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The SanDiego Padres try to avoid a series sweep by the Diamondbacks after loosing game 1 3-2 and game 2 by a score of 6-2. The Dbacks would loose a close one by a score of 6-5 after a late surge will stall in the 9th.

Rookie Pitcher Tyler Skaggs the youngest starting pitcher in MLB takes the mound today.

The Rookie Tyler Skaggs would toe the rubber for the Dbacks in his 5th start and would exit early in the 5th after giving up 4 runs on 7 hits. The Dbacks would a lot of production out of right fielder Justin Upton going 3 for 4 scoring 2 runs as Chris Johnson goes 3 for 4 with 2 RBI’s on the night. The Padres would jump out to an early lead after a walk by Chase Headley walks and Yasmani Grandal hit a single. with 2 on and 1 out Jesus Guzman hits a home run to left center for a 3-0 lead.

Aaron Hill hits a home run.

In the bottom of the first Aaron Hill would get the Dbacks on the board with a solo home run. Andy Parrino would lead off with a walk that would pay off for the Padres when 3 batters later Logan Forsythe hits a RBI double. the next few innings go by with no runs until the bottom of the 4th when the Dbacks lead off with a Double by Upton followed by a walk to Paul Goldschmidt. Chris Johnson would hit a single to left field that would score Upton to make it a 4-2 game. After a pitching change by the Dbacks to Brad Bergesen would give up a lead off single to Parrino and Chris Denorfia would hit a RBI double. Chase Headley would Double 2 batters later to score Denorfia to make it a 6-2 ball game. In the bottom of the 6th Upton would hit a triple to deep center and Goldschmidt would hit a RBI single to go 6-3. Two batters later Chris Johnsonhits a RBI single to get the score 4-6.

Eaton hits his first homerun ball.

In the 7th the Spark Plug Adam Eaton would hit a ball to right field that would carry over the right field fence for a Solo Home run for his first ever MLB home run and his 8th on the season including AAA. SEE VIDEO HERE:http://mlb.mlb.com/media/video.jsp?content_id=24933715 The Dbacks loose the game 6-5 as Tyler Skaggs gets the Loss and Clayton Richardgets the win improving to 14-12 on the season.

Game Ball goes to Justin Upton and Chris Johnson going 3 for 4.

My Game ball gets cut in half tonight as Justin Upton and Chris Johnson both go 3 for 4 on the night and both deserve the game ball. Tomorrow the Dbacks head to Colorado to face a rockies team hampered by injuries and a roster full of newcomers.

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AAA National Champions Reno Aces Win The Title 10-3 Over The Pawtucket Paw Socks

AND THEN THERE WAS ONE………..

Today we switch it up and throw the AAA up top as what they did today is something that may only happen to a team once if ever. The Reno Aces not only won their PCL Division Tittle this season but they also won their first ever conference Title, A Pacific Coast League Title and They also won the AAA National Championship Title By beating the Pawtucket Paw Socks 10-3 Tuesday night.

2012 AAA Nation Champions Reno Aces

The Aces win the National Championship by sending Trevor Bauer The #1 pitching prospect  in the Nation and the 3rd overall pick of the draft to the mound at 21 years old. On the other end of the spectrum the Paw Socks send their Ace a 38 year old Nelson Figueroa who wants to end his career on a high note with a National Title. Theres one problem with that equation…. Figueroa never had to face a star studded line up like the Reno Aces and at 38 years old this may not have been the time to test himself.

Reno Aces Pitcher Trevor Bauer

Trevor Bauer would make quick work of the 1st inning by recording 2 ground outs and a strike out to end the first. The Aces would jump all over Figueroa in the first inning when PCL champion MVP AJ Pollock stepped in the box as the first batter and took the 2nd pitch deep to center for a triple. Tyler Kuhn would get a RBI single to score Pollock and Josh Bell and Mike Jacobs strike out.

Mike Jacobs

With 2 outs Brent Clevlen steps up to the plate and absolutly smashes a ball over the center field fence for a 2 run home run and a 3-0 lead. In the 2nd for the Paw Socks Danny Valencia would hit a lead off double but would be stranded on base after Bauer would get a strike out and two pop ups to end the 2nd for Pawtucket. The Reno Aces were not done swinging the bats just yet as Tyler Bortnick would single, Ryan Budde would line out to center for out #1. AJ Pollock would hit a RBI double to CF scoring Bortnick, Tyler Kuhn singles to score Pollock and Josh Bell singles to score Kuhn and make it a 6-0 game.

