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Diamondbacks Minor League Recap 9/14/2021

The Diamondbacks Minor League affiliates combined for a 2-2 record.

AAA: Reno Aces 8, Las Vegas Aviators 2

Reno quickly jumped on Mike Fiers, scoring 3 runs in the top of the first. Juniel Querecuto’s 2-run triple followed by Christian Lopes’ RBI single allowed Reno to an early and comfortable lead. After the first, the long ball would be the Aces’ offense through the middle innings. Brian Howard would be the victim of this home run barrage, courtesy of Drew Ellis, Alek Thomas, and Ildemaro Vargas. Humberto Mejia also gave Reno a quality start, holding Vegas to 2 runs on 4 hits and 3 walks over 7 innings, to pick the win.

AA: Amarillo Sod Poodles 6, Frisco RoughRiders 14

A very rare clunker outing by Brandon Pfaadt put Amarillo in a very big hole early. Pfaadt surrendered 6 runs on 5 home runs in 5 innings, although he also struck out 6. Despite Pfaadt’s struggles, Amarillo found themselves trailing only by 2 runs. Andy Yerzy’s 4th homer since getting promoted to AA gave Amarillo a temporary lead in the 4th, but the pitching was unable to hold since. Justin Lewis and Wesley Rodriguez allowed 7 runs to score in the 7th inning, with the Sod Poodles unable to recover.

High A: Hillsboro Hops 7, Vancouver Canadians 4

Hillsboro would take the lead in the 4th, scoring 4 runs to take what was ultimately a commanding lead. Ronny Simon’s 2-run homer was the opening salvo in the inning, but RBI singles by Tristin English and Nick Dalesandro added RBI singles. After Vancouver added runs in the 5th off Collin Sullivan, who allowed just those 2 runs in 5 innings, Hillsboro answered with 2 of their own in the 6th on a throwing error with runners on base. Liu Fuenmayor would close the door in this game, striking out 4 in 2 perfect innings to pick up the save.

Low A: Visalia Rawhide 3, Rancho Cucamonga Quakes 5

Visalia found themselves in a big hole early, as Junior Mieses would allow 5 runs in 1 23 innings and struggled to get anyone out. The bullpen was able to finish the game with no further damage, but the offense was unable to pick up the slack. Neyfy Castillo would add a home run in the 6th and Visalia was able to get as close as 5-3 before running out of outs.