A five-run first set the tone for this one early, 1B Kevin Cron and C Lucas Herbert each hitting two-run homers in the inning. SS Ildemaro Vargas added a three-run shot in the sixth, and finished a double short of the cycle. That was more than enough support for Matt Koch, who allowed two runs over six innings, on two hits and four walks, with 11 strikeouts. Damien Magnifico closed things out with a pair of hitless innings.
The Generals jumped out to a 6-0 lead after four, thanks mostly to C Daulton Varsho’s 15th home-run of the season, which drove in three runs. He, 3B Drew Ellis and CF Ryan Grotjohn each had three-hit nights, as Jackson had 17 in total; Varsho also finished a double short of a cycle. The Lookout made things interesting with a four-run seventh, after starter Josh Green had tossed six scoreless, scattering eight hits with no walks and four K’s. West Tunnell picked up his second save.
Trailing 9-4 after six, the Rawhide stormed back. They scored four in the seventh, then three more with two outs in the ninth to snatch victory. 2B Jancarlos Cintron had three hits, and SS Geraldo Perdomo reached safely four times, on two hits and two walks. The W deservedly went to Breckin Williams, the only Visalia pitcher not to allow a run, who pitched two scoreless innings, on three hits and a walk with a pair of strikeouts.
Not much doing for the Cougars, who could muster only three hits, C Zachery Almond getting the only one for extra-bases, a double. Matt Tabor got the start, and threw three scoreless frames on one hit and a walk. Jackson Goddard was tagged for three runs in his 1.2 innings, but Yaramil Hiraldo impressed with 3.1 hitless innings, walking none and striking out four.
A pair of four-run innings in the fourth and sixth powered the Hops to victory. LF Jesus Marriaga and SS Liover Peguero each had two hits and a walk, driving in a run, and 1B Joe Gillette got four RBI. Tyler Holton was stellar, working five shutout innings on one hit, with no walks and eight strikeouts, to pick up his first win for Hillsboro.
A close game, with never more than one run between the teams, went against Missoula as Liu Fuenmayor allowed a run in his third inning of relief. Dustin Lacaze started, and gave up two runs on five hits on three hits and a walk, with five K’s. 2B Cam Coursey had three hits out of the lead-off spot; LF Tristen Carranza had two hits and drove in both of the Osprey’s runs.
A nine run fifth for OC spelled doom for Reno. Joel Payamps had kept the Dodgers off the board until then, but was able to only get an out in the fifth. He was charged with six runs on six hits and a walk with four K, then Joey Krehbiel gave up another three before the inning mercifully ended after 13 batters, eight hits and two walks. Ben Taylor tossed a scoreless seventh, and 2B Carlos Assuaje reached base all four times up, with two singles and two walks.
The Cougars edged the Bees, on 3B Buddy Kennedy’s go-ahead RBI single in the seventh. He was one of five KC hitters with a two-hit game, while LF Tra Holmes drew two walks and also stole a pair of bases. The W went to Kenny Hernandez for his three scoreless innings, with a trio of strikeouts. That came in relief of Michel Gelabert, who gave up two runs (one unearned) in his three frames, on a hit and four walks with three K’s.
The Hope got a pair of home-runs, from 2B Eddie Hernandez and 3B Tristin English, the latter also singling. But they couldn’t take advantage of three Everett errors, and Eduardo Herrera took the loss, facing five batters and retiring none, charged with three runs on two hits and three walks. Starter Deyni Olivero allowed three runs, but only one was earned, over 4.2 innings on six hits and two walks, with three strikeouts.
Level at two after nine, neither side could score in the tenth inning. Missoula got the man home from second base in the 10th, on an error and fielder’s choice. However, Ogden got an RBI single and RBI double off Landon Whitson to walk it off. C Axel Andueza and SS Jose Reyes each had two hits for the Osprey, and starter Josh McMinn pitched well, giving up one run over five innings, on five hits and no walks, with six strikeouts.
An ugly third and fourth, saw the D-backs fall 6-0 behind, but they held the Dodgers from there. Jonathan Stroman was the pick of the arms, striking out five over two hitless innings. Blake Walston struck out four of the six batters he faced. The rehabbing Wyatt Mathisen played 3B, and had a hit, a walk and an RBI, before being lifted after six innings.
