Dbacks affiliates won two out of three games played on Saturday, and three out of four games played on Sunday. Hillsboro’s game on Saturday was suspended in the fourth inning, and was completed on Sunday as part of a doubleheader. The second game of that doubleheader was cancelled once again, due to rain.
Las Vegas Aviators 18 Reno Aces 9
This game started promising enough for Reno, Drew Ellis and Seth Beer hit back to back singles with Ellis scoring from first to put the Aces up 1-0 going into the bottom of the first inning. Humberto Mejia unfortunately had an awful outing, going just 2⁄3 of an inning, and giving up seven runs on five hits and two walks, capped off with a grand slam. Josh Lucas had as almost as a bad of an outing (1 1⁄3 IP 6 ER 3H 3BB 0SO 2 HRs), though he was able to get out of first without anymore damage, and then pitch a scoreless second inning, he was unable to get an out in the third inning. Lucas gave up a walk, single, home run, another home run, and two more walks before finally being pulled for Carlos Navas. Navas allowed both inherited runners to score, and pitched 1 2⁄3 innings with one run allowed on four hits, a walk, and a wild pitch, with a strikeout. Keury Mella relieved Navas with two on, and for once didn’t allow an inherited runner to score. Mella ended up pitching 1.1 perfect innings, striking out a pair. Sam Moll followed up with 2⁄3 of inning, with a run allowed on three walks and a hit by pitch. Matt Gage pitched 1.1 innings and allowed one run on one hit and one walk, while striking out a pair, with the run scoring via solo homer. Alex Powers struck out one in his inning of work, and allowed two runs on two hits, thanks to a two run homer.
The Aces were down 7-1 after the first, and down 13-2 after the third, so I am just not going to go over that, and just highlight the offensive performances.
Drew Ellis 2-4 with a double
Camden Duzenack 3-5 with a double and homerun
Bryan Holaday 2-5 with a homerun
Seth Beer 1-4
Josh VanMeter 1-3 with a double, BB
Amarillo Sod Poodles 7 Corpus Christi Hooks 5
Tyler Holton went 4 2⁄3 innings, with 5 runs allowed on 7 hits (including 4 2b and a HR) and a walk, with a strikeout. Mack Lemieux struck out three in his perfect 2.1 innings, Chester Pimentel was nearly perfect in his own 2.1 innings, striking out three and walking one.
Down 5-0 going into the bottom of the second, Dominic Fletcher hit a solo homer to make the score 5-1. Amarillo would make it 5-2 in the bottom of the sixth after Michael De La Cruz doubled, advanced to third on a wild pitch, and scored on a Jose Herrera double. The Sod Poodles added two more in the seventh inning. Mikey Reynolds singled and advanced to second on a throwing error during the play. Reynolds then stole third, and scored on a Alek Thomas single. Jake McCarthy then doubled, scoring Thomas to make the score 5-4. In the bottom of the eighth, Amarillo would score three runs, thanks to some wildness by Hooks pitcher Brandon Lawson, who walked the first batter he faced (Jose Herrera), the followed by plunking Dominic Fletcher and Geraldo Perdomo to load the bases. JanCarlos Cintron singled, scoring Jose Herrera to tie the game up, and the bases still loaded with no one out. Hooks pitcher Brandon Lawson got the hook for a new pitcher, who promptly unleashed a wild pitch scoring Fletcher. Mikey Reynolds then flew into a sacrifice double play, scoring Perdomo making the score 7-5.
