The Diamondbacks Minor League affiliates combined to go 4-2. Here are the stars from last night’s games:
Reno LF Tyler Ladendorf 3 for 5, R
Jackson 1B Rudy Flores 4 for 4, 2-R HR
Hillsboro CF Jake McCarthy 2 for 2, leadoff HR
Jackson RHP Bo Takahashi 7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 8 K, GS 84
Missoula RHP Erin Baldwin 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 4 K, GS 64, W (4-2)
Reno Aces 8, Albuquerque Isotopes 3 (F/8): Taylor Clarke allowed 2 runs in 5 innings on 6 hits, walked none, and struck out 5. The Aces bats were swinging early, scoring 6 times between the 3rd and 5th inning to take a commanding 6-2 lead. Alberto Rosario homered and drove in 3. Daniel Gibson, Albert Suarez, and Alex Young combined to give up 1 run in the final 3 innings.
Jackson Generals 2, Chattanooga Lookouts 4: Bo Takahashi shut down the lookouts lineup for 7 innings, allowing just a walk and 2 hits overall while striking out 8. Rudy Flores was the only source of offense for Jackson, as he gave Takahashi a nice parting gift with a 2-run homer in the 7th to stake him to a lead. The bullpen did not get the memo as Sam Lewis allowed a solo homer in the 8th and Tyler Mark blew it in the 9th.
Visalia Rawhide 7, Stockton Ports 4: It was a bullpen game for Visalia with Jake Winston taking the start and giving up 1 run in 2 innings. Carlos Bustamente and Erbert Gonzalez each pitched 2 scoreless while the Visalia offense built up a lead. After scoring 3 times in the first, Marcus Wilson homered to give Visalia a 4-1 lead after 5. Unfortunately, the lead did not last as Robbie Sexton surrendered 3 runs in the 7th to tie the game at 4. Visalia countered with a run in the 8th and a back-breaking 2-run homer from Daulton Varsho in the 9th for the final score. Jason Creasy and Breckin Williams pitched scoreless innings to finish.
Kane County Cougars 1, Wisconsin Timber Rattlers 4: Lane Ratliff’s run of brilliance came to an end in this start as he allowed 3 runs in 5 1⁄3 innings on 9 hits, 1 walk, and 3 strikeouts. The Kane County offense was in deep sleep in this one, as they cobbled together 4 hits and 4 walks in the game but no realistic offensive threat. It wasn’t a good day for the bullpen either, who entered the game when they were trailing 1-0.
Hillsboro Hops 5, Salem-Keizer Volcanoes 4: Jake McCarthy opened things up with a leadoff homer to immediately put Hillsboro in a 1-0 lead. After Yeison Santana allowed 2 runs in the 2nd, William Gorman tied the game with a solo shot of his own. Santana lasted 3 innings, getting pulled 4 batters into the 4th without recording an out and Hillsboro trailing 4-2. Hillsboro fought back into the game with runs in the 5th and 6th inning to tie it at 4. The bullpen was outstanding, allowing just 2 hits and striking out 7 in 6 scoreless innings to set up a win in the final at bat. David Garza hit a game-winning home run in the bottom of the 8th for the lead and Trevor McKenna pitched a scoreless 9th to end it.
Missoula Osprey 4, Helena Brewers 0: Erin Baldwin pitched 5 shutout innings on 3 hits, 2 walks, and 4 strikeouts. The Osprey scratched across a run in the 4th on an Eddie Hernandez RBI single and piled on from there. Kristian Robinson hit a sac fly in the 6th and Blaze Alexander iced things with a 2-run double in the 7th. The bullpen pitched 4 scoreless innings to take the win to the finish line.