Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Getting to Know Astros/JetHawks LHP Bryan Radziewski

LHP Bryan Radziewski, a 2014 9th round pick out of the University of Miami, Coral Gables, started his season with Quad Cities, putting up a 2.05 ERA and 0.909 WHIP in 5 appearances (3 starts) before his early May promotion to Lancaster. Following his first three appearances in the California League, Radziewski now has a 1.96 ERA and a 1.064 WHIP for the season. He has walked 10 batters and struck out 37 in 36.2 innings.

Bryan Radziewski - May 2015
Photo by Jayne Hansen

When I spoke with Radziewski last week, I asked his opinion of what I had written in my Astros MiLB handbook over the offseason:
According to Tri-City Pitching Coach Chris Holt, Radziewski's slider is one of the best breaking balls in the Astros system. The key for him is good fastball command and effective use of his fastball/changeup combo to set up the slider for best effect. Radziewski's fastball, reported to be in the high 80's when he signed, has seen a slight jump in velocity (88 to 92 mph) through better use of his lower half. When all is said and done, he should end up with a low 90's fastball and a plus slider.
After Radziewski declared that description to be spot on, we discussed his development so far this season, In describing his accomplishments in the new season, he said, "I've gained more confidence in my fastball and I can use my changeup now as opposed to just throwing straight sliders. In college, after shoulder surgery, I was throwing about 82 to 83 mph, and I was just afraid to throw a fastball which is why I developed bad habits with throwing my slider so much."

Radziewski's fastball command is the key to everything for him. According to Lancaster Pitching Coach Don Alexander, "I don't care how good your secondary stuff is or how good your breaking ball or changeup is, if you can't command your fastball, if you can't pitch off your fastball, you're going to have a hard time." Alexander is working with Radziewski on trusting his fastball, but likes what he has seen in Radziewski's short time with the JetHawks, "He's got the chance to have some pretty good stuff if he just learns to trust it more. He's another guy that you like how he goes about his business. He just comes right at you, he's not afraid to challenge you. He's not afraid to be aggressive in the strike zone, and he's also got a good mix of pitches. I think there's more coming with him, but he's riding a nice little wave of success right now."

When asked what people who have never seen him pitch before can expect to see from him on the mound, Radziewski responded, "They'll just see someone who's not afraid of a challenge. When it's second and third or bases loaded, I have more of a chance of getting out of it than most people because I just have that confidence in myself, making pitches in big situations."

Who in the Astros minor league system has a pitch that Radziewski would like to steal? "Whoever has a good fastball! [Adrian] Houser throws like 97. I'll take his fastball. Whoever throws hard, I'll take their fastball." And what hitter would he want to avoid? "I'll say probably [Nick] Tanielu or [Mott] Hyde because I lived with them and they know exactly what I would throw them. (Hyde) is having an incredible year ... humble, works hard."

With the current depth of talent in the Astros system, I asked Radziewski if there was someone he thought might be flying under the radar somewhat. According to Radziewski, "I'll go with Bruno [Tyler Brunnemann]. He's been doing real well. And [Albert] Minnis. The good thing about Minnis is he gets a lot of groundball outs and that's going to go a long way for him. Those are two people who are low key that people may not know about that are doing well in a league you're not supposed to do well in."

As a final question, I asked Radziewski what he would do if he couldn't play baseball. He responded, "I would teach baseball, some way, somehow become a coach. I like teaching. I learn as much as I can. I ask stupid questions, even if it's not about me. I just want to learn and share that information with other people."

Thank you for your time, Bryan, and the best of luck as the season continues to unfold.

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You can find more on virtually every player in the Astros minor league system in the 2015 Houston Farm System Handbook available on Amazon for download to your kindle, iPad, laptop, desktop or smart phone.

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Welcome to AA, Michael Feliz!

Fresno 5, Memphis 2

W- Asher Wojciechowski (3-0)
L- Tyler Lyons (3-2)
S- Kevin Chapman (3)

Fresno home runs: Carlos Correa (3, 10 season; solo in 1st)

The Grizzlies got on the board in the series and snapped the Redbirds' 9-game winning streak.

