The Diamondbacks Minor League affiliates combined to go 2-1 last night. Once again, Visalia was rained out with a scheduled doubleheader.
Here are the stars from last night’s games:
☆☆☆ Jackson LHP Bryan Valdez 7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K, W (1-1)
☆☆ Jackson C Daulton Varsho 3 for 4, solo HR (7), 3 RBI, SB
☆ Reno 1B Yasmany Tomas 2 for 4, 3B, HR (16), 2 RBI, 2 R
(AAA) Reno Aces 4, El Paso Chihuahuas 10: Braden Shipley took the spot start and was slapped around for 8 runs on 8 hits, 2 walks, and 7 strikeouts over 5 innings. A couple defensive miscues did not help the cause, which led to 3 of the 8 runs being unearned. Reno quickly fell behind 8-0 in the game with no real chance of coming back with their best hitter now in the big leagues. In the top of the 4th, Yasmany Tomas tripled home a run and scored when Matt Szczur legged out a potential double play ball. On the Tomas triple, this is how I envision the play went. He would also add a solo homer in the 9th, his 16th of the season.
(AA) Jackson Generals 5, Montgomery Biscuits 0: Bryan Valdez and two relievers combined for a 3-hit shutout. Valdez allowed just 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 3 over 7 innings. Robby Scott and Damien Magnifico each pitched a perfect inning of relief to seal the win. The fantastic pitching was supported by the other half of the battery, as Daulton Varsho went 3 for 4 at the plate with a homer and 3 RBIs. The Generals took the lead with 2 outs in the 2nd with a bases loaded walk followed up by a Varsho 2-run single, the only hit in the inning. Ryan Grotjohn and Varsho both slugged out solo homers for the Generals’ final 2 runs of the game.
(A) Kane County Cougars 3, Quad Cities River Bandits 6 (F/10): This game started off as a pitcher’s duel with Jackson Goddard giving up 2 unearned runs over 4 1⁄3 innings. Goddard allowed just 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 4. The offense for the first 9 innings came on one swing of the bat, a Joe Gillette 2-run homer. While the offense was struggling to get anything going, the pitching kept Kane County in the game through 9 innings. Chester Pimentel struggled in his 3rd inning of work, allowing 4 runs to cross the plate in the top of the 10th. The Cougars were only able to scratch across 1 run to answer in the bottom half of the inning.