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Minor League Recap 5/29/2021: Tabor Has An Excellent Start but The Whole System is Swept

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The Diamondbacks and their affiliates in Reno, Amarillo, Visalia and Hillsboro all lost on Saturday

Capital L, by Unknown Artist, 9th - 10th Century, manuscript Photo by Mondadori Portfolio via Getty Images

As if taking their cue from the struggles of the major-league outfit, the D-backs farm system had a bad day as well. All four affiliates lost, being outscored by a total score of 8-34. Let’s prod the corpse of yesterday’s contests with a stick, shall we?

  • Best pitcher: Matt Tabor (High-A Hillsboro): 7 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K
  • Best hitter: Jorge Barrosa (A-ball Visalia): three R, 2-for-4, DBL, RBI, BB

Tacoma Rainiers 7 Reno Aces 1

Justin Donatella had a rough outing in his 3.1 innings of work on Saturday, with four runs allowed on 7 hits and a walk, while striking out three. In addition Donatella had a poor time defensively, making a pair of fielding errors, including an errant pickoff throw, though did successfully pick off a runner at first. All the damage was via the long ball, with Donatella giving up a three run homer in the first with two outs, and a solo home run in the third inning. Noel Ramirez followed, striking out three in 1.2 innings, with two runs allowed on two hits and a walk. Ramirez was hurt by the long ball as well, with both runs allowed scoring via a pair of solo home runs. Nick Gardewine allowed just a hit and struck out a batter in a scoreless inning of work in the 6th inning. Josh Lucas relieved Gardewine in 7th inning and allowed a run on two hits and walk, and struck out a batter. Cameron Gann allowed just a hit in a scoreless ninth inning.

Offensively, the Aces just couldn’t get it done. The Aces were 0-15 with runners in scoring position, and left 13 runners on base. The lone run scored in the second inning, after Henry Ramos lead off with a walk, advanced to third on a Bryan Holaday double, and scored on a Camden Duzenack ground out.

  • Daulton Varsho was 1-3 with stolen base and a pair of walks
  • Josh VanMeter was 1-4 with a double and a walk
  • Bryan Holaday was 2-4 with a double
  • Camden Duzenack was 2-4 with a double

Corpus Christi Hooks 9, Amarillo Sod Poodles 2

Ryan Weiss had a bad start, lasting just four innings and allowing 7 runs on six hits, a hit by pitch, two walks, while striking out three, Weiss was hit particularly hard with three homers and a double allowed. To be fair to Weiss, the catching defense from Jose Herrera during the game was abysmal; the first run scored in the first on a passed ball, and the Hooks were able to steal three bases with Weiss on the mound, along with a fourth when Levi Kelly took over.

After Weiss left the game, Luis Castillo pitched a perfect fifth inning, getting all three out on just six pitches. Kelly followed with a much less successful outing than Castillo, pitching an inning and allowing two runs on two hits, three walks, and a wild pitch. He was unable to get any outs in the seventh. Mack Lemieux allowed just a hit and struck out in his inning of work in the seventh, but allowed one of the runs inherited from Levi Kelly to score. Mitchell Osnowitz then pitched a perfect inning of work in the eighth, striking out one.

Amarillo also struggled offensively this game, with just four hits (none went for extra bases), though did have six walks. Geraldo Perdomo, who has had his share of issues at the plate, had the best night. He was 1-3 with a walk, but reached on an error in the sixth, knocking in the first run of the game for Amarillo. Perdomo advanced to third after the next two batters, Jarret Reindfleisch and Osvaldo Abreu walked to load the bases, and scored thanks to an errant pickoff throw at first. Dominic Miroglio and Jose Herrera were the only other batters to reach twice; Miroglio was 1-3 with a walk; Jose Herrera was hitless, but had a pair of walks.

Alek Thomas, whose fine performance this season was highlighted in this article by Michael McDermott yesterday predictably had a poor night at the plate. The curse of the SnakePit claims another victim... Thomas was 0-4, reaching on a fielder’s choice, but was caught stealing.

Modesto Nuts 16, Visalia Rawhide 5

This looked a very promising game to begin with after the top of the first. Jorge Barrosa singled, stole second, and A.J. Vukovich walked. Elian Miranda reached on a fielder’s choice, allowing Barrosa to score, then advanced to second after there were two throwing errors on the play. Visalia lost the lead before a single out was made by Modesto, because Bobby Ay and the Rawhide’s defense were absolutely terrible. Ay was only able to get two outs, and allowed 6 runs (3 unearned) on six hits, a walk, two wild pitches, and a hit batter. Ay’s poor outing was made worse by a passed ball, and a throwing error by third baseman AJ Vukovich.

Marcos Tineo, who relieved Bobby Ay, also allowed an inherited run to score, to put a little more salt in the wound. Tineo pitched 3.1 innings, and allowed a run on four hits, two walks, and a hit batter, while striking out one. Rigoberto Borbolla had a rough outing as well, pitching 1.2 innings, with four runs allowed on three hits, three walks, and a wild pitch, but did strike out a pair of batters. Harrison Francis pitched 1.1 innings, and allowed two runs on two hits and a walk, with three K’s. Johnny Valdez pitched just two thirds on an inning, and allowed three runs on two hits, thanks to David Sanchez walking two batters and throwing a wild pitch before he was able to get one out to finish the eighth inning.

Jorge Barrosa and AJ Vukovich had the best performances offensively for Visalia; Barrosa went 2-4 with a walk, a stolen base, and a double; Vukovich went 1-3 with a pair of walks and a home run, the other extra base hit for them in the game. Ronny Simon, who went 2-5, was the only other player to have more than one hit besides Barrosa. Jeferson Espinal, the only other player to reach base more than once, was hitless but had a pair of walks

Tri-City Dust Devils 2 Hillsboro Hops 0

Matt Tabor was excellent, allowing just one run, while scattering six hits across seven innings, walking none and striking out five, though he did hit a batter and made a throwing error. Kai-Wei Lin struck out one over his inning of work in the eighth, with one run allowed on a hit, a walk, and a hit by pitch.

Hillsboro really struggled in this game with only three base runners, getting just two hits (both singles), a walk, and a stolen base. To make matters worse, one of the runners, Reece Hampton was caught stealing, giving the Hops essentially just two baserunners in the game.