Mr. Correa put Fresno on the board with a monstrous home run in the 1st, which tied the game at 1. In the 4th, the Grizz took the lead on a 2-run single from Tyler Heineman. Finally, Matt Duffy ripped an RBI double and L.J. Hoes added a sac fly in the 5th.

Asher Wojciechowski went 6 innings and allowed 2 runs on 5 hits, walked 4, and struck out 4. Richard Rodriguez, Jason Stoffel, and Kevin Chapman brought it home as they each threw 1 scoreless inning. Rodriguez was first; he allowed a hit in the 7th. Jason Stoffel set Memphis down in order in the 8th, and Kevin Chapman struck out 1 in a 1-2-3 9th to finish it off.

Brett Oberholtzer is back in Fresno as he makes another rehab start. He'll face Tim Cooney at 11:05 A.M. Pacific.

Corpus Christi 4, Northwest Arkansas 1

W- Vince Velasquez (2-0)
L- Jon Dziedzic (1-3)
S- Michael Feliz (1)

CC home runs: None.

The Hooks took the opener as Vince Velasquez and Michael Feliz completely shackled the Naturals.

Velasquez opened with 5 shutout innings and allowed 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 8. Michael Feliz was greeted rather rudely by Raúl Adalberto Mondesi, who took him deep to lead off the 6th. That homer turned out to be the only hit (and run) Feliz allowed in his 4 innings, and he struck out 7 in his AA debut.

After 10 zeroes on the scoreboard, the Hooks made the breakthrough with a pair in the top of the 6th. Teoscar Hernandez led off the inning with a walk and scored the first run of the evening on an error. Later in the inning, the Naturals traded 2 outs for 1 run, scored by Tony Kemp. The Hooks got some insurance in the top of the 9th on a couple of RBI singles from Teoscar and Jio Mier. Everyone in the lineup had a hit except for Conrad Gregor; Andrew Aplin and Brandon Meredith had 2 hits apiece.

Kyle Westwood gets the start in game 2 of this series. He'll take on Miguel Almonte at 7:05.

Lancaster was off

The JetHawks are in Stockton to kick off this latest roadtrip. Dan Mengden will get the start in game 1, and this is his California League debut. First pitch is at 7:10 Pacific.

Kane County 3, Quad Cities 0

W- Wei-Chieh Huang (1-0)
L- Akeem Bostick (1-1)
S- Jency Solis (1)

QC home runs: None.

Akeem Bostick pitched well.... but as we saw with Dallas Keuchel on Memorial Day, one mistake can really come back to haunt a pitcher.

Bostick went 5 innings and allowed a 2-run homer to Cody Regis in the 1st inning. He allowed 2 other hits and struck out 7. Brandon McNitt tagged in for 3 innings and he was taken deep by Stryker Trahan in the 8th. McNitt allowed 2 other hits and fanned 2. Aaron Greenwood threw a 1-2-3 9th.

Unfortunately, the Banditos were held to just 4 hits, one of which was a double from Jake Nottingham.

In game 2 of this series, Austin Chrismon takes on Touki Toussaint at 7.

Astros Minor League Roster Moves

A couple of recent Astros minor league roster moves to report ...

CORPUS CHRISTI
5-25  1B/DH Telvin Nash released
5-27  OF Danry Vasquez assigned from Lancaster to Corpus Christi

Vasquez has been having a very nice season in Lancaster and earned the promotion by hitting .357/.400/.541 in 23 games during the month of May. He also looked much more comfortable defensively in left field when I saw him last week in Lancaster (just please don't put him back in right field!). Vasquez just turned 21 in January and will be substantially younger than the average Texas league player.

Happy Birthday - 5/27

Wishing a Very Happy Birthday to ...

Me!


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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Monday, May 25, 2015

Let's play 2 in Davenport!

