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Minor League Recap 7/17-7/18: Extra Inning Sunday

Two extra Innings games were played on Sunday, with two very different results

Wichita Wind Surge v Amarillo Sod Poodles
Buddy Kennedy had an impressive day at the plate on Sunday, going 3-5 with a pair of HR, and a triple
Photo by John E. Moore III/Getty Images

Arizona Diamondbacks affiliates won just three out of eight games played over the weekend, winning one game on Saturday, and two games on Sunday.

Saturday July 17, 2021

Reno Aces 7 Oklahoma City Dodgers 8

Zach Lee got the start and went five innings, allowing 6 runs (one of which was unearned) on seven hits and three walks, while striking out a pair of batters. Ryan Weiss went an inning and allowed an unearned run off a hit. Chester Pimentel went 23 of an inning, and allowed a run on a walk. Both Pimentel and Weiss’s unearned run can be blamed on pair of throwing errors by Juniel Querecuto in the sixth and seventh inning. Matt Gage relieved Weiss with two outs in the seventh, walking the first batter he faced, but struck out the second batter to end the inning. Keury Mella went 23 of an inning and allowed a pair of hits, but no runs or walks. Keegan Curtis got the final out of the eighth inning.

On the offensive side, Reno was only ahead briefly, after scoring two runs in the top of the second to make the score 2-1. Henry Ramos singled, Ben DeLuzio doubled, and Querecuto singled, scoring both runners. Oklahoma City quickly erased that lead in the third, scoring a pair of runs to pull back ahead, and then added three more runs in the next two innings. Reno battled back and scored three runs in the top of the sixth, and could have scored more if not for some poor baserunning. Seth Beer doubled, and Henry Ramos followed up with a single, but Beer was thrown out at home, though Ramos did advance to second. Jamie Ritchie singled though to keep the inning going. DeLuzio was walked next to load the bases, and a wild pitch later, Henry Ramos was able to score. An out later, Camden Duzenack walked, and Jose Herrera singled, scoring Richie and DeLuzio. Oklahoma city answered right back with a run in the bottom of the inning, and another for good measure in the seventh. In the top of the eighth, Reno scored a pair of runs thanks to Camden Duzenack reaching on a throwing error to lead off, and a two out Christian Lopes two run home run. Down one run in the top of the ninth, Reno was able to put the tieing runner on first base with a one out thanks to a Ben Deluzio walk, but Querecuto and Duzenack flew out to end the game.

Seth Beer 2-5 with a double

Henry Ramos 3-4 with a double

Ben DeLuzio 1-2 with a double and three walks

Jake McCarthy 0-3, two walks

Christian Lopes 1-5 with a two run home run

Midland RockHounds 5 Amarillo Sod Poodles 1

Matt Tabor got the start, going six inning with five runs, all unearned on 5 hits and two walks, while striking out three. Joe Jones and Matt Brill both pitched a scoreless inning of work, with the former striking out a pair, and the latter striking out one.

The lone run for Amarillo came in the top of the seventh, when they were already down 5-0. Buddy Kennedy singled to lead off, and scored on a Renae Martinez double.

Stone Garrett 1-2 with two walks

Ryder Jones 1-3 with a double and a walk

Buddy Kennedy 1-4

Dominic Miroglio 1-3 with a walk

Renae Martinez 1-4 with a double

Hillsboro Hops 4 Vancouver Canadians 3

Drey Jameson got the start and went five innings, allowing two runs (one unearned) on seven hits and a walk, while striking out seven. Kai-Wei Lin pitched two innings, with one run allowed on a hit, a pair of wild pitches and a pair of walks, while striking out three. Ty Jones struck out a pair of batters in a perfect inning of work in the eighth, and Mailon Arroyo struck out one in a perfect inning of work in the ninth.

Down 1-0 after the top of the first, Jorge Barrosa homered to tie the game right back up in the bottom of the first. Down 3-1 going into the bottom of the sixth, Axel Andueza reached on a throwing error, stole second, and scored on a Blaze Alexander double, making the score 3-2. In the bottom of the eighth, the Hops would finally pull ahead and lead the game after Jorge Barrosa singled to lead off, and Spencer Brickhouse followed up with a two-run homer.

