Dbacks Affiliates took three out of four games played, with Kane County taking a loss despite a stellar debut by Matt Tabor.
Performances of the Day
Pitcher: Matt Tabor, Kane County 4.0 IP 1 hit 0 runs 0 BB 7 k
Hitter: Camden Duzenack, Visalia SS 2-5 with two home runs
Taylor Widener continues his struggles in AAA, going five innings and giving up four runs on five hits, four walks to five strikeouts, and two home runs allowed. Alex Young would relieve Widener in the sixth, and would allow just a hit, which unfortunately was a solo homer. Ben Taylor would follow and pitch the seventh and eighth inning, and allowed three hits, but also allowed a solo homer as well. Marc Rzepczynski pitched a perfect ninth, and struck out two.
Fortunately for the Ace’s pitching staff, the offense was there to pick up the slack with multiple big innings. The Aces lead off the game with a six run first. With two outs in the top of the first, Kevin Cron walked, Travis Snider doubled putting runners on second and third, and Tyler Heineman walked to load the bases for Abraham Almonte, who’d hit a grand slam. Wyatt Mathisen followed up with another walk, and scored on a Kelby Tomlinson double. Taylor Widener would then single to put runners on the corners, and Juniel Querecuto added another single to score Tomlinson and put the Aces up 6-0.
The Aces would load the bases with one out in the sixth after a line drive single by Wyatt Mathisen, a bunt single by Kelby Tomlinson, and a walk to Cody Decker. Juniel Querecuto would go down on a strikeout, but Domingo Leyba and Kevin Cron would both draw walks, scoring two runs. Tyler Heineman would single, Abraham Almonte doubled putting runners on second and third. After Wyatt Mathisen grounded out, Kelby Tomlinson would be intentionally walked to load the bases. Yasmany Tomas would make them pay for that mistake with a double that would score Heineman and Almonte. Juniel Querecuto would go down on strikes, but Kelby Tomlinson would score on a missed catch error. Domingo Leyba would then single, scoring Tomas, and putting the Aces up 12-5 at that point.
Kevin McKanna allowed just a hit and two walks, while striking out five in his five innings of work. Tyler Mark struck out two in a scoreless sixth inning, working around a hit and a walk. Michael Kohn struck out four in a scoreless seventh and eighth. Kevin Ginkel struck out two in a perfect ninth.
The Generals got on board with a run in the fifth after Drew Ellis walked, was sac bunted over, and then scored on a single by Jeffrey Baez. Jazz Chisho;m would add another run in the sixth with his ninth home run of the year. Andy Young, the next batter, would single and steal second, and scored on a Drew Ellis single.
Shumpei Yoshikawa went just an 1 2⁄3 innings, and gave up a run in the first and two in the second to put the Rawhide in 3-0 hole that they battled back from to win. Bryan Valdez would relieve Yoshikawa with two outs in the top of the second, and get the out to the end inning. Valdez would go on to pitch 5.1 hitless innings total, while allowing just a walk and striking out five. Luis Castillo pitched a perfect eighth, and West Tunnel pitched a scoreless ninth.
Down 3-0 in the bottom of the second, the Rawhide would scratch out a run after Anfernee Grier singled, and then put on the afterburners to score from first on a single by Tim Susnara. The Rawhide would get one more run in bottom of the fifth thanks to a homer by Camden Duzenack. Visalia would tie it in up in the seventh after Mark Karaviotis walked and scored on a Renae Martinez double. Finally the Rawhide would pull ahead in the bottom of the eighth after Jose Caballero was hit by a pitch and Camden Duzenack hit his second home run of the game to put Visalia up 5-3
Matt Tabor made his debut with the Cougars and was stellar, but unfortunately the Cougars offense just couldn’t score a run. Tabor went four innings and allowed just a hit, while striking out seven. Ryan Miller relieved Tabor for the fifth inning, and allowed two runs. Ethan Larrison would allow two more runs in the sixth, and pitched a scoreless seventh. Rafael Soriano pitched a scoreless eighth inning. The Cougars offense did show signs of life, Tra Holmes was 2-4 with a double, Geraldo Perdomo had a double of his own, Buddy Kennedy had a pair of singles, and Alek Thomas reached three times with a single, a walk, and a hit by pitch. In fact, the only Cougar to fail to reach base was Blaze Alexander, who had a whopping eight runners left on base. To be fair, there were 14 other runners out of the 22 total that were left on base by Cougars batters.