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Diamondbacks Minor League Recap 6/8: Walker saves the day

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Snake Stars

☆☆☆: Alex Valdez, DSL - 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 7 SO, W (2-0)
☆☆: Kevin Medrano, Jackson - 3-for-5, two R, two DBL
☆: Christian Walker, Reno - 1-for-3, R, HR (4), three RBI, BB
0 stars: Sandy Martinez, DSL - 0-for-4, two errors

Triple-A Reno 3 @ Memphis 1. 1B Christian Walker turned this around with one swing of his bat, a three-run homer with one in the eighth inning (below) delivering all of the Aces’ offense. It was their only hit with runners in scoring position: SS Ildemaro Vargas had two hits, while Walker also walked. It did come too late to give starter Taylor Clarke the win: he pitched 6.1 innings of one-run ball, on three hits and a walk with seven strikeouts. Jake Barrett improved to 3-0 by recording the next five outs, before Braden Shipley picked up his first save of the year with a scoreless ninth.

Double-A Jackson 3 @ Mobile 4. The Generals opened up a three-run lead by the middle of the third, including SS Jose Vinicio’s second of the year. But the Baybears fought back, first against starter Justin Donatella, and then Bud Jeter, taking the lead in the seventh. Donatella went five, scattering seven hits and two walks, with four K’s. He was charged with three earned runs. 2B Kevin Medrano had three hits, including a pair of doubles, while 3B Josh Prince singled, walked and stole a base. Jackson just couldn’t get the clutch hit they needed, going 1-for-10 with RISP.

High-A Visalia 5 @ Stockton 2. A three-run fourth inning broke a scoreless tie and put the Rawhide ahead to stay. 3B Drew Ellis hit his seventh HR of the year in that inning, and also had a double and a walk. C Daulton Varsho, DH Dominic Miroglio and 2B Mark Karaviotis each had two hits for Visalia. Connor Grey got the W for six innings of one-run ball, on three hits and four walks, with six strikeouts. The rehabbing Randall Delgado looked very good in relief, striking out all three batters faced in a 12-pitch seventh. Tommy Eveld got the final out, for his fifth save.

A-ball Kane County 2 @ Clinton 6. A three-run eighth off Carlos Bustamente doomed the Cougars, who had kept it close until that point. Mack Lemieux took the loss, and dropped to 1-5, but didn’t pitch badly, allowing three runs on six hits and two walks over 5.2 innings, SS Jasrado Chisholm hit his eighth homer, a solo shot in the third, but Kane County were hitless with runners in scoring position, going 0-for-7 with six strikeouts.

DSL. The #1 D-backs squeaked out a 1-0 win over the Reds, thanks to an unearned run in the fourth. Alex Valdez and Cristofer Ogando combined on a six-hitter, Valdez throwing six innings of three-hit ball, with no walks and seven strikeouts. SS Jose Reyes and C Sergio Gutierrez each had two hits. But the #2 D-backs lost 4-3 to the Tigers, due to three unearned runs. Jhosmer Alvare worked 4.2 innings, and Jhonny Valdez allowed an unearned run over 4.1 frames. 1B Axel Andueza and RF Richard Caraballo each doubled and singled, whil DH Rafael Jimenez homered and singled.