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Diamondbacks Minor League Recap 5/13/21: Reno rallies for comeback win

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The Diamondbacks Minor League affiliates combined for a 1-3 record. Reno was able to pick up a late-inning win while the other three affiliates continue to struggle.

Another thing to note, top prospect Corbin Carroll’s season is now over as he’ll be headed for shoulder surgery. Carroll had been tearing up the Northwest League in 7 games and was one of the few glimmers of hope for the season. Hopefully it’s just a setback and he’s able to make up that lost year.

Best Hitter: Amarillo C Jose Herrera - 2 for 4, HR (1), BB, 4 RBI, 2 R
Best Pitcher: Hillsboro RHP Ryne Nelson - 4 23 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 8 K

AAA: Reno Aces 8, Las Vegas Aviators (OAK) 5

The Aces went to a bullpen game with projected starter Seth Frankoff being promoted to the MLB roster. Humberto Castellanos went the first 2 13 innings, allowing 4 runs on 4 hits, 2 walks, and 2 strikeouts. The rest of the bullpen had a strong outing with Keury Mella taking one for the team with 3 23 innings of 1 run ball followed by scoreless outings by Alex Powers and Ryan Buchter.

Despite falling behind 5-0, Reno was able to battle back late in the game. Domingo Leyba doubled home the first run and scored on a ground ball hit by Stuart Fairchild in the 6th to make it 5-2. In the 8th, Reno was able to get their first three runners on base to load them up with no outs. Seth Beer was able to turn an 0-2 count into a sac fly to 5-3, but a fielding miscue gave Reno extra outs. If anyone knows how giving extra outs and free baserunners works in elevated environments like Reno, that’s asking for trouble.

Christian Lopes would channel Tim Locastro, as he’d get plunked with the bases loaded to force in a run and set the stage for the big hit. Bryan Holaday would follow with a double to score 2 runs and give Reno a 6-5 lead. A wild pitch combined with a throwing error by the catcher would allow Reno to score 2 more runs without having to swing the bat, although the final two batters of the inning struck out. Ryan Buchter secured the win by retiring all three hitters he’d face in the top of the 9th.

1B Seth Beer 2 for 3, SF, RBI, 1 K
LF/CF Stuart Fairchild: 0 for 4, ROE, RBI, R, 1 K

AA: Amarillo Sod Poodles 8, Wichita Wind Surge (MIN) 9

The Sod Poodles bats showed up for this game, but the pitching did not. Jeff Bain gave up 6 runs in 3 23 innings, which made the game closer than they’d like despite 7 early runs. Jose Herrera opened up the scoring with a 3-run homer. Amarillo would tack on 4 more runs in the 3rd, thanks to another big hit by Herrera following a pair of walks. Another walk loaded the bases before back to back 2-out hits by Matt Lipka and Luis Basabe to make it 7-1.

After Bain left the game, the score stayed at 7-6 for a while. Brandyn Sittinger finished out the 4th and pitched a scoreless 5th. Tyler Holton pitched scoreless 6th and 7th innings, but ran into trouble in the 8th. He allowed a double and a walk to the only two batters he faced. Mack Lemieux would relieve him and would allow the first 4 hitters he faced to reach and allow 4 runners to cross before a strikeout and ground ball double play ended the inning.

Alek Thomas would open the 9th with a triple and score on a groundout by Dominic Fletcher. Ryder Jones would single with 2 outs to put the potential tying run on base. A pop fly to shortstop would end the threat.

RF Alek Thomas: 1 for 5, 3B, R, 2 K
SS Geraldo Perdomo: 0 for 3, 2 BB, 2 K, 2 R
CF Dominic Fletcher: 1 for 3, 2 BB, RBI, R

High A: Hillsboro Hops 2, Eugene Emeralds (SF) 8

While not as dominant as his first start, Ryne Nelson put in a decent outing with 4 23 innings of 1 run ball. Blake Workman would get the final out of the 5th, ensuring that Eugene would not score any further. Buddy Kennedy hammered out his first homer of the year in the 2nd inning to put Hillsboro on the board. Workman would allow a run in the 6th, but had been cruising until things came off the rails in the 8th.

After Hillsboro got an RBI single from Axel Andueza to tie the game, they sent out Workman for perhaps one inning too many. Workman got the first out of the 8th, but would run into control problems and awful defense behind him. A single, HBP, and walk loaded the bases with 1 out but a wild pitch and a dropped fly ball led to another run scoring. After getting relieved for Kai-Wei Lin, a strikeout brought hope that the inning would be over with minimal damage but a grand slam by Will Wilson ended that hope.

SS Blaze Alexander: 0 for 4, 2 K
DH Tristin English: 0 for 4, 3 K
RHP Ryne Nelson: 4 23 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 8 K

Low A: Visalia Rawhide 2, Fresno Grizzlies (COL) 4

Visalia would struggle offensively and got another ineffective start from Justin Martinez. Martinez allowed 3 runs in 3 23 innings, allowing 3 hits, 3 walks, and struck out 4. After falling behind 3-0, Visalia would get back in it when Neyfy Castillo singled home Wilderd Patiño with 2 outs. Unfortunately, Fresno would get that run back in the bottom half of the 5th. Visalia would get that run back in the top of the 6th, but would not get any closer.

CF Wilderd Patiño: 0 for 5, 2 K, R
RHP Justin Martinez: 3 23 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 BB, 4 K