Saturday September 4th, 2021
The Aces blew this one late. Holding a 6-4 lead going into the ninth, Brandyn Sittinger - now a Diamondback - was tagged for three runs on two hits and two walks. Clearly ready for the Arizona bullpen... Outside of a four-run third, Matt Tabor had pitched well, going six innings and allowing no other scoring, on four hits and a walk with three strikeouts. Reno chipped away after falling 4-1 down, and took the lead on homers in the eighth from Juniel Querecuto and Jake Hager, their tenth and eighth respectively. Jamie Ritchie and Ildemaro Vargas also went deep, but all four shots for Reno were solo ones. Bar Querecuto, the other three also singled.
Six scoreless innings of relief was key to the Sod Poodles win, with Justin Lewis’s pair of hitless frames, with a walk and three strikeouts, the pick of that bunch. He got the W for his trouble. Drey Jameson had started, allowing three runs in three innings, on three hits and two walks with four K’s. Geraldo Perdomo continued his hot streak, finishing a home-run short of the cycle, as he went 3-for-4 with a walk, two RBI and two runs scored. Stone Garrett drove in three, two of those coming on his 18th home-run of the year. Dominic Fletcher joined Perdomo in getting three hits.
A four-run fifth inning blew this one open, as the Rawhide took a 6-0 lead, and cruised home thereafter. They got a pair of excellent pitching performances. Luke Albright started, and went five scoreless, on four hits and a walk with three strikeouts. Jake Rice then took things the rest of the way, with just an unearned run in four innings; he gave up three hits and a walk, fanning six. Deyvison De Los Santos and Neyfy Castillo both went yard for two-run shots, their first and nineteenth respectively, with both men also singling. Tim Tawa scored three runs, getting two hits and stealing a pair of bases.
Sunday September 5th, 2021
An ugly game saw the Rainiers score in seven of nine innings. Starter Edgar Arredondo put up the two others, but they came around a three-run second. It went downhill thereafter. Josh Green was tagged for eight hits and five earned runs in two innings, and Chester Pimentel was charged with four runs while recording five outs. Reno had actually taken the lead in the first, on Seth Beer’s 18th homer, but they were 8-1 down by the next time they scored. Jose Herrera had two hits and an RBI for the Aces.
This was effectively over by the third, as the Sod Poodles fell into a 7-0 hole. Starter Bryce Jarvis was tattooed for six earned runs in 2.2 innings, on five hits and two walks, though did strike out five. To Amarillo’s credit, they didn’t give up the ghost at that point, and actually had the tying run at the plate, with no outs in the eighth. However, the last six Sod Poodles went down in order, five striking out. Dominic Canzone reached safely three times, on a hit and a pair of walks. Kenny Hernandez tossed 2.2 innings of one-hit scoreless ball.
This was the conclusion of a game postponed from the previous night, due to a lights failure after the first. The Hops were clinging to a 1-0 lead through six, mostly due to four scoreless relief innings from Austin Pope, after Justin Vernia worked a scoreless first. But after a zero in the sixth. Bobbie Ay was tagged for a pair in the seventh, with a home-run and RBI triple doing the damage. The Hops scattered seven hits, but were 1-for-5 with runners in scoring position. Leodany Perez had three hits, while Nick Dalesandro got two hits and drew a walk.
The Hops fared no better in the regularly-scheduled encounter, which was shortened to seven innings. Crooked numbers off starter Blake Walston in the second and third were easily enough for the Emeralds. He allowed five runs in five innings on six hits and a walk with two strikeouts, but two of the runs were unearned. The Hops could muster just five hits, all singles, and were hitless with RISP. Their sole tally came on a bases-loaded walk to Elian Miranda in the fourth. Axel Andueza had two hits for Hillsboro, and Wesley Rodriguez pitched a scoreless sixth inning.
Just like on Saturday, one big inning was key - unfortunately, here, it was against Visalia, being a five-run fourth, off starter Adrian Del Moral and reliever Emmanuel Acosta. Del Moral scattered seven hits in three-plus innings, with no walks and one strikeout, being charged with four runs. The Rawhide were held to five hits, two of those off the bat of Neyfy Castillo, who also drew a walk. They were kept off the board until the ninth, when the first two batters walked, before Visalia gained a moral victory, ending the shutout on Ramses Malave’s RBI single.
Monday September 6th, 2021
The Aces led 7-6 going into the top of the ninth, but JB Bukauskus gave up three runs on three hits (all singles), pair of stolen bases, and a hit by pitch, blowing the save and earning his second loss of the year for Reno. Tyler Holton started the game, pitching 2 ⅔ innings and allowing three runs on eight hits, while striking out three.
Ryan Weiss relieved Holton with two on and two outs, stranding both inherited runners. Weiss pitched 3 ⅓ innings, with two runs allowed on two hits and a walk, with a pair of strikeouts. Jesus Liranzo struck out three out of the four batters he faced, with just a hit allowed in his inning of work in the seventh. Unsurprisingly, that one hit was a solo homerun. Matt Gage struck out one in a perfect inning in the eighth. As noted earlier, JB Bukauskus pitched the ninth and allowed three runs.
Strangely, although Seth Beer went 3-3 with a pair of doubles, a walk, and a hit by pitch, but failed to score any runs, or knock in a run.Jose Herrera, who went 1-4, hit a two run homerun in the bottom of the fifth inning. Jake Hager followed with a single, advanced to second on an errant pickoff throw, then third on an Alek Thomas ground. Ildemaro Vargas singled. scoring hager, advanced to third on a Seth Beer double, and scored on a Stuart Fairchild sacrifice fly.