The Diamondbacks Minor League affiliates combined to go 2-3 and one game suspended late to rain. Here are the most noteworthy performances from last night’s games:
Kane County RHP Brian Shaffer 6 IP, 6 H, 2 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 7 K, GS 59, W (5-5)
Hillsboro LHP Kenny Hernandez 5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K, W (2-1)
Jackson Generals 3, Biloxi Shuckers 8: Ryan Atkinson allowed 4 runs on 3 hits, all three hits leaving the ballpark, in 2 2⁄3 innings. Corey Ray proved to be too much for Jackson pitchers as he homered 3 times overall. Bud Jeter settled things down with 2 1⁄3 scoreless, but then Kirby Bellow allowed 3 runs in the 6th to push the game out of reach. Jackson had trouble stringing together hits even though they had 11 for the game, only 2 came with RISP and they left 11 on base.
Visalia Rawhide 3, Modesto Nuts 6: Apparently defense was optional in this game as Visalia made 6 errors, which is unacceptable for any level of professional baseball. Connor Grey allowed 6 runs (4 earned) in 4 innings on 7 hits, 0 walks, and 5 strikeouts. Even though the bullpen allowed nothing afterwards, the offense could not get it in gear until too late. Overall, they were held to 6 hits and 1 walk for the game while striking out 10 times. Dominic Miroglio accounted for a third of the team’s total with 2 hits including a double.
Kane County Cougars 9, Bowling Green Hot Rods 2: The Cougars plated 5 runs in the first 3 innings, which was more than enough for Brian Shaffer. Shaffer allowed just 2 runs (1 earned) in 6 innings with no walks and 7 strikeouts. His battery mate, Tim Susnara, provided some offense with a 2-run homer in the 3rd that put the game out of reach. Jazz Chisholm added a solo homer in the 6th.
Hillsboro Hops 11, Tri City Dust Devils 0: The Hops offense put up big numbers early and late in the game. Every player picked up at least one hit in the game, 6 players recorded an extra base hit. The home runs came late as Jose Caballero and Joey Rose went deep in this game against the Dust Devils bullpen that allowed 7 runs in the Hops’ final 2 trips to the plate. Ryan Weiss pitched an inning and allowed just a single before giving way to Kenny Hernandez, who went the next 5 innings and struck out 4.
Missoula Osprey 0, Ogden Raptors 11: An overall bad day by Missoula as they were unable to really hit, pitch, or defend well in this game. Despite getting 5 walks in the game, the team combined for just 4 singles and no hits with RISP while stranding all 9 baserunners. Osprey pitchers got hit really hard, surrendering 16 hits and 4 home runs in total.
AZL Dbacks 7, AZL Angels 7: The Dbacks took advantage of sloppy pitching in the first to score 5 runs in the frame thanks to 4 of the first 5 hitters drawing walks and then good situational hitting afterwards. Harrison Francis got the start and got lit up a bit, surrendering 4 runs in 3 innings while striking out 5. The Dbacks held onto a 5-4 lead going into the 7th before Carlos Hernandez allowed runs to score. The Dbacks responded in the bottom half of the inning with Kristian Robinson hitting an RBI double then later scoring the tying run on a sac fly. The game is currently suspended in the middle of the 8th inning with rain. So far the Dbacks have drawn 7 walks with 6 of them scoring, so a nice job of making those free passes hurt.