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Diamondbacks Minor League Recap 8/2/2019

The Diamondbacks Minor League affiliates combined for a 6-0 record. The Missoula game was postponed with a 7-inning doubleheader scheduled to be made up the next day.

(AAA) Reno Aces 23, Omaha Storm Chasers 8: This game got out of hand quickly, as the Aces put up a pair of 6-run innings to open up the game. In fact, they would score in each of the first 7 innings, with only the 4th inning not being a crooked number. Every Aces hitter had a hit and a run scored in this game, Blake Swihart the only Ace to not pick up an RBI although he scored three times. At the end of the day, the Aces got 22 hits, 8 walks, and benefited from 3 Omaha errors although they were able to capitalize on every miscue. Jamie Westbrook would have a two-homer game and Andy Young would wind up a single short of the cycle.

(AA) Jackson Generals 4, Mobile Baybears 1: New faces, same winning. Seth Beer and Camden Duzenack would join the Dbacks AA affiliate and acquainted themselves nicely. Beer would go 2 for 4 with 2 singles and 2 RBI in his organizational debut and Duzenack would mash out a solo homer in the 5th. That was enough offensive support for Matt Peacock, who would scatter 5 hits and 4 walks in 7 innings of 1-run ball with 5 strikeouts. Daulton Varsho would add to the fun with a 7th inning solo homer for the game’s final run.

(A+) Visalia Rawhide 10, Rancho Cucamonga Quakes 4: The Rawhide took a 3-0 lead in the first and never let the Quakes back in the game. It was also a clinic of timely hitting with a 5 for 18 clip with RISP, 6 XBH (all doubles), and some thievery along the way with 4 stolen bases in 4 attempts. With all elements of the offense rolling, the Rawhide were able to score in 6 of their 8 trips to the plate. Shumpei Yoshikawa would strike out 8 in 4 innings of 2-run ball, although he would allow a 2-run homer in the 3rd. Connor Grey would allow 2 runs in 3 innings and got the win for silly baseball reasons, but I digress. Cole Bartlett would finish things off by getting the final 6 outs. Since he entered in a 7-4 game, Bartlett was credited with his 5th save of the season. Yoel Yanqui and Geraldo Perdomo combined to go 5 for 8 with 8 RBI and reached base a total of 6 times (Perdomo drew a walk and also stole a base since it was a day ending in y).

(A) Kane County Cougars 10, Peoria Chiefs 5 (F/10): The Cougars went with a bullpen game, using Ryan Fritze, Kai-Wei Lin, and Jose Cuas to cover 10 innings. Kane County would take the early lead with a 2-run double from Alek Thomas to take a 2-0 lead. Fritze would strike out 6 in 3 innings, allowing just 1 run. After falling behind 3-2, the Cougars would scratch across runs in the 6th and 7th innings to take a 4-3 lead. That did not last very long as Peoria reclaimed the lead in the bottom half of the 7th off Cuas. Kane County would score on a fielding error from the CF in the 9th, sending the game into extra innings. Going into extras, the first 4 Cougars would reach base. Because of the free runner to start the inning, that resulted in 2 runs scoring. A wild pitch, sac fly, and a single would plate the final 3 runs. Cuas would close out the 10th, walking the first batter on 4 straight pitches then finishing the game with a strikeout then a ground ball double play for his 4th and final inning.

(A-) Hillsboro Hops 7, Salem-Keizer Volcanoes 2: The Hops took a 5-0 lead in the first and never looked back. Sending 9 batters to the plate, the Hops took the lead two batters in on back-to-back doubles by Ricky Martinez and David Garza. After a walk and Garza legging out a potential play at the plate, Tristin English would double in 2 more runs and score on a Daniel Wasinger single. Tommy Henry pitched a scoreless 1st inning, allowing just an infield hit. Ryne Nelson would struggle with walks, but allowed just 1 run in 1 23 innings. Jacob Stevens would get the final out of the 3rd. Afterwards Wilfry Cruz would go the next four innings, allowing 1 run on 1 hit, 4 walks, and 3 strikeouts in an effectively wild appearance. Nick Snyder would get the final 6 outs of the game, 3 via strikeout.

(Rk) AZL Dbacks 8, AZL Rangers 6: The Dbacks didn’t miss their opportunities to score, turning 9 hits, 2 walks, and 3 errors into 8 runs. 6 of those 9 hits came with runners in scoring position and it helps to steal 6 bases as well. Cody Reed, Brennan Malone, Brock Jones, and Avery Short would each pitch scoreless innings to start off the game, combining to allow just 2 hits and 1 walk while striking out 4. Things were not so rosy pitching-wise afterwards, Junior Mieses and Antonio Cardenas would allow a 3-spot in the 6th and 8th innings respectively to tie the game at 6. Glenallen Hill Jr. would rebuild the lead with a 2-run single to right although he’d get thrown out trying to stretch that into a double. Yan Sanchez would get the final 3 outs of the game to avoid any more bullpen drama.