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Diamondbacks Minor League Recap 4/20/2022

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

Top 10 Prospect Performances

Amarillo CF Corbin Carroll: 0 for 3, 2 BB, R
Visalia SS Jordan Lawlar: 0 for 4
Reno CF Alek Thomas: 3 for 5, 2B, 3B, Grand Slam
Amarillo RHP Drey Jameson: 6 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 8 K

AAA: Reno Aces 7, Salt Lake Bees 5

Three home runs in the bottom of the 9th inning helped Reno (8-6) steal victory from the jaws of defeat. The last was a walk-off grand slam off the bat of Alek Thomas. A mediocre start from Luis Frias (4 IP, 5 H, 5 R/3 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, 78 pitches) put Reno in an early 5-0 hole. Reno would only score one run in the first eight innings of the game, but a reminder that no game is over in the hitter-friendly confines of Greater Nevada Field until all 27 outs are recorded by the winning team. The comeback bid would not be possible without trio of Josh Green, Caleb Smith, and Caleb Baragar providing 5 shutout innings.

The 9th inning opened up with back to back homers from Stone Garrett and Buddy Kennedy. Afterwards two walks and a single would load the bases, chasing former Angels first rounder Kodi Medeiros from the game for Gerardo Reyes. Reyes would strike out Yadiel Rivera for the first out of the inning, but would not escape due to Alek Thomas’ heroics. Thomas fell behind 1-2, but worked a full count and blasted the 7th pitch of the at-bat into the Reno bullpen to end the game.

Here are some more Thomas highlights from the game, courtesy of MLB Pipeline’s Twitter account:

AA: Amarillo Sod Poodles 7, San Antonio Missions 4

A game that was not as close as the final score would indicate, as Drey Jameson gave up one measly single in 6 dominant innings with no walks and 8 strikeouts. A 5-run 3rd inning allow Amarillo (6-5) to take early control and cruise to victory in this one. The inning started with a leadoff walk to Corbin Carroll, which we all know is bad news for the opponent, before a single by Eduardo Diaz and a throwing error by the first baseman on a Dominic Canzone ground out resulting in Carroll crossing the plate. After Dominic Fletcher lined out to first, a 2-out walk would extend the inning for Ti’Quan Forbes. Forbes doubled home two and would then score on Jancarlos Cintron’s second homer of the year.

The way Jameson was pitching, 5-0 must have felt like 50-0, but the Soddies were not done scoring, as they plated two more runs in the 7th. Those would prove to be valuable insurance runs, as San Antonio would score 4 runs against the mop-up relievers in the Amarillo bullpen.

High A: Hillsboro Hops 0, Spokane Indians 2

Hillsboro (5-6) struggled to hit in this game, recording 6 singles and no walks. That lack of offense ruined a serviceable start by John Carver, who allowed just 2 runs in 5 23 innings. Carver allowed 5 hits, walked 2, and struck out 3 while taking the loss.

Low A: Visalia Rawhide 0, San Jose Giants 1

There wasn’t much offense in this game, as the two teams combined for seven hits with only one coming from Visalia hitters. Josh Swales allowed just 1 unearned run in 4 23 innings with 1 walk and 8 strikeouts. Visalia hitters fanned 20 times in this game while only getting three baserunners for the entire game (1 single, 1 walk, 1 reached on error).