Diamondback affiliates won two out of four games, with Jackson and Kane County taking their matchups, while Reno and Visalia came up short.
Performances of the Day:
Pitcher: Justin Lewis, A Kane County, 5.0 IP 1 ER 6 hits 1:7 BB:K
Kevin McCanna, AA Jackson, 5.0 IP 1 unearned run, 6 hits, WP, 2:8 BB:K
Hitter: Abraham Almonte, OF Reno Aces 2-4 HR, 3 SB
Reno Aces 7 Salt Lake Bees 8
Despite four homeruns, the bad pitching in this one spelled doom for the Aces. Braden Shipley went 3 1⁄3 innings, gave up five runs on four hits and three walks, while striking out one. Anthony Vasquez relieved Shipley and went 4 2⁄3 innings and allowed three runs on six hits and a walk while striking out four. Marc Rzepczynski pitched a scoreless ninth, allowing a hit with no walks, while striking out one.
Down 5-0 after the top of the fourth , the Aces would get on the board with a solo homer by Yasmany Tomas in the bottom of the inning. Abraham Almonte would add a solo homer in the bottom of the sixth, and Wyatt Mathisen would hit a two run homer in the same inning. Travis Snider hit a three run homer in the bottom of the eighth inning to make the score 7-8, but the Aces would ultimately come up short.
Jackson Generals 3 Tennessee Smokies 1 F/5
In this weather shortened contest, Kevin McCanna went five innings, and allowed just an earned run on six hits and two walks while striking out eight. Galli Cribbs Jr got the offense started in third by hitting a line drive single off the pitcher, who would have to be taken out of the game. After a pitching change, Ryan Grotjohn walked, and Pavin Smith grounded out to move the runners to second and third. Jamie Westbrook hit a sac fly scoring a runner, and Daulton Varsho then singled to score the other runner. The Generals would add another run in the next inning on a Drew Ellis solo homer.
Visalia Rawhide 3 Rancho Cucamonga Quake 5
Shumpei Yoshikawa got the start, going four innings and giving up four runs (three earned) on six hits (including two homers), while walking none and striking out four. Bryan Valdez went the other four innings, and gave up a run on a solo homer while allowing two hits and a walk, while striking out two.
The Rawhide scored three runs in the top of the first, thanks to back to back singles, two walks (one of which would force in a run), followed by a single and a throwing error by the Quake’s right fielder. Unfortunately that’s all the offense Visalia could muster in the game.
Kane County Cougars 8 Lansing Lugnuts 2
Justin Lewis went five innings, and gave up one run on six hits and a walk, while striking out seven. Ryan Fritze pitched 2 1⁄3 innings, giving up a hit while while walking three and striking out one. Barry Toelken pitched the final out of 1 2⁄3 innings, allowing a run on two hits in the ninth, while walking none and striking out two.
Down 1-0 after top of the fourth, the Cougars battled back and scored two runs in the bottom of the inning. Buddy Kennedy would get things started with a single, Alek Thomas would double putting runners on second and third. Blaze Alexander would ground out, scoring a run and moving Thomas to third. With Andy Yerzy batting, the pitcher balked, scoring Thomas from third. The Cougars would score four more in the fifth. Back to back singles by Tra Holmes and Eddie Hernandez, and a walk to Geraldo Perdomo would load the bases. Zachary Almond reached on an error by the Lugnuts shortstop, scoring Tra Holmes. Buddy Kennedy walked, forcing in a second run. Alek Thomas grounded into a force out, with Buddy Kennedy out at second, but Perdomo managed to score. Alek Thomas attempted to steal second and was thrown out, but Zachary Almond would score on the play. The Cougars added two more in the eighth, thanks to a walk to Keshawn Lynch, a single by Tra Holmes, a double by Eddie Hernandez, and finally a sac fly from Perdomo.