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Minor League Recap 8/19/2018

The upper level minor league teams all lost, but the lower levels played some excellent baseball

Diamondback affiliates won four out of seven of the games played. Hillsboro catcher Andy Yerzy had a big day at the plate, going 4-5 with two homers, and Missoula pitcher Deyni Olivero pitched five scoreless innings and struck out ten batters while giving up just three hits and walk.

Triple-A: Reno Aces 7 vs Salt Lake Bees 8

Matt Koch got the start and went five and two thirds inning. Koch got hit hard in the first, giving up a lead off home run, then after a fly out and ground out, he gave up back-to-back singles and then a double would knock in both runners. With three runs already scored, and two outs, Rey Fuentes made a fielding error that would allow the inning to continue, which would then lead to two more runs scoring. Koch would give up a run in the fifth, and another solo homer in the sixth for seven runs total (five earned) on eight hits, while walking none, and striking out four. Joey Krehbiel faced one batter and struck him out. Randall Delgado pitched a scoreless inning, allowing just a hit. Albert Suarez pitched a scoreless eighth inning, and would give up the winning run in the ninth. Although technically Suarez allowed the winning run, the Fuentes error in the first arguably cost them the game.

The Aces began battling back from the five run hole in the second, when Kevin Cron lead of the inning with his 22nd home run of the year. The Aces bats would go quiet again until the sixth, when Kristopher Negron lead of the inning with another solo home run. Anthony Recker would lead off the seventh with the third Aces home run to begin an inning. The Aces would score four runs in the eighth inning, but could have had even more had Anthony Recker not hit into a double play. Kristopher Negron was 2-3 with a homer and a walk. Kevin Cron was 1-3 with a walk and a homer. Yasmany Tomas was 1-4 with a RBI double. Socrates Brito was 2-4 with a RBI double. Ildemaro Vargas was hitless, but did walk and score a run.

Double-A: Jackson Generals 1 @ Tennessee Smokies 3

The Smokies starter Matt Swarmer held the Generals to just one run on two hits, while striking out nine Generals batters. The Generals didn’t have much luck after that with their bullpen, who held them to just a hit and a walk, with another five strikeouts. Kevin Medrano singled, and Josh Prince doubled, scoring Medrano. The only other hit was by Tyler Ladendorf. Rudy Flores pinch hit and drew a walk, and that’s it. Emilio Vargas went five and two thirds innings, gave up two runs on five hits (including a solo HR), walked three, and struck out six. Ryan Atkinson pitched an inning and two thirds scoreless innings and struck out two. Jared Miller gave up an unearned run on two walks and an error by Tyler Ladendorf.

Class A Advanced: Visalia Rawhide 3 @ Stockton Ports 8

Jeff Bain pitched four innings and gave up eight runs. Bain allowed nine hits and two walks, but he allowed two two-run home runs. After Bain’s awful start, the bullpen pitched excellently, with Robby Sexton pitching two perfect innings, and Breckin Williams pitching a third perfect inning in a row. Sexton struck out three, and Williams struck out two. Carlos Bustamante wasn’t perfect in the ninth in allowing a hit and a walk, he still pitched a scoreless inning, and struck out one.

Drew Ellis had an excellent night at the plate, going 2-3 with a walk, a home run, and two runs scored. Jose Vinicio was 3-4 with a run batted in. Jasrado Chisholm was 1-4 with a stolen base. Daulton Varsho was hitless, but drew a walk. Ramon Hernandez and Pavin Smith were both 1-4, with Smith scoring a run and Hernandez knocking him in.

