Diamondbacks affiliates took two out of the four games played on Saturday, with Visalia winning in walk off fashion, and Hillsboro solidly beating Vancouver. Reno and Amarillo both lost late in their games, and by only a run.
There were no real stand out pitching or hitting performances (feel free to dispute this in the comment section), so I am not including those today.
Josh Green went five innings, allowing three runs on seven hits and four walks, while striking out four. Interestingly enough, the walks along with four of the hits were a non-factor in the game, as all three runs Green allowed came via solo home run. Keury Mella and Josh Lucas followed with scoreless innings, keeping the game close enough for Reno tie the game up with a three run seventh inning. Thanks to a line drive single by Jamie Ritchie with the bases loaded, Reno scored a pair of runs, and added one more run on a groundout by Camden Duzenack. Junior Garcia pitched a scoreless eighth, but the ninth inning ended up being quite a mess. Garcia managed to get two outs, but left the game with the bases load. Sam Moll would enter the game, and the runner at second immediately stole third, and catcher Bryan Holaday made an error on the throw to third, allowing the runner to score, and ending the game. Juniel Querecuto and Matt Lipka had the best night at the plate, both going 2-4 with a double.
Seth Beer: 0-3 with a BB, GIDP
Tommy Henry had an excellent start for Amarillo, Henry went five innings, allowed just one run on five hits and walk, while striking out an outstanding 9 batters. Jarret Reindfleisch went 2-4, hitting a solo home run in the third, but aside from that, no batter reached base more than once. Dominic Miroglio had an especially bad night going 0-4 with three strikeouts. Stone Garret probably had the best night aside from Reindfleisch, drawing a walk, stealing base, and defensively, getting an outfield assist by gunning a runner down at home.
Brandyn Sittiger followed Henry with two perfect innings and three strikeouts. Mitchell Osnowitz allowed just a hit, and struck out two in the eighth, but unfortunately that one hit was home run that ended up being the difference maker in the game, and also tagged him with the loss. Mack Lemieux struck out one in a perfect inning of work in the top of the ninth, but Amarillo’s offense came up short in the bottom of inning.
Alek Thomas: 1-4
Jake McCarthy: 0-3, BB
Gerardo Perdomo: 0-4
Bobby Ay started the game and was solid in his four innings of work, allowing two runs on a hit and three walks, while striking out six. Ay was also the victim of bad luck, with the one hit being a two run home run. Enmanuel Acosta had a rough outing, allowing three runs on three hits (two doubles), a hit by pitch, and two walks, while striking out a pair of batters. Mitchel Stumpo relieved Acosta with two on and two outs, and got the out to end the sixth. Stumpo pitched a scoreless seventh. Liu Fuenmayor pitched a scoreless eighth, and Mailon Arroyo pitched a scoreless ninth, with both striking out a batter. Down 2-0 in the fifth, Visalia got their first run on the board after Ramses Malave doubled and scored on a Roman Ruiz single. Visalia added another run in the sixth after Elian Miranda doubled, and scored on a Neyfey Castillo two run homerun. In the eighth, they’d score two more runs in similar fashion after Jorge Barrosa singled and scored on a Danny Oriente two run homer. With the game now tied in the bottom of the ninth, Roman Ruiz walked, stole second base, and scored on a Danny Oriente single, giving Visalia a much needed win.
Danny Oirente 2-5 with a HR
Neyfey Castillo 1-3 with a HR and BB
Roman Ruiz 2-3 with a BB, SB, CS
After a rough outing last time out, Matt Tabor responded with a much better offering this time around. Tabor went six innings, and allowed just one run on four hits and three walks, while striking out four. Hunter Haworth pitched the seventh inning, and allowed two unearned runs on two hits and a walk, though one of the runs was a home run.* Blake Workman was impressive in his two innings of work, getting five out of six outs via strikeout, though allowed a couple of hits.
Andy Yerzy went 1-4, getting the scoring started with a two run home run in the first. The hops added another run in the second inning, with Leodany Perez scoring on a Reece Hampton triple. The Hops scored four runs in the bottom of the fourth, with the first run crossing home plate after a fielder’s choice, the second run after a wild pitch, the third after a bases loaded walk, and the fourth run after a Buddy Kennedy sacrifice fly. Buddy Kennedy also doubled in the seventh, advanced to third on a fielding error, and scored on a Cam Coursey single. The Hops went crazy on the base paths with seven stolen bases; Cam Coursey stole two bases, and Buddy Kennedy, Ricky Martinez, Leodany Perez, Axel Andueza, and Reece Hampton all stole a base each.
Buddy Kennedy 1-2 with a double, walk
Reece Hampton 1-3 with a triple, two walks
Andy Yerzy 1-4 with a home run