Dbacks Affiliates took one out of two games played, with Jackson having a scheduled day odd, and Kane County's game postponed due to rain.
Performance of Day
Pitcher: Justin Vernia, Visalia, 5.0 IP 2 Runs 6 hits 1 BB 6 K
Hitter: Mark Karaviotis, LF Visalia, 3-4 double, HBP
Honorable mention to Jose Caballero who was 1-2 with double, walk, and two hit by pitches, and two stolen bases with four runs scored.
The Aces could have won this one, as they scored two runs in the bottom of the eighth to put them up 7-5, but Stefan Crichton allowed four runs in the ninth inning.
Matt Koch was the opener, pitching one inning and allowing one run on three hits. Braden Hagens followed, pitched five innings, and allowed four runs on 10 hits (including a solo homer) with one walk to one strikeout. Marc Rzepczynski pitched two scoreless innings in the seventh and eighth, walking a batter and striking out a batter. Stefan Crichton pitched the ninth and allowed four runs on five hits (including a two run homer).
Down 4 to 0, the Aces got on board with three runs in the third when Cody Decker singled, then later in the inning Abraham Almonte doubled, then Wyatt Mathisen doubled and scored on a throwing error by Las Vegas’ second baseman.
Down 5 to 3 in the bottom of the sixth, the Aces scored two more when Wyatt Mathisen hit a ground rule double and Matt Szczur hit a two run homer to tie it up. The Aces would briefly pull ahead in the bottom of the eighth inning when Matt Szczur single and Cody Decker doubled him home. Juniel Querecuto followed up with a single, scoring Decker for a second run in the inning, but was thrown out going to second.
Justin Vernia got the start and went five innings, allowing two runs on six hits and a walk, while striking out six. Both runs came on a two run homer in the third. Luis Castillo followed with two innings, giving up a run on two hits while walking none and striking out one. Jayson McKinley pitched the eighth, and allowed a run on two hits, while walking none and striking out one. Ryan Fritze pitched a perfect scoreless ninth, and struck out one.
The Rawhide jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first when Jose Caballero was hit by a pitch and stole second, and after a strikeout, Mark Karaviotis doubled Caballero home. After a fly out to Renae Martinez, Yoel Yanqui doubled him home. The 66ers then tied it up in the top of the third with a two run homer, but the Rawhide would pull back ahead in the bottom of the inning. Jose Caballero doubled to lead off and JanCarlos Cintron singled him home. Mark Karaviotis then got hit with a pitch, and Cintron advanced on a sac fly by the next batter, putting runners on the corners. Cintron then scored on a wild pitch, then back to back walks to Yoel Yanqui and Luis Alejandro Basebe loaded the bases. After a pitching change, Anfernee Grier grounded into a force out, but Mark Karaviotis scored on the play to put the Rawhide up 5-2. They’d add another run in the bottom of the fourth when Jose Caballero walked, advanced on a wild pitch, then scored on a Mark Karaviotis single. Four runs would cross home plate in the bottom of the next inning when Renae Martinez singled to lead the inning off, and after a fly out by Yoel Yanque, Luis Alejandro Basabe singled as well. A wild pitch put runners on second and third, and Anfernee Grier singled, scoring Martinez, and putting runners on the corners. Grier then stole second, and then both runners scored on a L.T. Tolbert double. Another wild pitch sent Tolbert to third, who’d score when Alex King singled. The 66ers then scored a couple runs, but the Rawhide would erase those gains with another pair of runs in the bottom of the eighth. Jose Caballero reached again on a hit by pitch, Jancarlos Cintron doubled putting runners on second and third, and then Caballero scored on a ground out. Cintron scored as well when Yoel Yanqui doubled, giving the Rawhide a comfortable 12-4 lead going into the ninth