Memphis 5, Fresno 1

W- Nick Greenwood (3-1)
L- Alex White (1-3)

Fresno home runs: None.

The Grizzlies dropped the opener of their series with the Redbirds on Memorial Day.

Matty D(uffy) went 3-4 and his RBI single in the 1st was the only Fresno run of the night. Robbie Grossman, who scored on Duffy's single, was 2-4 with a double. Matty D(ominguez) finished 2-3 with a double.

Alex White went 6 innings and allowed 4 runs on 6 hits (solo homer), walked 3, and struck out 1. Jordan Jankowski allowed 2 hits and walked 1 as he got 2 outs in the 7th. Mitch Lambson got the final out of the 7th and pitched the 8th, where he allowed a run on 2 hits and struck out 1. Murilo Gouvea worked around a hit to throw a scoreless 9th, striking out 1.

Asher Wojciechowski gets the start in game 2. He'll take on Tyler Lyons at 7:05 Pacific.

Corpus Christi 8, Midland 7 in 10 innings

W- Jandel Gustave (1-1)
L- Tucker Healy (2-1)

CC home runs: None.

The Rockhounds managed to tie the game late and briefly took the lead in the first extra frame, but the Hooks sent their fans home happy by walking off with the victory.

Corpus got 2 in the 1st on a pair of RBI singles from Conrad Gregor and Brandon Meredith. Midland tied the game with a pair in the 2nd, but the Hooks put up 4 in the 5th as a double steal saw Tony Kemp take home (11), Jon Kemmer ripped an RBI double, Meredith added his 2nd RBI single of the day, and Leo Heras hit an RBI single to push the Hooks' lead to 6-2.

Midland scored 5 unanswered to take a 7-6 lead into the bottom of the 10th. Meredith kicked things off with a walk. He moved to 3rd on a Teoscar Hernandez single. Teoscar then stole 2nd (8), forcing the Hounds to issue a free pass to Heras to load the bases. Chan-Jong Moon and Tony Kemp drilled some balls... right to Midland defenders, so Jio Mier stepped up as the Hooks' last chance, and he came through. Kemp, Meredith, Heras, and Trent Woodward all finished with 2 hits; Kemp and Meredith both scored 2 runs, as did Andrew Aplin, who stole 2 bases (6, 12 season).

Mike Hauschild went 5 innings and allowed 2 runs on 4 hits and struck out 3. Brian Holmes went through 3 innings without a problem, but he ran into some trouble in the 9th. In 3+ innings, Holmes allowed 3 runs (all inherited runners that were charged to him) on 5 hits, walked 4, and struck out 2. Jandel Gustave was unable to extract the Hooks from that jam as he allowed the game-tying grand slam to Bruce Maxwell. Maxwell was charged to Gustave's account; Gustave ultimately went 2 innings and allowed 2 runs on 3 hits (grand slam; 1 run charged to him), walked 2, and struck out 1.

The Hooks hit the road for their tour of Arkansas. Their trip is likely going to be complicated by the god-awful weather we've been having lately. First stop is Springdale, where the Northwest Arkansas Naturals await. Vince Velasquez gets the start in game 1, and he'll face Jon Dziedzic at 7:05. I spelled "Dziedzic" correctly on the first try.

Lancaster 10, Inland Empire 2

W- Joe Musgrove (2-0, 6-1 season)
L- Victor Alcantara (2-4)

Lancaster home runs: Brett Phillips (7, 2-run in 5th)

Joe Musgrove continued his incredible start to the season and the JetHawks backed him up with 5 in the 5th to earn a split in the series.

Musgrove allowed 2 runs (both in the 5th) on 7 hits and struck out 9 over 6 innings of work. He now has 54 strikeouts against 1 walk across both A levels this season. The only other thing that went wrong for him besides the 2-run 5th was that he hit 2 batters. Reymin Guduan struck out 3 over 2 perfect frames, and Frederick Tiburcio extracted himself from a bases-loaded situation in the 9th to finish it off. He allowed 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 1.