Tyler Kuhn

Bauer would have some trouble in the 3rd with his command walking 2 men but gets out of it by striking out 2 and getting a ground ball to keep the game scoreless. Brett Butler keeps the foot on the throttle in the 3rd and scores 2 more runs on a single by Brent Clevlen, a Taylor Harbin walk, Ryan Budde RBI Sac fly,  Keon Broxton singles to 2nd to end the 3rd.    In the top of the 4th the Paw Socks would get on the board with a Danny Valencia walk, Dan Butler single, Jonathan Hee walk, and a 3rd walk of the inning by Bauer walking Che Hsuan Lin would push across Valencia. in the 4th Reno would go quietly for the first time to keep the score 8-1. The Paw Socks would snag another run in the 5th when Tony Thomas uncorks on a fast ball and hits a solo home run making it 8-2.  Before the top of the 5th was over Trevor Bauer would be relieved of his duties after walking the bases loaded and Mike Demark would get the 3rd out on 2 pitches. Trevor Bauer would get a no decision on the night and go 4.1 innings allowing 2 runs on 4 hits with 7 walks and 6 K’s. In the bottom of the 5th the Aces would get that run back on a Tyler Bortnick hits a lead off double and Keon Broxton hit a 2 run Home run to tack on 2 more runs making it a 10-2 game. With exception to the 1 run in the 7th by Pawtucket the rest of the night would be handed to the bullpen as the reno aces send Sam Demel in for a 1 run inning.

Trevor Bauer & Jensen Lewis celebrate championship

Jensen Lewis has been Reno’s set up man all year and has really been lights out for the Aces all year having a perfect 8th inning to cap off his season before handing the ball over to the closer Big Jonathan Albaladejo who came in and blew the ball right past everyone. The Aces cap an amazing season with an amazing performance to prove that in fact they are the best team in AAA baseball this year as they blow through the competition and win their first AAA National Championship. Congrats to the Aces ball club on a spectacular performance and making it fun to cover you all year. The sacrifices these guys make day in and day out to play the game we all love so much often goes un-noticed and on behalf of the Fans and Behindhomeplatebaseball.com we Thank You for all your time and efforts. Good luck to those who get called up and we will see you in the spring, only 196 days till we return let the countdown begin.

GAME NOTES:

Reno Aces PCL championship MVP and National Championship MVP A.J. Pollock

AJ Pollock would be selected as the National Championships MVP going 2 for 5 scoring twice with a double, a triple and1 RBI.Pollock was also selected as the leagues PCL Championship MVP.

Tyler Bortnick

Honorable mention goes to Tyler Bortnick 3 for 4 with 2 doubles and 2 runs scored. 6 players had 2 hits or more: Pollock, Kuhn, Bell, Clevlen, Bortnick, and Broxton. CALL UPS: AJ Pollock and Mike Jacobs were called up today to the Dbacks and both are class acts that should add some depth to the bench for pinch hitting for the rest of the year.

MLB Diamondbacks vs Padres Game 1

The Dbacks place themselves in the wild card race with their last 2 wins and look to keep the winning streak going and end this season on a high note. With 17 games left in the season and the way this division is shaping up they may need to win at least 10 of those games and may need some help from others to get in. To do that they would send their young 27 Year old Ace IPK Ian Kennedy to the mound to square off against 33 year old Eric Stults. The fans were excited to see Chris Youngs return to the line up after his recent injury but it would be short lived when the first pitch was hit deep to center he tracked the ball to the warning track and made the catch but came up limping. You could read his lips as he looked to the dugout and said “im done” giving the signal to Gibby. after the game he said ” i felt good before the game and i put in a lot of work but as soon as i got it, it grabbed on me”. Chris Young likely wont return this season and comes out of the game and Adam Eaton takes over center field as Gerardo Parra takes Left Field.

Adam Eaton

Kennedy would struggle in the first giving up a single, a walk and a single to get to Yonder Alonso who would hit a sac fly to score Logan Forsythe to make it a 1-0 ball game in 1st. Starting it off for the Dbacks would be the spark plug known as Adam Spanky Eaton who would draw a 9 pitch walk, Eaton would steal his 2nd base swiping 2nd. The stolen base by Eaton would prove to be huge for the Dbacks as Paul Goldschmidt singles to right field Eaton easily trots in. Miguel Montero would double to score Goldschmidt and the Dbacks now lead 2-1. the game would be relativley quiet for a few innings until the 5th when Justin Upton walks and Montero hits a double to score Upton 3-1 Dbacks. a few more scoreless innings and Kennedy goes 8 innings of outstanding pitching giving up 1 run on 7 hits with 6 K’s, before handing the ball over to J.J Putz to get the save to win the game 3-2.

Game Ball to IPK 8 innings 1 run.

