The Diamondbacks Minor League affiliates went 2-2 yesterday. Here are the stars from last night’s games:
3 Stars: Kane County C Zachery Almont 4 for 5, 2 2B, 4 RBI, 2 R
2 Stars: Kane County LHP Franklyn Soriano 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 K, W (1-0)
1 Star: Reno RHP Jon Duplantier 3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K
0 Stars: Jackson RHP Tyler Mark 1 2⁄3 IP, 1 H, 3 R (3 ER), 2 BB, 1 K
(AAA) Reno Aces 4, El Paso Chihuahuas 6: Jon Duplantier pitched 3 hitless innings, just walking 1 while punching out 4. The Aces (3-6) jumped on Chihuahuas starter Bryan Mitchell with 3 runs in the 1st and a run in the 2nd. Unfortunately, the offense went stagnant after that. Domingo Leyba had an RBI triple and Kevin Cron an RBI single in that first inning. The bullpen was shaky as Vinny Nittoli allowed the Chihuahuas to even it up in the 7th inning before giving way to Mark Rzepczynski, who completed the inning with no further damage. Stefan Crichton would then give up the go-ahead runs in the 8th and pitch a scoreless 9th inning to take the loss.
(AA) Jackson Generals 0, Chattanooga Lookouts 5: A disastrous 6th inning came back to bit the Generals, as Sam Lewis and Tyler Mark allowed 5 runs to score that inning. Lewis got the first out and gave up two baserunners before giving way to Tyler Mark, who would walk in a run then give up a Grand Slam. On the other side of the ball, the Generals (3-5) hitters continued to struggle at the plate as they only managed 5 hits and struck out 13 times.
(A+) Visalia Rawhide 6, San Jose Giants 2: Travis Moths struggled with control, walking 3 and allowing 3 hits, but limited the damage to 2 runs. Jake McCarthy extended his hit streak to 5 with a pair of doubles, the first one giving the Rawhide (5-4) a 1st inning lead they never relinquished. After starting the season 0 for 12 with 8 Ks, McCarthy has since gone 7 for 18 with 4 XBH (2 2B, 2 3B), a 7/4 K/BB ratio, and 3/3 in stolen base attempts. Visalia then piled on with 2 runs each in the 4th and 5th innings. Camden Duzenack and Jose Caballero had RBI singles in the 4th and Jancarlos Cintron had a 2-run single in the 5th. The bullpen was outstanding with 5 shutout innings in relief, with Kevin McCanna, Kyler Stout, and Matt Brill combining to allow just 1 hit and 1 walk while punching out 5.
(A) Kane County Cougars 12, Peoria Chiefs 2: Everything was clicking for Kane County (6-3) as the pitching and offense were both great. Franklyn Soriano posted five zeros while the offense went to work. They chased the Peoria starter with a 3 spot in the first that included a home run from Eduardo Diaz. A 5-run 6th inning blew the game open after the Cougars loaded the bases in the frame. A HBP, single, then double followed for the 5 runs in that inning. Zachery Almond had 4 hits and drove in 4 of the 12 runs to lead the offense. Alex King drove in 3 and pretty much every Cougar hitter except David Garza, who went 0 for 4 with 3 Ks, reached base and contributed in some form to the score.