A tight pitcher’s duel ended regulation at 1-1. Victor Rodriguez allowed one run over five innings, on three hits and no walks, with four K’s, and Luis Arias tossed three scoreless frames in relief. C Angel Colina had three hits, but the Padres scored two in the tenth, and the D-backs were only able to get one of those runs back in their half of the inning.
An error-strewn game saw the sides combine for seven E’s. The D-backs had a 4-3 lead at the seventh-inning stretch, but a five-run bottom half gave Julio Avendano the loss. Jose Santamaria was the best pitcher for the D-backs here, fanning three over 1.2 scoreless innings. C Ricardo Caldera had three hits and an RBI; CF Alvin Guzman had two singles and stole a pair of bases.
Just another run-of-the-mill, ho-hum, three-homer day for the Aces’ 1B Kevin Cron. His second this season, he had a final AB in the ninth, but struck out. He now has 36 HR this season, and his 58 all told for Reno is a club record. It wasn’t enough to secure the win, as Riley Smith was charged with six runs in five innings, scattering nine hits and three walks. The rest of the Aces line-up managed only two hits, both by CF Ben DeLuzio,
The Generals were also held to five hits, two from the bat of LF Pavin Smith, driving in one of Jackson’s runs. 3B Drew Ellis, walked and singled, and C Daulton Varsho doubled for the other RBI. Bo Takahashi took the loss, allowing four runs on five hits and two walks with one strikeout over six innings. Kevin McCanna tossed two perfect innings in relief, and lowered his ERA to 2.47.
An ugly night for the Rawhide pitchers, beginning as starter Bryan Valdez gave us five runs on six hits over three innings, striking out four. Jayson McKinley was the best of the rest, his 1.1 scoreless inning also including four K’s. Visalia were held to six hits and two walks, while striking out 14 times. C Jose Herrera had a hit and a walk, and CF Alek Thomas hit his first homer since being promoted from Kane Counry.
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The Hops fell into a hole as Drey Jameson allowed four runs in the first, and had to play catch-up thereafter. The bullpen gave them the chance to do so, highlighted by two scoreless innings each from Ethan Larrison and Cody Reed. And Hillsboro scratched theur way back, finally tying it on 3B Joe Gillette’s second hit, a solo home-run leading off the top of the ninth. The joy was short-lived, however, as Erin Baldwin allowed a home-run of his own with one out in the bottom half, and Everett walked this one off.
Tied at one in the ninth, the Osprey snuck ahead on a Cesar Garcia RBI single. Jhonny Valdez couldn’t convert a six-out save, giving up a solo homer to lead off the ninth, and Ogden had the winning run thrown out at home to end the inning. It only delayed them, as Missoula couldn’t get the extra inning runner home from second, despite having the bases loaded with no outs. Ogden didn’t miss, for their second straight walk-off win. It wasted a good start by Tyler Poulin, who threw four scoreless, on two hits and a walk with four K’s.
The Diamondbacks actually outhit the Giants 7-6, but were 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position. 3B Wyatt Mathisen went 3-for-3, while RF Neyfy Castillo singled and walked. Junior Mieses took a tough-luck loss, having given up only one run over five innings, on three hits and two walks, with six strikeouts. Justin Martinez struck out seven over three relief innings, but was charged with two runs on three hits and three walks.
DSL D-backs1 2/10, DSL Padres 1/6
The D-backs swept the Padres in a 7-inn double-header. The opener saw them prevail 2-1, the W going to Hamilton Andujar for 4.1 scoreless innings, on two hits and a walk with six K’s. RF Marion Mendez had two hits and stole a base. The nightcap saw them win 10-6, with Mendez getting two more hits, a walk and another stolen-base, while SS Dairon Cuevas had three hits, a walk and an SB. Victor Martinez got the win in relief, pitching three innings of one-run ball.
The D-backs held the Cardinals to three hits, highlighted by starter Arturo Roque’s five innings of one hit ball – he walked one and struck out three. Jose Alcantara got the last five outs for his fourth save. On offense, 3B Alexander Hernandez had two solo home-runs, giving him nine in all – tied for second in the DSL. DH Danyer Sanabria homered (#8) and singled.
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