Diamondbacks affiliates took three out of four games, with Reno, Amarillo, and Hillsboro winning, and Visalia losing in a blow out.
Best Hitting Performance(s):
Blaze Alexander SS HIL: 2-4 with a double and a homerun
Dominic Miroglio C AMA, 3-5 with a HR
Best Pitching Performance(s):
Luis Frias AMA 6.0 IP, 3 H, 1BB, 3K
Slade Ciccone HIL 4.0 IP 1 H, 1 BB, 5K
The Reno Aces pitching staff shut down the Las Vegas Aviators offense, with Josh Green going five innings and giving up the only four hits the Aviators would have during the game. Green walked two batters while striking out three. Alex Powers struck out two in perfect inning in the sixth. Sam Moll pitched two scoreless and hitless innings, but walked a batter, and struck out a pair. Ryan Buchter struck out one in a perfect ninth inning
The Aces first run came in the second, after Drew Ellis doubled, advanced to third on a ground ball, and then scored on a passed ball. Stuart Fairchild hit a solo home run in the bottom of the fourth to make the score 2-0. Ben DeLuzio, Juniel Querecuto, and Josh Reddick hit back-to-back-to-back singles to add a run in the bottom of the fifth.
Amarillo’s pitching staff also managed to shut down their opponent’s offense, much like the Aces. Luis Frias impressed in his six innings of work, allowing just three hits and a walk, while striking out three batters. Justin Vernia followed with two perfect innings, striking out a batter. Chester Pimentel struck a pair in a perfect ninth inning.
Luis Alejandro Basabe got the offense started with a two run home run in the top of the second inning, which scored Jancarlos Cintron, who singled and advanced to third on a pair of wild pitches. Dominic Miroglio added a solo homer in the top of the sixth, making the score 3-0. Amarillo continued their offensive onslaught on Wichita, adding another at least a run in the seventh, eighth, and ninth innings. In the seventh, Basabe reached on a fielder’s choice after Jarett Reindfleisch was hit by pitch. Basabe advanced to second on a stolen base. Alek Thomas followed up with a single, but was thrown out, while Basabe managed to score, putting the score at 4-0. Singles by Dominic Miroglio, Jancarlos Cintron, and Jarett Reindfleisch would add another run in the eighth to make the score 5-0. Amarillo then tacked on three more in the ninth. Alek Thomas walked to lead off, then after a Geraldo Perdomo fly out, would advance to third on a Jake McCarthy single. Dominic Miroglio would follow up with another single, scoring Thomas, and advancing McCarthy to third. Stone Garret then doubled, scoring McCarthy, and advancing Miroglio to third. Jancarlos then hit a sac fly, scoring Miroglio, giving us the final score of 8-0.
The Rawhide pitching staff was roughed up all around, with only Harrison Francis being spared having any earned runs, though he still gave up a pair. In fact, every single Rawhide pitcher surrendered at least two runs. Bobby Ay had by far the worst outing, surrendering four runs in 1.2 innings, all earned.
The only positive really worth mention in the game are the performances of DH Ronny Simon, who was 2-5 with HR. Neyfey Castillo and Elian Miranda both hit solo homers. Jorge Barrosa was 2-3 with a walk, but was caught stealing.
Hillsboro burst out for nine runs in the top of the fifth in a messy inning. Tristin English got things started that inning with a leadoff walk, then stole second on a Buddy Kennedy strikeout. Axel Andueza singled, advancing English to third. English then scored on an error on a pickoff throw. Ricky Martinez then singled, scoring Andueza. Martinez then stole second, but Tra Holmes homered, scoring both. Leodany Perez followed up with a single, and also stole second. Eugene would get a slight reprieve with a strikeout of D.J. Burt for just the second out of the inning, but it wouldn’t last long, as Cam Coursey doubled, scoring Perez. The inning would continue with Blaze Alexander singling and scoring Coursey, and English following up with his second hit of the inning, a single, that would put runners on the corners. Buddy Kennedy then redeemed himself for the early strikeout, capping the inning off with a three run homer, the second home run of the inning, making the score 9-0, with Axel Andueza grounding out end the inning.
In the seventh, Hillsboro added a pair of insurance runs, after Cam Coursey singled, and Blaze Alexander followed with up with a home run, scoring both to make the score 11-0.
Meanwhile, Hillsboro’s pitching staff shut out Eugene until the ninth inning. Slade Cecconi had a masterful four innings, allowing a hit and a walk, while striking out five. Matt Tabor replaced Cecconi and pitched four scoreless inning before he imploded in the ninth and was only able to get one out. Tabor ended up going 4.1 innings, allowing 5 runs (four earned) on a hit by pitch, four hits, and three walks, while striking out four. It’s worth mentioning Tabor started off the ninth with a pair of back-to-back solo home runs. In addition, Julio Frias allowed two out of three inherited runners to score, before getting the final two outs to end the game. Outside of that hiccup in the ninth, Tabor has looked very solid so far this year.