Diamondback affiliates took eight out of ten games played, with Missoula playing a doubleheader.
Riley Smith went just 3.2 innings, allowed five runs on six hits and four walks, while striking out two. Smith was hurt by the long ball 3/5 of his runs allowed coming via a pair of homers. Lucas Luetge pitched 2.1 scoreless innings, with just a pair of hits and a walk allowed, and five strikeouts. Ben Taylor followed with an inning, with a run allowed on a pair of hits. Robby Scott pitched two innings, with just a hit and a walk allowed, with three strikeouts, but unfortunately that lone hit left the yard as a solo homer.
The Aces pounded out thirteen runs on eighteen hits and six walks, with every Aces batter getting at least a hit. Seven of the eighteen hits went for extra bases, with six doubles and a triple.The best night at the plate arguably belonged to Ben DeLuzio, who was 3-4 with a double, triple, and a walk, as well as Ildemaro Vargas, who was 4-6 with a double. Joshua Rojas, who was 3-4 with a double, and a pair of walks, has a strong argument as well. Andy Young deserves an honorable mention, going 2-4 with a double and a walk
Emilio Vargas pitched seven scoreless innings, with three hits and two walks allowed, with four strikeouts. Justin Donatella pitched the remaining two innings, allowing a run in the eighth on a pair of hits, and striking out three.
A six run second powered the Generals to win over the BayBears. Newly acquired 1B Seth Beer lead off with a single, then after a Ramon Hernandez line out, Jeffrey Baez and Camden Duzenack hit back to back singles to load the bases. Two bases loaded walks to Mark Karaviotis and Galli Cribbs Jr scored a pair of runs, and single by LT Tolbert would score another. Renae Martinez then reached on a fielder’s choice, but a throwing error let a run score and kept the bases loaded with everyone safe. Pavin Smith singled, scoring a pair of runs to cap off the inning. The Generals added another run in the seventh after Renae Martinez singled, advanced on a wild pitch, and scored on a Ramon Hernandez single.
After allowing a run in the first, Justin Lewis settled down to throw six innings of one run ball. Lewis allowed just four hits and a walk, while striking out seven. Jayson McKinley allowed a hit and a walk while striking out four in the two scoreless innings he pitched. Cameron Gann walked one and struck out two in a scoreless ninth inning.
Down 1-0, the Rawhide scored two runs in the seventh. Yoel Yanqui walked, stole second, and then stole third when Alex King walked. Jorge Perez the doubled, scoring both Yanqui and King, but Perez was thrown out trying to stretch the double into a triple.
Levi Kelly went five innings and allowed one run on four hits and a walk, while striking out nine. Kenny Hernandez followed with five scoreless innings, allowing just two hits and a walk, with a pair of strikeouts.
Down 1-0, the Cougars got on board in the bottom of the seventh. Keshawn Lynch singled, Eddie Hernandez walked, and Steve Leyton grounded into a bunt force out putting runners on first and second. Tra Holmes flew out, advancing Hernandez to third. Dominic Fletcher singled, scoring Hernandez. In the tenth, Zach Shannon began the inning at second as the automatic runner. Blaze Alexander singled, scoring Shannon.
Bobby Ay pitched two scoreless innings to start out the first game of the double header, with just a pair of hits allowed and three strikeouts. Dustin Lacaze pitched 3.1 innings, with two runs allowed on seven hits, with no walks, and a pair of strikeouts. Ezequiel De La Cruz pitched to two batters in the sixth inning, and struck out one. Jhonny Valdez pitched a scoreless inning in the ninth, striking out three batters, and hitting one.
Down 2-0 in the bottom of the fifth, Tristen Carranza tripled and scored on a Cesar Garcia single. The Osprey pulled ahead with three more runs in the bottom of the sixth, Jose Reyes starting off the inning reaching on a fielding error, Cam Coursey followed with a single, advancing Reyes to third. Axel Andueza then singled, scoring Reyes. Dominic Canzone hit into a double play the next batter, with Coursey advancing to third. Spencer Brickhouse thankfully came through with a three run blast to left center field, putting the Osprey up 4-2.
Austin Pope started the second game of the double header with three scoreless innings, with just three hits allowed, no walks, and five strikeouts. Denson Hull pitched two innings with just a pair of hits allowed and three strikeouts. One of the hits was unfortunately a solo homer, but that would be it for the Voyagers. Nick Marchese pitched the final two innings, allowed just a walk, and struck out two.
The Osprey burst out for five runs in the bottom of the first. Dominic Canzone and a rehabbing Marty Herum singled, and Canzone scored on a Spencer Brickhouse single. Liover Peguero followed with homer, scoring Herum and Brickhouse. Francis Martinez would add a solo homer later in the inning to put the Osprey up 5-0. Herum would get in on the action again in the bottom of the third, leading off the inning with a solo home run. Spencer Brickhouse followed up with a double, and scored on a two out Francis Martinez single.
Despite the Volcanoes also scoring four runs in the first, the three runs the Hops scored in the bottom of the second inning was the difference maker, and the Volcanos just couldn’t catch up to the Hops.. Tyler Holton had a rough two innings, allowing five runs on five hits( including a two run homer), a wild pitch, and two walks, with a pair of strikeouts. Jacob Stevens faired better, pitching two scoreless innings, with a pair of hits and a walk allowed to go with three strikeouts. Sam Lewis struck out five and allowed just a pair of hits in his two innings of work, but one of those two hits was a solo homer. Bryan Menendez pitched two scoreless innings, with a hit, a walk, and a strikeout. Eduardo Herrera allowed a hit and a walk in a scoreless ninth inning, with a pair of strikeouts.
In the bottom of the first David Garza reached on a fielding error and stole second. Ryan January walked, then Jesus Marriaga tripled, scoring Garza and January. Andy Yerzy then followed up with a two run homer. In the bottom of the second, after a walk to Nick Grande, and Rick Martinez was hit by pitch, David Garza homered.
The AZL D-backs pitching staff was awful with Justin Martinez, Jesus Muñoz, Rigoberto Borbolla, and Francis Beriguette combined for eleven runs. Argenis Bravo was the only pitcher to go unscathed, with a scoreless inning in the eighth.
The D-backs did go wild on the bases with Corbin Carroll and GlenAllen Hill Jr stealing two bases each, and Neyfy Castillo and Leodany Perez stealing a base ea h.
Yoscar Pimentel, Fredely De Dios, and Sarlin Polanco allowed four runs each, while Roaldo Carvajal, Andreuris Meran, and Jose Garcia had scoreless outings. Lots of errors didn’t help matters.
Diomede Sierra pitched three scoreless innings, with just a walk and a wild pitch allowed. Jheyson Perez then followed with four innings of one run baseball, with just three hits, and six strikeouts, the lone run coming off a solo homer. Edinson Soto closed things out with a two scoreless innings, with a pair of hits allowed and four strikeouts.
The first run came via a ground out a throwing error, and the second came on a ground out double play, so there wasn’t much offensive action in this one.