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Diamondbacks Minor League Recap 5/21/19: Anemic offenses are contagious

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The Diamondbacks Minor League affiliates combined to a 1-2 record with AA Jackson having a scheduled off day. Unfortunately, it appears the anemic offense issue with mediocre pitching problem has also spilled over into the minor league games as well.

Here is the star from last night’s games:

Good at Baseball: Reno 2B Domingo Leyba 4 for 5, 3 2B, 5 RBI, 2 R
Not Good at Baseball: Visalia 3B Camden Duzenack 0 for 3, 3 K

(AAA) Reno Aces 10, El Paso Chihuahuas 7: Just another typical PCL slugfest, although the topic of the baseballs being used has been beaten to death on other threads on this site. Matt Koch was a victim of this as he surrendered 5 runs and 3 homers through 4 23 innings and was generally uneffective in another baseball game. However, Domingo Leyba was definitely effective as he smashed out a triple-double and drove in 5 runs for the Aces. Kevin Cron had 2 hits and 2 RBI and Yasmany Tomas clubbed a solo homer to help out on the offense. The bullpen was scoreless for the 6th and 7th innings, which allowed Reno to take a commanding 10-5 lead in the top of the 8th. Rubby De La Rosa gave 2 of them back in the bottom half of the frame, but got all three outs in the 9th to close things out.

(A+) Visalia Rawhide 1, Rancho Cucamonga Quakes 5: If you are a fan of anemic offenses and unimpressive pitching performances to go with them, this game was perfect for you. Jeff Bain allowed just 3 hits over 5 innings, but unfortunately for him 2 of those 3 hits left the ballpark for a total of 3 runs. Visalia hitters didn’t offer much support with just 3 hits and 13 strikeouts overall. Yuck! Anfernee Grier and Renee Martinez were the only two hitters that did not strike out for Visalia in that lineup.

(A) Kane County Cougars 1, Quad Cities River Bandits 4: Pretty much the same story as the Visalia game. Matt Tabor was in deep trouble in the first after loading the bases with no outs, but ended up surrendering two runs in on a pair of sac flies. Tabor allowed 3 runs on 4 hit and 1 walk while striking out 4 in 4 innings. The bad news for him was he also had to deal with an offense that couldn’t get the big hit. Kane County had 10 ABs with runners in scoring position and went hitless in those 10 tries while stranding 8 runners in total. Kane County’s only run came when Eduardo Diaz doubled home Tra Holmes in the 4th.