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D-backs Farm Rumblings Week 10: Ildemaro Vargas on a tear in Reno

acesBig week for Vargas – Reno Aces second baseman Ildemaro Vargas started last week on fire, collecting 11 hits, two home runs and nine RBI in his team’s first three games. While he cooled off a little bit in the later part of the week, Vargas still batted .438 (14-for-32) with five doubles and 10 RBI in seven games. He raised his season batting average from .302 to .318 in the process.

The highlight of his week came Tuesday night when he belted a grand slam off of Tacoma’s Felix Hernandez, the former Cy Young winner who is on a rehab stint from the Mariners.

acesSuch is baseball – Vargas wasn’t the only hot Reno hitter at the beginning of last week. The Aces exploded for 34 runs in wins over Tacoma on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Then, Thursday, the bats cooled off as the Aces managed just five hits in a 1-0, 11-inning loss to the Rainiers.

acesMarathon affair – The Aces also had a 17-inning game last week, beating the Sacramento RiverCats in a game that took five hours and seven minutes to complete. Reno got two runs in the top of the 17th on an RBI-double by Oswaldo Arcia and a run-scoring groundout by Christian Walker. Jake Barrett came in to close things out by striking out the side in the bottom half of the frame. But the winnning pitcher wasn’t a pitcher at all. Catcher Willians Astudillo actually pitched the 15th and 16th innings for Reno, and did pretty well for himself, allowing just one hit. It was Astudillo’s first professional appearance on the mound.

rawhidesmallAtkinson’s trek – Visalia right-hander Ryan Atkinson has been a pleasant surprise for the Rawhide this season. Last week, the 24-year-old struck out 18 in 12 innings over two starts, going 1-1. On the season, Atkinson is 5-4 with a 3.59 ERA and 78 strikeouts in 62.2 innings of work with Visalia and Kane County.

Atkinson went undrafted after a pretty solid four-year career at the University of Cincinnati, and Baseball Census had a nice piece on his professional baseball journey thus far.

rawhidesmallHe can do it all – We’ve featured Visalia first baseman Marty Herum’s exploits on the field this year, but the man can truly do it all — like wear the team’s mascot costume.

cougarsEveld dealing – Right-hander Tommy Eveld, a 9th-round pick last summer out of South Florida, is putting up a lot of zeroes this season at Single-A Kane County. In 21 relief appearances, Eveld has converted 13-of-13 save opportunities with 32 strikeouts and only eight walks.

More impressively, Eveld’s ERA is 0.34 and he hasn’t allowed an earned run in his last 10 appearances. Opposing hitters are batting .116 against him.

cougarsKane County All-Stars – We’ll let the team tell the story about who will be representing the Cougars.


Team Week Season Notes
aces 5-2 40-24 1st place in Pacific Northern Division; 4.0 games ahead of Tacoma
generals 3-4 32-31 4th place in North Division, 4.0 games behind Chattanooga
rawhidesmall 4-2 31-32 3rd place in North Division; 4 games behind Modesto
cougars 3-3 34-27 2nd place in Western Division; 1 game behind Cedar Rapids

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