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Diamondbacks Minor League Recap 8/14-8/15/2019: From Tripleheaders to Doubleheaders

From three days comes two days

This will be a long recap, having forgotten to do Wednesday’s recap with all the shenanigans going on IRL and with the Dbacks in general although I shouldn’t blame the team’s inability to stop shooting themselves in the foot for my laziness. No stars and the recaps will be a bit briefer than usual, but enough about that.

On Wednesday, the organization went 1-5 with only a close win by Visalia preventing an organizational skunking.

(AA) Jackson Generals 4, Montgomery Biscuits 5: Matt Peacock was wild and the defense was sloppy with 5 walks and 2 errors in the game, but somehow that only translated to 2 runs in 5 innings thanks to a boatload of double plays. Daulton Varsho would help Jackson put up a 3-spot in the 3rd with a 2-run homer, his 16th of the season. Ryan Atkinson pitched 2 scoreless innings while Jackson tacked on two more runs. However, that lead lasted all of 2 batters, as Miguel Aguilar would surrender a game-tying 2-run homer. West Tunnell would allow a solo homer in the 9th for the winning run.

(A+) Visalia Rawhide 4, San Jose Giants 3: Justin Vernia would allow 3 runs in 6 innings, with 2 of them coming on solo homers. A 3-run 6th inning would put Visalia ahead in this one. Jancarlos Cintron would hit a solo homer in the 2nd and the go-ahead RBI double in the 6th. Alek Thomas had an RBI double and scored on Luis Alejandro Basabe’s single in that 6th inning. The bullpen delivered 3 scoreless in total, 2 from Cole Bartlett and Breckin Williams collecting the save with a perfect 9th.

(A) Kane County Cougars 3, Peoria Chiefs 6: Levi Kelly had the super rare poor outing, struggling to get through 3 innings, allowing 3 runs on 6 hits with 1 walk and 5 strikeouts. Kane County had plenty of baserunners with 9 hits and 6 walks, but did very little with them despite being 3 of 3 in steals as the team floundered to a 3 for 14 clip with RISP and stranded 12. Andy Toelken would pick up for Kelly in the 4th and pitched 2 scoreless innings before giving up single tallies in the 6th and 7th innings. Kai-Wei Lin would allow a run in the 8th before Kane County scored twice for the final tallies of the game.

(A-) Hillsboro Hops 1, Boise Hawks 2: Ryne Nelson allowed 2 hits, but also struck out 6 in 3 scoreless innings. Hillsboro took the lead in the 5th when Corbin Carroll tripled and scored on a wild pitch for their only run of the game. Collectively the team managed 5 hits and 3 walks, but also had a pair of outs on the bases. That would come back to bite them as Justin Garcia and Bryan Menendez would allow a run each in the 7th and 8th innings respectively.

(Rk+) Missoula Osprey 3, Ogden Raptors 13: Missoula pitchers got crushed, as all four pitchers that appeared in the game would allow at least 2 runs. After taking a 1-0 lead in the first, starter Alex Valdez would allow 4 runs in 2 23 innings. Pedro Zorrilla gave up 5 runs in 1 13 innings followed by Oliver Rosario and Denson Hull each allowing 2 runs in 2 innings. Jose Reyes would double and homer to pace the Missoula offense although the rest of the lineup mostly struggled with the game being over by the 4th inning.

(Rk) AZL Dbacks 6, AZL Padres One 9: A very sloppy 3rd inning doomed the Dbacks as a pair of errors opened up the door to a 6-run inning. In fact, the Dbacks would trail 8-0 before scoring their first run of the game. A 5-run 7th and a run in the 8th would cut the deficit to 8-6, but that’s as close as they got.

Last night, the organization went 5-2

(AAA) Reno Aces 6, Sacramento River Cats 5: The Aces would win this game simply because the River Cats didn’t want to. After loading the bases in the 2nd, a fielding error and a pickoff error would score Reno’s first 3 runs of the game. The next three runs were driven in more conventionally. Connor Gray would allow 4 runs in 4 innings in a spot start for Reno after Duplantier’s recall to the MLB roster. Joey Krehbiel would allow Sacramento to take the lead in the 5th, until Jamie Westbrook would retake the lead with a 2-run double. Ben Taylor struck out 2 of the 3 hitters he faced to secure the save.

(AA) Jackson Generals 9, Montgomery Biscuits 10: Basically the same game as Wednesday, but with 5 more runs for both teams. Jackson would score 4 runs in the first and had an 8-3 lead after 5 innings. However Justin Donatella decided to do his best Yoshihisa Hirano impression and would allow 7 hits and 6 runs while recording just one out. Both teams would exchange a run in the 8th for the final score. Drew Ellis had a 2-homer game, both being the 2-run variety.

(A+) Visalia Rawhide 7, San Jose Giants 5: Visalia never trailed, despite the score being closer than the actual game. Shumpei Yoshikawa would allow 3 solo homers over 6 innings, striking out 7 and no walks. Visalia would collect 4 hits and a walk in 2 23 innings against a rehabbing Johnny Cueto, scoring once on a Jorge Perez solo homer. They would take the lead in the 5th with a 3-run inning and put up another such inning in the 7th. After two scoreless innings from Mack Lemieux, Cameron Gann would have trouble with the strike zone. Rawhide pitching coach Shane Loux protested the strike zone and was ejected from the game for his efforts. Breckin Williams would get the last 2 outs with no problems.

(A) Kane County Cougars 2, Peoria Chiefs 3: Adrian Del Moral allowed 2 runs in 5 23 innings, both scoring in the 4th. Kane County would get single tallies in the 3rd and 5th innings to tie the game at 2. Doubles by Joey Rose and Tra Holmes accounted for the first run while singles by Steven Leyton and Zack Shannon accounted for the second. Chester Pimentel would allow a solo homer in the 8th inning while the Kane County offense did not put up too much of a threat after the 5th.

(A-) Hillsboro Hops 6, Boise Hawks 0: Conor Grammes (2 IP), Marcos Tineo (4), Ethan Larrison (1), and Liu Fuenmayor (2) combined for a 5-hit shutout of Boise. After taking the lead in the first Hillsboro took a commanding 4-0 lead in the second with a 2-run double by Dominic Canzone, who then scored on a Ricky Martinez single. Singles by Corbin Carroll, who has collected a hit in all 7 games with Hillsboro (hitting .370/.452/.667 in that time), and Canzone would put the final 2 runs on the board.

(Rk+) Missoula Osprey 7, Ogden Raptors 1: One day later, the Osprey flipped the script on Ogden. Bobby Ay would pitch a scoreless 1st before handing the ball to Austin Pope, who would go 3 shutout for the win. A 4-run 5th inning, which started with a little league 2-run homer on a ball hit back to the pitcher (E1 and E9 on the play), would give Missoula a nice 5-0 lead. More subpar defense allowed Missoula to plate 2 more runs in the game and comfortably win this game. Chris Williams would get the 9-out save in this game.

(Rk) AZL Dbacks 5, AZL Cubs One 4: All the runs scored in the first two innings. The Dbacks would jump for 3 runs in the first and 2 in the second inning. Argenis Bravo gave up 4 runs in the 1st inning, but settled down in the next 3 innings. Cristian Pacheco and Dan Swain would pitch 5 scoreless innings to lock this game down. Triples were what kept the Dbacks going as triples by Neyfy Castillo and Marshawn Taylor were critical in both run scoring innings.