Since there were only two games on Wednesday’s set of Minor League slate in the US, I decided to combine the two recaps instead. On Wednesday the affiliates went 1-1 and 5-1 on Thursday.
Here are the stars from Wednesday’s games:
☆☆☆ Hillsboro RHP Luis Frias 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K
☆☆ AZL Dbacks CF Wilderd Patino 3 for 5, 2B, RBI, 2 R
☆ AZL Dbacks catchers Nick Dalesandro and Sergio Gutierrez: 5 PA, 5 BB
(A-) Hillsboro Hops 1, Tri City Dust Devils 2 (F/10): Luis Frias pitched 5 shutout innings, allowing just 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 3. The offense for Hillsboro was a Jesus Marriega solo homer as they could not convert any other chances. 13 strikeouts and 9 left on base proved to be their undoing, as the Dust Devils were able to tie it up in the 9th when Bryan Menendez loaded the bases with no outs. After getting a pop fly for the first out, the Hops could not turn two on a ball hit to the 2B and that extended the game. In the 10th, Menendez wild pitched the free runner to 3rd, got a big strikeout for out #1 before loading the bases again on walks and serving up a walkoff single.
(Rk) AZL Dbacks 7, AZL Cubs One 3: Emilio Vargas looked solid in a rehab outing, striking out 4 in 3 scoreless innings. The solid pitching allowed the Dbacks to quickly build a 4-0 lead after the top of the 7th and 7-1 going into the bottom of the 9th. Outfielder prospect Wilderd Patino went 3 for 5 with an RBI and a pair of runs scored.
Here are the stars from Thursday’s slate of games:
☆☆☆ AZL Dbacks RHP Junior Mieses 5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 9 K, W (1-0)
☆☆ Kane County RHP Justin Lewis 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 5 K
☆ Jackson RHP Matt Peacock 6 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 4 K, W (3-2)
(AAA) Reno Aces 6, Albuquerque Isotopes 4: Taylor Widener got knocked around for 10 hits and 4 runs over 5 innings, but with only 1 HR and a 4/1 K/BB ratio it’s a step in the right direction. Widener has struggled with the juiced baseballs combined with the high elevation taking some bite from his best pitch overall (slider). Reno would answer with 6 unanswered runs to take this game, including a 4-run 8th to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat. Reno’s first three runs came on solo homers by John Ryan Murphy, Wyatt Mathisen, and Cody Decker. After a pair of walks, one intentional, and a single loaded the bases, Andy Young would crush a ball to the gap to promptly clear the bases with a triple. Jimmie Sherfy would walk two consecutive hitters with one out, but then struck out the next two hitters to close things out for the save.
(AA) Jackson Generals 13, Mobile Baybears 2: Matt Peacock flirted with a no-hit bid, going as deep as two outs in the 6th before surrendering a solo homer to Jo Adell. That was the only hit he’d allow over 6 innings as the only other baserunner he allowed was a walk. Jackson would blow things open with a 9-run 4th inning without the help of an extra base hit. The Generals capitalized on a fielding miscue and a pair of walks, with 8 singles in streaks of 5 and 3 straight with 1 and 2 out. Drew Ellis would provide the muscle in this game with a double and homer in this game, accounting for 2 of 3 XBH by Jackson hitters.
(A+) Visalia Rawhide 2, Modesto Nuts 1 (F/10): Josh Green started for Visalia and once again putting up a solid outing with 7 strikeouts in 5 innings, a rare case where he gets more strikeouts than groundouts. Visalia would score first, when Luis Alejandro Basabe drove in L.T. Tolbert with a single. Despite the solid pitching performances, it took until the 10th inning for Visalia to score again, as Jake McCarthy lined a single up the middle that scored Visalia’s free runner to walk the game off.
(A) Kane County Cougars 2, Burlington Bees 1: Zack Shannon’s two-out, two-run homer in the top of the 9th would prove to be the difference as the Cougars snatched victory from the jaws of defeat. Despite a strong start from Justin Lewis, the Cougars were unable to score at all or even start rallies. Burlington would score first in the 8th, when Kenny Hernandez walked the leadoff hitter. Despite catching him leaning off first, Shannon was unable to get the ball to second to get the caught runner. That runner would come around to score on two batters later and put the Cougars in a 1-0 hole before Shannon redeemed himself with the homer.
(A-) Hillsboro Hops 5, Tri City Dust Devils 6: Hillsboro was the only team to lose yesterday when sloppy defense came to bite them. Both teams plated two runs in the first, with Hillsboro’s runs coming on a Jesus Marriega single and Kristian Robinson double. Starter Michel Gelabert would allow three more runs to score in the bottom of the 2nd, which puts Hillsboro in a 5-2 hole. The Hops would score 3 times in the 5th to tie things up 5-5. After loading the bases with 1 out, Kristian Robinson bounced out to 3rd and Daniel Wasinger singled to account for the runs. The game remained tied until the 8th, in which Tri City was able to score the eventual winning run without the benefit of a hit. After a leadoff walk, a passed ball by Wasinger and two sac bunts would get the runner home. Hillsboro was unable to answer in the 9th as Lucas Herbert was thrown out at home for the final out of the game.
(Rk) AZL Dbacks 6, AZL Cubs Two 2: The Dbacks got a strong start from Junior Mieses, who allowed just a double over 5 innings and struck out 9 to get the top performance of the day. The offense backed him up for 5 runs with a pair of crooked number innings. With the bases loaded in the first, Ismael Jaime singled and Sandy Martinez bounced into a forceout at 3rd. In the third, Wilderd Patino would bat with 2 runners on base and hit a little league homer (triple, throwing error on the SS on a relay to 3rd). Patino would add a sac fly in the 9th to cap off a 2 hit, 3 RBI game.