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Diamondbacks Minor League Recap 8/13/2018: Quality Starts Galore

Lots of strong pitching performances from the starters.

MLB: Arizona Diamondbacks-Media Day Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports

The Diamondbacks Minor League affiliates combined to go 4-1 with the only loss coming in an extra inning game. Here are some of the stars from last night’s games:

Hot Bats:

Reno SS Ildemaro Vargas 3 for 4, 3B, 2 R
Hillsboro SS Geraldo Perdomo 3 for 4, SB, RBI
Missoula LF Cesar Garcia 3 for 4, 2B, 2 RBI

Quality Starts:

Reno RHP Taylor Clarke 7 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K, GS 74, W (12-7)
Kane County RHP Lane Ratliff 6 IP, 3 H, 1 R (0 ER), 3 BB, 2 K, GS 63, W (5-1)
Hillsboro RHP Matt Tabor 5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K, GS 69
Missoula RHP Deyni Olivero 6 IP, 4 H, 2 R (2 ER), 2 BB, 1 K, GS 53, W (3-3)

Reno Aces 5, Sacramento River Cats 0: Taylor Clarke pitched 7 shutout innings and the Reno offense was opportunistic. The Aces scored in the 1st before recording an out as Chris Owings had an RBI double. In the 3rd, it was Owings again, who once again drove in Ildemaro Vargas with a single. Kristopher Negron homered in the 7th and the Aces took advantage of some wild pitches to score 2 times in the 8th. Silvino Bracho and Albert Suarez pitched scoreless innings behind Clarke.

Kane County Cougars 4, Burlington Bees 2: Lane Ratliff relied on his defense to make plays behind and they were mostly successful as he only allowed just an unearned run in 6 innings. The bottom of the order drove in the middle of the order guys as the 4-6 hitters scored all 4 runs while the 6-8 hitters drove in all 4. Kane County put up a pair of 2-run innings in the 4th and 6th. Tyler Keele pitched 2 scoreless and Abraham Almonte allowed a run while recording the save.

Hillsboro Hops 3, Tri-City Dust Devils 2 (F/10): Matt Tabor allowed just 1 hit and walked 1 while striking out 3 in 5 shutout innings. Hillsboro provided the only run he would need when Geraldo Perdomo was hit by a pitch with 1 out to set up the inevitable stolen base, his 7th since the promotion to Hillsboro. Andy Yerzy made good on that with a double to score Perdomo from 2nd. The score remained 1-0 until the bottom of the 8th when Josh Green allowing the first 2 batters to reach then a pair of forceouts at 2nd scoring the run. The Hops then scored twice in the 10th as Jorge Perez singled in the go-ahead run and Perdomo singled in a valuable insurance run. The Dust Devils scored quickly in the 10th and like in the 9th, attempted a sacrifice bunt. The baseball gods smited them in both innings fortunately because bunting with position players is stupid.

Missoula Osprey 4, Grand Junction Rockies 2: Deyni Olivero allowed 2 runs in 6 innings despite bad K/BB numbers (1/2). The other surprising part is Missoula committed 3 fielding errors behind him, but Olivero made the big pitches as Grand Junction was 0 for 8 with RISP. Facing off against Rockies 2018 top pick Ryan Rolison, the Osprey scratched a run against him in his 3rd and final inning. After falling behind 2-1, the Osprey stormed with 2 runs in the 6th on the strength of RBI hits by Brandon Leyton and Cesar Garcia. Garcia tacked on another RBI later in the game although Missoula didn’t need insurance as Blake Workman was on, allowing just a measly single in 3 shutout innings.

AZL Dbacks 2, AZL Angels 6 (F/10): The game started off as a pitcher’s duel as Francis Beriguette struck out 6 in 4 13 scoreless innings with no walks. He left the game with an injured leg according to the game log. After failing behind 1-0, the Dbacks scored the tying run without the benefit of a hit. Kristian Robinson walked, moved up to 2nd on a passed ball, and scored on a throwing error by the 3B. The game remained tied until the 10th, when Jesus Ceballos had a meltdown to end all meltdowns with 5 runs (4 earned due to free runner being an unearned run) allowed while recording only 1 out. He gets the Paper Bag of Shame! Robinson opened up the bottom half as the free runner and the Dbacks did not hit the ball out of the infield although Robinson was able to score.