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Minor League Recap 06/06/2021: Now With 25% More Baseball

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It would be 50%, but Hillsboro played half of their scheduled double header

I just couldn’t find a picture I liked, so I used this one.
Drew Ellis homered in Reno’s loss to Sacremento
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Diamondbacks affiliates won two out of the five games played on Sunday, June 6th. Amarillo and Hillsboro should have both played a doubleheader, but Hillsboro’s makeup game was postpone due to rain a second time. No separate highlighted performance(s), as anything worth mentioning is included in the individual recaps.

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This was a real slugfest of a game with thirty three hits combined between the two teams, with six homeruns, five doubles, and a triple. Josh VanMeter, Drew Ellis, and Camden Duzenack hit homers for Reno, and the River Cats had three players hit home runs as well. Reno was down five runs before they even took an at-bat, so it’s almost impressive that they nearly came back to win this one. Defensively there were a number of errors in the game, with Bryan Holaday, Alex Powers, Camden Duzenack, and Jamie Ritchie all making errors in the game.

Humberto Mejia opened the game, and was... not good, to say the least. Mejia allowed six runs on nine hits and two walks, while striking out one in an inning of work. Mejia faced three batters in the second inning, and was unable to get any outs, before being relieved by Jeremy Rhoades. Rhoades pitched two innings and allowed four runs (three earned) on three hits, with no walks, three strikeouts, and a wild pitch. With the bases loaded got out of the inning by striking out three batters in a row, though a runner scored thanks to a wild pitch on the second strikeout. Rhoades had a much rougher outing the rest of his appearance. Rhoades allowed a solo home run in the third inning, but was unable to get an out in the fourth. A runner reached base thanks to an error by Bryan Holaday, then gave up back to back home runs before being taken out of the game for Cameron Gann. Gann struck out four in two scoreless innings, with just a hit allowed. Noel Ramirez was one ball away from an immaculate inning, striking out all three batters he faced on just ten pitches. Alex Powers pitched an inning and a third, with two runs (one earned) allowed on three hits and a wild pitch; Powers walked none while striking out a pair of batters. Junior Garcia pitched 23 of a scoreless inning, with a hit and walk allowed. Miguel Aguilar struck out a pair of batters in a scoreless inning, with a hit allowed.

Josh VanMeter 1-3 with homerun and two walks

Drew Ellis 1-4 with a two run homerun and a walk

Seth Beer 1-1 with a pinch hit double

Jamie Ritchie 4-4 with a walk

Bryan Holaday 2-5 with a double

Amarillo Sod Poodles 16 Frisco RoughRiders 8^makeup of June 5th

Matt Tabor started the game yesterday, and pitched an inning, and started pitching the second before the game was suspended due to rain. Tabor pitched 1.0 innings, with a run allowed on a walk and a hit by pitch, thanks to the game being suspended with a runner on first. Tyler Holton allowed the inherited runner to score, and pitched three innings, with 6 runs (five earned) allowed on three wild pitches, eight hits, and a walk, with a pair of strikeouts. Mack Lemieux struck out three in two scoreless innings, with a pair of hits and a walk allowed. Luis Castillo struck out a pair in his two innings of work, with a run allowed on three hits and a walk. Justin Lewis struck out a batter in a scoreless eighth inning.

Amarillo hit seven home runs in the game, with Michael De La Cruz and Luis Alejandro Basabe both hitting two each, though De La Cruz hit both a two run home run and a grand slam. Jose Herrera, Alek Thomas, and Stone Garrett each had a home run as well.

Alek Thomas 3-5 with a walk, double, home run

Jake McCarthy 1-6 with two stolen bases, reached on a fielder’s choice, scored two runs

Geraldo Perdomo 2-4 with walk, triple

Jose Herrera 2-4 with a walk, homerun

Luis Alejandro Basabe 3-6 with two home runs, though was picked off, and had an error

Stone Garrett 2-4 with a homerun, and a walk

Dominic Fletcher 3-4

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The offensive outburst from Amarillo in the previous game ended with a solo homer in the second by Stone Garrett, his second of the day. Jeff Bain was solid enough in his 4.2 innings of work, with three runs allowed on six hits, a walk, and a hit by pitch. Bain allowed a two run homer in the third inning, that ended up being the difference maker in the game unfortunately. Brandyn Sittinger was nearly perfect, striking out all three batters he faced on just 10 pitched, with just one of his pitches a ball. Edgar Arredondo pitched a third of inning, and walked one of the two batters he faced, while getting the other out on a pop up.

Stone Garrett provided nearly all of the offense in the game, going 2-3 with a home run, and a stolen base. The only other hit of the game was D.J. Burt, who was 1-2. Jake McCarthy walked and stole his 14th base of the season.

Alex Thomas was 0-3, but reached on a force out, but was picked off at first to end the second inning.

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Liam Norris had a not-so-great and extremely wild outing, with five runs allowed (four earned) in just 2.2 inning on one hit, six walks, three wild pitches, and balked on top of all of that. Enmanuel Acosta pitched 1.1 innings, with a walk, and a strikeout. Johnny Valdez pitched an inning, and allowed a run on a hit, a wild pitch, a hit batter, and two walks. David Sanchez struck one in a perfect, scoreless inning of work. Alex Valdez also struck out a batter in his scoreless inning of work, with a hit allowed. Danny Ay walked a batter in a scoreless inning.

Glenallen Hill Jr. was 1-4 with a homerun, a walk, and a stolen base. Ramses Malave was 2-4 with a pair of two run homers, Elian Miranda was 2-3 with a double, and was hit by a pitch. A.J. Vukovich was 2-4 with a double.

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This was a seven inning game, due to being part of a double header, but the other game between Hillsboro and Everett, a makeup of June 5th’s game, was rained out once again.

Drey Jameson went 4.1 innings, and allowed two runs on five hits and four walks, while striking out an impressive eight batters. Jameson allowed a walk in the first, then later picked off the runner trying to steal third. Blake Workman relieved Jameson in the fifth with an inherited runner on base that Workman allowed to score. Workman pitched two innings, with an unearned run allowed, a pair of hits, a walk, and four strikeouts. Joe Jones would get the final two outs of the game, striking out one.

Reece Hampton and Spencer Brickhouse hit a pair of solo home runs in the second inning to put the Hops up 2-0. The Hops scored three more in the sixth, after Buddy Kennedy and Andy Yerzy singled back to back to put runners on first and third. Kennedy scored after Tristin English made it back-to-back-to-back singles, putting runners on first and second with no outs. Reece Hampton then struck out, but Andy Yerzy and Tristin English were able to advance a base thanks to an errant pickoff throw. Axel Andueza was next with the fourth single of the inning, which allowed Yerzy to score, but Tristin English was thrown out at third base. Finally, Spencer Brickhouse doubled, scoring Andueza.