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Diamondbacks Minor League Recap 7/17/2019

The Diamondbacks Minor League affiliates combined for a 1-4 record.

(AAA) Reno Aces 7, El Paso Chihuahuas 9: Riley Smith allowed 2 unearned runs on 7 hits with 1 walk and 5 strikeouts over 6 23 innings. The Reno offense showed up early and often, scoring 5 times in the first 5 innings. Yasmany Tomas had 3 hits, falling a triple short of the cycle, and drove 4 on the day. Unfortunately, the Aces bullpen could not get the final 3 outs without a major meltdown as Joey Krehbiel and Stefan Crichton allowed 7 runs to score in the 9th inning while each pitcher only recorded 1 out in the frame.

(A+) Visalia Rawhide 2, Inland Empire 66ers 3: Usually I say solo homers don’t beat you, but 3 solo shots was enough to beat Visalia. Shumpei Yoshikawa allowed a pair of solo homers in the first, but settled in to punch out 3 in 5 innings with no further damage. Visalia put up a 2-spot of their own in the 3rd, when L.T. Tolbert doubled home a pair of runs. The game remained tied at 2-2 until the 7th, when Cole Bartlett would allow a solo homer to the first batter of the inning. Despite being only down a run, Visalia did not muster much of a threat the rest of the way.

Blake Swihart went 2 for 4 with a double and a strikeout as the DH in his rehab appearance.

(A) Kane County Cougars 6, Bowling Green Hot Rods 5: Kane County was the only team to win last night, and it took a 3-run 9th inning to do it. In a matchup of pitching prospects from the 2018 Draft, Levi Kelly held his own with 5 innings of 2-run ball (1 earned) with 7 strikeouts. RBI singles by Joey Rose and Buddy Kennedy put Kane County up 2-0 in the first and a sac fly by Zachery Almond gave them a 3-2 lead after 5. Unfortunately, the bullpen was unable to hold the lead as Andy Toelken allowed the tying run to score through no fault of his own, not allowing a hit or putting a runner on via free pass. However, Kai-Wei Lin allowed Bowling Green to stretch their lead to 5-3 with 2 runs allowed in the 8th. Wesley Rodriguez would pitch a scoreless 9th, to set up the comeback bid. Tim Susnara and Keshawn Lynch would both single and get sacrificed into scoring position for Alek Thomas. Thomas’ 3rd hit of the day scored both runners to tie the game, before advancing to 3rd on a stolen base + throwing error and scoring on a Rose sac fly to walk it off.

(A-) Hillsboro Hops 2, Eugene Emeralds 5: Marcos Tineo allowed just 1 run over 5 innings, striking out 2. The Hops offense struggled all night, but a 2-run homer by Steven Leyton would give Hillsboro a 2-1 lead in the 7th. Eugene would counter with 3 runs off of Justin Garcia, who got hammered in his 2nd inning of work to take a 4-2 lead. Yaramil Hiraldo would allow a run on a balk in the 8th for the final run of the game.

(Rk+) Missoula Osprey 0, Ogden Raptors 9: A very ugly gae as Missoula scratched across 5 singles between 3 hitters and committed 3 errors on the field. Austin Pope would pitch 2 scoreless innings, but the wheels fell off after that. Edgar Martinez, Oliver Rosario, and Chris Williams each allowed 3 runs and surrendered 11 hit of the 14 hits allowed by Missoula pitching. Liover Peguero and Cam Coursey would each record 2-hit games.