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Diamondbacks Minor-league Recap: The Late, Late, Late, Late Show in Reno

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There are comebacks. And then there are comebacks for the ages,

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Three stars

☆☆☆: Andrew Aplin, Reno: 1-for-1, two R, HR, 4 RBI, BB, walk-off grand-slam
☆☆: Tyler Heinemann, Reno: 4-for-5, two R, RBI
☆: Emilio Vargas, Jackson: 5.2 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 7 SO
0 stars: Justin Donatella, Reno: 3 IP, 12 H, 10 R, 10 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO

Triple-A Reno 14, Fresno 13. This was over by the middle of the fourth, with the Aces trailing 12-2. Justin Donatella was swatted around for ten runs in three-plus innings, and the game unfolded as you’d expect, until the bottom of the ninth. Reno came up, with the score 13-5 against them. Then this happened:

  • Andrew Aplin walks, advances to second on defensive indifference
  • Tim Locastro singles, Aplin scores (6-13)
  • Domingo Leyba grounds out, Locastro to second
  • Kevin Cron singles, Locastro scores (7-13)
  • Yasmany Tomas singles, Cron to second
  • Travis Snider doubles, Cron scores (8-13), Tomas to third
  • Tyler Heinemann singles, Tomas scores (9-13), Snider to third
  • Wyatt Mathisen singles, Snider scores (10-13), Heineman to second
  • Kelby Tomlinson walks, Heineman to third, Mathisen to second
  • Andrew Aplin his a grand slam. Heineman, Mathisen, Tomlinson and Aplin score (14-13)

Not often a pinch-hitter gets to score two runs in the same inning. :) C Tyler Heinemann had four hits, and 1B Kevin Cron had two, including his 11th home-run of the season. Braden Shipley got an extremely unexpected W with a scoreless “mop-up” ninth. I almost wish they’d used Cody Decker instead...

Double-A Jackson 3, Pensacola 4. Emilio Vargas had a solid outing for the Generals, with a 7:0 K:BB over 5.2 innings, allowing two runs on five hits, and got a no-decision. This was tied at two going into the seventh, but Lucas Luetge let the Blue Wahoos score twice to take the lead. Jackson pulled one back in the eighth, on SS Jazz Chisholm’s fifth home-run of the season, but couldn’t get the tying run on base over the final six outs. Chisholm and RF Jeffrey Baez each had a pair of hits, and Tyler Mark worked a pair of perfect scoreless innings in relief, striking out one.

High-A Visalia 8 @ Lancaster 10. The Rawhide’s franchise record winning streak was finally snapped. Visalia had won an impressive fourteen games in a row, and looked good for #15 after scoring three in the top of the first. But the Jethawks wouldn’t go away, and kept up with the Rawhide, tying the game at six by the end of the sixth. Starter Matt Mercer went only four innings, giving up five runs on six hits and two walks with five strikeouts. The bullpen let it get away, Cole Bartlett and Luis Castillo combining to allow a four-run seventh for Lancaster. C Tim Susnara hit his first home-run for Visalia, LF Mark Karaviotis had two hits and a walk, scoring a pair of runs.

A-ball Kane County vs. Cedar Rapids. This game was postponed due to bad weather, and will be made up as part of a double-header today.