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Minor League Recap 7/29/2018: Shutouts and Bad Pitching

Diamondbacks affiliates had a rough day with only Jackson and Reno winning their contests: Mark Karaviotis was 5-5 with a homer and double in Visalia’s loss

Mark Karaviotis was 5-5 with a double and a home run in Visalia’s loss on Sunday

Diamondbacks affiliates had a rough day, winning only two out of seven games, with the two Dominican Summer Leagues having the day off.

Snake Stars

Batter of the Day: Mark Karaviotis, LF Visalia 5-5 with a double and home run

Kevin Cron, 3B, Reno 5-5 w/ a two run home run, 3 runs scored

Pitcher of the Day; Jake Buchanan, SP Reno 7.0 IP 0 Runs 2 H 1 BB 2 SO

Reno Aces 8 Round Rock Express 0

An extremely well played all around by the Aces, with the offense combining for 17 hits, and the pitching shutting down the Express to just two hits.

Jake Buchanan had one of his best starts this year, going seven scoreless innings, and giving up just two hits and a walk, although he only struck out two. Jared Miller pitched a scoreless inning in the eighth, and struck out two. Albert Suarez pitched a hitless and scoreless ninth.

Kevin Cron had an amazing night at the plate, going 5-5 with a two out two run home run, a couple runs batted in, in addition to scoring three runs. Christian Walker was 4-5 with a double. Even Yasmany Tomas had a good night, going 3-5 with a triple. Rounding it out, Illdemaro Vargas was 2-5 at the dish. Rey Fuentes stole a base the lone time he reached base after his lone hit of the night.

Jackson General 3 Montgomery Biscuits 2

Another all around well played game with good pitching and hitting, though the Generals were only 3 for 11 with runners in scoring position, and seven runners left on base.

Justin Donatella went six innings, and gave up two runs on four hits and a walk, with one the two runs coming on a solo homer in the fifth. Kevin Ginkel pitched the seventh, and allowed just a walk, and struck out one. Daniel Gibson faced three batters in the eighth, but was only able to get an out, while he gave up a hit and a walk to the other two batters face. Thankfully, Yoan Lopez brought his A game, getting a double play to the end the eighth inning, and had an easy 1-2-3 ninth inning.

Every single General had at least one hit, aside from Rudy Flores, who reached via walk. After a rough stretch of a week which brought his batting average down to 272, Dombingo Leyba’s brought his batting average back up to .289, and went 3-4 with a double. Jamie Westbrook, Josh Prince, and Kevin Medrano were all 2-4 with a double. Westbrook came in the clutch and had a two out rbi, and batted one of the other runs, while Kevin Medrano knocked in the third.

Visalia Rawhide 4 Lancaster Jethawks 5

Cole Stapler went 5.1 innings and gave up four runs on six hits (one being a two run homer) and a walk, while striking out three. Matt Brill got the final two outs of the sixth inning, and face three batters in the seventh and allowed all three to reach after two hit by pitches and a throwing error. Fortunately Robby Sexton brought his A game and was able to pitch a scoreless inning without any of those runners scoring. Unfortunately, Tyler Mark did not bring his a game and allowed the winning run of the game to score and break the tie. Mark allowed a run on two hits and a walk.

All four of the the Visalia runs came on home runs, with Mark Karaviotis going 5-5 with a double and a solo homer, Jason Morozowksi going 1-3 with a solo homer, a walk,and a stolen base. Jasrado Chisholm going 1-5 with a two run homer. In addition, Dominic Miroglio was 2-4 with a triple and a double. Drew Ellis was 1-4 with a double

Kane County Cougars 0 Wisconsin Timber Rattlers 5

Franklyn Soriano went 4.2 innings, and gave up two runs on a walk and two hits (with one being a two run homer). Juan Torres went an 2.1 innings, and gave up three runs (only one earned) on a hit and three walks, though he struck out five. Rafael Pujols pitched a scoreless eighth.

The Cougars were held to eight hit, but couldn’t capitalize on any of them. Eudy Ramos and Yan Sanchez were both 2-4, and Ryan Grotjohn was 1-4 with a double, the only extra base hit of the game.

