The Diamondbacks Minor League affiliates combined to go 3-2 in last night’s games.
Here are the stars:
☆☆☆ Jackson LHP Bryan Valdez 7 1⁄3 IP, 7 H, 1 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 3 K, W (3-2)
☆☆ Visalia RHP Josh Green 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K, W (6-1)
☆ Reno 3B Wyatt Mathisen
Jake Lamb Rehab: 1 for 4, BB, 2 R
(AAA) Reno Aces 8, Round Rock Express 9: The Aces would open up with back-to-back 3-run innings to take a 6-0 lead. Yasmany Tomas and Wyatt Mathisen both homered as part of the 3-run 2nd inning. Ricky Nolasco lasted 3 2⁄3 innings, allowing 2 runs on 3 hits, 3 walks, and 6 strikeouts. The bullpen did not perform well as they quickly allowed the Express to score 5 runs in innings 4-6 to make it a 7-5 game. Mathisen would add a sac fly to pad the lead to 8-5 in the 7th. The lead would not last as Joey Krehbiel allowed the tying runs to score in the 8th and Anthony Vasquez allowed the Express to walk it off in the 9th with 2 outs.
(AA) Jackson Generals 5, Biloxi Shuckers 1: Solid pitching and opportunistic offense was enough to win the game for Jackson. Bryan Valdez pitched 7 1⁄3 innings of 1 run ball, scattering 7 hits and 2 walks while striking out 3. Jackson would score their first two runs on ground balls hit by Pavin Smith: one that was booted for an error and a groundout to 1B. Drew Ellis would add a double in the 5th to make it 3-0. After Biloxi scored in the top of the 8th, the Generals countered with a pair of runs. Ramon Hernandez tripled home a run before scoring on a wild pitch. Bud Jeter and Damien Maginifico would get the final 5 outs without allowing any runs.
(A+) Visalia Rawhide 9, San Jose Giants 8: This game was a continuation of a game that was suspended two innings in on May 26th. Cole Stapler pitched 2 innings of the early game, allowing no runs on 3 strikeouts. When play resumed, both pitchers in the game got hammered. Justin Vernia allowed 6 runs in 3 innings, including a 5-run 3rd inning. Visalia would score 6 runs in the 4th to tie it at 6-6, when Anfernee Grier and Tim Susnara hit back-to-back homers to tie things up. Jake McCarthy would provide Visalia the lead with a single in the 7th that scored Mark Karaviotis. Luis Castillo would blow the 7-6 lead by allowing 2 runs to score in the 8th, but ended up vulturing a win when the Rawhide got those two runs back in the 8th. L.T. Tolbert tied the game with a single and Anfernee Grier got the lead with a double. Breckin Williams would allow a hit and a walk in the 9th, but stranded both of them to pick up the save.
(A+) Visalia Rawhide 1, San Jose Giants 0 (F/7): The Rawhide scored the only run of this 7-inning doubleheader game on a solo homer by Alex King. That was good enough for Josh Green, Kyler Stout, and West Tunnell, who combined for a 2-hit shutout. Green was responsible for both hits, but limited the damage thanks to a 7/1 groundout to flyout ratio that also included a pair of double plays. Stout pitched a clean 6th and Tunnell struggled with walks but kept the tying run in scoring position to end the game.
(A) Kane County Cougars 1, Burlington Bees 3: Jackson Goddard struggled with control, walking 4 batters in 4 innings but did not give up any runs either. Kane County would score their only run of the game in the first on a wild pitch that scored Eduardo Diaz. The Cougars struggled to hit with runners on base, going 0 for 6 with RISP and left 7 on base. Blake Workman would go 4, allowing 2 runs, walked none, and struck out 3 to take the loss. Ethan Larrison and Chester Pimentel allowed a run in the 9th.