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Diamondbacks Minor League Recap 7/5/2019

The Diamondbacks affiliates combined for a 5-2 record.

3 Stars: Jackson 2B Ramon Hernandez 3 for 4, 2B, 2 HR (7, 8), 3 RBI, 3 R
2 Stars: Kane County RHP Levi Kelly 6 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 4 K, W (4-0)
1 Star: Visalia RHP Josh Green 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 5 K, W (8-1)

(AAA) Reno Aces 10, Sacramento River Cats 9: Taylor Widener allowed 4 runs on 9 hits over 5 13 innings, striking out 6 and walking 1. The Reno offense went to the long ball to fuel their offense, going deep three times. Andy Young had a particularly strong day at the plate, going 3 for 4 with 2 doubles, a homer, and a walk. Stefan Crichton struggled in his relief outing, surrendering 3 runs in the 7th while recording 5 outs. Marc Rzepczynski pitched a scoreless 8th, which allowed Reno to take the lead on Young’s second double of the night. Unfortunately that lead did not hold as Jimmie Sherfy got knocked around in the 9th, giving up 4 hits and a walk in his inning to put Reno behind 9-8. Cody Decker would rescue the situation with a walk-off 2-run homer in the bottom of the 9th.

(AA) Jackson Generals 8, Chattanooga Lookouts 4: Jackson put a whooping on Chattanooga in the first three innings, plating 5 runs to take a 5-2 lead after 3. That was enough offense for Bo Takahashi, who struggled with control with 4 walks but struck out 5 and kept Chattanooga from having big innings. Ramon Hernandez was the sparkplug on offense, smashing out a pair of homers and driving in 3. Daulton Varsho had a double and a triple to help support the offensive attack. Cameron Gann, Miguel Aguilar, and Damien Magnifico would pitch through the 8th inning and collectively not allow a run to score. Michael Kohn would allow 2 runs in the 9th, but Jackson already had an 8-2 lead at that point.

(A+) Visalia Rawhide 4, San Jose Giants 0: Josh Green, Cole Bartlett, and West Tunnell combined for a 4 hit shutout of San Jose, striking out 9. Green went the front 5 innings, striking out 5 and walking 2 while scattering 3 hits. The Visalia hitters jumped on Matt Frisbee, scoring 4 times in the first three innings. Jake McCarthy had a double and a triple, driving in 3 runs. The 4th run came on a Jorge Perez solo homer in the 2nd.

(A) Kane County Cougars 3, Wisconsin Timber Rattlers 0: Levi Kelly’s breakout campaign continues, as Wisconsin could only muster up one goddamn hit against him. Kelly struck out 4 and walked 2 over 6 innings, his second consecutive start of going 6 scoreless. Jose Herrera had 2 hits and 2 RBI and Alek Thomas drove in the 3rd run with a sac fly, which was more than enough support for such a fantastic pitching performance.

(A-) Hillsboro Hops 0, Spokane Indians 9: Michel Gelabert got hammered for 7 runs over 4 innings, which put Hillsboro in an insurmountable hole. The Hillsboro offense did not show up for the game either, just putting up two singles and two walks for the entire game while whiffing 13 times.

(Rk+) Missoula Osprey 8, Idaho Falls Chukars 5: Missoula won their 4th straight game thanks to quality starting pitching an an overbearing offense. Tyler Poulin just allowed a single and a walk over 5 innings, fanning 5 Chukars along the way. A big 7-run 3rd inning blew the game open early. Axel Andueza had 3 hits while David Sanchez, Dominic Canzone, and Liover Peguero each had 2 RBI. Denson Hull struggled as he allowed 5 runs while only recording 4 outs, although 2 of those runs came after he was pulled from the game. Ryan Fritze would get the final 6 outs of the game without much drama.

(Rk) AZL Dbacks 3, AZL Padres Two 4 (F/10): Despite a lack of situational hitting, the Dbacks were able to manufacture 3 runs and combined with strong pitching kept them in the game as long as it could. Tyler Holton walked 1 and struck out 2 in his second appearance of the season. Kevin Ginkel had a clean inning with a strikeout in another rehab outing. Rigoberto Borborilla allowed 3 runs on 7 hits over 3 innings, which accounted for the runs the Dbacks allowed in regulation. Sandy Martinez’s RBI double in the 9th ended up sending the game into extras, where the free runner rule came into play. In the top of the 10th, the Dbacks made a trio of unproductive outs whereas sloppy defense allowed the Padres to score their guy.