 2⁄3 innings. On the other side of the ball, the Kane County Cougars were not only no-hit, but they were a fielding error away from a perfect game. For that kind of pitching performance, you tip the cap to the other pitcher since he has everything going.