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Diamondbacks Minor League Recap 7/31/2018: Close, but no cigar

The Diamondbacks Minor League affiliates combined to go 1-4 on the day with Reno and the AZL Dbacks having a break in their schedule. A lot of close losses overall as they 4 losses were by a combined 5 runs. A lot of trades has the Dbacks scrambling to fill out roster spots in the Minor League system. Here are the stars of last night’s game:

Hot Bats:

Jackson CF Ben DeLuzio 3 for 4, SB, R
Visalia LF Mark Karaviotis 3 for 4, 2B, BB, RBI, 2 R, OF assist
Kane County C Tim Susnara 3 for 4, 2B, RBI

Quality Starts:

Visalia RHP Riley Smith 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 6 K, GS 66, W (5-5)
Kane County LHP Mack Lemieux 5 IP, 6 H, 1 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 9 K, GS 60

Jackson Generals 5, Montgomery Biscuits 6: The Biscuits took an early lead, but the Generals stormed back in the middle innings to take a 5-4 lead. Barry Enright allowed 4 runs (3 earned) over 6 innings on 6 hits, 2 walks, and 2 strikeouts. At the plate Daniel Robertson and Marty Herum drove in a pair each. After a scoreless 7th, Kevin Ginkel yielded a 2-out, game-tying homer to Nathaniel Lowe. The game remained tied at 5 until the 10th when Kirby Bellow allowed a walkoff single following an intentional walk.

Visalia Rawhide 8, San Jose Giants 1: Riley Smith struck out 6 in 5 shutout innings, and the Visalia offense kicked it into high gear in the bottom of the 5th. Visalia scored 5 times, with Pavin Smith having the big blow with a 2-run double that made it 3-0. The bullpen finished with 4 innings of 1-run ball as the Visalia hitters piled on 3 more runs. Every Visalia hitter except C Dominic Miroglio reached base via hit or walk in this game.

Kane County Cougars 2, Wisconsin Timber Rattlers 4: Mack Lemieux struck out 9 in 5 innings of 1-run ball, but poor offense and bullpen prevented him from picking up the win. Despite picking up 10 hits in the first 6 innings, they were only able to score twice. Abraham Almonte allowed a run in the 6th and Bryan Valdez allowed 2 runs in the 8th.

Hillsboro Hops 1, Spokane Indians 2: Both teams scored their runs in the 3rd. Jake McCarthy singled, advanced to 2nd on a botched pickoff throw, stole 3rd, and scored on a Geraldo Perdomo single. Unfortunately Ryan Weiss allowed a 2-run homer in the bottom half of the frame, with both baserunners he allowed scoring on that play. Weiss struck out 2 in 3 innings. Kenny Hernandez struck out 6 in 5 shutout innings in relief, but the Hillsboro offense could not get anything going.

Missoula Osprey 3, Helena Brewers 4: Andy Toelkin allowed 3 runs in the 3rd inning and lasted 4 innings overall, surrendering 8 hits overall and struck out 2. Pedro Zorrilla pitched 3 scoreless while the Osprey bats went to work. They scored a run in the 5th and 6th inning to cut the deficit to 3-2. However, the offense dried up for a bit and Cristofer Ogando allowed a solo homer in the 8th. Brandon Leyton countered with one of his own in the top of the 9th, but after that the Osprey went down in order.