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Diamondbacks Minor League Recap 7/3/2019: Alek Thomas hits for the cycle

The Diamondbacks Minor League Affiliates combined for a 5-2 record last night.

Here are the stars

3 Stars: Kane County RF Alek Thomas 4 for 4, 2B, 3B, HR (8), BB, 2 RBI, 2 R, Cycle
2 Stars: Visalia RHP Justin Vernia 6 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 5 K, W (4-0)
1 Star: Hillsboro RHP Denyi Olivero 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, W (3-0)

(AAA) Reno Aces 2, Las Vegas Aviators 3: Things were looking good for Reno in this game, as they had a 2-1 lead going into the 9th. Ben Lively allowed 1 run in 3 innings in his first appearance as a member of the Dbacks organization. Stefan Crichton, Lucas Luetge, and Ben Taylor each delivered scoreless outings. Caleb Joseph homered and Yasmany Tomas doubled for Reno’s two runs in the game, which should have been enough. Unfortunately, Jimmie Sherfy had a 9th inning meltdown that included 4 walks and a double surrendered in 23 of an inning to take the loss.

(AA) Jackson Generals 2, Montgomery Biscuits 4: Joel Payamps put together a solid outing, allowing 3 runs (2 earned) over 7 innings, giving up 8 hits and a walk while striking out 6. Lack of run support was a problem, as Jackson messed up a golden opportunity to get a big inning in the 1st and 9th innings respectively. Kevin McCanna would allow an insurance run in the 9th, but the Generals loaded the bases with 1 out and only down 2 runs. Unfortunately a pair of strikeouts ended that rally.

(A+) Visalia Rawhide 6, Stockton Ports 0: A strong pitching effort coupled with a big offensive inning allowed the Rawhide to comfortably win this one. Justin Vernia allowed just 3 hits and walked 3 over 6 innings, striking out 5 to pick up the win. Vernia got 4 double plays turned behind him to snuff out any potential Stockton rallies before they could really get going. Jancarlos Cintron, Anfernee Grier, and Jorge Perez had big games to help propel the offense. Mack Lemieux pitched the final 3 innings, punching out 5 of the 9 hitters he faced to pick up the save.

(A) Kane County Cougars 5, Peoria Chiefs 4: Trailing 4-1 after 3 innings, the Cougars scored 3 times in their final 2 trips to the plate to steal victory from the jaws of defeat. Jackson Goddard struggled to get anyone out in the 3rd, allowing 4 runs while getting no outs. However, Alek Thomas’ big game helped the Cougars to claw back into the game. Thomas singled in the 1st, tripled home a run in the 3rd, hit a solo homer in the 5th, then doubled in the 8th for the cycle while also drawing an intentional walk in his final plate appearance. Dominic Fletcher, Tra Holmes, and Jose Herrera helped out as well offensively. Andy Toelken and Wesley Rodriguez each delivered 3 scoreless innings to make the comeback bid possible before giving way to Kai-Wei Lin, who finished off things in the 9th with a pair of strikeouts.

(A-) Hillsboro Hops 6, Vancouver Canadians 0: Denyi Olivero and two relievers combined for a 5-hit shoutout of Vancouver, combining for a 6/0 K/BB ratio. Kristian Robinson also had a big day at the plate and on the bases, hitting a 2-run homer in the first while also adding a double and a stolen base to his game. The Hops took advantage of 8 walks and 4 stolen bases to help boost an otherwise mediocre day with RISP (3 for 13).

(Rk+) Missoula Osprey 4, Idaho Falls Chukars 3: For 7 innings, it looked like Missoula was going to be blown away, but they scored 4 times in their final 2 ABs to steal this game. Josh McMinn allowed 1 run on 1 hit thanks to a couple wild pitches, but was very effective with 6 strikeouts and no walks over 5 innings. Pedro Zorrilla allowed 2 runs in the 7th that put Missoula in a 3-0 hole. Spencer Brickhouse would put Missoula on the board in the 8th with an RBI single, which started the comeback bid. The first three Osprey batters reached base via Dominic Canzone double, Luvin Valbuena walk, and David Sanchez single + E8 that plated the tying runs and put the winning run in scoring position. After an intentional walk, Tristen Carranza doubled home Sanchez for the walkoff win.

(Rk) AZL Dbacks 3, AZL Mariners 1: Solid pitching, chaos on the bases, and sloppy Mariners play was good enough for the Dbacks to take this one. The Dbacks stole 4 bases in the game and two of their runs came on errors. Glenallen Hill Jr. had the only RBI in this game with a single through the right side of the infield that plated Corbin Carroll and he also added a pair of stolen bases. Corbin Carroll continues his solid debut season with a pair of hits, including the only Dbacks XBH with a double in the 3rd. That run support was enough for Gerald Ogando, who struck out 6 in 5 scoreless innings. Eric Mendez allowed just 1 run in 3 solid innings and Antonio Cardenas pitched a scoreless 9th for the save.