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Diamondbacks Minor League Recap 4/19/19: Kane County throws team no-hitter

Bryan Valdez and 2 Cougar relievers combined for a no-hitter and Visalia’s win streak improves to 8 straight.

The Diamondbacks mi3nor league affiliates combined to go 2-1 last night with one game getting suspended. Three Kane County pitchers combined to throw a no hitter against their opponent as part of their win while Visalia proceeded to obliterate their opponent to extend their winning streak to 8.

Here are the stars from last night’s game:

3 Stars: Kane County LHP Bryan Valdez, RHP Andy Toelken, and RHP Blake Workman 9 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 8 K
2 Stars: Visalia SS Jancarlos Cintron 3 for 4, 2 2B, HR (2), BB, 3 RBI, 2 R
1 Star: Visalia RHP Cole Stapler 7 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 9 K, W (2-1)
0 Stars: Reno RHP Kevin McCanna 3 13 IP, 5 H, 4 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 3 K, L (0-1)

(AAA) Reno Aces 1, El Paso Chihuahuas 4: The Aces (5-10) struck first in the 4th inning as Kevin Cron and Travis Snider doubled in the inning to take a 1-0 lead. There would have been more damage had Wyatt Mathieson not hit into an inning-ending double play with the bases loaded and 1 out. Unfortunately Kevin McCanna, who was pulled from Visalia to make this start, was unable to hold the lead as the first batter of the bottom of the 4th homered. It appeared that he would be able to limit the damage until a key error by Cron opened up the floodgates for a 4-run inning. The Aces never really threatened to score from that point, not even getting a runner to second for the final 5 innings of the game.

(AA) Jackson Generals vs. Tennessee Smokies game suspended due to rain: Game recap to be posted when the game is finished

(A+) Visalia Rawhide 13, Lancaster Jethawks 4: In 4 trips to the plate, Visalia (12-4) plated 9 runs to pretty much end the game early. In the 1st, 3rd, and 4th inning they plated 3 runs apiece. Camden Duzenack, Mark Karaviotis, and Jancarlos Cintron homered in the game, the latter being a major contributor at the plate for Visalia. Cole Stapler was equally as effective as his teammates’ bats, as he pitched 7 scoreless innings and completely dominated with 9 strikeouts and no walks.

(A) Kane County Cougars 1, Quad Cities River Bandits 0: There wasn’t much offense in this game overall, with Kane County scratching a run across late to seal it. Eduardo Diaz walked with one out, stole 2nd, then scored on an Alex King double with 2 outs. The story was the pitching, as Bryan Valdez, Andy Toelken, and Blake Workman combined for a no-hitter with 8 strikeouts and 3 walks in the game. Valdez started the game and retired all 12 hitters he faced, 4 on strikes. Toelken went the next 4 23 innings and while he was not perfect with 3 walks given up, he did not allow any hits or runs either. Toelken couldn’t quite make it to the finish line in the 9th, walking the final batter that he faced with 2 outs before giving way to Workman, who finished off the no-hitter in the best way possible: freezing a hitter for a called third strike.