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Minor league Recap 4/22/19: Walk-off for the Rawhide

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Luis Alejandro Basabe was the late hero for Visalia

Best Performances

  • Pitcher(s): Ryan Weiss, Kane County: 5 IP, 3 H, R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 SO, W (1-1)
  • Hitters: Luis Alejandro Basabe, Visalia: 2-for-3, R, two RBI, walk-off HR

Worst Performances

  • Pitcher(s): No award. Across four games, 11 runs allowed is a good day’s work!
  • Hitter(s): Tra Holmes, Kane County: 0-for-5, 4 K’s, 6 LOB

AAA Reno Aces 3 @ El Paso Chihuahuas 4

Despite a decent start from Anthony Vasquez, the Aces were behind from the bottom of the first inning onwards. The Aces would be shut out until the sixth inning, when Kevin Cron hit a solo homer. The Aces got a rally started in the ninth when Domingo Leyba was hit by a pitch and pinch ran for by Marty Herum. Herum would advance to second on a wild pitch, but then the next two batters would line out and fly out center. Yasmany Tomas would hit a home run to make the score 3-4. Tim Locastro would then draw a walk, prompting a pitching change. After the pitching change, Locastro would steal second, but Juniel Querecuto would fly out to right, ending the inning and the game.

Vasquez pitched 5.1 innings, and gave up three runs on eight hits, two walks, and a hit by pitch, with a solo homer allowed in the sixth inning. Stefan Crichton pitched 1.2 innings, and allowed two hits, one being a solo homer. Joey Krehbiel pitched a scoreless inning and allowed two hits, no walks, and struck out one. On offense, Querecuto reached base three times, on a hit and two walks, and Locastro had three walks.

AA Jackson Generals 5 @ Birmingham Barons 2

Emilio Vargas got the start and the win. Vargas pitched six solid innings of two run baseball, allowing five hits, while striking out five and walking none, though he did have a throwing error. Lucas Luetge relieved Vargas in the seventh, and pitched a scoreless inning, giving up just a hit while striking out one. Damien Magnífico worked around a pair of hits in a scoreless eighth. Kevin Ginkel struck out all three batters he faced in the ninth inning, and earned the save.

The Generals scored three in the second and two in the third, and that was it for the night. Jeffrey Baez hit his first home-run, after walks to Daulton Varsho and Ramon Hernandez leading off the second. After Pavin Smith reached on an error to start the third, Jamie Westbrook hit his fourth homer. Baez also had a double, while Westbrook and Dominic Miroglio each got a hit and a walk for Jackson, who improved their record to 9-7.

High A Visalia Rawhide 5, Stockton Ports 4

Matt Mercer started the game, and pitched four innings, giving up one run on six hits and a a walk, while striking out four. Mack Lemieux pitched an inning and two thirds, and allowed a run on a hit and two walks. Luis Castillo pitched two and a third innings, was hitless, walked none, and struck three batters. Despite all that, Castillo was charged with an unearned run thanks to a fielding error that let a runner reach base, a second fielding error that moved the runner over, a ground to get him to third, and a sac fly that scored the runner.

In the bottom of the ninth, Luis Alejandro Basabe would step up to the plate with one out, and walk Visalia off with a solo homer on the second pitch he saw. The Rawhide had jumped on top with three runs in the first, as five of the first six batters reached, on four singles and a walk. But the Ports chipped away, despite Anfernee Grier adding to Visalia’s tally with his first home-run in the sixth. Matt Brill blew the save in the ninth, allowing a run on two hits and a walk, before getting the W, thanks to Basabe.

A-ball Kane County Cougars 4 @ Burlington Bees 1

Ryan Weiss spun a minor gem for the Cougars, giving up only an unearned run over five innings. He held the Bees to three hits, and the only damage came in the bottom of the fourth, as a result of an error by first-baseman Andy Yerzy. That broke a scoreless tie, so it looked like it might be costly. However, the Cougars rebounded immediately, scoring four runs in the top of the fifth as they sent nine men to the plate. That inning included RBI doubles by Eddie Hernandez and Jorge Perez.

Weiss left after a clean bottom of the frame, and the Cougars’ bullpen took things the rest of the way. Erin Baldwin got the first five outs, allowing no hits, though did walk three. Then Blake Workman picked up his second save of the season, a seven-out performance with two hits and a pair of strikeouts. Perez had thre hits and Alek Thomas a triple and a single for Kane County.