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Diamondbacks Minor League Recap 6/24/21: Nothing to write home about

The Diamondbacks Minor League affiliates combined to a 1-3 record. Hillsboro was the only team that was able to pull off the win with some very lopsided scores along the way. Brandon Pfaadt was the only notable pitching prospect that took the mound.

Top Pitching Performance: Hillsboro RHP Brandon Pfaadt - 6 IP, 8 H, 3 R (3 ER), 1 BB, 6 K
Top Hitting Performance: Hillsboro SS Blaze Alexander - 2 for 3, 2B, BB, RBI, R, SB

AAA: Reno Aces 0, Sacramento River Cats (SFG) 8

Reno didn’t put up much of a fight in this one, trailing from beginning to end. Scott Kazmir stymied the Reno lineup for 6 innings, allowing just 5 hits and 1 walk. Reno did get a pair of doubles from Andrew Young and Drew Ellis, but the team collectively went 0 for 5 with runners in scoring position. On the pitching side, Humberto Mejia would allow 4 runs in 3 innings. Brandyn Sittinger and West Tunnell would each allow 2 runs in their outing.

2B Andrew Young: 2 for 4, 2B
CF Jake McCarthy: 1 for 4, 1 K
1B Seth Beer: 0 for 4, 2 K
RHP Humberto Mejia: 3 IP, 4 H, 4 R (4 ER), 4 BB, 2 K

AA: Amarillo Sod Poodles 0, Corpus Christi Hooks (HOU) 4

Another shutout in the D-backs farm system, with the team trailing from the get-go. The Sod Poodles only mustered 2 hits and 2 walks for the game. Tyler Holton allowed 4 runs on 8 hits with 4 strikeouts over 4 innings, with all four runs scoring on home runs. The only extra base hit was a double by Dominic Fletcher.

CF Alek Thomas: 0 for 4, 2 K
RF Dominic Fletcher: 1 for 4, 2B, 1 K
SS Geraldo Perdomo: 0 for 3, 2 K

High A: Hillsboro Hops 6, Spokane Indians (COL) 4

Brandon Pfaadt got his first start in High A ball and looked decent with 3 runs on 8 hits, 1 walk, and 6 strikeouts over 6 innings. While not dominant, he benefitted from early run support. Hillsboro would score 3 times in the bottom of the 2nd and led the rest of the way, getting insurance runs as Spokane drew closer. While there weren’t very many opportunities overall, Hillsboro hitters went 4 for 7 with RISP and stole 3 bases in 4 attempts. The bullpen would allow 1 run to score in the 8th, but Joe Jones would record the final 5 outs to seal this one away.

SS Blaze Alexander: 2 for 3, 2B, BB, RBI, R, 1 for 2 SB
3B Tristin English: 1 for 4, 2B, R
RHP Brandon Pfaadt: 6 IP, 8 H, 3 R (3 ER), 1 BB, 6 K, W (1-0)

Low A: Visalia Rawhide 1, Fresno Grizzlies (COL) 7

This game more or less featured the same pattern as the others. A game where the offense was nonexistent and the pitching was terrible, although they had more opportunities with 4 hits and 3 walks. Junior MIeses allowed 4 runs (0 earned) in 4 13 IP, although a meltdown inning that allowed 4 runs to cross the plate for Fresno. The bullpen would allow 3 more runs in the 6th and 7th innings.

3B A.J. Vukovich: 0 for 4, 2 K