The Diamondbacks Minor League affiliates combined to 2-4 on the day, with the Kane County Cougars getting the day off. Here are the stars from last night’s games:
Hillsboro SS Jose Caballero 2 for 4, 2-run homer
AZL Dbacks 1B Joe Gillette 2 for 4, 2B, 3B, BB, RBI, 2R
Visalia RHP Riley Smith 6 IP, 6 H, 3 R (2 ER), 3 BB, 5 K, GS 54
Paper Bag of Shame:
Reno Aces 1 for 28 at the plate
Jackson RHP Yoan Lopez 1 IP, 2 H, 3 R (3 ER), 1 BB, 2 K
Juan Araujo 1⁄3 IP, 4 H, 7 R (7 ER), 2 BB, 0 K
Reno Aces 1, New Orleans Baby Cakes 4: The Aces were completely stymied by Tyler Cloyd as they only got 1 goddamn hit, I wonder if anyone was listening. Jake Buchanan allowed 4 runs in 6 2⁄3 innings on 9 hits, no walks, and 2 strikeouts. Ildemaro Vargas was the only productive hitter at the plate with a double and a walk while scoring Reno’s only run on a Christian Walker groundout.
Jackson Generals 3, Biloxi Shuckers 7: Justin Donatella got bodied for 4 runs in 3 2⁄3 innings, getting lit up for 7 hits and walking a batter while striking out 4. Jackson hitters did their best to cut the lead down, at one point getting to a 4-3 game in the 8th. Jamie Westbrook was 1 for 3 with a solo homer in the 6th and scored 2 of the 3 runs. Unfortunately, Yoan Lopez allowed a back-breaking 3-run homer to Brewers top prospect Keiston Hiura with 2 outs in the top of the 9th to put the game out of reach.
Visalia Rawhide 5, Inland Empire 66ers 4: Riley Smith was serviceable with 6 innings of 3 run ball (2 earned) with 3 walks and 5 strikeouts overall. Despite trailing 3-1 when Smith threw his last pitch, the Rawhide scored 3 times in the top of the 7th on a 2-run single by Jason Morozowski and an RBI double by Renae Martinez. Miguel Aguilar came in and allowed the 66ers to tie the game after a botched double play ball resulted in the batter-runner getting to 2nd after getting the force at 2nd. The Rawhide returned the favor when Drew Ellis led off with an infield single and advancing to 2nd on a throwing error by the 3B. After a walk, the Rawhide were able to move Ellis up once base at a time by legging out ground balls to prevent a double play. Tyler Mark allowed a hit, but shut the door in the 9th for his first save.
Hillsboro Hops 3, Boise Hawks 5: Adrian Del Moral allowed 3 runs in the 2nd and was lifted with 2 outs in the 3rd. Jose Caballero made a dent into that deficit with a 2-run homer in the 3rd to make it 3-2. Unfortunately, the bullpen allowed the insurance runs to score with Justin Garcia allowing a run in the 5th and Chester Pimentel allowing a run in the 7th.
Missoula Osprey 6, Idaho Falls Chukars 5: Both teams scored plenty of runs early, as it was deadlocked at 5 in the 6th. The Osprey countered the home runs by Idaho Falls with strong work with runners in scoring position (5 for 13). With 2 outs in the 9th, Jesus Munoz drove in Zachery Almond with a single to score the winning run. The bullpen pitched 3 scoreless innings to set up the walkoff hit.
AZL Dbacks 3, AZL Cubs One 18: Dbacks pitchers wilted in the 116º heat, allowing 18 runs on 14 hits and 10 walks. The Dbacks offense picked up 6 hits and 7 walks, but didn’t do much with them. Joe Gillette had a double, triple, and walk in his 5 trips to the plate.