Alek Thomas 2-4 with a triple and a walk
Jake McCarthy 1-4 with a double
Dominic Fletcher 1-3 with a home run, HBP
Geraldo Perdomo 0-2 2 HBP
Jose Herrera 1-3 BB, 2B, SB, CS
Visalia Rawhide 7 Inland Empire 66ers 6
Rigoberto Borbolla went two innings, and allowed two runs on a wild pitch, five hits and five walks, while striking out three. Borbolla walked the bases loaded in the third before being taken out for Jhonny Valdez, who was excellent in his two scoreless innings. Valdez allowed just a hit while striking out three, and didn’t allow any of the inherited runners to score. Marcos Tineo was not so great in his 2.1 innings, allowing four runs on five hits, two hit by pitches, a wild pitch, and two walks, though he did strikeout five. Denson Hull relieved Tineo and inherited two runners, and allowed both to score, but technically went 1.2 scoreless innings and allowed 2 hits, a wild pitch, while striking out two. Mailon Arroyo allowed a hit and a wild pitch in a scoreless ninth inning.
The Rawhide had a big five run fourth inning. The inning started with Jorge Barrosa homering on the first pitch. Sheng-Ping Chen then walked and scored on an AJ Vukovich triple. Vukovich would score on an Elian Miranda double, still with no one out. Ronny Simon grounded out, but Miranda advanced to third, and scored on a Manuel Garcia single. An out later, GlenAllen Hill doubled, scoring Garcia for the fifth run of the inning, and making the score 5-2. The Rawhide added two more insurance runs in the bottom of the fifth. Jorge Barrosa walked, stole second, followed by an AJ Vukovich walk. Elian Miranda hit into a fielder’s choice, but the runners would be safe at second and third. Ronny Simon then hit a sac fly scoring Barrosa, and Manuel Garcia followed up with a single, scoring Vukovich.
AJ Vukovich 1-3 with a triple, 2 BB
Jorge Barrosa 3-3 double, home run, BB, 2 SB, 1 CS
Reno Aces 15 Las Vegas Aviators 7
Another game, another blow out in AAA West. Josh Green went 4 2⁄3 innings, and allowed four runs on five hits. four walks, and a hit by pitch, with a strike out. All four runs came via grand slam in the 4th inning. Cameron Gann came into the game with two on and two outs, and got out of jam without further damage. Gann pitched 1 1⁄3 scoreless innings, allowing just a walk, and striking out one. Noel Ramirez pitched 2⁄3 of an inning, and allowed two runs on three hits and walk. Junior Garcia pitched 1 1⁄3 scoreless innings, allowing just a walk while striking out one. West Tunnell allowed a run on a pair of hits in the ninth, and struck out a batter.
Reno struck first in the top of the third, scoring a run after Bryan Holaday and Matt Lipka hit back to back singles. Two outs later, Daulton Varsho hit a line drive single, with Holaday scoring, and Lipka getting thrown at third to end the inning. The Aviators struck back with a grand slam in the bottom of the fourth, but the Aces answered back in the top of fifth with a four run inning of their own. Matt Lipka reached based on a throwing error, stole second, and advanced to third on a Juniel Querecuto double. Lipka scored on a Andrew Young sac fly. Varsho would then double, scoring Querecuto. Seth Beer followed up with a walk, and Drew Ellis singled, scoring Varsho and putting runners on first and second. An out later Henry Ramos singled, scoring Seth Beer. The Aces added three more runs in the top of the seventh. Seth Beer singled, and after a Drew Ellis strikeout, Christian Lopes and Henry Ramos hit back to back singles, scoring Beer. A pitching change and a fly out later, Matt Lipka tripled scoring Lopes and Ramos. The Aviators answered back with two runs of their own in the bottom of the inning, but the Aces would the respond by batting around in a seven run eighth inning. Andrew Young reached on a bunt single, and Varsho homered, scoring both, Seth Beer, Drew Ellis, and Christian Lopes all walked to load the bases, and Henry Ramos doubled, scoring Beer and Ellis. Bryan Holaday singled, scoring Lopes, and an out later, Juniel Querecuto hit his second double of the game, scoring Ramos and Holaday. Andrew Young walked next, but Daulton Varsho hit into a double play to end the inning, and putting the score at 15-6. The Aviators scored a run in the bottom of the ninth to make the score 15-7. but the Aces held on to win it.