Jorge Barrosa 2-4 with a solo HR

Spencer Brickhouse 1-2 with a 2 run HR, two walks, stolen base

Blaze Alexander 10-4 with a double

Axel Andueza 0-4, reached on throwing error, stolen base

Andy Yerzy 1-3 with a walk

Visalia Rawhide 6 Lake Elsinore Storm 11

Liam Norris had a very rough outing, going just an 1 13 innings, and allowing 6 runs on four hits and five walks, with one strikeout. To be fair to Norris, Alex Valdez inherited three runners, and allowed all three to score. Valdez pitched 1 23 “scoreless” innings, with a pair of hits and a walk allowed. Marcos Tineo had a very decent outing to follow. going four innings, with just an unearned run allowed on two hits and walk, while striking out six. Harrison Francis, however, followed that up with another awful outing. Frances pitched an inning and allowed four runs on three hits and two walks, and allowed a three run, two out homer.

Half of Visalia’s offense in the game came via Elian Miranda’s bat, who went 2-3 with a double and a three run home run in the top of the ninth. The other half of the runs scored crossed the plate in the top of the fifth. Lyle Lin lead off with a double, Ronny Simon walked, and then AJ Vukovich hit a ground rule double, scoring Lin and putting runners on second and third. Neyfy Castillo singled next, scoring Simon. Elian Miranda was hit by a pitch, loading the bases. Danny Oriente went down on strikes for the second out of the inning, but Sheng-Ping Chen singled, scoring Vukovich.

Elian Miranda 2-3 with a walk, hit by pitch, double, and a three run HR,

A.J. Vukovich 2-5 with a double

Lyle Lin 1-3 with a double, hit by pitch

Neyfy Castillo 2-4 with a walk

Sunday July 18th, 2021

Reno Aces 10 Oklahoma City Dodgers 3

Humberto Castellanos went six innings and was good enough thanks to the bullpen not blowing up and the offense providing him with more than enough run support. Castellanos allowed three runs on six hits, a hit batter, and a walk, while striking out seven. Its worth noting that Castellanos was hit hard, with four out of six hits going for extra bases, with pair of doubles, a triple, and a solo homer allowed. Tyler Clippard pitched a scoreless and hitless seventh inning while striking out a pair. Kevin McCanna pitched a scoreless eighth inning, working around a pair of hits and striking out one.. Brandyn Sittinger allowed a hit and a walk, and struck out one in a scoreless ninth inning.

The Aces pulled ahead early in the first, after Nick Heath walked to lead off, stole second, and scored in the next at-bat, after Jamie Ritchie singled. Down 3-1 going into the top of the sixth, Henry Ramos hit a solo homer to make it 3-2. In the top of the seventh, the Aces pulled after Ben DeLuzio walked to lead off and Nick Heath followed up with a homerun to make it 4-3. Still with no outs, the Aces kept the inning going. Jamie Ritchie was hit by a pitch, and after a Drew Ellis strikeout, advanced to third on a Seth Beer single. Henry Ramos went down on strikes, but Christian Lopes singled, scoring Ritchie, and putting runners on first and second, and wild pitch would advance the runners to second and third. With the score now 5-3. Juniel Querecuto walked to load the bases for Michael De La Cruz, who singled, scoring Beer and Lopes. Now up 7-3, yet another wild pitch advanced the two runners to second and third, and Ben DeLuzio would then reach on a throwing error, scoring both runners to put the score at 9-3. Nick Heath up to bat again for the second time in the inning singled, advancing DeLuzio to second, and DeLuzio would then steal third, but Jamie Ritchie would go down on strikes to end the inning. In the top of the ninth, Michael De La Cruz added a solo homer to make it 10-3

Nick Heath 2 for 4 with a HR, walk, stolen base

Drew Ellis 1 for 4 with a walk

Seth Beer 1 for 5

Jamie Ritchie 2 for 3 with a walk, hit by pitch

Juniel Querecuto 0 for 3, two walks, stolen base

Ben DeLuzio pinch hit walk, stolen base

Michael De La Cruz 2 for 5 with a HR

Henry Ramos 1 for 5 with a HR

Amarillo Sod Poodles 10 Midland RockHounds 11 F/10

Amarillo lead this game 10-0 going into the bottom of the eighth, but a ten run inning by the RockHounds would tie the game up. Amarillo was unable to score any more runs after that, and ended up losing it in extra innings. It’s a shame that happened, as Ryne Nelson had a very solid outing, going six scoreless innings with pair of hits and four walks allowed, while striking out eight. Bryan Valdez followed with a scoreless inning, with a hit and a walk allowed. Shumpei Yoshikawa was unable to get any outs, and allowed six runs, with one unearned Blake Workman allowed a three run home run to the first batter face, and ended up allowing four runs. I suggest going into the box score and looking at the play by play if you want all the details.

