The Diamondbacks Minor League affiliates ended up going 2-2 last night and from the title you can tell which two teams won. Reno and Amarillo won by 15 and 10 runs respectively and a lot of good news for an organization that needed it. Taylor Widener looked solid in his rehab outing for Reno, allowing just solo homers in 4 2⁄3 innings with 1 walk and 6 strikeouts over 74 pitches. Ketel Marte saw 4 plate appearances and went 2 for 3 with a walk, 2 RBI, and 2 runs scored. Both players seem nearly ready to return to the MLB roster.
Best Pitching Performance: Amarillo RHP Ryan Weiss - 6 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 8 K
Best Hitting Performance: Reno C Jamie Ritchie - 3 for 4, GS (1), 5 RBI, 2 R
Taylor Widener started for Reno and looked solid as he completed 4 2⁄3 innings and allowed just 2 runs on solo homers with 1 walk and 6 strikeouts. Widener managed to go 74 pitches, so he’ll probably need one more rehab start before seeing a return to the MLB rotation. Offensively, Reno’s lineup put the big hurt on Las Vegas as every position player in the game recorded a hit. Ketel Marte had 2 singles and a walk in his 4 trips to the plate, so he could be a candidate to return when the D-backs head to Colorado later this week.
Despite the game being 2-2 going into the bottom of the 5th, Reno put up an 8-spot to take a commanding lead. A HBP, walk, and a sac bunt lead to second and third with one out before Marte’s second single of the game plated them both. A pair of walks would load the bases before a Drew Ellis single made it 5-2. Renae Martinez would then unload the next pitch with an opposite field home run to give Reno a somewhat commanding lead for the PCL. A triple and a pair of singles would allow Reno’s 8th run to score in the frame.
Reno would once again put up a crooked number in the 6th. A leadoff walk by Marte followed by a single by Josh Reddick set up Seth Beer, who doubled in home pinch runner Camden Duzenack. After a couple strikeouts Juniel Querecuto would drive home two with a single. Duzenack would add a solo home run in the 7th and Jamie Ritchie would put the bow on this ballgame with Reno’s second grand slam of the night. The Aces bullpen would only allow a solo homer in 4 1⁄3 innings of relief.
1B Seth Beer: 1 for 4, 2B, BB, RBI, 2 R
Amarillo wasted no time taking the lead in this game. Alek Thomas singled on the first pitch of the game to set up Jake McCarthy, who decided first pitch hits are fun and promptly hit a frozen rope into the right center field stands for his 2nd homer of the year. Amarillo would repeat the trick in the 2nd inning as Stone Garrett singled with 1 out and scored when Jarett Rindfleisch crushed a home run. McCarthy would add another RBI in the 3rd when he doubled home Geraldo Perdomo to make it 5-0. The offense exploded for 5 runs in the bottom of the 6th.
On the mound, it was pretty much over the minute that Amarillo took the lead. Ryan Weiss put together his second dominant start in a row, allowing just one hit over 6 shutout innings with no walks and 8 strikeouts. In those two starts, Weiss has allowed only a single and 1 walk while striking out 15 over 12 innings. Weiss would lose the no-hit bid just 4 outs shy of a Manfred (7-inning no-hitter), although he would retire the next hitter. Justin Lewis took over in the 7th and got the next three hitters out before the game was ultimately called there.
CF Alek Thomas: 2 for 4, 2 RBI, R, 1 K
SS Geraldo Perdomo: 1 for 3, BB, 1 K, R
LF Jake McCarthy: 2 for 4, 2B, HR (2), 3 RBI, 2 K, CS
RF Dominic Fletcher: 1 for 3, 1 K
Conor Grammes hit the wall in the 3rd inning, as Vancouver would plate 6 runs to take a 7-2 lead. Grammes had been cruising through the first two innings, but Hillsboro was unable to recover from the big inning. Hillsboro struggled in big situations, going 3 for 18 with runners in scoring position and left 13 runners on base. The bullpen wasn’t much better for run prevention as they would allow 6 runs to score in the final 3 innings.
Visalia would take advantage of sloppy defense to take a 3-0 lead in the first. Jorge Barrosa led off the inning with a single then stole second. Ronny Simon would trade places after he doubled in home Barrosa. After a groundout that moved Simon to 3rd, A.J. Vukovich hit a ball to right that was mishandled by Danny Bautista Jr., although Vukovich was not credited with an RBI on the play. Sheng-Ping Chen would single to give Visalia their 3rd run of the inning.
Unfortunately, that lead would not last very long. A walk and 2 singles would load the bases with 2 outs, but Austin Pope was unable to get the 3rd out of the inning before Stockton tied the game up. The score remained tied until the 5th, when Tyler Soderstrom doubled home a run to give Stockton a 4-3 lead. Rigoberto Borbolla would allow 2 runs to cross in the 6th inning to put Visalia further behind. Visalia would scratch across a run in the 7th and Wilderd Patino would hit his first homer of the year, but they couldn’t make a comeback bid.
3B A.J. Vukovich: 1 for 4, 2B, R, 2 K
CF Wilderd Patino: 2 for 4, solo HR (1)