Diamondback affiliates won five out of six games played on Sunday, with only Reno taking a loss, albeit a well fought game lost in extra innings.
Down 4-0 after the top of the first, Reno managed to tie the game up three times. Reno scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth to tie the game and send it to extra innings, only to lose the game anyway. Jon Duplantier got the start, and had a rough outing. Duplantier went 2.2 innings, and allowed seven runs on seven hits and two walks, with only two strikeouts. Matt Koch relieved Duplantier and pitched 4.1 innings, and allowed two runs on five hits and walk, with a pair of strikeouts. Marc Rzepczynski pitched .2 innings, and allowed a pair of hits, and a run via solo homer. Kevin Ginkel pitched to one batter and got an out. Michael Kohn pitched two innings, and allowed two hits (one a homer) and two runs (one unearned via the autorunner in the tenth).
Joshua Rojas had an excellent night at plate, going 4-6 with a two run homer. Kevin Cron was 2-4 with a home run (his 31st of the year) and a walk, Ben DeLuzio also continued hit hot hitting, going 3-6 with a triple. Domingo Leyba, Juniel Querecuto, and Andy Young all had one hit, a double.
J.B. Bukauskas got the start and made his Diamondback debut. Bukauskas went 3.1 innings and allowed three runs on seven hits and two walks, while striking out eight batters. Kevin McKanna pitched 2.2 innings, and allowed one run on one hit, a solo homer, along with a walk, and three strikeouts. Ryan Atkinson pitched a scoreless inning, allowing a hit and a walk, with a pair of strikeouts. Damien Magnifico struck out all three batters he faced in the eighth inning. Miguel Aguilar struck out three batters working around two hits in a scoreless ninth inning,
The Generals scored four runs in the third and three runs in the fourth. Daulton Varsho had an excellent day at the plate, going 2-3 with a double and a pair of walks. Pavin Smith and Drew Ellis both walked and had a double as their lone hit.
Matt Andriese, pitching in Visalia on rehab assignment, started the game with an inning. Andriese allowed three runs on four hits (including a pair of solo homers) and a walk, and got all three outs via strikeout. Tyler Mark followed Andriese with an inning in the second, with a run allowed on a hit and a walk, with a pair of strikeouts. Jeff Bain then pitched 5.1 innings, and was solid, with two runs allowed on three hits (with a solo hr) and three walks, with seven strikeouts. Mack Lemieux pitched ,2 scoreless innings. Breckin Williams allowed a run on two hits in his inning of work to close out the game.
Eduardo Diaz was 3-5 with a triple and Geraldo Perdomo was 3-4 with a double. Diaz knocked in four runs, Perdomo, Yoel Yanqui, Ryan Grotjohn, and Jorge Perez all knocked in a run as well.
Adrian Del Moral pitched 6.0 scoreless innings, with just a pair of hits, a hbp, and a walk allowed, with four strikeouts. Wesley Rodriguez pitched .2 scoreless innings, but left with the bases loaded thanks to a hit and two walks. Andy Toelken bailed Rodriguez out, and pitched 3.1 innings, with a run allowed on two hits and a walk, with a pair of strikeouts.
Dominic Fletcher scored the first run of the game in the first inning, and knocked in the second, game winning run with a double in the bottom of the tenth. There were just six hits for the Cougars, and Fletcher was the only Cougar with more than one, going 2-5 with a double.
Connor Grammes started the game with two scoreless innings, then Deyni Olivero pitched a scoreless inning, before being taken out for Ethan Larrison, who pitched two more scoreless innings. Jake Polancic allowed a run on a hit and a walk in the sixth inning. Justin Garcia followed with a scoreless seventh inning. Erin Baldwin allowed a run on a pair of hits in the eighth inning, and Mailon Arroyo pitched a scoreless ninth inning.
Andy Yerzy was 3-4 with a pair of doubles, and two runs batted in, but no other Hops batter had more than one hit. Jesus Marriaga did knock a run in, as did Nick Grande and David Garza.
The AZL D-backs scored two insurance runs in the top of the ninth, only for the Athletics Gold to score three runs in the bottom of the inning and tie the game up. The D-backs scored two runs in the top of the tenth, and held on to win it, despite the Athletics Gold scoring another run themselves. Corbin Carroll was 2-5 with a double and two stolen bases. Jose Curpa was 2-3 with a double, two walks, two stolen bases, but was caught stealing. Neyfey Castillo scored a run, tripled, and knocked in a pair of runs.
Alex Valdez got the start and was impressive, pitching five scoreless innings and allowing two hits and two walks, with a pair of strikeouts and 7-4 groundouts to flyouts. Eric Mendez pitched .2 innings and allowed a hit, hit a batter, walked two, and allowed two unearned runs. Raibel Custodio came on with the bases loaded, and didn’t allow any of the runners to score. Custodio pitched 2.1 scoreless innings, with just a walk allowed, and four strikeouts. Yan Sanchez pitched an inning and allowed three runs on three hits, a wild pitch, and a walk. Antonio Cardenas walked one and struck out two, and allowed unearned run to score in the tenth, but held on for the AZL D-backs to win it.