The Diamondbacks Minor League affiliates combined for a 3-3 record last night.
Here are the star performances from those games:
☆☆☆ Jackson RHP Riley Smith 6 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K, W (4-3)
☆☆ Reno 1B Yasmany Tomas 3 for 5, 2 HR (18, 19), 4 RBI, 3 R
☆ Reno 3B Wyatt Mathisen 3 for 5, HR (11), 3 RBI
(AAA) Reno Aces 12, Nashville Sounds 11: Just a good old-fashioned slugfest in the video game atmosphere for Reno. Braden Shipley surrendered 6 runs on 9 hits and 2 walks while striking out 1. Reno was slugging along with Nashville, taking a 5-run 4th inning to take a 7-6 while Bradin Hagens was the only Reno pitcher to not give up runs. Once Hagens was done, the bullpen proceeded to be awful again with Joey Krehbiel allowing 3 runs in 1 1⁄3 and Lucas Luetge allowing 2 in 1 2⁄3 innings. However since this is Reno, no lead for any team is safe. Trailing 11-7 going into the bottom of the 9th, the Aces decided to play a game of Home Run Derby at the expense of Josh Fields. Abraham Almonte, Yasmany Tomas, Wyatt Mathisen, and Matt Sczcur all went deep in the inning, the final one for a walk off hit.
(AA) Jackson Generals 9, Birmingham Barons 1: Riley Smith was fantastic on the mound for Jackson, shutting down Birmingham for 6 innings with just 5 hits and struck out 5. The Generals hitters broke the game open in the 4th with a 7-run inning. Doubles was the theme of the inning as Andy Young, Drew Ellis, Jeffrey Baez, Dominic Miroglio, and Ben DeLuzio each hit a double in the inning. Pavin Smith and Jamie Westbrook would add singles in the inning to keep the line moving as well and Young would reach base a second time in the inning with a less painful free pass than what he’s used to. A double play and a solo homer off the bat of Westbrook would account for Jackson’s final two runs in the game.
(A+) Visalia Rawhide 4, Stockton Ports 5: Things started off nicely for Visalia, taking a 3-0 lead into the bottom of the 5th. Joe Robbins would homer in the 3rd to start the scoring before L.T. Tolbert doubled home a run and Mark Karaviotis hit a sac fly that eventually became a double play. The lead would not last as Shumpei Yoshikawa would only retire one of the five hitters he faced in the 5th. Cole Bartlett came in and became Exhibit A for why pitchers should not field batted balls unless their name is Zack Greinke. A throwing error on a comebacker resulted in the tying runs scoring and setting up the day for disappointment. Visalia would retake the lead in the 6th when Jake McCarthy, fresh off the DL, scored on a wild pitch. Bartlett would once again surrender the lead in the bottom half of the inning. The game remained tied at 4 until Kyler Stout completely lost the strike zone with 3 walks and a wild pitch to end the game.
(A) Kane County Cougars 12, Wisconsin Timber Rattlers 2: While the Diamondbacks had a good haul of high school talent in this week’s draft, it was the high school talent from the previous two drafts that dominated for Kane County. Every Cougar in the lineup recorded at least one hit, Buddy Kennedy was the only one with 2. They also jumped on free passes by Wisconsin pitching, drawing 6 walks and 3 hit by pitches to help fuel big innings. After falling behind 2-0, Geraldo Perdomo would come up to bat with the bases loaded and promptly clear them with a blast to the right-center gap for a 3-run triple. Keshawn Lynch and Eduardo Diaz added RBI singles to cap off a 5-run inning. Zack Shannon would hit the only HR for KC with a drive to center to make it 6-2. The Cougars would tack on 3 runs each in the 6th and 8th innings to blow this game open.