Brett Phillips, who finished 4-5 and a triple shy of the cycle, hit a 2-run single in the 3rd to open the scoring, and an error on the play allowed a 3rd run to score. Phillips struck again in the 5th as he smacked a 2-run homer. James Ramsay followed with a 2-run double, and another 66ers error allowed a 3rd run to score. Jack Mayfield hit an RBI single in the 7th, and A.J. Reed drove in the final run of the day with an RBI single in the 8th. Reed finished 3-5, while Ramsay, Mayfield, and Marc Wik finished with 2 hits apiece. James Ramsay is currently on a 14-game hitting streak, the 2nd-longest for the JetHawks this season behind Jose Fernandez.

After a day off, the JetHawks hit the road for a couple of 3-game sets. First stop is Stockton beginning on Wednesday.

Game 1: Peoria 8, Quad Cities 6

W- Austin Gomber (4-3)
L- Kevin Comer (4-1)
S- Robby Rowland (9)

QC home runs: Ryan Bottger (2, solo in 5th), Jake Nottingham (8, 2-run in 7th)

The Chiefs scored a touchdown in the top of the 6th to bust the first game wide open. The Bandits fought back, but they just couldn't overcome that big inning.

Ryan Bottger opened up the scoring in the 5th with his 2nd homer of the year. Bottger also drew a bases-loaded walk in the 6th, as did Alex Hernandez. However, the River Bandits could only get a Thomas Lindauer sac fly in the 6th for the add-on. Jake Nottingham finished 4-4, and his 4th hit of game 1 was a 2-run homer, his 8th of the season.

Kevin Comer pitched 5.1 innings and allowed 5 runs (4 earned) on 7 hits (3-run homer), walked 1, and struck out 3. Eric Peterson got the final 5 outs of game 1; he allowed 3 runs on 5 hits (2-run homer) and struck out 2.

Game 2: Peoria 6, Quad Cities 3

W- Jhonny Polanco (1-0)
L- Ryan Thompson (1-1)
S- Kyle Grana (6)

QC home runs: D.J. Fisher (6, 2-run in 5th)

Unfortunately, the Banditos were swept in the twinbill and were forced to settle for a split in the series. Again, a late Chiefs uprising got out of control.

All 3 River Bandits runs were driven in by D.J. Fisher by way of an RBI single in the 3rd and a 2-run homer in the 5th. Jamie Ritchie scored 2 of the 3 runs; Fisher scored the other when he went deep. They had all 3 Quad Cities hits (Fisher 2, Ritchie 1), as well.

Francis Martes, in his 2nd start of the season, went 5 innings and allowed 2 unearned runs on 5 hits, walked 2, and struck out 4. Jordan Mills allowed a hit in a scoreless 6th. Ryan Thompson bore the brunt of the Peoria 7th as he allowed 4 runs (3 earned) on 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 1.

Akeem Bostick takes the mound as the River Bandits begin a series with Kane County tonight at 7.

An Interview with Astros 1B Jon Singleton

I recently spent time in California, visiting the Lancaster JetHawks and Fresno Grizzlies teams. I conducted 10 interviews, including this short one with Jon Singleton. Come back often over the next couple of weeks for more player interviews, video and photographs ...

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Jon Singleton - May 2015
Photo by Jayne Hansen

According to Fresno Manager Tony DeFrancesco, although Singleton has struggled against lefties to start the 2015 season, he is coming around in that regard. DeFrancesco was also quick to point out that Singleton's overall offensive numbers are among the best in the minor leagues in terms of RBI and home runs. He went on to say, "I'm pleased with his progress and his attitude. He's working hard. Hopefully he can help the big league team soon."

I spoke with Singleton about his terrific month of May (.315/.407/.717 with 10 home runs, including 3 grand slams, and 37 RBI so far in May), his work on hitting against lefties, and his mindset, among other things.




You can find more on virtually every player in the Astros minor league system in the 2015 Houston Farm System Handbook available on Amazon for download to your kindle, iPad, laptop, desktop or smart phone.

