The Diamondbacks Minor League affiliates combined to a 2-2 record. Taking the mound for the team’s affiliates were Justin Martinez, Bryce Jarvis, and Tommy Henry.
Best Pitching Performance: Hillsboro RHP Bryce Jarvis - 7 IP, 4, H, 2 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 11 K, W (1-1)
Best Hitting Performance: Reno C Daulton Varsho - 4 for 5, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 R, 1 K
Alek Thomas: 0 for 3, BB; .292/.379/.494 (142 wRC+)
Despite falling behind early, Reno was able to get their offense going and take quick control of this game. Reno was able to put up crooked numbers in the 2nd-5th innings to take a 9-3 lead after 5. Matt Lipka opened the scoring with a 2-run homer in the 2nd. While not hitting the ball out of the park the rest of the way, the Aces hitters were able to get timely hits with runners in scoring position (5 for 16) in the 3rd-5th innings to get their runs across. Daulton Varsho and Seth Beer were in the middle of everything, picking up 7 of Reno’s 12 hits on the day, driving in 2 and scoring 2 runs apiece.
The offensive barrage was enough to support starter Zach Lee, who pitched his way in and out of trouble for 5 innings, allowing just 3 runs (2 earned) on 4 hits, 2 walks, and 4 strikeouts. He was able to get some timely double plays to escape jams, with Reno turning 3 of them on the day. Jeremy Rhoades would get hit for 3 runs between the 6th and 7th innings to make this game closer than it actually was, but the rest of the bullpen was lights out save for Miguel Aguilar getting charge with a run because of his catcher forgetting how to play baseball for one play.
C Daulton Varsho: 4 for 5, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 R, 1 K
1B Seth Beer: 3 for 5, 2 2B, 2 RBI, 2 R, 1 K
Amarillo’s offense once again hit the deep freeze, wasting a solid start from Tommy Henry. Henry allowed just 2 solo homers over 5 1⁄3 innings. Outside of the 2 homers, he allowed just 1 more hit, walked 2, and struck out 7. He’s really put together a solid run of starts since a disaster first outing. The Poodles were able to scratch a run across in the 7th thanks to Jake McCarthy’s baserunning. After singling with 1 out, he stole 2nd and scored on Jarett Rindfleisch’s single to center.
RF Alek Thomas: 0 for 3, BB
LF Jake McCarthy: 1 for 3, BB, SB, R
CF Dominic Fletcher: 1 for 3
SS Geraldo Perdomo: 0 for 3, 1 K
LHP Tommy Henry: 5 1⁄3 IP, 3 H, 2 R (2 ER), 2 BB, 7 K, L (0-2)
In a battle of 1st round picks from the 2020 draft, it was the 18th overall pick that outpitched the 7th overall pick. Hillsboro was able to get to Emerson Hancock, getting 2 runs on him over 3 innings without striking out once. Meanwhile Bryce Jarvis allowed just two solo homers over 7 strong innings, with no walks and 11 strikeouts. Jarvis has more or less continued the dominant run that catapulted him into the first round last year.
Hillsboro would take the lead in the 5th on a wild pitch after a double, balk, and a walk that put runners on the corners with no outs. A sac fly would pad Hillsboro’s lead to 4-2. In the 6th, a throwing error by the Aqua Sox 3B scored Spencer Brickhouse, who doubled with one out earlier in the inning. The final two runs would come in the 9th after a single by Axel Andueza followed by an error by the 1B on a pickoff attempt, a productive out, walk, and a stolen base would put a runner on 2nd and 3rd. With two outs, Cam Coursey ripped a single through the right side of the infield to plate both of them. Nick Snyder would record the final 6 outs of the game, 3 via strikeout.
3B Tristin English: 1 for 3, HBP, 2 RBI
RHP Bryce Jarvis: 7 IP, 4 H, 2 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 11 K, W (1-1)
Visalia burned on the offense early to take a 6-0 lead after the top of the 2nd. A bases-clearing double by Manuel Garcia followed by a single from Glenallen Hill Jr. would give Justin Martinez a 4-0 lead before throwing his first pitch. Neyfy Castillo would add a 2-run homer in the 2nd. Unfortunately, that was the high point of the game as the defense fell apart and pitchers couldn’t pitch out of jams. A fielding error on a potential double play ball extended the 2nd in which 3 runs scored in very bizarre fashion.
Justin Martinez would allow 4 runs over 4 innings, with only 1 run being earned. Junior Mieses would pitch the next 3 innings, allowing 3 runs to come across. Garcia added a sacrifice fly that regained the lead in the top of the 8th. Unfortunately, Harrison Francis was unable to shut the door as a ton of singles and bad control allowed 4 runs to cross the plate with the first being charged to Mieses.
RF Jeferson Espinal: 1 for 4, 2 K
RHP Justin Martinez: 4 IP, 4 H, 4 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 3 K