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Minor League Recap 7/06/2018: Blaze's Bat Is On Fire

Arizona’s minor league affiliates went 6 for 8; AZL D’backs win 20 to 7

Blaze Alexander was three for four with three walks in the AZL D’backs 20-7 win over the AZL Indians

The D-Backs affiliates won six out of eight games, with AA Jackson’s game getting rained out. Instead of the usual format with the Snake Stars, I’m just highlighting the best performances

Snake Stars:

Hitters:

  • Blaze Alexander was 3-4 with a double and three walks
  • Andy Yerzy 4 for 4 with a walk
  • Jay Gonzalez 4 for 7
  • Francis Martinez 2 for 5

Pitchers:

  • Kyler Stout 2IP O BB O H 5Ks
  • Cole Stapler 5 IP 0R 4H 1 BB 7 Ks

AAA Sacramento RiverCats 8 Reno Aces 7

Taylor Clarke got roughed up again, with the RiverCats scoring 6 runs off him in the second inning. Clarke would pitch to the first two batters of third and gave a walk and single, before being taken out for Albert Suarez. Suarez would allow the inherited runner to score, put would pitch three scoreless innings, giving up three hits and a walk. Jared Miller struck out three in the sixth, but had very poor command, issuing three walks and allowing a hit and the winning run to score. Jake Barrett pitched two hitless innings, and would walk a batter and strike out two. First baseman Cody Decker pitched the ninth inning, and was surprisingly effective, giving up just a lone hit, and getting the three outs on one ground out and two fly outs.

The Aces were down 7 to 0 by the bottom of the third, and down 8 to 2 by the bottom of the sixth, putting the game out of reach early. The Aces’ batters still fought back and kept battling, and scored three runs in the seventh, and two more in the eighth to make the score 8 to 7, but they would go down 1-2-3 in the bottom of the ninth to lose it. Ildemaro Vargas was 2 for 5 with a triple, Kristopher Negron was 2 for 4 with a triple of his own. Christian Walker was 1 for 4 with a double and a walk.

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Conner Grey pitched six innings, struck out 6 and walked none, giving up four runs off six hits. Grey also hit a batter and allowed a solo home run. Carlos Bustamante came in to pitch the seventh, and faced three batters, giving up two hits and hitting a batter, failing to get any outs. Matt Brill came into clean up the mess, but instead allowed all three inherited runners to score, and allowed two more runs on top of that, which cost the Rawhide the game. Robby Sexton would strike out a batter and allow a hit in a scoreless inning of work.

Adam Walton was 2 for 4 with a double. Jason Morozowski was 2 for 3 with a triple. Pavin Smith was 1 for 4 with a two run home run. Mark Karaviotis was 2 for 4 with a stolen base and an outfield assist.

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Cole Stapler threw five scoreless innings, giving up just four hits and a walk, while striking out seven. Jayson McKinley continued the shutout, tossing two and a third hitless innings, giving up just a walk, after getting one out in the eighth. Erbert Gonzalez got the last two outs of the eighth inning on flyouts, and though he gave up a one out double in the ninth, kept the shutout intact.

Tim Susnara scored the lone run in the seventh. Susnara singled and advanced to second on a throwing error, and would later score on a sac fly by Jasrado Chisholm. The Cougars had nine hits and no extra base hits in the game, with every hitter having at least a single in the game, except Yoel Yanqui, who was 0 for 4 and Luis Silverio was 2 for 4 and Jancarlos Cintron was 1 for 1 with a walk, a hit by pitch, and a stolen base. Gabriel Maciel was 1 for 4 with a stolen base of his own. Yan Sanchez was 1 for 2 with two walks.

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Matt Tabor pitched three and two thirds innings, and gave up three runs on five hits, two walks, and three strike outs. Tabor allowed a two run home run in the third, and loaded the bases and walked in a run before being taken out for Trevor McKenna. Mckenna pitched one and a third innings, and allowed a hit and a walk. Despite coming in the game with bases loaded, McKenna did not allow any of the inherited runners to score. Ethan Larrison faced the minimum and struck out a batter in an inning pitched. Kyler Stout pitched two perfect innings, and struck out five. Josh Green allowed just a hit and a walk in the ninth, but thanks to a Fielding error and a throwing error, two runs scored.

The Dbacks had a good night at the plate in general, with only catcher Zachary Jones going hitless, and he still managed to walk twice and steal a base. Andy Yerzy reached base in all of his plate appearances, going 4 for 4 with a walk. Francis Martinez was 2 for 5 with a pair of doubles. Jorge Perez walked and hit a solo homerun. Jake McCarthy singled, walked, and stole a base. Keyshawn Lynch was 2 for 5.

Missoula Osprey 6 Great Falls Voyagers 5

Wilfry Cruz got the start and pitched five innings, and gave up three runs on five hits and a walk, and struck out five. Erin Baldwin went three innings, and gave up two runs on four hits, while walking none and striking out two. Bryan Menendez allowed a leadoff double, , but getting the other batters he faced out on two ground outs and a pop up. Buddy Kennedy and Cesar Garcia were both 2 for 4 with a double. Alex King wa 1 for 4 with a double, and Eddie Hernandez was 2 for 4.

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Luis Frias pitched four innings, and gave up four runs off of six hits and a walk, and Juan Araujo gave up three runs in one and a two thirds innings. Allowing seven runs to score really isn't a big deal when your team scores nine runs and bats around before the opposing team even comes to bat. The Azl D'Backs would keep piling on runs, scoring in every inning except the third and the seventh. Geraldo Perdomo was 2 for 5 with a home run and two walks. Blaze Alexander continues to live up to his name with the hot streak he is on, going 3-4 with a double and three walks. David Garza was also 3 for 4 with a double, and Jay Gonzalez was 4-7. Alek Thomas was 1-6 with a triple. Kristian Robinson was 2-3 with a walk and a stolen base, but was also picked off at 2nd.

DSL Padres 1 DSL D’backs1 4

Rael Santos pitched four innings, giving up two hits and two walks, while striking out seven. The Padres scored their lone run on thanks to an error on the first play of the game, followed by a wild pitch, a single, and a missed catch error. Santos would settle down after that, and that'd be the lone Padre run. Cristofer Ogando pitched three hitless innings, walked two batters, and struck out four. Carlos Ventura pitched two innings and allowed a hit and a walk, but also threw a wild pitched and balked a runner over. The D-backs1 squad would score four runs in the fifth thanks to the Padres' own wild pitch, throwing errors, and a missed catch error, and some timely singles. 2B/SS Jose Reyes was 2 for 3. Jorge Borrosa was 2 for 3 with a walk, but had a bad day on the base paths, getting caught stealing twice was got caught napping and was picked off at first as well.

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Junior Miesis walked and hit a batter with a pitch, and struck out seven(!) in three hitless innings to start the game. Bryam Pena pitched three scoreless innings himself, allow just a double that’d break the no hitter in the fifth. Pena would walk two and strikeout two. Victor Martinez pitched the seventh allowed an unearned run due to an error and a wild pitch. Julio Avendano allowed no hits, walked a batter and struck out two in an inning and a third of relief. Yaramil Hiraldo got the last two outs in the ninth, pitched the tenth, struck out two, and allowed a runner to score thanks to the automatic runner rule.

The Dbacks2 would score a run in the 9th to tie the game up at 1 for 1, and would then score two more runs to win it in the 10. This was a very low scoring game, with just two hits by the Dbacks1 and three walks. Fortunately, one of those two hits was a solo home run by Juan Batista in the top of the ninth to tie the game up. The other hit was a double by Axel Andueza in the top of second, but unfortunately Andueza was unable to score.