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Minor League Recap 8/18/2018: Seven of Nine

Diamondbacks affiliates took seven out of nine contests in Saturday’s action

Diamondback affiliates won seven out of nine games, with only the AZL and DSL D-backs2 taking losses.

Triple-A: Reno Aces 9 vs Salt Lake Bees 5

Taylor Clarke pitched six and a third innings, giving up two runs in the second and three runs in seventh, off of seven hits and two walks, and six strikeouts. Silvino Bracho relieved Clarke, allowing both inherited runners to score, but got the last two outs of the seventh, and pitched a scoreless eighth inning. Bracho allowed two hit, one walk, and struck out three. Jake Barrett pitched a scoreless inning, and struck out one.

Reno scored two runs in the second, and batted around in the seventh, scoring seven runs. Illdemaro Vargas keeps hitting everything in sight, and was 2-4 with a double and a walk. Socrates Brito was 1-2 with two walks and a stolen base, and Kevin Cron was 1-3 with a double and a walk. Kristopher Negron was 2-4 with a double, and Alberto Rosario was 2-4 with a double. Yasmany Tomas was 2-4 with a run batted in.

Double-A: Jackson Generals 4 Montgomery Biscuits 3

Barry Enright gave up a solo home run in the first, but settled down after that and pitched five and two thirds scoreless innings after that. Enright scattered seven hits and a walk across 6.2 innings pitched, and struck out seven. Miguel Aguilar pitched an inning giving up just two hits, no walks, and struck out two, but one of those hits was another solo homer. Bud Jeter faced two batters and gave up a hit, but got the final out of the eighth inning. Yoan Lopez pitched the ninth, and gave up one run on one hit in the ninth thanks to his own throwing error, but got the save.

The Generals had only four hits - but also had nine walks. Josh Prince was 1-2 with a solo home run and two walks, and stole a base to top it off. Dominic Miroglio was 1-4 with a triple. Kevin Medrano and Marty Herum were both 1-3 with two walks each. Jason Morozowski was hitless but took three walks, stole a base, and scored a run. Ben DeLuzio was 2-5 with a stolen base.

Class A Advanced: Visalia Rawhide 13 @ Stockton Ports 2

Visalia put across at least three runs in three innings, with a four run first inning, a four run sixth, and a three run eighth inning, in addition to scoring a run in the fifth inning and the ninth inning. Visalia had 15 hits, three walks, a hit by pitch, and they more importantly took advantage of the four errors by Stockton. Marcus Wilson broke out of his slump, going 2-4 with a double, a walk, and a stolen base. Drew Ellis had a a triple and a double, going 3-6 at the plate and a homer short of the cycle. Pavin Smith was 4-5 with a double and four runs batted in. Ramon Hernandez and Adam Walton were both 2-5, and Jasrado Chisholm continues to rake in Advanced A, going 2-6. In his 100 at-bats that he’s now reached in the California League, Chisholm is currently hitting .340/.377/.600.

Matt Peacock went five innings, and gave up just four hits, walked none and struck out three, with a lone run coming off a solo homer in the fifth inning. Mason McCullough pitched two scoreless innings, and gave up a hit and three walks, but struck out five batters.(!) Jake Winston pitched a scoreless eighth inning and walked and struck out a batter. Erbert Gonzalez pitched the ninth, and gave up a run on two hits, and struck out one.

Class A: Kane County Cougars 8 vs Clinton LumberKings 3

Lane Ratliff struck out seven and walked none in six innings, and gave up just eight hits. Unfortunately one of those hits was a two run homer in the second, and the other was a solo homer in the fifth. Tyler Keele pitched a scoreless seventh and eighth inning, and went out in the ninth, but was unable to retire any of the three batters he faced. Keele allowed three hits and two walks, while striking out three. Luis Castillo came on in the ninth with no outs and the bases loaded, and proceeded to strike out all three batters he faced to end the game.

Kane County plated runs in all but three innings, scoring two runs in the first, three runs in the seventh, and scored a run in the fourth, fifth, and eighth innings. Every Kane County batter aside from Ryan Grotjohn reached base at least twice, with Grotjohn himself going 1-5. Five players had at least three hits. Jose Caballero was 3-5 with a double and two runs scored, Yoel Yanqui was 4-5 with a double and two runs batted in, Yan Sanchez was 4-5 with a double and two runs scored, and Jose Herrera was 3-4 with a double and two batted in. Finally, Jancarlos Cintron was 3-5 with a run batted in, but was caught stealing. Eudy Ramos was 2-5 with a double, and Tra Holmes, who was hitless, walked twice and stole a base. Tim Susnara was 1-4 with a walk and a stolen base.

