Posted onOctober 21, 2023byCLH|Comments Off on RAWHIDE ALUMS THOMAS AND PFAADT HELP BRING DIAMONDBACKS EVEN IN NLCS
The Arizona Diamondbacks fell behind the Philadelphia Phillies two games to none in the best-of-seven National League Championship Series but have evened it up at 2-2 with some big performances by former Visalia Rawhide players.
Last night, trailing two games to one in the series, the Diamondbacks gave up an early lead and fell behind 5-2 going to the bottom of the seventh inning. They put a run on the board in the seventh and trailed 5-3 in the eighth when 2019 California League championship game hero Alek Thomas came to the plate and belted a two-run home run to tie the game. The Diamondbacks tacked on the go-ahead run and closed out the game to pull even with the Phillies in the series.
On Thursday, 2021 Rawhide alum Brandon Pfaadt faced the Phillies with the Diamondbacks trailing the series 2-0. The rookie shut out the Phillies over 5 2/3 innings, allowing just two hits and no walks while striking out nine. The Diamondbacks won the game on a walk-off single from Ketel Marte.
It was a clutch performance for the rookie who went 3-9 in an up-and-down season that saw tremendous struggles and a couple of trips back to the minor leagues. Pfaadt also shut out the Dodgers over 4 1/3 innings in the divisional series.
Game five is tonight in Phoenix.
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The San Jose Giants got another strong pitching performance on Thursday night and beat Visalia for the third night in a row, final score 5-2 at Valley Strong Ballpark. Starter Will Bednar went four innings and allowed one run on two hits and no walks while striking out six. Seth Lonsway (W, 2-0) followed with four hitless innings, allowing just one unearned run while walking two and striking out two. Jose Cruz threw a spotless ninth inning to notch his first save of the year.
The Rawhide got just two hits after getting just one hit off of San Jose pitching the night before.
San Jose pitching over the last two games: 3 hits and 1 earned run allowed in 18 innings. 3 walks & 29 strikeouts.
The Giants got two runs in the first inning with Abdiel Layer knocking in the first run on a groundout, followed by an RBI single from Dilan Rosario. Layer went 2-for-4 on the night with a triple, a walk, two RBIs and two runs scored.
Max Wright doubled in the installed runner in the top of the 10th to put San Jose up 6-5 and then the wheels fell off for Visalia. After a walk to Vaun Brown, San Jose scored on an HBP, a two-run single and a bases-loaded walk.
Posted onApril 9, 2022byCLH|Comments Off on RAWHIDE PLAY LONGBALL ON OPENING NIGHT
The Visalia Rawhide kicked off the 2022 California League season with a four-homer attack that took down the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes by a score of 8-4 Friday night. Righty starter Joe Elbis threw four shutout innings, allowing two hits and two walks while striking out eight in front of a home crowd of 3,093 at Valley Strong Ballpark.
The game and the season couldn’t have started any better for the Rawhide. Elbis struck out the side on 11 pitches in the top of the first inning to set the stage for 2021 first-round draft pick (#6 overall) Jordan Lawlar to take his first AB of the season. The SS batting out of the #2 hole with one out drilled one over the fence to put Visalia up 1-0.
Two of the transactions that made news before the lockout began involved players who were in the Low-A West in 2021. The Arizona Diamondbacks dealt for OF Jordan Luplow, sending SS Ronny Simon to Tampa Bay in the exchange. Simon played 77 games with the Visalia Rawhide before being promoted to High-A Hillsboro. With Visalia, Simon hit .249/.343/.475 with 15 homeruns. He has been assigned to the High-A Bowling Green Hot Rods.
Elsewhere, the Seattle Mariners acquired 2B/OF Adam Frazier from the San Diego Padres for a package that included OF Corey Rosier. Drafted in the 12th round, Rosier played one game in Rookie ball before joining the Modesto Nuts where he played 31 games and absolutely destroyed Low-A West pitching. In 118 ABs, Rosier slashed .390/.461/.585 with three homeruns and walked 18 times. The UNC Greensboro alum had a 15-game hitting streak during his 31-game stint at Modesto. Rosier may see more Low-A West pitching as he has been assigned to Lake Elsinore.
Visalia OF Tim Tawa went 5-for-5 and starter Kyle Backhus threw five strong innings as the Rawhide evened their series with Rancho Cucamonga with a 15-5 win Friday night. Tawa had two doubles, a triple, two RBIs, two stolen bases and scored three runs. Backhus allowed one run on two hits and a walk with five strikeouts.
