Augenstein and Valdez Get Tattooed in Peoria
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Posted Oct 18, 2009

Saturday's 9-5 loss to the Peoria Javelinas was one that Arizona Diamondbacks pitching prospects Bryan Augenstein and Cesar Valdez would like to forget. The two right-handers combined to allow all nine of the Javelinas' runs in two-plus innings of work.

Bryan Augenstein allowed four earned runs on five hits in 1.2 innings of work.  Cesar Valdez relieved his fellow D-backs prospect and stranded an inherited runner at first base.  Valdez would not record another out in the game, however, as six straight batters reached against him, five of which would eventually score.

Neither pitcher throws particularly hard, so Valdez did not provide a change of pace from what Peoria hitters saw from Augenstein.  Moreover, Valdez was relying upon his fastball far more often than usual despite the fact that his changeup and curveball are both superior pitches.  That lack of variety in pitch selection proved costly.

Three D-backs prospects did appear in the Scottsdale starting lineup and contribute.  Cole Gillespie reached base twice and Brandon Allen coaxed three walks.  Second baseman Pedro Ciriaco really had a good day.  As the Scorpions' leadoff hitter, Ciriaco  walked, singled twice, and doubled.  He scored two runs and drove in two others, accounting for four of Scottsdale's five runs.

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