GAME BALL: My game ball has to go to IPK for pitching one hell of a game with some of his best pitching in the 8th striking out 2 men. Honorable mention: Montero goes 2 for 4 with 2 RBI’s  and Adam Eaton doing what a lead off guy is supposed to do with 2 walks and a stolen base scoring a run.

Author: Nick Crawford SR

Nick Crawford – Arizona Diamondbacks beat writer for BHP Baseball
Nick Crawford joined BHP Baseball in the 2012 baseball season as the websites beat writer for the Arizona Diamondbacks. I am a baseball and softball player that plays over 200 games a year traveling all over to play in tournaments on the weekends. I have coached baseball for over 10 years at various levels including my son’s team. My passion for this game we all love is unmatched. I am a huge Florida sports fan across the board Marlins Dolphins Heat are my favorite teams. I am also a huge Arizona Diamondbacks fan & since Nevada doesn’t have a pro team I follow the AAA Reno Aces, the Diamondbacks farm system. If you ever want to talk Diamondbacks, or Marlins you can find Nick on Twitter @DonkeyPuncher74.

If you have ever been to a Reno Aces game you might have noticed this little guy who plays BIG at Center field and bats lead off…..

Adam Eaton PCL Rookie Of The Year & MVP

Adam Eaton although only listed at 5’8″ tall and 185 lbs he plays as if he was 6’3″ 240 lbs. The lead off hitter for the Reno Aces this year is Adam Eaton a humble man from Springfield Ohio, and an incredible athlete. Born December 6th 1988 at 23 years old has been named to the Pacific Coast League Rookie of the year and PCL Most Valuable Player awards. Adam a left handed center fielder drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 19th round of the 2010  MLB Draft came from Miami University Of Ohio ( Oxford OH ) and what a treasure he has been for the Reno Aces. Eaton leads the PCL in nearly every batting category including .379 AVG, 117 Runs, 181 Hits, 44 Doubles, 37 Stolen Bases and an on base percentage of .452. Eaton played 11 games at the beginning of the season with the Mobile Baybears and it didn’t take long for the Dbacks to notice the talent he had before calling him up to AAA Reno. The Reno Aces Manager Brett Butler was often told he was not big enough to play in the bigs himself and when he saw Adam for the first time he saw a lot of himself in Adam Eaton. Adam like Brett is one of the best bunters the PCL has ever seen, he once recorder 3 successful bunts in one game VS the Rivercats followed up with a double off the wall in center field.

Best bunter in the game.

I have never seen anyone nearly as fast as Eaton on the base path, what he lacks in size he more than makes up for it in speed and hustle. Adam once got yelled at by Butler for sliding head first into 1st base as fast as he could to beat the throw from the short stop in a game they had around an 8 run lead. Adam is always the dirtiest man on the field often sliding around in the infield stealing bases and going 1st to 3rd on an infield hit.

Always the dirtiest man on the field with a big smile

Perhaps its this hustle that has gotten him the fans vote for the All Star game and the Leagues vote for rookie of the year and MVP or maybe its the fact that he is the very last person off the field every night and doesn’t leave until he signs every last kids autograph & take pictures.

Adam Eaton & My Son Nick JR

I have been fortunate enough to watch every game Adam has played at Reno because i live there but it wont be long before he is lighting up the sports center highlight reel for the Arizona Diamondbacks. I talked with Adams High school Coach Scott Zerkle who said ” he is impressed with how he has matured as a young man as he has transitioned from High School to College, and to Pro ball.” Scott also said “I am so proud of him & that they have formed a very good relationship over the years”. Scott says “the amazing thing is this is only his third year of professional baseball. Guys aren’t supposed to be stepping through the ranks this quickly unless they are a top round draft pick. Adam is the perfect example that what is inside a player is sometimes more important than his physical size. His Hometown & Especially Cougar Nation is very proud and excited about his future.”  Adam never forgetting those who have helped him along the way continues to keep in touch, a show of  how classy he truly is. Adam becomes only the 2nd man to ever earn the PCL rookie of the year award and MVP in the same year. He joins a list of PCL MVP’s along side names like Paul Konerko, Tim Salmon, Tino Martinez, Sandy Alomar JR and Joe DiMaggio….. 

AWARDS & HONORS:

8/2/10 PIO Player of the week

9/16/2010 PIO Post Season All-Star

12/1/10 Topps Short Season /Rookie All-Star

6/20/11 CAL Mid Season All-Star

11/19/11 AFL All-Prospect Team

7/10/12 PCL Mid Season All-Star

2012 PCL Rookie Of The Year

2012 All PCL Squad

2012 PCL MVP

Author: Nick Crawford SR Diamondbacks Beat Writer.