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Diamondbacks Minor League Recap 5/28/21

Midland RockHounds v Amarillo Sod Poodles
LHP Tommy Henry threw a gem for Amarillo.
Photo by John E. Moore III/Getty Images

The Diamondbacks Minor League affiliates combined for a 3-1 record. A lot of close games, as three games were decided by 1 run and another game decided by 2. Last night also saw pitching prospects Tommy Henry, Slade Cecconi, and Brandon Pfaadt pitch to pretty solid results for all three players.

Top Pitching Performance: Visalia RHP Brandon Pfaadt - 6 IP, 2 H, 2 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 7 K, W (1-1)
Top Hitting Performance: Amarillo CF Dominic Fletcher - 2 for 4, solo HR (2), 2 K
Alek Thomas: DNP (Rest)
Christian Walker Rehab: 2 for 5, solo HR, 1 K

AAA: Reno Aces 8, Tacoma Rainiers (SEA) 7 (F/10)

This game had your typical Pacific Coast League score as both teams traded haymakers at the plate. There were 5 lead changes in the game overall that saw Reno come back from a 4-run deficit late in the game to force extra innings. Zach Lee only lasted 3 innings and gave up 4 runs. Carlos Navas pitched a pair of scoreless innings, but then Alex Powers got slammed for 3 runs in the 6th. Reno would score 3 runs in the bottom half of the inning to stay in it. 3 singles loaded the bases before a single combined with an error by the left fielder would unload the bases to make it 7-6.

Christian Walker would take matters into his own hands in the 7th with a game tying home run off Justin Grimm. The game would remain tied through the 9th, so we get to see the B.S. baseball rules. Miguel Aguilar would come in the 10th and was greeted with a sacrifice bunt. Aguilar laughed Tacoma’s attempt to play small ball and would strike out the next two hitters to prevent any runs to score. With the winning run on 2nd, Reno elected to let their guys swing away. After a Seth Beer flyout, Josh VanMeter would would draw a walk with 1 out, which set up Drew Ellis to win the game. Ellis guided a grounder through the right side of the infield to score Camden Duzenack and walk off Tacoma.

DH Seth Beer: 1 for 5, 2B, RBI, 1 K

AA: Amarillo Sod Poodles 2, Corpus Christi Hooks (HOU) 3

Tommy Henry got the start in this game and was solid throughout. He allowed 2 runs in 6+ innings, with the second run coming across after he left the game, walked 2, and struck out 9. Since his disaster first start, Henry has been nothing short of excellent at the AA level and has back to back 9 strikeout starts (11 IP, 3 R, 3 BB, 18 K in total). The offense wasn’t as supportive as hoped, but they did give Henry a lead late. After tying the game in the top of the 6th, the Poodles took the lead in the 7th when Dominic Fletcher hit his second home run of the year. Henry would start the 7th and allow a double and a walk before being pulled for Edgar Arredondo. Arredondo had been reliable most of the year, but today gave up back to back two-out doubles after it looked like he would escape the jam after inducing a double play ball to the first batter he faced.

CF Dominic Fletcher: 2 for 4, solo HR (2), 1 K
SS Geraldo Perdomo: 0 for 3, 2 K
LHP Tommy Henry: 6 IP, 4 H, 2 R (2 ER), 2 BB, 9 K

High A: Hillsboro Hops 3, Tri-City Dust Devils (LAA) 2

The bullpen carried this game for Hillsboro, getting 16 outs and not allowing a single run to cross while having to maintain a 1-run lead the whole way. Slade Cecconi wasn’t necessarily sharp in this start, as he struggled with control, allowing 2 runs on 3 hits, 2 walks, and 5 strikeouts in 3 23 innings. Cecconi needed to use 75 pitches in order to get 11 outs. Andy Yerzy would give Hillsboro a lead with another first inning home run, his 4th since being promoted to High A. Of his 6 hits at this level, 4 have left the park. After Tri-City scored in the bottom of the 1st, Hillsboro would score a critical insurance run in the 3rd. Buddy Kennedy would drive in Ricky Martinez, who tripled to start the inning, with a double.

With 2 outs in the 4th, Cecconi would give up his second run of the night and was lifted for Wesley Rodriguez. Rodriguez would induce a pop-up to SS to end the inning. He would also pitch himself in and out of a bases loaded jam with 2 outs in the 5th, but would get out of it with a pop-up to 2B. Kyler Stout, Nick Snyder, and Joe Jones would get the final 12 outs of the game to take this one home.

SS Blaze Alexander: 0 for 4, Golden Sombrero
RHP Slade Cecconi: 3 23 IP, 3 H, 2 R (2 ER), 2 BB, 5 K

Low A: Visalia Rawhide 4, Modesto Nuts (SEA) 2

Modesto would score two runs in the first off Brandon Pfaadt, but that was all Visalia would give up for the entire game. Pfaadt would settle in to strike out 7, allowing only 2 hits and a walk. Visalia quickly chipped away at the lead. Neyfy Castillo launched his 4th homer of the year in the 2nd and Jorge Barrosa would single home Roman Ruiz to tie the game in the 3rd. The Rawhide would eventually grab the lead in the 5th, opening up the inning with a double by Ramses Malave and singles by Danny Oriente and Ruiz. While it looked like Visalia would leave 2 on base, Sheng-Ping Chen would single home Oriente from 2nd for an absolute backbreaking run. Visalia’s bullpen would only allow 1 hit the rest of the way, as Modesto never really threatened to score after the 1st.

RHP Brandon Pfaadt: 6 IP, 2 H, 2 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 7 K, W (1-1)