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Minor league Recap 7/31-8/1/2021: Frias Throws a Manfred No-Hitter, Reno Wins In Extra Innings

Luis Frias tossed a seven inning no hitter for Amarillo on Sunday with just a walk and a pitched allowed

Frisco RoughRiders v Amarillo Sod Poodles
Luis Frias pitched seven innings of no-hit, shut out baseball on Sunday
Photo by John E. Moore III/Getty Images

Diamondbacks affiliates won five out of eight games played. Amarillo’s game on Saturday was postponed due to rain.

Highlighted Performances:


Luis Frias, AA Amarillo 7.0 IP CG 0 Runs 0H 1 BB 1 Wild Pitch 6 SO

Brandon Pfaadt A+ Hillsboro 7.0 IP 0 Runs, 2 hits, 2 BB, 2 HBP, wild pitch, 7 SO

Austin Pope A- Visalia 6.2 IP 3 H 3 Run 1 HBP 0 BB 12 SO


Cooper Hummel AAA Reno, 6 for 11 two doubles, triple, homerun, and a walk (combined Sat-Sun)

Ronny Simon A- Visalia, 2-4 with three stolen bases (on Sunday)

Ildemaro Vargas AAA Reno 2-3 with three walks and a hit by pitch

Saturday July 31st, 2021

Reno Aces 9 Sacramento River Cats 6

Seth Frankoff got the start and pitched three innings, with three rusn (two earned) allowed on five hits and two walks, while striking out three. Franoff allowed a solo homer in the fourth. Ryan Weiss inherited a pair of runs, didn’t allow either run to score, and pitched a scoreless fourth inning. Chester Pimentel pitched two innings, and allowed three runs of five hits and no walks, while striking out three. Pimentel allowed a double, along with a solo homerun in the fifth inning. Jordan Weems pitched a scoreless seventh inning, walking one batter. Brandyn Sittinger struck out one in a perfect inning of work in the eighth. Keegan Curtis struck out a pair of batters in a perfect inning of work in the ninth

The Aces jumped ahead to early lead, thanks to a five run first inning that led off the game. Nick Heat led off the game with a walk, stole second, and the newly acquired Cooper Hummel followed with a two run home run. Seth Beer was then hit by a pitch, Henry Ramos Singled, and Jamie Ritchie walked to load the bases. Ben DeLuzio next flew out for the first out of the inning, but Juniel Querecuto hit a bases clearing triple to score Beer, Ramos, and Ritchie to give Reno a 5-0 lead.

After Sacramento scored a run in the second and a run in the third to make 5-2, the Aces scored a run and made it 6-2 after Nick Heath tripled and scored on a throwing error by River Cats centerfielder Heliot Ramos. Jake McCarthy’s brother Joe McCarthy homered in the bottom of the fourth make the score 6-3. Henry Ramos homered to make it 7-3 in the top of the fifth, but Mauricio Dobson of the River Cats answered right back with a solo homer of his own to make 7-4. In the top of the sixth, Cooper Hummel hit a one out double, advanced to third on a Seth Beer groundout, and scored on a Henry Ramos single to make it 8-4. In the bottom of the sixth inning, River Cats Mauricio Dobson doubled in a pair of runs to make 8-6. In the top of the eighth, the Aces added an insurance run after Nick Heath doubled, stole second, and scored on a Jamie Ritchie single.

Cooper Hummel 4-5 with a double, triple, caught stealing

Nick Heath 2-5 with a double, triple, walk, two stolen bases

Tri City Dust Devils 8 Hillsboro Hops 7

Starting pitcher Blake Walston had a not so great start. Walston went 4 23 innings, with 5 runs (all earned) allowed on ten hits and two walks, while striking out four. Mailon Arroyo went 2 13 innings, with a run allowed on a wild pitch, two hits, no walks, and a pair of strikeouts. Arroyo inherited a run from Walston which he did not allow to score, and his only real mistake was a solo homerun. Yaramil Hiraldo pitched two not quite perfect scoreless innings, with just a wild pitch allowed, along with three strikeouts. Wesley Rodriguez pitched the tenth inning and blew the save, allowing two runs (one earned) on two hits and a wild pitch, while striking out pair of batters.

The Hops scored first, thanks to Nick Dalesandro leading off with a single, advancing to second on a Cam Coursey ground out, and scoring on an Axel Andueza single. The Hops wouldn’t add another run until the 5th, when Jorge Barrosa doubled and scored on a Eduardo Diaz single. The Hops added another run in the bottom of sixth after Blaze Alexander led off with a double. After Tristen English popped out for the first out of the inning, Blaze advanced to second on a Danny Oriente fly ball, and scored on a Nick Dalesandro single. Dalesandro then stole second (his 25th SB of the year), advanced to third on a wild pitch, and scored on a Cam Coursey single to make the score 5-4. After Tri-City made the score 6-4, Hillsboro plated another run after Blaze Alexander and Tristin English hit back-to-back singles and advanced to second and third thank to some poor defense. Danny Oriente popped out, but Dalesandro came through with another single, scoring Alexander to make the score 6-5. Eduardo Diaz then hit a solo homer in the ninth to the game up at 6-6 and send it to extra innings. The Hops coughed up a pair of runs in the top of the tenth to make the score 8-6. Unfortunately, despite the Hops being able to plate one run, via the automatic runner at second, they ultimately came up short with a final score of 8-7.

