The Diamondbacks Minor League affiliates combined to go 4-3 in last night’s games. Here are the stars from those games:
Reno PH Yasmany Tomas PH solo HR
Hillsboro 2B L.T. Tolbert 3 for 4, 2 2B, 2 RBI, 2 R
Kane County RHP Jayson McKinley 5 IP, 4 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 8 K, GS 67
Missoula RHP Wilfry Cruz 6 IP, 4 H, 1 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 5 K, GS 66
Reno Aces 5, Sacramento River Cats 8 (F/11): Jake Buchanan allowed 3 runs in 6 innings on 9 hits, 1 walk, and struck out 8. Reno’s offense struggled for 5 innings before figuring things out with a 4-run 6th that gave them the lead. Unfortunately Jake Barrett could not hold that lead in the 8th and that sent the game into extra innings. Both teams scored their free runner in the 10th, but Sherfy had a bad inning in the 11th and that proved to be the difference.
Jackson Generals 0, Montgomery Biscuits 4: Resuming from a game started on August 1st, Taylor Widener got the call and turned in a pretty mediocre performance. He allowed 4 runs on 6 hits in 4 1⁄3 innings and struck out 4 in the game. Unfortunately despite multiple opportunities to score, the Generals could not push a run across in the game with 11 left on base and an 0 for 8 clip with RISP.
Jackson Generals 5, Montgomery Biscuits 1 (F/7): Bo Takahashi pitched 4 scoreless innings and the Jackson offense came to life in this game. Marty Herum opened things up with a solo homer followed by a Josh Prince RBI single in the 2nd. Prince would add a homer of his own in the 4th and Dominic Miroglio would drive in 2 runs in the 5th on a double. Kevin Ginkel would be accredited with the win after a masterful performance of striking out the side in order in the 6th.
Visalia Rawhide 6, Modesto Nuts 4: Connor Grey surrendered a 2-run homer in the first and didn’t have good command, but ultimately only allowed 2 runs in 5 innings. Meanwhile, the Visalia batters decided to have a little HR derby at the expense of Modesto pitching. Marcus Wilson started off with a solo homer that tied the game at 2 in the 4th. Drew Ellis broke the tie and got Gray the win with a 2-run shot in the 6th and Anfernee Grier homered in the 7th. The other two Visalia runs came on Ramon Hernandez sac flies. Jake Winston pitched 2 scoreless and Breckin Williams locked things down in the 9th.
Kane County Cougars 2, Quad Cities River Bandits 1 (F/10): A pitcher’s duel between Jayson McKinley and Luis Garcia ended in a stalemate as both pitchers allowed 1 run in 5 innings. The game would remained tied at 1 until the top of the 10th when Tim Susnara drove in the free runner with a sac fly. Kyler Stout in the bottom of the 10th allowed a hit, but no runs and struck out 2 to lock down the save.
Hillsboro Hops 5, Eugene Emeralds 3: Jackson Goddard struck out 3 in 3 scoreless innings. The Hillsboro offense took advantage of 8 walks in the game as L.T. Tolbert was a part of the two big innings. Francis Martinez drove in 2 in the first and Tolbert had a big 2-run double in the 5th before scoring the 5th run on a wild pitch. Harrison Francis allowed 3 runs in the 6th, although it was 5-1 with 2 outs when he left the game, so not 100% his fault. The bullpen was able to hold on and take the victory to the finish line.
Missoula Osprey 4, Grand Junction Rockies 7: Wilfry Cruz allowed 1 run in 6 innings and left with a 4-1 lead. 8 of Missoula’s 9 starters recorded a hit with 2018 draft picks Alek Thomas and Blaze Alexander recording multi-hit games. Unfortunately for the Osprey, pitchers not named Wilfry Cruz had a bad day as Pedro Zorrilla could not pitch through the end of the 8th along with pitchers behind him not being able to record outs. After Mailon Arroyo walked his only batter, Tyler Jandron came in and stunk up the joint as 5 runs came across to score before he recorded the final out of the 9th. Paper Bag of Shame for you, buddy.