Buddy Kennedy 3-5 with two HRs, a triple, and a walk.

Alek Thomas 1-3 with a double, two walks, hit by pitch, stolen base

Luis Alejandro Basabe 2-5 with two doubles, and a walk

Stone Garrett 2-6 with a double

Dominic Fletcher 2-5 with a a walk

Dom Miroglio 1-5 with a HBP

Random Notes: Amarillo’s pitchers plunked Rockhounds second baseman Max Schuemann three times!

Vancouver Canadians 6 Hillsboro Hops 4

Josh McMinn went three innings to start the game, and allowed an unearned run on a hit and a walk, while striking out five, with the unearned run coming via Cam Coursey error. Wesley Rodriguez was not nearly as good to follow, going just 23 of an inning, allowing three runs on three hits and two walks, Kyler Stout relieved Rodriguez with two outs and two on, and struck out the only batter he faced. Denson Hull, continuing the trend of uneven pitching in the game, pitched 1 13 innings, and allowed a run on a hit by pitch, two hits, and three walks (one IBB). while striking out one. Bobby Ay relieved Hull with the bases loaded and one out, and didn’t allow any of the runners to score. Ay went 1 23 innings, and allowed one run on two hits and a walk. Nick Snyder and Yaramil Hiraldo pitched a scoreless inning in the eighth and ninth inning respectively.

The Hops struck first offensively in the top of the second, after Blaze Alexander lead off with a walk, stole second, and then scored on a two out Axel Andueza single thanks to a throwing error. Down 4-1 going into the bottom of the fourth, the Hops scored another run to make 4-2 after Eduardo Diaz doubled and scored on a Nick Dalesandro single. Now down 5-2 going into the bottom of the sixth, Spencer Brickhouse hit a solo homerun to make the score 5-3. Down 6-3 in the bottom of the eighth, Dominic Canzone walked, advanced to second on a groundout, and then to third on a Blaze Alexander single. Eduardo Diaz followed up with a single, scoring Canzone. Nick Dalesandro would draw a walk to load the bases, giving the Hops an opportunity to tie it up, but Andy Yerzy struck out to end the inning.

Dominic Canzone: 1-4 with a double, walk

Spencer Brickhouse 1-4 with a homerun

Blaze Alexander 1-3 with a walk, stolen base

Eduardo Diaz 2-4 with a double

Nick Dalesandro 1 for 3 with a walk, stolen base (20 on the year)

Axel Andueza 1-1 with a walk

Visalia Rawhide 6 Lake Elsinore Storm 3 F/10

Avery Short went four innings and allowed two runs on four hits and two walks, while striking out two. Jose Santamaria allowed just a hit in two scoreless innings of work. David Sanchez allowed just a hit in his scoreless inning, while striking out one. Liu Fuenmayor went an 1 13 scoreless innings, with three hits and walk allowed, and also struck out a batter. Gerald Ogando went 1 23 innings and allowed an unearned run in the tenth, and a hit and a walk.

Down 2-0 most of the game, the Rawhide rallied in the seventh scoring their first run of the game after Glenallen Hill doubled, Ronny Simon singled, and AJ Vukovich doubled, scoring Hill. Hill tied the game up in top of the ninth with a home run. In the top of the tenth, the Rawhide scored three runs thanks to a bases clearing single by Sheng-Ping Chen, who was abe to advance to third thanks to a throwing error by the Storm’s right fielder.

Glenallen Hill 3-3 with two doubles, two walks, and a HR

AJ Vukovich 1-4 with a double and a walk

Elian Miranda 1-3 with a walk, hit by pitch

Ramses Malave 1-5 with a double

Random Notes: Recently acquired Mason Berne was 0-4 with a walk.