The Diamondbacks Minor League affiliates combined to go 2-3, with Jackson finishing up a game that was suspended on April 19th.
Here are the stars from last night’s games:
3 Stars: Visalia 1B Yoel Yanqui 3 for 5, solo HR (3), 2 RBI
2 Stars: Kane County 3B/2B Buddy Kennedy 2 for 3, 2 2B, BB, RBI, 2 R
1 Star: Visalia RHP Jeff Bain 5 IP, 3 H, 1 R (1 ER), 3 BB, 6 K, W (2-1)
0 Stars: Jackson RHP Bo Takahashi 3 1⁄3 IP, 6 H, 4 R (4 ER), 3 BB, 1 K, L (2-2)
(AAA) Reno Aces 3, Las Vegas Aviators 6: Justin Donatella was blasted for 4 runs in the first 3 innings, surrendering 5 hits while issuing 4 walks and getting 2 strikeouts. Reno struggled to hit in the game, with just a 2-run homer by Kevin Cron (#11) and a solo homer by Domingo Leyba (#3) being the offense. Joey Krehbiel allowed 2 runs in his 2 innings of work, which put Reno behind 6-0 before the fireworks began. Robby Scott and Ben Taylor went 2 innings scoreless each.
(AA) Jackson Generals 1, Tennessee Smokies 5: Moving on from a suspended game that started on April 19th, Bud Jeter opened up this game as he finished the bottom of the second and pitched his way through the 6th. Jeter allowed the inherited runner to score as well as 2 more runs of his own to put Jackson down 5-1. The offense showed up in the form of a solo home run for Jeffery Baez.
(AA) Jackson Generals 2, Tennessee Smokies 5: Bo Takahashi got blasted for 4 runs in 3 1⁄3 innings, allowing 6 hits and issuing 3 walks in his start. The bullpen wasn’t steady in terms of keeping inherited runners from scoring (5 IR, 2 scored), but kept it from getting too out of hand. The offense once again did not show up, although they made things interesting in the 9th. Two bloops and two walks put the trying run at the plate in the form of Pavin Smith. Smith made a bid for a game-tying grand slam, but the fly ball fell a bit short of the fence so he had to settle for a sac fly.
(A+) Visalia Rawhide 6, Stockton Ports 1: After dropping 5 straight, the Rawhide returned to their winning ways. Jeff Bain allowed just 1 run on 3 hits, 3 walks, and 6 strikeouts to help settle things down while the offense went to work. Yoel Yanqui launched his 3rd long ball of the season, giving Visalia a 1-0 lead which they never relinquished thanks to a never relenting offense. Jose Caballero and Yoel Yanqui had multi-hit games and were a big part of the offense while Camden Duzenack hit a little league HR (3B, E4) in the 9th. Cole Bartlett was solid over the final 4 innings, securing the 12-out save.
(A) Kane County Cougars 4, Fort Wayne TinCaps 3: Franklyn Soriano was very unsteady in his 1 1⁄3 innings, allowing all three of Fort Wayne’s runs although two of them scored after he left the game. After that second inning, the pitching settled in when the offense reclaimed the lead thanks to three strong ABs by the top prospects there. Buddy Kennedy hit an RBI double, Alek Thomas drove him home with a triple, followed up by a Blaze Alexander single. Kenny Hernandez would rebound from a shaky second with four scoreless innings afterwards and Blake Workman worked a perfect 9-out save with 6 outs on strikeouts.