The Diamondbacks Minor League affiliates combined for a 5-1 record.
(AAA) Reno Aces 3, Iowa Cubs 1: Joel Payamps would hold off the Cubs to just a solo homer over 7 innings, allowing just 1 hit and struck out 1. Reno’s offense could only muster up one run in 8 innings, on an Alberto Rosario RBI single in the 4th. Marc Rzepczynski would pitch a scoreless 8th before Reno would take the lead in the bottom half of the inning. After an error and a single put two runners on, Rosario would hit another single to CF and a fielding error would allow a second run to score on the play. Kevin Ginkel would come out to close things out, although he walked the first two batters, struck out 2 of the last 3 hitters he faced to get the job done.
(AA) Jackson Generals 6, Mobile Baybears 0: The Generals ran away with this one, thanks in large part to Cole Stapler’s brilliant start. Stapler befuddled the Baybears with 7 shutout innings, allowing just 5 hits, 2 walks, and struck out 11. Pavin Smith would have a strong day at the plate, driving in 2 and reaching base 3 times. Matt Brill and Cameron Gann would pitch clean innings to close this game out.
(A+) Visalia Rawhide 7, Inland Empire 66ers 5: Bryan Valdez took the spot start and allowed 4 runs in 4 innings, including a 3-spot in the first inning. Visalia would counter with a 5-run 3rd inning to take a 5-3 lead. After loading the bases with the first three hitters, they would get a single, double, single, and a sac fly to plate the runs. IE would tie the game with a pair of solo homers, until the 9th inning when Visalia took advantage of sloppy play. Anfernee Grier would single and steal second to lead off the 9th. Jorge Perez would try to sacrifice him to 3rd, but a bad fielding play by the 66ers pitcher would allow him to reach and also would score Grier from 2nd and Perez going all the way to 3rd. After two failed attempts to get him home, a wild pitch on walk did a trick instead. Mack Lemieux tried to close things out in the 9th, but a single and a walk put two on with two out before Breckin Williams came in to get the final out with a strikeout.
(A) Kane County Cougars 3, Peoria Chiefs 6: Kane County was the only affiliate to lose today, something that’s been as rare as a poor outing from Matt Tabor. Tabor didn’t have great command, getting lit up for 7 hits and 6 runs over 4 2⁄3 innings, walking 2 and striking out 2. Blaze Alexander doubled home two in the first and Zachery Almond had an RBI to account for the Cougars’ runs.
(A-) Hillsboro Hops 5, Everett Aqua Sox 3: Andrew Saalfrank would pitch 2 clean innings with 3 strikeouts to start off the day. Joe Gillette would provide Hillsboro with an early lead with a 2-run single. Marcos Tineo would go the next 5 innings, allowing 3 runs on 4 hits, no walks, and 3 strikeouts. Hillsboro would put up their own 3-spot in the 7th inning on back-to-back-to-back RBI singles by David Garza, Jesus Marriaga, and Kristian Robinson to take a 5-3 lead. Mailon Arroyo and Justin Garcia would close things out, not allowing a hit in the final 2 innings of the game.
(Rk+) Missoula Osprey 7, Great Falls Voyagers 4: The Osprey busted out the big sticks early, with home runs in the 1st, 3rd, and 6th inning that gave them a 6-1 lead after 6 innings. A rehabbing Marty Herum would smack a 2-run shot in the first, followed by a 2-run shot from Dominic Canzone in the 3rd as part of a 3-run inning, then finally a solo homer from Liover Peguero. Tyler Poulin would allow an unearned run in 5 innings on 3 hits, no walks, and 4 Ks. The bullpen was shaky as Liu Fuenmayor would allow 2 runs in 2 innings and Mitchell Stumpo would allow 1 run in his 2 innings to close things out.