The Diamondbacks Minor League affiliates combined for a 1-3 record.
The game could not have started worse for Reno, as their first three pitchers, Tyler Holton, Josh Green, and Justin Garcia, were responsible for 13 ruins in the first 6 innings. Despite a 4-homer game from the offense, the Aces never were able to hit their way back in the game. Alek Thomas, Stuart Fairchild, Drew Ellis, and Jose Herrera hit the long balls for Reno.
Amarillo’s offense was held to a 7th inning solo home run from Eduardo Diaz. On the mound, Drey Jameson was solid although there was one pitch he’d like back in the 3rd. With 1 out, a pair of walks and a single would come back to haunt Jameson as he would surrender a first-pitch grand slam to the very next hitter. Jameson found a way to go 6 innings and struck out 12 in the loss.
A 4-run 8th inning made all the difference, breaking a 3-3 tie and allowing the Hops to win it late. Offensively they benefitted from 6 walks and some sloppy defense, although the running game certainly was in full display. Kyle Backhus allowed 2 runs in 5 innings, but lost the win when Jose Santamaria would allow a run in the 7th. After Hillsboro retook the lead, the bullpen finished things off with a pair of scoreless innings.
Visalia opened up with a 3-spot in the first inning then saw their lead evaporate late. Back to back home runs by Tim Tawa and Deyvision De Los Santos accounted for their first inning runs. Jamison Hill threw 3 scoreless to start it off, followed by 2 runs over 2 2⁄3 innings from Chad Patrick. Shane Muntz would provide some insurance in the 6th, with his solo blast being enough to offset the run Hugh Fisher would allow in the bottom of the 7th. Visalia would enter the 8th with a 4-3 lead, but Bryan Castillo would walk the bases loaded on 13 pitches before even more suspect pitching from ERic Mendez would result in 5 runs scoring in the inning. Visalia would plate two more in the 9th on Tawa’s 2-run double, but that is as close as they got.