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Diamondbacks Minor League Recap 5/15/19: We like winning

The Diamondbacks Minor League affiliates combine to win all three of their games.

Here are the stars from last night’s games:

★★★ Jackson RHP Bo Takahashi 7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 7 K, W (3-2)
★★ Kane County 3B Buddy Kennedy 4 for 5, 2B, 3B, RBI, 3 R
★ Jackson 1B Pavin Smith 3 for 3, 2 2B, BB, RBI, R

(AA) Jackson Generals 2, Mobile Baybears 1: This game started off as a pitcher’s duel between Bo Takahashi and Mobile starter Jeremy Beasley. Both pitchers traded zeros over the first five innings of the game. The Generals would take the lead as soon as the Baybears went to the bullpen when Galli Cribbs singled in Pavin Smith, who doubled to start the inning. Smith would add an RBI double in the 7th to give Jackson a 2-0 lead. Things got a little hairy in the 8th when Damien Magnifico allowed 3 hits, but he also recorded 3 strikeouts to limit the damage to 1 run. Matt Brill came in the 9th inning and had poor control with a HBP, single, and a wild pitch before locking down the save.

(A+) Visalia Rawhide 5, Modesto Nuts 1: Josh Green continued to do Josh Green things as he held Modesto to 1 run over 6 innings with a stellar 8/2 GO/FO ratio. Visalia scored first on a well-executed double steal with Jorge Perez swiping home. Modesto would tie it 1-1 in the 4th, but the rest of the scoring belonged to Visalia. L.T. Tolbert and Camden Duzenack had RBI singles to take the lead in the bottom of the 4th. Anfernee Grier homered and an RBI groundout by Duzenack accounted for Visalia’s last two runs of the game. Kyler Stout pitched a strong 7th and 8th, but loaded the bases with 1 out in the 9th. That brought in West Tunnell, who cleaned up the inning with a pop-up and a groundout.

(A) Kane County Cougars 6, Wisconsin Timber Rattlers 5 (F/10): Levi Kelly struggled with control as he allowed 3 runs in 4 13 innings, allowing 4 hits (1 HR) and issuing 3 free passes. The Cougars fell behind 3-0 after 5, but they did not give up the rest of the way. Buddy Kennedy hit an RBI triple and scored on a Zachery Almond groundout to put the Cougars within a run just a half inning later. Almond would add a sac fly and Blaze Alexander singled home Kennedy to give Kane County a 4-3 lead. Chester Pimentel could not hold the lead and had a beef with the strike zone, which resulted in an ejection with 1 out in the 8th. The game would go into extras. The Cougars would take a 6-4 lead on an RBI single by Almond and a RBI groundout by Alexander, but things got dicey in the bottom half of the inning. The first Wisconsin hitter singled home a run to make it 6-5, which ushered in closer Blake Workman. Workman would get a forceout at 2nd and a strike ‘em out, throw ‘em out double play to end the game.