The Diamondbacks Minor League affiliates combined for a 2-2 record last night, with a pair of 1-run wins. Here are the stars from last night’s games:
★★★ Reno 1B Kevin Cron 2 for 3, 2 HR (16, 17), 2 BB, 3 RBI
★★ Visalia RHP Shumpei Yoshikawa 5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 8 K
★ Jackson RHP Matt Peacock 5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K
(AAA) Reno Aces 5, Tacoma Rainiers 14: Another ugly pitching performance for Reno. Taylor Widener struggled for another start as he got pounded for 7 runs on 7 hits, 2 walks, and 4 strikeouts over 3 1⁄3 innings despite getting spotted a 3-1 lead. Kevin Cron hit a 2-run homer and Caleb Joseph had a run-scoring single. Things got out of hand in the 4th when Widener and Ryan Atkinson allowed 8 runs to score in the inning to put Reno behind 9-3. Atkinson would allow another run in the 5th and Joey Krehbiel would allow 3 more runs in the 5th. Cron would add his 2nd homer of the game in the 9th.
(AA) Jackson Generals 2, Tennessee Smokies 3: Matt Peacock pitched well in this game, allowing just a hit and a walk in 5 scoreless innings with 5 strikeouts. Offense was scarce in this game, but the Generals clung onto a 1-0 lead on a sac fly by Ramon Hernandez. Tyler Mark replaced Peacock in the 6th and immediately surrendered 3 runs to put Jackson behind 3-1. Hernandez would add a solo homer in the 7th to put Jackson behind 3-2 and set up the events for a very weird 9th inning. Drew Ellis would walk to lead off the inning followed by Hernandez reaching on an infield hit that put Ellis at 3rd after the SS threw the ball away. Pinch runner Ben DeLuzio would be thrown out trying to steal 2nd, a call that drew the ire of Generals manager Blake Lalli and lead to an ejection. Dominic Miroglio and Jeffrey Baez would strike out with the potential tying run at 3rd to end the game.
(A+) Visalia Rawhide 1, Modesto Nuts 0: Shumpei Yoshikawa pitched a gem with 8 strikeouts over 5 scoreless innings. Neither team did much offensively, as they traded zero for the first 8 innings. Cole Bartlett would pitch 3 scoreless innings with 5 strikeouts and Breckin Williams pitched a scoreless 9th. The strong pitching set up a chance for the Rawhide to walk it off in the 9th and it only took one batter for them to do it. Mark Karaviotis would deposit the 2nd pitch of the inning into the bleachers for the walk-off win.
(A) Kane County Cougars 2, Beloit Snappers 1: Matt Tabor turned in another solid performance with 4 innings of 1 run ball with 3 hits, a walk, and 3 strikeouts. After leaving the game trailing 1-0, the Cougars scored runs in consecutive innings for the winning runs. Keshawn Lynch hit a sac fly to tie the game in the 5th, scoring Blaze Alexander after he singled to lead off the frame. Buddy Kennedy would drive in the go-ahead run with a single after back-to-back 1-out walks by Alek Thomas and Jose Herrera. The bullpen delivered 5 shoutout innings to hold the lead: Kenny Hernandez contributed 3 2⁄3 innings for the win and Ethan Larrison got a 4-out save to close things out.