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Visalia’s Duplantier fans nine in five scoreless

Jon Duplantier continues to dispel the idea that the California League is a hitters’ circuit.

The D-backs’ No. 2 prospect gave up an unearned run on two hits and two walks and a career high-tying nine strikeouts in Class A Advanced Visalia’s 4-0 loss to Stockton on Saturday night at Banner Island Ballpark.

Duplantier (4-2) collected a whiff in every inning and struck out the side in the first and third.

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“I kind of had the stuff that played like that tonight,” the right-hander said. “It was a good thing that it was because I walked more guys than I would like. It was just one of those nights you go out there and you really don’t know how it’s going to go.”

Duplantier posted four punchouts while retiring six of the first seven batters. In the third, he walked Nate Mondou and hit Jake…

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