The Diamondbacks Minor League affiliates combined to go 2-5 on the day, with the Reno Aces and AZL Dbacks picking up wins. Interestingly enough, two of the Diamondbacks consensus Top 10 prospects Drew Ellis and Taylor Widener left their games early. The Diamondbacks aren’t really linked to any names on the trade market to the point where a possible deal could happen. Here are the stars of last night’s game:
Reno LF Yasmany Tomas 3 for 4, 2 HR, 3 RBI
Jackson LF Jamie Westbrook 3 for 4, 2 2B, BB, 3 RBI, R
Missoula 2B Eddie Hernandez 5 for 5, 2B, 3 R
Reno RHP Jake Buchanan 7 IP, 5 H, 1 R (1 ER), 3 BB, 5 K, GS 68, W (7-7)
AZL Dbacks RHP Luis Frias 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K, GS 65, W (1-1)
Paper Bag of Shame:
Visalia RHP Matt Brill 2⁄3 IP, 1 H, 3 R (3 ER), 3 BB, 1 K
Kane County RHP Kyler Stout 1 2⁄3 IP, 5 H, 5 R (3 ER), 2 BB, 2 K, L (0-2)
Missoula RHP Erin Baldwin 2 IP, 6 H, 5 R (5 ER), 0 BB, 1 K
Reno Aces 7, Tacoma Rainiers 3: If you were sitting past the outfield fence in this game, there was a high chance of getting a souvenir courtesy of Yasmany Tomas. Tomas hit 2 of the Aces 4 home runs in the game, with Juniel Querecuto and Socrates Brito adding home runs of their own. 6 of the 7 runs scored on the home runs and all 7 RBI belonging to the 3 aforementioned players. Jake Buchanan allowed 1 run in 7 innings with 5 strikeouts to pick up the win. Things got a bit interesting in the 8th when Tacoma scored twice off Albert Suarez to make it 5-3, but Tomas’ 2nd homer stretched the lead back to 4.
Jackson Generals 8, Birmingham Barons 9: Taylor Widener had a quick 1st inning, but really had to labor to get past the 2nd, with 42 of his 53 pitches on the day coming in that frame. With that in mind, it could be why manager Shelly Duncan elected to sit his budding prospect pitcher after a hard inning. Bud Jeter did not fare any better as he yielded 3 runs in 2 innings. A scoreless inning by Daniel Gibson followed a 2-run inning surrendered by Kevin Ginkel, which put Jackson behind 7-4. Yoan Lopez, fresh from making Orioles prospect Ryan Mountcastle’s life miserable for 1 AB, struck out 3 in 2 clean innings of work. That set the stage for a 3-run comeback in the 9th that gave the Generals an 8-7 lead. Unfortunately, the lead would not hold as a fielding miscue gave the Barons an extra out against Brad Goldberg and they capitalized on it with a pop fly falling in. Tyler Ladendorf could probably use a Snickers after that inning, as his defense likely cost his team a win.
Visalia Rawhide 2, Inland Empire 66ers 9: Cole Stapler lasted only 4 1⁄3 innings, but a pair of errors (catcher’s interference, throwing error on a dropped 3rd strike) from his battery mate resulted in 3 unearned runs charged to his name. His start wasn’t that great overall because he was facing a lot of traffic on the bases anyway. Unfortunately, the Rawhide decided that they needed a total team effort to lose a game as the bullpen and offense were both terrible throughout the game. The bullpen allowed 7 runs to score, including an inherited run, and the offense did nothing until the 9th when they scored twice to avoid being shutout.
Kane County Cougars 5, West Michigan White Caps 8 F/11: West Michigan scored 3 times in the 2nd off Jayson McKinley, who would allow nothing more for the next 3 innings. Abraham Almonte and Erbert Gonzalez each went 2 scoreless behind him as the offense attempted to claw back. After countering the 3-run 2nd with a 2-run bottom half, they were able to tie things up in the 7th on a little league homer by Ryan Grotjohn (scored as a triple and an error by the LF). The game remained tied through 9 innings, in which both teams started developing a GIDP habit. The 10th inning for Kane County proved to be especially terrible as the first out of that inning was on a TOOTBLAN at 3rd base after the 1st baseman dropped a throw from across the diamond. You don’t give them those outs back, especially in a tie game. Kyler Stout managed to wiggle out of big trouble in the 10th, but wasn’t as lucky in the 10th as a bases-clearing double in the RF corner plated 3 runs as part of a 4-run 11th and ultimately the difference.
Hillsboro Hops 2, Boise Hawks 4 F/10: This game started off as a pitcher’s duel between both bullpens. Matt Mercer pitched 2 shutout innings with 2 strikeouts. Justin Garcia allowed a run in his 2 innings, Yeison Santana 2 scoreless, and West Tunnell scoreless through the 8th inning. Tunnell first and only batter of the 9th inning ended up hitting a game-tying solo homer. Trevor McKenna came in and finished the 9th, but ran into trouble in the 10th and needed help to finish it as Andy Toelken got the final out of the 10th inning. The Hillsboro offense was mostly dormant on the day in general and went down quietly in the 10th.
Missoula Osprey 8, Ogden Raptors 9: Osprey pitchers got blasted for 9 runs on 10 hits as they yielded 3 home runs in the game. On the other side, the Osprey hitters did a pretty good number on Ogden pitchers with 17 hits and 8 runs of their own. Wilfry Cruz allowed 3 runs in 4 innings and Erin Baldwin allowed 5 runs in 2 innings to put Missoula down 8-3. Unfortunately, the Raptors were also able to score the insurance run needed to withstand a 5-run barrage by Osprey hitters and escaped with a 1-run lead. 3 players tallied at least 3 hits with Eddie Hernandez going 5 for 5 in the game.
AZL Dbacks 10, AZL White Sox 4: This game had Jack Reinheimer, Matt Jones, Anfernee Grier, and Jordan Watson continuing minor league rehabbing as all of them recovered from injuries. Jones proved he was ready to return with a 3-run bomb in the first inning as part of a 6-run inning. The Dbacks cruised from there on the strength of 5 shutout from Luis Frias, who allowed just 3 baserunners in total (walk, single, HBP). The Dbacks had a 10-0 lead after 5, so they pulled a lot of their offensive starters out with Geraldo Perdomo, Blaze Alexander, and Kristian Robinson getting half the night off after each player recorded a hit and either a RBI or run scored in the game. Perdomo’s thievery was on display as he picked up his 14th stolen base in the game. I’d like to see what Dave McKay would do with a player that has the basestealing instincts Perdomo has, although the former might retire before there’s a chance.