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Diamondbacks Minor League Recap 8/20/2021

The Diamondbacks Minor League affiliates combined to a 3-2 record, with Reno sweeping both ends of a 7-inning doubleheader.

AAA Game 1: Reno Aces 8, Salt Lake Bees 4

A 4-run 7th inning would allow Reno to take Game 1 of the doubleheader. Both teams were swinging the bat well late in the game. Luke Weaver looked a bit shaky in his rehab outing giving up 3 runs on 5 hits, 2 walks, and 6 strikeouts in 4 13 innings. 2nd time through the order got to him. Reno would counter with their own offense, scoring 4 times in the 4th-5th innings to take a 4-3 lead. Jake McCarthy started the scoring with a 2-run homer in the 4th, his 6th for Reno. In the 7th, Andrew Young would provide Reno the winning runs by hitting a 2-run single before Henry Ramos added a 2-run double to seal it.

AAA Game 2: Reno Aces 5, Salt Lake Bees 2

A solid start from Luis Frias in his AAA debut and some late offense was enough for Reno to pull away here. Reno responded with 11 hits and went 3 for 7 with RISP. Nick Heath would open up the scoring in the 3rd, hitting a solo homer off Bees starter Kyle Tyler. Reno would pull ahead in the 6th thanks to an RBI triple by Stuart Fairchild followed by an RBIU single by Juniel Querecuto. Reno would need those insurance runs, as Frias would be tagged for 2 runs in his final inning of work. Overall Frias gave up 2 runs on 4 hits, 2 walks, and 7 strikeouts. Reno would add two more in the top of the 7th to ice the game and J.B. Bukauskas pitched a clean 7th to close it out. As a side note, Alek Thomas picked up his first two hits at the AAA level in this game after starting 0 for 12.

AA: Amarillo Sod Poodles 4, Midland RockHounds 6

This game was going well until a disaster outing by Tyler Jones not only hung his starter out to take a loss, but also cost his team a win. Amarillo took a 4-2 lead in the 6th thanks to Eduardo Diaz’s second homer in as many days. Going into the 8th inning, Tommy Henry had allowed just 2 runs to that point but was unable to get the 3rd out. A throwing error from the 1B on a potential inning-ending double play ball followed by bad relief work doomed Henry to his 6th loss of the season.

High A: Hillsboro Hops 3, Spokane Indians 11

Collin Sullivan got rocked for 7 runs while only recording 4 outs, setting the stage for what was to come in this game. Hillsboro pitchers had a very rough day, allowing 15 hits, 4 wild pitches, and 5 walks. Nothing you can do when you’re the pitching coach and your entire pitching staff can’t throw a goddamn strike. Rants aside, the Hillsboro offense didn’t do much either. Elijah Greene, not to be confused with future Diamondback Elijah Green, had the best day offensively with a 2 for 4 day at the plate with an RBI. Andy Yerzy also added a solo homer in the 8th inning.

Low A: Visalia Rawhide 3, Fresno Grizzlies 2 (F/10)

Visalia rode good pitching and squeaked it out in extra innings thanks to the Manfred Mann. Trailing 1-0 in the 8th, Caleb Roberts lead off the inning with a walk and scored on Glenallen Hill Jr.’s single to tie the game. The game would go into extra innings, when Fresno took the lead by scoring their Manfred Man. Visalia would only need 2 batters to put this game away. Roberts was once again in the middle of things, opening the game with an RBI triple then scored on Jeferson Espinal’s single to walk it off.