Here we are with the Arizona Diamondbacks last Minor League recap of the regular season which is coming in on a Tuesday as the regular season ended on Labor Day.
Minor League postseason starts tomorrow, so we will take this last chance to look at how the seasons ended and what is moving forward for each of the Arizona Diamondbacks affiliates.
Triple A: Reno Aces
The Reno Aces went 3-5 since last Monday. Even with the losing record on the week, The Aces were able to hold on and still win a playoff spot over the Fresno Grizzlies. They finished the regular season three games ahead of the Grizzlies to advance to the playoffs. Starting tomorrow they will play in a five game series with El Paso for a chance to play in the Pacific Coast League Finals.
The biggest game of the week came last night against the Albuquerque Isotopes. The game came out as a 13-1 victory for the Aces to allow them to go into the playoffs hot. This was set up by the 10-run second inning for the Aces in which they were walked five times in just one inning alone. In that inning, they sent 14 people to the plate allowing them to take full control of the game.
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Double A: Jackson Generals
The one team that did not need to have a big week ended up going 5-3 to wrap up the season. While it is always great to end the season on an upswing, it is just sad that it happened this late when the team was out of playoff contention. All and all, the Generals finished 15 games back in the division and had no hope of making the playoffs for the entire last month.
On Friday, the team had themselves a great game in which they won 11-0 against the Tennesee Smokies. During this game, the team exploded on offense by scoring four runs in the first and two more runs in the second. With a six-run cushion after two innings, it allowed their pitcher Brad Keller to pitch into the seventh inning with no real worries. He was pulled after throwing 102 pitches.
Class A Advanced: Visalia Rawhide
High A Visalia had a very bad week going just 2-5 on the week causing them to drop out of playoff contention. Due to this poor final week, the Rawhide ended the season two games back in the playoff hunt that was tied just eight days ago.
For proof that the team had a bad week, there is no need to look farther than the 22-0 loss on last Thursday. The Stockon Ports just out played the Rawhide in every meaning of the word. Bo Takahashi gave up a whopping 12 runs in only 3.2 innings. Sadly the bullpen did nothing for the team to stop the bleeding. The team as a whole was unable to hit as they only earned two hits in the whole game.
Class A Full Season: Kane County Cougars
Kane County went 3-4 going into the playoffs with a spot that they clinched months ago. While a sub .500 week is not ideal for a team heading into the playoffs there is hope they can pull it around. The playoffs begin for the team on Wednesday for the Cougars. They play a three game series with the Cedar Rapids Kernels.
There is only one game that needs to be talked about in terms of the Kane County Cougars from the last week. That game is the perfect game that Connor Grey threw on the first day of September against the Clinton Lumberkings. To say Grey was efficient in the game would be an understatement. He got all 27 outs on just 100 pitches. Grey also struck out eight players in his nine innings of perfect baseball. It was the first perfect game in Kane County history.
Class A Short Season: Hillsboro Hops
The Hops also had a bit of a down week as well in the final week of the regular season. The Hops went 2-4 last week to head into the postseason. Even with the poor week, the Hops still won the second half of the season to go along with their first-half victory. They finished with a one-game lead and will play the Eugene Emeralds in a three-game series.
The biggest game for the for the Hops was a 14-7 win over the Boise Hawks on the second of the month. In the game, the Hops scored seven runs in the second inning. During that game, the starting pitcher gave up six runs and was unable to earn the win after being pulled in the fourth inning. This allowed relief pitcher Torres to earn his first win of the season.
Well with the Aces, the Cougars, and the Hops all making the playoff, it seems like the Arizona Diamondbacks farm system did quite well on the season. Within the next two weeks, we should know if each team is able to do good enough to win their respective leagues.
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