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Diamondbacks Minor League Recap 5/19/21: Walkoffs galore

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A.J. Vukovich drove in two last night, the second RBI being the winner for Visalia.
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The Diamondbacks Minor League affiliates combined for a 2-1 record. Reno had the day off, which likely played in the decision to activate Ketel Marte. Amarillo and Visalia both had walk-off wins with the former needing 12 innings to get the job done.

Best Pitching Performance: Amarillo LHP Tyler Holton - 4 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 8 K
Best Hitting Performance: Visalia C Andy Yerzy - 2 for 4, 2-R HR (2), IBB, 1 K

AA: Amarillo Sod Poodles 3, Midland Rock Hounds (OAK) 2 (F/12)

This game didn’t feature a lot of offense, but Amarillo was able to pull it out in the end. Tyler Holton started the game and allowed only 1 hit and struck out 8 in 4 scoreless innings. Both teams would exchange runs in the 6th for the only runs in regulation. The Poodles first run came on Jarett Rindfleisch’s second homer in 2 days. The two teams would go into extra innings, which meant the B.S. baseball rules. Both teams would come up empty in the 10th before scoring in the 11th. Midland would score their free runner in the 11th with a double while the Poodles took advantage of a passed ball on a strikeout to score their run. Amarillo would get a scoreless 12th from Edgar Arrendondo before a walking off on a 2-out single by Dominic Fletcher scored Alek Thomas from 3rd for Amarillo’s only hit with a runner in scoring position.

LF/CF Alek Thomas: 1 for 4, 2 BB, R
SS Geraldo Perdomo: 0 for 4, 2 BB, 2 K
CF/1B Jake McCarthy: 0 for 6, Golden Sombrero
RF Dominic Fletcher: 2 for 6, 2B, 1 K, RBI

High A: Hillsboro Hops 1, Vancouver Canadians (TOR) 6

Both teams opened up with a run in the 1st. Reece Hampton opened up the game with a triple and Blaze Alexander drew a walk afterwards to put runners on the corners with no outs. Unfortunately a double play limited the offense to one run and set a bad tone for the rest of the game. Hillsboro never really threatened to score the rest of the way, going 0 for 7 with RISP. That also meant that the pitching staff was in trouble.

Ryne Nelson ran into trouble in the 5th after retiring the first two hitters. A walk and a double led to the end of Nelson’s day, but Blake Workman would allow a home run to the first batter he faced to put Hillsboro behind 4-1. With the offensive output the team has put together in the past week, it might as well had been 14-1. Workman would allow another run in the 6th and Wesley Rodriguez would pitch the final 2 innings.

SS Blaze Alexander: 1 for 3, BB, 2 K
RHP Ryne Nelson: 4 23 IP, 3 H, 3 R (3 ER), 3 BB, 7 K, L (0-1)

Low A: Visalia Rawhide 6, Stockton Ports (OAK) 5

Visalia finally picked up their second win of the season after a struggle to start the season. A.J. Vukovich opened up the scoring with a single to score Jorge Barrosa, who singled and stole 2nd to put himself in scoring position. In the 3rd, Jorge Barrosa would pull off the Tim Locastro special (HBP + SB) then Andy Yerzy would follow up with a 2-run homer to extend the lead to 3-0. Walston retired the first 9 hitters he faced, but 2nd time through the order got slammed. In the 4th, a single and home run to start the inning trimmed the lead to 3-2. Walston would allow 3 extra base hits in the 3rd, which put Visalia behind 5-4.

Visalia would tie the game in the 5th. Singles by Barrosa and Yerzy would put runners on the corners with 1 out. Vukovich would hit a ground ball to shortstop for a potential double play, but fortunately it was booted. The game remained tied until the bottom of the 9th. Lyle Lin would open up the inning with a single, moved to 2nd on a wild pitch, then got to 3rd with 1 out after a groundout by Barrosa. Yerzy was intentionally walked to set up a double play, but Vukovich ripped a single to left to end things instead.

3B A.J. Vukovich: 2 for 5, 2 RBI, 1 K
LHP Blake Walston: 4 23 IP, 5 H, 5 R (5 ER), 3 BB, 7 K