D-backs farm rumblings down the stretch they come

Late drama – The Aces rallied for three runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to beat Salt Lake 7-5 Thursday night. Trailing 5-4 entering the frame, Kevin Cron led things off with a home run, his 21st of the season, to right field. Alberto Rosario later drove in Rey Fuentes and Kristopher Negron with an RBI single to put Reno up by two runs. Bracho then came in and worked a 1-2-3 ninth inning to pick up his seventh save of the season.

Déjà vu? – Another rally, this one in the bottom of the ninth, gave the Aces an 8-7 win over the Bees Friday night. Socrates Brito knocked in Ildemaro Vargas with a double to pull the Aces to within a run with one out. Salt Lake reliever Miguel Almonte uncorked a wild pitch, which allowed Juniel Querecuto to score and then Cron knocked in Brito with a fielder’s choice to give the Aces another one-run win.

Right where he left off – Right-hander Jon Duplantier combined with Tyler Mark, Michael Blazek and Kevin Ginkel on an eight-hit shutout in a 2-0 win over Montgomery Friday night. Duplantier allowed five hits and walked four over 4.1 innings, but the bullpen came in and allowed just three more hits the rest of the way. Since returning to the Generals on Aug. 1, Duplantier has allowed just one earned run over 16 innings.

Nice start from a familiar face – Right-hander Barry Enright pitched his best game of the season, allowing seven hits and just one run while striking out seven over 6.2 innings in Jackson’s 4-3 win over Montgomery. The 32-year-old, who pitched in 24 games for the D-backs in 2010 and 2011, re-signed into the organization in mid-July. Enright also spent two seasons in the Mexican League, in 2015 and 2016, and compiled a 17-8 record with a 33.4 ERA over 215 innings.

Ellis and Bain influence a win – Third baseman Drew Ellis hit a two-run homer and right-hander Jeff Bain pitched five scoreless innings in Visalia’s 4-1 win over Modesto Tuesday night. Bain earned his third straight decision while scattering six hits, and walking and fanning five. Since being elevated to High-A in late July, the 22-year-old is 3-1 with a 2.86 ERA, a 1.23 WHIP and 14 strikeouts over 22 innings.

An ‘A’ for Anfernee – Grier’s solo home run with two outs in the top of the ninth inning lifted Visalia to a 3-2 win over Stockton Friday night. Grier, the D-backs’ top overall draft pick out of Auburn two summers ago, took Stockton reliever Andrew Tomasovich deep. It was Grier’s third home run of the season — all of which have come in his last seven games.

Smith getting right – The Rawhide pounded out 16 hits en route to a 13-2 thrashing of Stockton Saturday night. All the hits came from six players who each had more than a knock on the night. First baseman Pavin Smith went 4-for-5 with a double and four RBI to lead the way, while Ellis and Adam Walton each had three hits. Smith, last summer’s first-round pick out of Virginia, raised his batting average to a season-high .253 in the process.

Southpaw shutout – Left-hander Franklyn Soriano pitched seven shutout innings and then handed things over to fellow southpaw Bryan Valdez for the last two frames in Kane County’s 5-0 win over Burlington Tuesday. Soriano allowed six hits and struck out six in earning his first full-season Class-A win. The 23-year-old started the season with Hillsboro and went 2-1 with a 4.08 ERA.

Working OT – Tim Susnara’s sac fly in the 10th inning scored Yoel Yanqui, giving the Cougars a 2-1 win over Quad Cities Wednesday night. Kane County starter Jayson McKinley was outstanding, allowing just four hits and one run while striking out eight in five innings of work. The bullpen trio of Luis Castillo, Carlos Hernandez and Kyler Stout combined on five innings of scoreless, one-hit relief.

Solid – Cole Bartlett allowed just one run over eight innings while striking out seven, helping Kane County to an 8-3 road win over Quad Cities Friday night. Bartlett, a 23-year old whom Arizona drafted out of Missouri in the 25th round in 2017, picked up his first win as starter in just his fifth pro start. His first 40 pro appearances all came as a reliever.

Tabs on Tabor – Matt Tabor, the D-backs’ 10th-best prospect, was outstanding in a 3-2, 10-inning win over Tri-City Monday night. Tabor pitched five innings of scoreless baseball, allowing just one hit and one walk in the process. On Saturday, it was more of the same, as the 20-year-old right-hander went five innings, allowing just two hits with two strikeouts. Tabor has a sterling 1.23 ERA over his last five starts but doesn’t have a win to show for it.

Wrecking the league – Zack Shannon got things off to a quick start Saturday with a three-run shot in the first inning of Missoula’s 7-4 win over Orem. Shannon added an RBI-double in the third inning to boost his total to 48 on the season, which is the second-best mark in the Pioneer League. Only Idaho Falls’ Reed Rohlman (51) has more. The home run was Shannon’s 11th in 47 games, which leads the league.

Alvarez update – Jhosmer Alvarez, a 17-year-old right-hander from Venezula was more than solid Monday night in an 8-1 win over the Orioles. Alvarez pitched five scoreless innings, while giving up five hits and striking out six. It was his fourth outing of pitching five innings or more without allowing an earned run. It was also the youngster’s first win since June 14.