Diamondback Affiliates took just one out of three games played on Sunday, with Reno and Kane County taking some very bad losses in two total blow outs. Meanwhile Jackson won in an all around well played game.
Performance(s) Of The Day
Hitter: Wyatt Mathisen 3-5 with a double and two home runs (solo and three run homerun)
Pitcher: Justin Donatella 7.0 IP 1 R 5 hits 2:8 BB:K
- You know a game has bad pitching when reliever Ben Taylor’s two runs allowed in an inning of relief is the best outing, and then third baseman Wyatt Mathisen three runs allowed in an inning of mop duty a close second. Alex Young got the start, and actually pitched three scoreless innings before giving up a run in the fourth. Young would go out for the fifth inning, and would give up a double, then three consecutive singles before being taken out for Justin Vernia. Vernia did his best to outdo Young in the terrible pitching department, allowing the two inherited runners to score, and four more runs on top of that for an eight run inning, and then another run in the following inning. Ben Taylor allowed two runs in the seventh, Ryan Atkinson allowed three runs in the eighth, and third baseman Wyatt Mathisen gave up four runs pitching mop up duty in the ninth.
Ignoring the obviously terrible pitching in this game, the balls keep leaving the yard in the Pacific Coast League, with the Aces hitting five home runs in the game, while oddly enough despite the score, the Rainiers hit none. Juniel Querecuto, Kevin Cron, and Abraham Almonte all had solo homers, as did Wyatt Mathisen, who in addition to the solo home run, had a three run home run as well.
Justin Donatella had a more than solid start, going seven innings, and giving up just a run on five hits and two walks, while striking out eight. Bud Jeter struck out one in the two perfect innings he pitched.
The Generals got on board in the bottom of the first inning when Daulton Varsho hit a solo home run. The Smokies answered back with a run to tie it in the top of the second inning, but Drew Ellis hit a solo homer to put the Generals ahead 2-1. The Generals would add a pair of runs in the bottom of the fourth when Jeffrey Baez walked and scored on a triple by Jazz Chisholm, who’d then score thanks to a sac fly by Drew Ellis. Jeffrey Baez scored another run on a solo homer in the sixth inning, and Ramon Hernandez added his own in the seventh, putting the Generals up 7-1.
A+ Visalia VS Lancaster Game1/Game2
Due to inclement weather on Saturday that lead to a postponed gamed, Visalia had a doubleheader scheduled against Lancaster. Both games however were rained out once again, and are postponed to a date to be announced.
This was a game that was a mess from start to finish. Ryan Weiss pitched 1 2⁄3 innings to open the game and allowed six runs (five earned) on nine hits(two home runs allowed), a walk, a wild pitch, and an error by Geraldo Perdomo. Ryan MIller pitched 1 1⁄3 innings and allowed three runs on two hits(one being a homer), a wild pitch, and three walks while striking out one. Kai-Wei Lin pitched two innings, and allowed four runs on three hits, three walks, a strikeout, and a wild pitch. Chester Pimentel had easily the best outing, two innings of hitless baseball, with just a walk. Blake Workman pitched the eighth, and allowed two runs (one earned) on three hits and a passed ball, while striking out three.
There were some very nice hitting performances that completely went to waste thanks to the awful pitching. Eduardo Diaz was 3-4 with a two run home run, Alek Thomas was 2-5 with a home run, and Blaze Alexander was 2-5 with a pair of doubles. Zach Shannon and Tra Holmes lone hits were both solo homers as well.