Happy Birthday - 5/26

Wishing a Very Happy Birthday to ...

OF Angel de Leon (19)
De Leon was born May 26, 1996 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic and signed with the Astros in July 2014. He played in the Dominican Summer League in 2014 for his first season.

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Monday, May 25, 2015

Astros Weekend Minor League Recaps

Results for the weekend of May 22-24, 2015

It's been a hectic weekend for me, and also.... the Rockets have left me apoplectic.

Fresno

The Grizzlies continued their series with Nashville over the weekend. They took the series opener 10-2 on Thursday as Jon Singleton clubbed his 13th homer of the season.

Friday: Nashville 7, Fresno 2 

W- Zach Neal (2-0)
L- Brady Rodgers (2-3)

Fresno home runs: None.

The Sounds refused to pitch to Carlos Correa on Friday as he drew 3 walks. However, the Grizzlies couldn't make them pay, as they were held to just 3 hits. The only 2 runs the Grizzlies got on Friday came in the 6th as Jon Singleton hit an RBI single and Correa scored on an error.

Brady Rodgers got the start and went 5.1 innings, allowing 4 runs on 8 hits, walking 2, and striking out 5. Jordan Jankowski pitched an inning (final 2 outs of the 6th and the first out of the 7th) and allowed 2 runs (1 earned) on 4 hits. Kevin Chapman was next; he allowed a run on 2 hits and struck out 3 over 1.2 innings. Tyson Perez struck out 1 in a 1-2-3 9th.

Saturday: Fresno 3, Nashville 2 in 11 innings

W- Richard Rodriguez (4-0)
L- R.J. Alvarez (2-2)

Fresno home runs: None.

The game was tied at 1 heading into extras. Their 1 run in regulation tied the game in the 8th, as Joe Sclafani hit a groundout that scored Matt Duffy. The Sounds took the lead in the top of the 11th on a Kent Matthes RBI double.

The bottom of the 11th didn't start out very well as the Grizzlies found themselves down to their final out. But.... that's when the rally started for real. Alex Presley and Tyler Heineman singled and Sclafani was plunked to load the bases. One batter later, Robbie Grossman came through and delivered the victory with a 2-run single. L.J. Hoes went 3-5 with a double. Presley and Max Stassi had 2 hits apiece; both of Stassi's hits were doubles.

The Grizz held Nashville to 5 hits over the 11 innings. Tommy Shirley got the start and allowed a run on 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 7. Mitch Lambson and Jason Stoffel both pitched 2 scoreless innings; Lambson was making his AAA debut. Richard Rodriguez gave up the go-ahead run in the 11th, but he got the win after Grossman's heroics. Rodriguez allowed 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 2 in the 11th.

Sunday: Fresno 5, Nashville 3

W- Dan Straily (3-3)
L- Chris Bassitt (1-3)
S- Kevin Chapman (2)

Fresno home runs: Jon Singleton (14, solo in 6th)

The Grizzlies won the series thanks to a nice outing from Dan Straily, who shook off some early trouble when he allowed 3 runs in the 3rd.

2 of those 3 runs came on a 2-run homer from Ryan Roberts. Straily went 7 innings and allowed 8 other hits, walked 1, and struck out 6. Tyson Perez struck out 1 in a 1-2-3 8th, and Kevin Chapman worked around a hit in the 9th to close it out.

Jon Singleton opened up the scoring with an RBI double in the 2nd, and he later scored on a sac fly hit by Matt Duffy. After Nolan Fontana doubled to lead off the 3rd, Alex Presley brought him home with a single. Matt Dominguez added an RBI single in the 4th, and Singleton took a rehabbing Sean Doolittle deep to begin the 6th. Singleton's 14 blasts lead the Minors. Everyone had a hit in this game except for.... Carlos Correa, who had a rare 0-4 night.

