The Diamondbacks combined to go 0-4 in last night’s games. No stars as none of the teams won.
(AAA) Reno Aces 4, Memphis Redbirds 10: Matt Koch would allow 4 runs over 6 innings, surrendering 9 hits and 2 homers while striking out 3 and walking 2. The Reno offense would struggle in this game to put runners on the plate despite having 14 chances with a runner in scoring position. Juniel Querecuto had 4 hits in the leadoff spot, but the middle of the order did not take advantage with Matt Szczur, Wyatt Mathisen, and Cody Decker combining to go 0 for 13. This was a relatively close game, but the bullpen was leaky. Lucas Luetge allowed a run in the 7th, Ben Taylor did not retire any of the 6 hitters he faced with 5 scoring. Bradin Hagins finished the game, but the damage was done.
(AA) Jackson Generals 6, Mississippi Braves 7: Ricky Nolasco took the start and got lit up for 7 hits and 4 runs over 3 2⁄3 innings. Stolen bases were a problem as the battery of Nolasco and Daulton Varsho surrendered 4 stolen bases in 4 tries. The Jackson offense was able to get back in the game, tying it with a 2-run 6th. Ben DeLuzio singled and Varsho walked with 1 out before scoring on a groundout to 2B and a bloop single center. Varsho would give Jackson a 5-4 lead with a single through the right side. Matt Brill was asked to get the final 6 outs and he did but it came with turbulence. After loading the bases with 2 outs in the 8th, it appeared he would get out of the jam with a strikeout but a wild pitch also prolonged the inning and the next batter singled to give Mississippi a 6-5 lead. Brill would allow another run in the 9th, which proved to be huge as Jackson would put up 1 run in the bottom of the 9th.
(A+) Visalia Rawhide 4, Modesto Nuts 5: Justin Vernia allowed 4 runs on 7 hits in 4 2⁄3 innings, which put Visalia behind 4-0 midway through the 5th. However the offense was able to scratch their way back into the game and Ryan Fritze pitched 2 1⁄3 shutout innings to keep the momentum. L.T. Tolbert had an RBI single in the 5th as well as an RBI groundout in the 7th and Luis Alejandro Basabe had a RBI double in the 6th that make it a 4-3 game. Mark Karaviotis would walk, with Ball 4 resulting in a wild pitch that tied the game. Mack Lemieux came in to put up a zero, but did not do that as he yielded a solo home run that ended up being the winning run. Visalia would have a chance in the 9th as a pair of singles put runners on the corners with 1 out, but Karaviotis struck out and Renae Martinez flied out to end the game.
Kane County Cougars 0, Quad Cities River Bandits 2: Despite getting 10 free passes in the game, the Cougars were unable to put any runners on the plate. Matt Tabor put in a solid 4 2⁄3 innings, giving up 1 run (after he left the game) on 4 hits, 1 walk, and 5 strikeouts. Unfortunately that also saddled him with a loss due to the lack of offensive productivity in terms of balls put into play.