Class A: Kane County Cougars 3 vs Clinton LumberKings 2 F/10

Franklyn Soriano pitched six scoreless innings, allowed seven hits and a walk, struck out two, in addition to throwing two wild pitches. The Cougars backed Soriano up with two runs in the second, but Carlos Hernandez, who relieved Soriano, was unable to get any outs. Hernandez allowed a hit, a wild pitch, and two walks, loading the bases, before being taken out for Kyler Stout. Technically Stout pitched two scoreless innings, allowing just a hit, a walk, and an intentional walk, but he allowed two out of the three inherited runs to score, tying the game up at 2-2 in the seventh inning. Rafael Pujols would pitch a scoreless ninth and tenth inning, allowing just a hit and a hit batter, while striking out four.

Kane County got on board in the second inning, when Tra Holmes reached on a throwing error, and stole second with Eudy Ramos up to bat, who then hit a two run home run. Kane County had a few opportunities to score up until the tenth, like a two out triple by Ryan Dobson in the bottom of the ninth, but all the runners would end up stranded. Jose Caballero would start the tenth inning at second. Yoel Yanqui would get intentionally walked, and then Jancarlos Cintron would single, loading the bases. After Tim Susnara was called out on strikes, Yan Sanchez singled on ground ball to right, scoring Caballero, and winning the game.

Yan Sanchez was 3-5. Ryan Dobson was 1-3 with a triple, a walk, and a stolen base. Yoel Yanqui was 1-3 with two walks, and Jancarlos Cintron was 1-3 with a walk and a hit by pitch.

Class A Short-Season: Hillsboro Hops 9 @ Salem-Keizer Volcanoes 8

This was a back and forth affair with the lead changing four times, but Hillsboro came out on top. Andy Yerzy had a big day at the plate, going 4-5 with a solo home run and a two run home run. Jorge Perez was 3-4 with a walk and a two run home run, and Zachary Jones was 2-5 with a solo homer. Keyshawn Lynch was 2-3 with a double and two sac flys. Joey Rose was 2-5 with a double. Jake McCarthy was 1-4 with a walk and a stolen base.

Matt Mercer struck out seven in four innings. Mercer gave up two runs on two hits and a wild pitch in the first inning, but would settle down after that to pitch three scoreless innings. Kai-Wei Lin pitched a 1-2-3 fifth inning, and struck out one. Ryan Miller ran into trouble in the sixth, and was unable to get more than two outs. Miller gave up four runs on four hits, with two of those hits being home runs. Yeison Santana faced three batters, and got two out, and walked the other. Cristofer Ogando pitched an inning and two thirds, and allowed three hits, two of which were solo home runs, and struck out four. Chester Pimentel pitched a scoreless ninth inning, walked a batter, and struck out two.

Rookie: Missoula Osprey 8 vs Orem Owlz 0

Deyni Olivero pitched five scoreless innings, allowed just three hits and a walk, and struck out ten batters. Jake Polancic walked two batters in a scoreless sixth inning. Mailon Arroyo allowed just a hit in three innings, and struck out three batters.

Joe Robbins was 2-4 and knocked in three runs with a double and a solo homer. Zachery Almond was 3-4 with a double and two runs batted in, though he did have two passed balls behind the plate. Brandon Leyton was 2-5 with a stolen base, Eddie Hernandez was 1-5 with a stolen base, and Nick Dalesandro was 1-3 with a walk and a stolen base. Jesus Munoz was 0-3 but knocked in a run with a sac fly.

Rookie: AZL D-backs 7 vs AZL Athletics 5

The AZL D-backs battled back from 5-1 to win it 7-5. Francis Beriguete pitched five innings, allowed three runs (two earned) on four hits, walked none, and struck out three. Bradin Hagens making a rehab appearance pitched two innings, and gave up two hits, a single and a two run home run, walked none, and struck out three. Oliver Rosario pitched two scoreless innings, allowed three hits, but walked none and struck out two batters.

The D-backs had only seven hits, but took advantage of a fielding error, a wild pitch, four throwing errors, and nine walks. Axel Andueza had more than half of the hits, since he was 4-4 with a double. David Garza was 1-4 with a two run triple, and Camden Duzenack was 1-4 with a double and a run scored.