Hillsboro Hops 0 Spokane Indians 2

The Hops were held to just eight hits, with Ryan Tufts going 2-4 ,Geraldo Perdomo going 1-4 with a walk, and Dan Swain going hitless but drawing two walks, the only players to reach more than once.

Luis Frias went 4.1 innings, and gave up one run on four hits and three walks, and struck out three. Luis Castillo went 1.2 innings, and gave up the other run in the game on two hits, and struck out two. Kai-Wei Lin pitched two scoreless inning, only allowing a walk, and struck out three.

Missoula Osprey 8 Billings Mustangs 16

Edgar Martinez pitched two scoreless innings before this third inning, in which he faced seven batters, and was unable to get any outs, and Melvin Ovalles came in and made things worse:

Satchel McElroy singles on a line drive to center fielder Jesus Munoz.

Cash Case singles on a fly ball to right fielder David Sanchez. Satchel McElroy to 2nd.

Drew Mount walks. Satchel McElroy to 3rd. Cash Case to 2nd.

Pabel Manzanero singles on a line drive to center fielder Jesus Munoz. Satchel McElroy scores. Cash Case scores. Drew Mount to 3rd. Pabel Manzanero advances to 2nd, on a fielding error by center fielder Jesus Munoz.

Dylan Harris reaches on a fielder’s choice, fielded by third baseman Buddy Kennedy. Drew Mount scores. Pabel Manzanero scores. Dylan Harris to 2nd. Throwing error by catcher Zachery Almond.

Jay Schuyler doubles (2) on a line drive to left fielder Zach Hoffpauir. Dylan Harris scores.

Juan Martinez homers (3) on a fly ball to left field. Jay Schuyler scores.

Pitching Change: Melvin Ovalles replaces Edgar Martinez.

Zeek White doubles (4) on a ground ball to left fielder Zach Hoffpauir.

Carlos Rivero triples (2) on a fly ball to center fielder Jesus Munoz. Zeek White scores.

Satchel McElroy grounds out, third baseman Buddy Kennedy to first baseman Zack Shannon.

With Cash Case batting, Carlos Rivero scores on a balk.

Cash Case walks.

Drew Mount grounds into a force out, first baseman Zack Shannon to shortstop Cesar Garcia. Cash Case out at 2nd. Drew Mount to 1st.

With Pabel Manzanero batting, wild pitch by Melvin Ovalles, Drew Mount to 2nd.

Pabel Manzanero walks.

Dylan Harris hit by pitch. Drew Mount to 3rd. Pabel Manzanero to 2nd.

Pitching Change: Trent Autry replaces Melvin Ovalles.

Jay Schuyler grounds into a force out, second baseman Eddie Hernandez to shortstop Cesar Garcia. Dylan Harris out at 2nd.

Take out that awful inning, and the Osprey would have won 8-7. Zach Shannon’s solid day at the plate 2-4 with a double, a three run home run, and walk was obviously completely overshadowed by the awful pitching. Left fielder Zach Hoffpair should get a mention as well, as not only did go 2-5 at the dish, he got the final out of the eighth inning.

AZL Angels 5 AZL Dbacks 3

Alex Valdez got the start, and pitched two innings, and gave up two runs on four hits, a walk , and a hit batter, and struck out a pair of batters. Matthew Larech went two innings as well, and gave up three runs (two earned, due to an error by Alex King) on two hits and a walk, while also striking out a pair. All three of those runs came on a three run home run. Oliver Rosario pitched two scoreless and hitless innings, walking a batter and striking out three. Jhoendri Herrera pitched 1.2 scoreless innings, and allowed a hit and a walk, while striking out two. Ryan Ricci pitched 1.1 scoreless innings, allowing a couple hits, a walk, and struck out a batter.

Blaze Alexander was 2-4 with a triple and double, Kristian Robinson was 1-4 with the other double in the game. Deven Marrero appeared in the game and was 1-3 with a run batted in, and David Garza was 1-3 with a run batted in of his, the only other hits in the game. Daulton Varsho was 0 for 4 in his rehab appearance.