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Diamondbacks Minor League Recap 7/19/2018: Buchholz begins rehab

The Diamondbacks Minor League Affiliates combined to go 5-2 on the day. Clay Buchholz made a rehab start, pitching for the Visalia Rawhide and it went well. He’s set to be activated in 5 days when the Diamondbacks will need a 5th starter. Here are some of the stars of last night’s set of games:

Hot Bats:

Reno SS Ildemaro Vargas 5 for 5, 2B, R
Visalia 3B Drew Ellis 1 for 2, 2-run homer, 2 BB

Quality Starts:

Reno RHP Neftali Feliz 6 IP, 4 H, 1 R (1 ER), 3 BB, 1 K, GS 60, W (4-3)
Jackson RHP Justin Donatella 5 23 IP, 5 H, 1 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 5 K, GS 62
Visalia RHP Clay Buchholz 6 IP, 4 H, 2 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 6 K, GS 60
AZL Dbacks RHP Alex Valdez 5 IP, 3 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 5 K, GS 64

Paper Bag of Shame:

Missoula LHP Pedro Zorrilla 23 IP, 1 H, 2 R (2 ER), 3 BB, 1 K, GS 31, L (1-2)
Missoula RHP Melvin Ovalles 1 IP, 3 H, 3 R (3 ER), 3 BB, 1 K
AZL Dbacks RHP Jhoendri Herrera 23 IP, 1 H, 2 R (2 ER), 2 BB, 0 K, BS (1)

Reno Aces 5, Tacoma Rainiers 3: The Aces put up runs in the middle inning, including back to back home runs by Socrates Brito and Cody Decker to lead off the 6th. On the mound, Neftali Feliz allowed 1 run in 6 innings despite having more walks than strikeouts. The Aces had a 5-1 lead going into the 8th when Joey Krehbiel allowed 2 runs and put the tying runs on base. Jimmie Sherfy came in and got the final 4 outs on 3 strikeouts and a flyout.

Jackson Generals 2, Birmingham Barons 1: The Generals and Barons were locked into a pitcher’s duel with Justin Donatella going toe-to-toe with the Birmingham bullpen. Donatella allowed 1 run on 5 hits, walked 2, and struck out 5 in 5 23 innings before giving way to the bullpen. Kirby Bellow finished the 6th by striking out the only man he faced to preserve the tie game, courtesy of a Jamie Westbrook RBI single. Wei-Chieh Huang went the rest of the way, pitching 4 shutout innings with 5 strikeouts until Jackson was able to get the go-ahead run across in the top of the 10th. Huang finished things up with a tidy bottom half to pick up his 2nd win.

Visalia Rawhide 5, Inland Empire 66ers 2: Home runs by Drew Ellis (2-run) and Jason Morozowski (solo) gave the Rawhide an early lead in the 2nd. That was more than enough run support for a rehabbing Clay Buchholz, who allowed 2 runs in 6 innings with 1 walk and 6 strikeouts. An RBI single by Renae Martinez and sac fly by Pavin Smith added two needed insurance runs while the bullpen pitched 3 shutout innings with 5 strikeouts.

Kane County Cougars 8, West Michigan White Caps 5: This game quickly turned into a slugfest, as a 5-run 5th inning proved to be the difference for Kane County. Mack Lemieux allowed 4 runs (2 earned) in 4 13, allowing 8 hits, walked 4, and struck out 4. The bullpen allowed just 1 run for the rest of the game, a big part in why they were able to come back from down 4-2. Eudy Ramos hit a big 3-run homer in that 5th inning.

Hillsboro Hops 0, Vancouver Indians 5: Hillsboro’s lineup was held to just 2 singles on the day and really couldn’t get anything going. At the same time, the pitchers allowed Vancouver to score in each of the final 5 innings of the game with an assist from sloppy defense.

Missoula Osprey 4, Ogden Raptors 9: This game quickly got out of hand thanks to poor pitching. Pedro Zorilla and Melvin Ovalles allowed 5 runs in the first 2 innings and eventually Missoula stared at a 7-0 deficit going into the bottom of the 8th. A 4-run frame barely put any dent into the score. Pitching was exceptionally bad as the Osprey walked 11 and yielded 13 hits.

AZL Dbacks 9, AZL Indians One 8: Kristian Robinson opened up the scoring with a solo homer in the first to quickly put the Dbacks up 1-0. A 2-run single by Alek Thomas momentarily put the Dbacks up 3-1 and set up Alex Valdez, who allowed just 1 run in 5 innings, for the win. Unfortunately, the Dbacks bullpen was exceptionally bad in this game. Once again, the Dbacks broke the tie in the 7th when they scored 6 times with some clutch hits and poor Indians defense on top of that. Despite the 9-3 lead, they needed every run to escape with a win due to previously aforementioned poor bullpen. Each reliever that came in the game allowed at least 2 earned runs.