Daulton Varsho 3-6 with a double, homerun
Drew Elllis 2-5 with a double, walk
Seth Beer 1-3 with three walks
Amarillo Sod Poodles 7 Corpus Christi Hooks 5
Luis Frias was solid, going 5 2⁄3 innings, allowing two runs on four hits, no walks, with nine strikeouts. Both runs came in the fifth after Frias allowed a single, groundout, then balked the runner to third, and gave up a two run homer before being pulled for Mitchell Osnowitz. Osnowitz allowed a home run to the first batter he faced, but went 1 1⁄3 inning allowing just run on two hits, with no walks, and a pair of strikeouts. Edgar Arredondo pitched two innings, and allowed two runs on two hits, with no walks an three strikeouts. Like Frias and Osnowitz, Arredondo both runs came via long ball, thanks to a pair of solo home runs allowed in the ninth.
Amarillo had a big six run second inning. Dominic Miroglio doubled, and Dominic Fletcher singled to put runners on the corners. Geraldo Perdomo and Renae Martinez both walked next to load the bases and force in a run. Jancarlos Cintron then hit a grand slam to clear the bases. They added one more run thanks to Jake McCarthy scoring all the way from first on a Stone Garrett single, thanks to a fielding error by the Hooks left fielder. The Sod Poodles added an insurance in the bottom of the fifth, after Jake McCarthy singled, stole second, advanced to third on a wild pitch, and scored on another Stone Garrett single.
Alek Thomas 0-4
Jake McCarthy 2-4 with a stolen base (His 16th of the year)
Geraldo Perdomo 0-3 with a BB
Jancarlos Cintron 1-3 with a grand slam home run
Hillsboro Hops 5 Tri-City Dust Devils 3
This game was started on Saturday, and was postponed until Sunday as part of a doubleheader. Once again, the second game was postponed due to rain..
Drey Jameson got the start, and went 4 2⁄3 innings, allowing two runs on five hits, a hit by pitch, and a walk, while striking out seven. Jameson allowed a one out solo homer in the first. The Hops answered back with a run in the bottom of the inning, after Buddy Kennedy doubled, Blaze Alexander and Andy Yerzy then walked back to back to load the bases. Tristin English ground into a double play, but Kennedy scored to tie up the game at 1-1. The rain would start coming down in the fifth with two outs and the bases loaded, and then game was suspended. Play resumed with Blake Workman taking over for Jameson. Workman would get a flyout to get out of trouble, and would go on to pitch 2 1⁄3 innings, with one run allowed on three hits, with no walks and four strikeouts. Nick Snyder allowed a hit and two walks in the “extra” eighth inning to load the bases, but got out of the game to end the inning.
Buddy Kennedy 2-3 with a double, stolen base
Blaze Alexander 1-2 with two walks
Spencer Brickhouse 1-3 with a triple
Andy Yerzy 0-2 with two walks
Reece Hampton 1-2 with a triple, walk, stolen base
Inland Empire 66ers 6 Visalia Rawhide 0
Despite six hits and seven walks, the Rawhide just couldn’t capitalize on the baserunners. Liam Norris was wild in his 2 1⁄3 inning, walking seven batters and uncorking two wild pitches. Norris ended up allowing three runs on a hit and the aforementioned seven walks. Alex Valdez was struck out a pair of batters in 2 2⁄3 scoreless innings, with no hits or walks allowed. Bobby Ay was not so solid, allowing three runs on five hits (including a solo homer) and a HBP, though he walked none and struck out a batter. David Sanchez was perfect in his inning of relief, getting a pair of groundouts and flyout.
No Rawhide batter had more than a hit, and only Ronny Simon had an extra base hit, a double. AJ Vukovich went 1-3 with a pair of walks; Lyle Lin and Glenallen Hill Jr both reached twice, going 1-3 with a walk.