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Minor League Recap 4/14/19: Visalia has a One-Hitter, Jackson has a Walkapalooza

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Jackson Nearly Lost Thanks To Five Runs Scoring on Eight Walks in An Inning

Diamondbacks affiliates only played three games today, as Kane County played today’s game in a doubleheader yesterday, and Jackson’s second game of their doubleheader today was cancelled due to inclement weather.

Snake Stars

Three Stars: Visalia’s Pitching Staff (Jeff Bain, Cole Bartlett, and Matt Brill) combined to throw a one hit, one hpb, three walk shutout, with eleven strikeouts

Two Stars: Yoel Yanqui 3-4 with a double

One Star: Kevin Cron 1B-3B Reno 1-2 with a double and three walks. Daulton Varsho 1-2 with a three run homerun and a walk

Zero Stars: Mason McCullough, Jackson RP, Zero hits but FIVE walks and FIVE runs allowed thanks to Michael Kohn also allowing three walks in the 7th inning of Jackson’s game

Taylor Clarke 8 runs, 7 hits(with two doubles and two Hrs) and two walks in 3.2 IP

(That is the only reason why I am using the Snake Stars Format, so I can give McCullough, Kohn, and Clarke zero stars)

El Paso Chihuahuas 12 Reno Aces 4

Taylor Clarke had a rough outing, giving up eight runs on seven hits and two walks in three and two thirds innings pitched. Clarke didn’t just give up a bunch of hits, he was hit hard, with four out of seven hits allowed going for extra bases, with two doubles and two home runs allowed. Marc Rzepczynski would relieve Clarke in the fourth with two on and two outs. Rzepczynski would uncork a wild pitch, then allow a three run home to the first batter he faced, and followed by a double, and back to back walks to load the bases before getting a line out to end the inning. Rzepczynski would settle down and pitch a scoreless fifth inning, but Alex Young would allow two runs in the sixth, and another run in the seventh. Jimmy Sherfy would pitch a pointless perfect eighth inning, striking out one. First baseman Cody Decker would pitch a scoreless ninth inning, allowing one hit.

The Aces were already down 9-0 when they put a run on the board in fifth, and were down 11-1 by the time they added another run in the seventh, and two runs in the eighth to make the score 11-4. The Aces were never really in this one, but several Aces batters still had solid days at the plate. Kevin Cron was 1-2 with a double and three walks, Yasmany Tomas was 2-4 with a double. Abraham Almonte and Matt Jones both reached based twice with a double and a walk. Domingo Leyba, Cody Decker, and Kelby Tomlinson each had a pair of singles.

Chattanooga Lookouts 6 Jackson Generals 8

Matt Peacock went four and a third innings, giving up one run on three hits and five walks, while striking out five. Peacock did kind of make up for the shaky command by knocking in two runs with a single in the bottom of the fourth though. Ryan Atkinson would relieve Peacock in the fifth, coming into the game with runners on first and second with only one out. Peacock would go an inning and two thirds, striking out all five batters he faced. Jackson was up 8-1 in the top of the seventh inning, when Mason McCullough was brought on to replace Ryan Atkinson. McCullough would walk all five batters he faced, allowing two runs to score. Michael Kohn would relieve McCullough, and would get two quick outs, but then also would suddenly be unable to hit the strike zone. Kohn would walk three batters in a row, allowing three more runs to score, and bringing the go ahead run to the plate. After a mound visit, McCullough would get a strikeout to finally end the top of the seventh, and the game.

Jackson would get a run on the board early, scoring three runs in the first. Ben Deluzio would lead things off with a single, and Ramon Hernandez would homer, putting Jackson up 2-0. Daulton Varsho would walk and steal second, and after a quick strikeout from Andy Young, Marcus Wilson would single, scoring Varsho to make the score 3-0. Wilson would add his own stolen base before Drew Ellis would end the inning with a strikeout. Jackson would add two more runs with Matt Peacock’s single, which would score Andy Young and Marcus Wilson in the fourth. Daulton Varsho would tack on three more runs with a three run home run in the bottom of the fifth, which would score Jeffrey Baez and Ramon Hernandez. That home run would prove important, as it was the difference maker in the game thanks to the walkapalooza in the seventh.

Visalia Rawhide 2 San Jose Giants 0

Visalia’s pitching tossed a gem of a shutout, allowing just one hit and three walks, while striking out eleven. Jeff Bain got the start, and was excellent through six innings. Bain allowed just one hit and two walks, while striking out six, though he did hit a batter. Cole Bartlett struck out two in the perfect seventh and eighth inning he pitched. Matt Brill walked one and struck out three in a hitless ninth inning.

Visalia’s offense was shut down until the eighth inning. Tim Susnara would line out, but Camden Duzenack and Jose Caballero would hit back to back single, and then advance to second and third on a balk. Mark Karaviotis would hit a Sac Fly scoring Duzenack, and then Yoel Yanqui would single, scoring Caballero, and putting the Rawhide up 2-0.

The only Rawhide who had more than a hit, or an extra base hit, was Jose Caballero, who was 3-4 with a double. Yoel Yanqui was the only other Rawhide batter to reach base more than twice, going 1-3 with a walk.