The Diamondbacks Minor League affiliates combined for a 7-1 record. Missoula had a game suspended Thursday night, but finished that game with a win as they swept the doubleheader.
(AAA) Reno Aces 10, New Orleans Baby Cakes 4: Jon Duplantier struggled with control, but completed 4 innings of shutout baseball in 80 pitches and struck out 6. The Aces would quickly build up a 6-0 lead, on back-to-back 3 spots in the 3rd and 4th inning. Bradin Hagens would allow 4 runs to score in the 5th on a pair of 2-run homers before pitching a scoreless 6th. Lucas Luetge would pitch 2 scoreless innings and struck out 5 before the offense pulled away in the 9th. Joshua Rojas in a pinch hitter appearance would club a 3-run homer that put the game away.
(AA) Jackson Generals 8, Chattanooga Lookouts 0: Jackson pitchers shut down the Lookouts lineup, allowing just 4 hits and struck out 14 hitters. They would also lead from the first inning on when Seth Beer drove in Pavin Smith with a double. Smith would add a sac fly in the 2nd and hit a 2-run homer in the 9th, his first long ball in a while, reaching base 3 times in total when adding a pair of walks. Emilio Vargas made the two runs stand with 5 shutout innings with just 3 hits allowed and struck out 5. The bullpen was more dominant, striking out 9 and allowing just 1 goddamn hit over 4 innings.
(A+) Visalia Rawhide 8, Lancaster JetHawks 0: They say solo homers don’t beat you and this game proved to be the case as Visalia was out-homered 2-0 but won convincingly otherwise. Justin Lewis would allow 2 runs on 6 hits and struck out 6 over 5 innings. Visalia would take control early, scoring 5 times between the 2nd and 3rd innings. The trio of Geraldo Perdomo, Jancarlos Cintron, and Anfernee Grier would collect 6 of Visalia’s 11 hits. The Rawhide continued to pile on, scoring 2 in the 7th and another run in the 9th. Tyler Mark would allow a solo homer in the 9th with the game long since out of hand.
(A) Kane County Cougars 10, Cedar Rapids Kernels 9 (F/11): In a wild and wacky game, the Cougars would blow a 6-2 lead, come back to tie the game in the 9th, and eventually walkoff the Kernels at the end. Adrian Del Moral would give up 4 runs (2 earned) over 5 innings on 8 hits, 1 walk, and 5 strikeouts. Andy Toelken would go next, restoring some order in a 6-4 game with 3 scoreless innings with 2 strikeouts. Kai-Wei Lin could not hold the lead in the 9th, allowing 3 runs in the inning including the go-ahead scoring after he left the game. Jose Cuas would finish the inning but not before the Kernels had a 7-6 lead. Blaze Alexander would tie the game with an RBI single to score Buddy Kennedy, who had a big day with 3 hits and 2 RBI. Both teams would score their free runner in the 10th and Cedar Rapids would take a 9-8 lead midway through the 11th inning. Alexander would once again tie the game with an RBI triple and score the winning run on a Joey Rose single.
(A-) Hillsboro Hops 7, Salem-Keizer Volcanoes 8: The Hops were the only affiliate that did not win last night. They made a bid for it though, plating 7 runs in the contest. Ryne Nelson would strike out 2 in 2 scoreless innings to start off the game. The wheels fell off from there as Wilfry Cruz would allow 7 runs in the 3rd and 4th innings to put Hillsboro down 7-6 in the 5th. Tristin English would tie the game in the 8th with an RBI single. Unfortunately, the Hops closer Bryan Menendez could not keep the game tied in the 9th, surrendering 3 singles and an non-intentional walk in the inning.
(Rk+) Missoula Osprey 3, Orem Owlz 1: This game started with Orem scoring a run in the first off Tyler Poulin, who would go 2 innings before the game was suspended. Austin Pope would take over once play resumed and pitched 2 scoreless. The Osprey would take the lead in the 6th, when the first three hitters all got hits. Cam Coursey led off with a single, then scored on a double by Axel Andueza. Andueza would score on a single by Tristen Carranza, who would later score on an errant pickoff to 2B. Pedro Zorrilla and Mitchell Stumpo would be perfect in the final 5 innings, striking out 6 batters along the way, to close things out.
(Rk+) Missoula Osprey 1, Orem Owlz 0 (F/7): Missoula would keep the Owlz off the scoreboard for 7 more innings, making it 15 consecutive scoreless innings (14 on the same day). Alex Valdez would strike out 4 and allow just a single over 5 innings. Missoula would score their only run on an RBI single that scored a runner from first base with no fielding errors and the batter reaching 2nd. Jared Liebelt would take over in the 6th, striking out 3 and allowing a single. Jhonny Valdez would allow a double, but closed it out with a scoreless inning.
(Rk) AZL Dbacks 8, AZL Dodgers Mota 3: The AZL Dbacks got the memo from the MLB club and also beat the Dodgers. The Dbacks went crazy on the bases and took advantage of sloppy Dodgers pitching (8 walks, 4 wild pitches) to put 8 runs on the plate. Francis Beriguette would allow just 1 run in 4 innings with a couple walks and 5 strikeouts. Jared Miller and Jonathan Stroman would allow a run as the former gave up a double to start the inning and later scored. Stroman would allow a solo HR in the 6th inning. The Dbacks would shut the door for the final 3 innings and cruise to victory otherwise.