Class A Short-Season: Hillsboro Hops 4 @ Salem-Keizer Volcanoes 2

Matt Tabor pitched five scoreless innings, allowing two hits and a walk, while striking out two. Ethan Larrison pitched a scoreless sixth, and then after getting a ground out to start the seventh, allowed a single and a walk before exiting the game. Wesley Rodriguez replaced Larrison, and allowed a hit by pitch to load the bases, and then a single to score one of the inherited runners, and a sac fly to score the other, before getting a line out to end the seventh. Rodriguez faced two batters in the eighth, getting a pop out to start the inning, and then allowing a double before being taken out for Josh Green. Josh Green would pitch an inning and two thirds scoreless inning, striking out one.

Hillsboro scored three runs in the seventh and an insurance run in the ninth. Jorge Perez was 2-4 with a double, two runs scored, and two runs batted in. Jake McCarthy and L.T. Tolber were both 2-5. William Gorman was 1-4 with a run scored, and Ryan Tufts was hitless but walked twice and scored a run.

Rookie: Missoula Osprey 7 vs Orem Owlz 4

Missoula got a running start on Orem, scoring four runs in the first, and then tacking on an additional runs in the second, third, and fifth innings. Zach Shannon had another impressive day at the plate, going 2-4 with an RBI double and a two out three run home run in the first inning. Blaze Alexander was 1-2 with two walks but had a fielding error, Although Kristian Robinson was hitless, he drew three walks, stole three bases, and scored two runs. Alek Thomas and Buddy Kennedy were both 1-4 with a run scored. Nick Dalesandro was 2-3 with a walk and a run scored, but had a throwing error

Marcos Tineo pitched four innings, and gave up two runs on two hits and a walk, while uncorking a couple wild pitches and striking out three. Pedro Zorilla pitched four scoreless innings, and gave up three hits and a walk, while striking out two. Trent Autry faced four batters and was unable to get any outs issuing a walk and two hits, with a unearned run scoring before being taken out for Bryan Menendez. Menendez pitched an inning, and allowed one of the two inherited runners to score, but allowed no hits or walks and struck out one.

Rookie: AZL D-backs 1 @ AZL Cubs 4

Antonio Cardenas allowed four runs in three and two thirds innings pitched, and despite the bullpen pitching 5.1 scoreless innings, the offense just couldn’t get it going to overcome the deficit.

The D-backs had just seven hits, and four of them were off of Delgeli Diaz’s bat. Diaz was 4-4 with a stolen base. Joe Gillette was 1-4 with a double and a walk. Jorge Borrosa and David Garza were both 1-4 with a walk and a stolen base.

Rookie: DSL D-backs1 3 @ DSL Reds 2

Gerald Ogando pitched five scoreless innings, giving up two hits and two walks, while striking out four. Victor Martinez pitched the sixth inning, and gave up one unearned run on two hits and two walks, while striking out one, with a wild pitch. Martinez faced three batters in the seventh, but was unable to get an out. Jose Valencia pitched three innings, and gave up one run on a hit and two walks, while striking out three. Valencia had three wild pitches in the game.

The D-backs1 were held to just three hits and two walk, but still managed to win. Kevin Noriega was 1-3 with walk and a two run home run, and Alexander Amador was 1-3 with a RBI double, but was caught stealing. Sergio Gutierrez was 1-4 with the only other hit of the game, and scored a run.

Rookie: DSL D-backs2 1 vs DSL Brewers 9

The Dbacks gave up two runs in the first, second, third, and sixth inning, and an additional run in the ninth. Julio Avendano gave up five runs (four earned) in 2.1 innings pitched, Carlos Meza gave up a run in 2.2 innings pitched, and Adonis Paulino allowed another two runs in two innings pitched, with Jose Alcantara allowed one last run in the ninth. Jhonatan Jaquez was the only pitcher with a good day, striking out all three batters faced in the eighth.

Alexander Hernandez and Ismael Jaime were both 2-4, and Andres Cordero and Manuel Montas were both 1-4 with a double.