Eduardo Diaz 2-5 with a homerun

Jorge Barrosa 2-5 with a double

Axel Andueza 2-5 with a double

Blaze Alexander 2-4 with a double, walk

Nick Dalesandro 3-4 with a stolen base

Visalia Rawhide 5 Stockton Ports 7

Adrian Del Moral went 5 23 innings, with five runs allowed on six hits, a hit by pitch, no walks, and three strikeouts. Del Moral allowed a one out solo homer in the second, and a two-out, three run homerun in the third inning. Enmanuel Acosta struck out the only batter he faced to end the sixth inning. Harrison Francis went a 1 13 innings with two r-uns (one earned) allowed on two hits and three walks, while striking out one. Alex Valdez inherited two runners and allowed one to score. Valdez pitched 23 of a “scoreless” inning, walking one.

Down 1-0 going into the top of the third, Manuel Garcia was hit by pitch, advanced on a wild pitch, and advanced to third on a groundout. Elian Miranda doubled followed up with a double, scoring Garcia. Neyfy Castillo then singled, and advanced to third on a third on a throwing error that also allowed Miranda to score. Shen-Ping Chen added another run in the sixth, thanks to a solo homer. Down 7-3 in the top of the ninth, Mason Berne and Alexander Hernandez hit back to back singles to lead off the inning. Two outs later a wild pitch would advance the runners to second and third. Three consecutive walks to Ronny Simon, Elian Miranda (who Jose Curpa would pinch run for), and Neyfy Castillo would load the bases and score two runs, but ultimately the Rawhide came up short.

Sheng-Ping Chen 1-4 with a homerun, stolen base

Elian Miranda 1-4 with a double, walk

Glenallen Hill 1-5 with a double

Sunday August 1st, 2021

Reno Aces 8 Sacramento River Cats 7 F/12

Humberto Castellanos got the start, and went five innings. Castellanos allowed four runs on a wild pitch, a hit by pitch, six hits and two walks, while striking out five. Castellanos was a victim of homeritis, as all four runs came via the three home runs he gave up; a solo homerun in the second inning, along with a second solo homerun and a two run homerun in the fourth. In addition to the three homers allowed, Castellanos also allowed a double, so four out of the six hits went for extra bases. Zach Lee struck out a pair of batters in his two perfect innings of relief. Brandyn Sittinger allowed a hit and struck out a pair in a scoreless eighth inning.Keegan Curtis pitched the ninth and blew the save, allowing a run on two hits and two walks. After the Aces scored a pair of runs in the top of the 10th, Ryan Weiss blew the save for the second time in the game, though he’d go on to earn the win. Weiss pitched two innings, the tenth and eleventh, and allowed two runs (one earned) on three hits, and struck out a pair of batters. After Weiss pitched a scoreless 11th inning, the Aces scored a run, and Matt Gage was given the third opportunity to earn a save. Gage then struck out all three batters he face, earning the Aces their 48th win of the year.

Down 1-0 after Jake McCarthy’s brother Joe McCarthy homered in the bottom of the second, the Aces tied it back up after Camden Duzenack led of with a single, advanced to second on a Humberto Castellanos groundout, and scored on a Ildemaro Vargas single. Now down 4-1 in the top of the sixth, Ildemaro Vargas and Cooper Hummel led of with a pair of walks. Henry Ramos doubled, scoring Vargas, and putting runners on second and third for Jamie Ritch, who hit a sac fly, scoring Hummel. After a Jake McCarthy groundout, a wild pitch allowed Ramos to score, to tie the score at 4-4. Top of the seven, Nick Heath tripled, and scored on Vargas sac fly. In the top of the tenth, with Camden Duzenack as the automatic runner at second, Nick Heath grounded out to advance Duzenack to third. Ildemaro Vargas was intentionally walked, and Henry Ramos doubled, scoring both Duzenack and Vargas. Duzenack started as the automatic runner again in the top of the 12t and advanced to third on a Juniel Querecuto fly out. Nick Heath would come up short and ground out, but Ildemaro Vargas came through once again and singled, scoring Duzenack and what would turn out to be the winning run.

