The Diamondbacks minor league affiliates combined to go 3-0 on the day, with AA Jackson had the day off. For two of the victories, pitching carried the day with Kane County and Reno allowing 1 and 2 runs respectively.
Here are the stars from last night’s games:
3 Stars: Reno RHP Taylor Clarke 6 IP, 5 H, 2 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 9 K, W (1-0)
2 Stars: Kane County RHP Jackson Goddard 5 IP, 4 H, 1 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 5 K, W (1-0)
1 Star: Visalia CF Jake McCarthy 2 for 4, 2 3B, 3 RBI
0 Stars: Kane County RF Tra Holmes 0 for 4, 3 K
(AAA) Reno Aces 4, Albuquerque Isotopes 2: Taylor Clarke turned in another solid outing, allowing 2 runs in 6 innings with a K/BB of 9/1. He also contributed to his win at the plate, going 1 for 3 with an RBI single. The Aces (2-4) plated 3 runs in the 2nd inning to take a commanding lead early while Clarke was dealing. The Isotopes plated 2 off Clarke in the 5th with the aid of some less than stellar defense from SS Domingo Leyba. Yasmany Tomas would answer in the bottom half of the inning with an RBI single to the 3B. Tomas is batting .364 with a 1.027 OPS through 6 games despite a poor 5/1 K/BB ratio. The bullpen did the job with Stefan Crichton retiring all 6 hitters he faced and Rubby De La Rosa struck out the final 3 hitters of the 9th after hitting the first 2 with pitches.
(A+) Visalia Rawhide 8, Rancho Cucamonga Quakes 5: The Rawhide (4-2) pounded out 5 XBH to send a tremor down the spines of the Quakes pitchers. Jeff Bain wasn’t terribly effective himself, allowing 3 runs (2 earned) in 4 innings thanks to crappy defense (Rawhide made 4 errors). After trailing 3-1, the Rawhide scored 7 unanswered to take a 8-3 lead. Jake McCarthy tripled twice and drove in 3, as he was awarded an RBI on an infield fly play in the first. After starting the year with a Chris Davis esque line of 0 for 12 with 8 Ks, McCarthy is 3 for his last 6 with 2 triples, 2 walks, and 3 RBI. Luis Castillo picked up the win with 2 innings of 1-run ball (unearned run). Kyler Stout struck out all 6 hitters he faced. Matt Brill allowed 1 run in the 9th. Renae Martinez had a particularly bad day at the office with 2 throwing errors and bounced into a double play (albeit it scored a run).
(A) Kane County Cougars 4, Cedar Rapids Kernels 1: Jackson Goddard allowed 1 run in 5 innings, striking out 5 and allowing just 4 hits overall. The Cougars (4-2) struck for 3 runs in the top of the 5th, when David Garza doubled home two and Geraldo Perdomo drove Garza in with a single. Cedar Rapids countered with a run in the bottom half of the frame in Goddard’s final inning, but that’s all they got. Cougar pitching was stingy with runners in scoring position, with Cedar Rapids going 0 for 7 in that situation and stranding 11 runners for the game. Garza would cap his game by driving in the 4th and final run with a groundout in the 9th. Erin Baldwin got the next 8 outs and Andy Toelken got the final 4 outs for the save.