The Diamondbacks Minor League affiliates turned in a 2-1 performance. The Reno Aces are on their All Star break while Kane County, Hillsboro, and the AZL Dbacks had the day off, so only 3 games to recap tonight. Here are some of the standout performances for the Diamondbacks Minor League players:
Jackson RHP Bo Takahashi 6 2⁄3 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 10 K, GS 73, W (1-3)
Visalia RHP Emilio Vargas 5 IP, 3 H, 2 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 13 K, GS 63, W (7-4)
Jackson Generals 6, Biloxi Shuckers 1: Bo Takahashi has struggled with the long ball despite solid strikeout and walk numbers, but in this start the ball stayed in the yard. He only allowed 2 hits, one being a solo homer, over 6 2⁄3 innings of outstanding work with 10 strikeouts. The Generals offense ran wild on the bases with 4/4 stolen base attempts successful. There wasn’t a lot of situational hitting with a 1 for 16 clip with RISP, but that number is deceiving because they converted 3 runner at 3rd and less than 2 out chances in the game. Kevin Ginkel retired all four hitters he faced, 2 by strikeout.
Visalia Rawhide 6, Modesto Nuts 4: Emilio Vargas took the mound, which meant a lot of strikeouts for the other team. Overall he allowed 2 runs early, but settled in to strike out 13 Nuts in 5 innings to push his Cal League-leading total to 126. An error opened the door for a big 4-run 1st inning and after 3 innings, the Rawhide led 6-2. Most of the damage was done without the team’s top prospects, with Drew Ellis and Pavin Smith combining to go 0 for 8 with a walk and a RBI. Things got a little dicey in the 7th when Matt Brill allowed 2 runs in his 2nd inning of work, but Junior Garcia was able to end the inning with no further damage. Modesto never really threatened after that.
Missoula Osprey 4, Ogden Raptors 11: If you are a fan of pitching and defense, this game is not for you. The Osprey committed 6 errors in the field, leading to 5 unearned runs against the pitching staff. The pitching wasn’t great either with 10 hits surrendered and 5 walks overall. The offense struggled situationally with a 1 for 19 clip and leaving 11 on base for the game.