Ildemaro Vargas 2 for 3 with three walks, hit by pitch

Cooper Hummel 2 for 6 with a double, walk

Camden Duzenack 1-4 with two walks

San Antonio Missions 1 Amarillo Sod Poodles 2 (Game 1

Tyler Holt went two innings, with one run allowed on three hits and walk, with a pair of strikeouts. Levy Kelly pitched 2 23 perfect innings, while striking out two. Matt Brill pitched 1 13 scoreless innings, with two hits and a wild pitch allowed, though he also struck out a pair of batters. Mack Lemieux struck out a pair and walked a batter in a scoreless inning of work in the seventh.

Down 1-0, Amarillo evened the score up in the bottom of the fifth, after Buddy Kennedy and Dominic Canzone hit back to back singles, and Renae Martinez walked to load the bases. Dominic Miroglio then hit a sac fly, scoring Kennedy. Amarillo plated the winning run after JanCarlos Cintron walked, advanced to second on a balk, then third on a Stone Garrett groundout, and finally scored on a Dominic Canzone single.

JanCarlos Cintron 3-3 with a double, stolen base

Dominic Canzone 2-3

Alek Thomas 0-3

Buddy Kennedy 1-2 with a walk

San Antonio Missions 0 Amarillo Sod Poodles 4 (Game 2)

Luis Frias was one walk and a wild pitch away from throwing a Manfred perfect game, but will have to settle for tossing a Manfred no-hitter. Frias went seven innings, with no hits or runs allowed, just one walk and wild pitch allowed, while striking out six. Frias threw 90 pitches, 62 going for strikes, and had seven ground outs to go with five flyball outs.

All of Amarillo’s run came via homerun. Buddy Kennedy got the scoring started when he led of the bottom of the fourth with a solo homer. Amarillo made 3-0 when Alek Thomas lead off with a walk, and Dominic Fletcher followed up with a two run homerun. Thomas scored another run when he hit a two out homerun in the bottom of the sixth.

Luis Frias 7 IP, 0 Runs 0 Hits 1 BB 6 SO WP

Alek Thomas 1-2 with a HR, 2 BB

Buddy Kennedy 1-2 with a HR, BB

Dominic Fletcher 1-3 with a HR, BB

Tri-City Dust Devils 1 Hillsboro Hops 4

Brandon Pfaadt was excellent, throwing seven scoreless innings and allowing just a pair of hits. Pfaadt was a bit wild at times, throwing a wild pitch, two hit by pitches, and walking a pair of batters. Nick Snyder allowed a hit in a scoreless eighth inning. Justin Lewis pitched the ninth inning and allowed a hit that unfortunately was a solo homerun.

Spencer Brickhouse hit a solo homerun in the fourth inning to give the Hops a 1-0 lead. The Hops added three more runs in the seventh after Spencer Brickhouse, Blaze Alexander, and Tristin English hit back-to-back-to-back singles to load the bases. Danny Oriente walked, scoring a run, and an out later, Leodany Perez hit into a fielder’s choice that scored Alexander and English.

Spencer Brickhouse 2-4 with a homerun

Eduardo Diaz 1-4 with a double

Visalia Rawhide 4 Stockton Ports 8

What looked like a promising game with 4-1 lead going into the bottom of the seventh, quickly turned into a 8-4 loss going into the top of the ninth. Austin Pope had a very solid start, going 6 23 innings, with three runs allowed on three hits and hit by pitch, with no walks, and a whopping 12 strikeouts. Pope was even batter than the stat line suggests, especially up until the seventh inning. Pope allowed just a solo homerun in the first six innings, and left the game with two on and two outs. Gerald Ogando relieved Pope, and though he got the final out of the seventh inning, he allowed both inherited runners to score, thanks to the hit and walk allowed. Jared Liebelt wasn’t much better, going 23 of an inning, and allowing three runs on two hits (including a solo home) and two walks, while striking out one. Eric Mendez relieved Liebelt with a runner on and two outs, and allowed the inherited runner to score. In addition, Mendez allowed two runs (one earned) on a hit and a walk.

AJ Vukovich gave the Rawhide an early 1-0 lead, after a two out solo home run in the top of the first inning. Top of the sixth inning, Alexander Hernandez led off with a double, and scored on a single by the next batter, Glenallen Hill. Ronny Simon followed up with another single, putting runners on first and third. Simon immediately stole second, which turned out to be unnecessary, as AJ Vukovich walked. After Neyfy Castillo struck, Elian Miranda hit a sacrifice fly, with Hill scoring from third, and Simon advancing to third. While Sheng-Ping Chen was batting, the Rawhide executed a double steal. AJ Vukovich stole second, and Ronny Simon stole home, giving Visalia a 4-1 lead. Unfortunately Sheng-Ping Chen popped out to end the inning, and the Rawhide bullpen would blow the lead thanks to a two run seventh, and a five run eighth.

Ronny Simon 2-4 with three stolen bases

AJ Vukovich 1-3 with a homerun, stolen base, and a walk (the only walk for Visalia)

Alexander Hernandez 1-3 with a double