The Rawhide scored in each of the first five innings as they built a 12-1 lead. A five-run fourth inning gave Visalia a commanding 10-1 lead after Rancho Cucamonga got on the board in the top of the inning to make it 5-1. DH Adrian Del Castillo added on in the fifth inning with a two-run homer, his first with the Rawhide.
2B Channy Ortiz had four hits and 3 RBIs. Five Rawhide batters had multi-hit games as the team belted out 18 hits.
In back-to-back winning starts, Backhus has pitched 10 innings and allowed one earned run on four hits and three walks with 11 strikeouts.
OF Jose Ramos led Rancho Cucamonga’s offense with three hits, including a double and his fourth homer of the year.
The series is even at 2-2 with two more games to play. For whatever it’s worth, Visalia has won all of its Saturday games in August.
The Visalia Rawhide put six runs on the board in the second inning Saturday night to get out to a big lead, then held on for an 11-10 win over the Storm at Lake Elsinore. 1B Elian Miranda went 2-for-5 and belted his ninth home run to lead the offense as the Rawhide won for the third time in four games.
The six-run inning saw Visalia draw six walks along with two singles and a Miranda double. Lake Elsinore starter Jairo Iriarte was chased after just 10 batters, having allowed the first six hitters of the second inning to reach base without recording an out.
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Rancho Cucamonga 2B Sam McWilliams went 3-for-5 with a double and a 2-run homer to power the Quakes to their fourth straight win in Visalia Friday night. The visitors broke open a tense, low-scoring contest with late-inning offense while RHP Kendall Williams went four strong innings out of the bullpen to hold down the Rawhide for a 9-1 Quakes win.
McWilliams started the scoring in the first inning with a double and two wild pitches that allowed him to come around and score the game’s first run. 1B Imanol Vargas launched a 2-run shot in the second inning for a 3-0 Rancho Cucamonga lead.
Posted onJuly 3, 2021byCLH|Comments Off on NUTS STRIKE EARLY IN WIN OVER RAWHIDE
The Modesto Nuts stayed hot Friday night and got six runs in the first two innings to cruise to an 8-1 win over the Rawhide in Visalia. The visitors got three in the first and three in the second and went on to win their sixth game in a row including all four in this series.
CF Victor Labrada went 3-for-4 from the leadoff spot and RF Alberto Rodriguez was 1-for-5 with a homer and four RBIs. RHP Sam Carlson (W, 2-1) went five innings and allowed one run on three hits and five walks with eight strikeouts. He threw 105 pitches, 61 for strikes.
Rawhide starter Adrian Del Moral got knocked around over the first two innings as Modesto built a 6-0 lead, but he bounced back for a 1-2-3 third inning and struck out the first two hitters in the fourth before walking SS Noelvi Marte. RHP Enmanuel Acosta came on in relief of Del Moral and gave up a 2-run homer to Rodriguez to put the Nuts ahead 8-0.
Visalia’s only run came when RF Jefferson Espinal walked to lead off the sixth inning and came home on a sac fly by 1B Lyle Lin.
Modesto RHP Matthew Willdrodt went three shutout innings in relief of Carlson, allowing just one hit with no walks and four strikeouts.
Carlson had a lot of traffic with the five walks, three hits and two HBPs, but he was able to keep the Rawhide off the board with the exception of his last batter coming around to score after he left the game. Odd occurrence, Carlson’s first and last batters were both HBPs.
The Nuts are now 30-22 and picked up a game on first-place San Jose in the North division as they now trail by five games with second-place Fresno two games out. The Rawhide suffered its sixth straight loss and have a record of 13-39. They’re 12 1/2 games behind first-place Rancho Cucamonga in the South Division.
Game five of the six-game series starts at 6:30 tonight.
A pair of shutouts on the Low-A West scoreboard Wednesday night. Lake Elsinore evened up the series with Inland Empire, shutting out the 66ers 4-0. Fresno did the same with Rancho Cucamonga, evening up their series with a 7-0 win. The Quakes lead the South division by 1 1/2 games over Lake Elsinore with Inland Empire two games back.
San Jose SS Marco Luciano hit his league-leading 13th homer of the season in a 4-2 loss to Stockton. It was Luciano’s fourth homer in three games. San Jose’s lead in the North is now three games over Fresno.