The Diamondbacks affiliates combined for a 2-2 record.
Ryne Nelson pitched a good game, throwing 6 innings of 2 run ball with 3 hits, 1 walk, and 4 strikeouts. Unfortunately for him, there was zero offensive support as the Sod Poodles only had 1 hit, an Eduardo Diaz single, and 2 walks to show offensively.
Amarillo pitchers blew leads of 3-0 and 4-3 in the game, as the Soddies offense did just enough in this game. Kenny Hernandez opedned up with four zeros but got hammered for 3 runs in his final inning. Two of Amarillo’s first three runs came on a strikeout and a rundown on a stolen base attempt. After Amarillo picked up the lead in the 6th on a Diaz single, a stolen base attempt turned into the bad news bears as both Andy Yerzy and Eduardo Diaz threw the ball away for the tying run to score from first. Justin Lewis had a particularly rough go on the mound in the 9th, as he loaded the bases with 1 out before giving up a walk-off single.
Hillsboro took an early lead and cruised to victory in this game. Hillsboro scored three times in the 2nd inning, including A.J. Vukovich’s 2nd homer in High A. They early run support was good enough for Collin Sullivan, who allowed just 1 run in 5 innings with 7 strikeouts. Hillsboro continued to put the pressure on offensively, stealing 4 bases and getting 12 hits and 5 walks at the plate. Despite an average day with RISP, going 3 for 10, they were able to continually create opportunities and capitalize on them.
Late offense propelled Visalia ahead, as they were able to score 4 runs in their final 4 trips to the plate. Visalia cranked out 3 home runs and were 4 of 8 with RISP for the game for timely and effective offense. Despite a short and ineffective start from Junior Mieses, the bullpen delivered 4 2⁄3 scoreless innings from Hugh Fisher, Jose Alcantara, and David Sanchez to allow the comeback to happen. Wildred Patino’s 6th inning home run gave Visalia before forcing in the go-ahead run in two innings later with a HBP. Caleb Roberts and Tim Tawa would provide insurance late to ice the game.