Now, the Grizzlies will welcome the other Tennessee team, the Memphis Redbirds, to Chukchansi Park. Fresno's starter is TBA; whoever he is, he'll face Nick Greenwood at 7:05 Pacific.

Corpus Christi

Corpus took 2 of the first 3 games of their series with Midland over the weekend.

Friday: Corpus Christi 12, Midland 8

W- Chris Cotton (1-0, 2-2 season)
L- Chris Jensen (3-3)

CC home runs: Jio Mier 2 (5; solo in 1st, solo in 7th), Jon Kemmer (4, 3-run in 1st), Tyler White (3, 2-run in 3rd), Teoscar Hernandez (5, 2-run in 3rd)

The Hooks bullpen picked up Mark Appel and the offense bashed 5 homers as they took the series opener in explosive fashion. They led 10-2 after the 3rd inning.

Mark Appel's dreadful form continues to be a serious cause for concern for the Astros. He only lasted 3.2 innings in this one and allowed 7 runs on 8 hits (grand slam), walked 1, and struck out 2. The bullpen allowed 1 run in 5.1 innings as they restored some order to the game.

Travis Ballew was the first man out; he allowed a hit and struck out 1 over 1.1 scoreless. Kyle Westwood pitched a scoreless 6th, but he failed to record an out in the 7th and allowed a solo homer to Colin Walsh. Westwood allowed 3 other hits and struck out 1. He left a bases-loaded situation with nobody out for Chris Cotton, who was making his AA debut. Oh yeah, it's always the new guy having to clean up a mess...

Well, that's exactly what Cotton did, as he got 2 Ks and induced a force out to extract himself, and by extension, Westwood, from a potential disaster in the 7th. He worked around a couple of singles to throw a scoreless 8th. Jandel Gustave worked around a hit to throw a scoreless 9th, striking out 2.

Jio Mier put the Hooks on the board with a solo homer in the 1st. Conrad Gregor added an RBI double to tie the game, and Jon Kemmer smacked a 3-run homer to put the Hooks in the lead. In the 3rd, the Hooks got a pair of 2-run shots from Tyler White and Teoscar Hernandez, and a sac fly from Leo Heras. Kemmer, who finished 4-5, added an RBI single in the 4th. Jio ripped another solo shot in the 7th. He, Teoscar, Roberto Peña, and Andrew Aplin had 2 hits apiece.

Saturday: Corpus Christi 7, Midland 1

W- Chris Devenski (5-0)
L- Nate Long (2-3)

CC home runs: Teoscar Hernandez (6, solo in 3rd)

Chris Devenski's incredible start to the season continued as the Hooks pounded the Hounds on Saturday night.

Devo allowed a solo homer to Renato Nuñez in the 2nd, which was the only run he allowed. It was also the only extra-base hit he allowed in his 7 innings. He walked 1 and struck out 3. Juan Minaya walked 2 and struck out 1 over 2 scoreless to finish it off.

The Hooks offense responded to Nuñez's homer in the 2nd with 5 runs in the bottom of the inning. Teoscar Hernandez put Corpus in front when he ripped a 2-run double. Tony Kemp hit a sac fly, and Jio Mier followed with a single. Conrad Gregor finished off the scoring in the 2nd by drawing a bases-loaded walk. Teoscar finished 2-4 and smacked his second homer in as many nights with a solo blast in the 3rd, and Andrew Aplin finished 3-4 with an RBI single in the 6th.

Sunday: Midland 6, Corpus Christi 2

W- Tim Atherton (2-2)
L- Josh Hader (1-2)

CC home runs: Jon Kemmer (5, solo in 4th)

The Hounds put up 3 deuces in the game to top the Hooks.

Jon Kemmer's solo shot in the 4th opened up the scoring. The other Corpus run came courtesy of Trent Woodward, who was making his season debut. Woodward, a 20th-round pick out of Fresno State in last year's draft, came on as a pinch-hitter in the 9th and ripped an RBI double. Andrew Aplin went 2-4 with a triple.

Josh Hader went 6 innings and allowed 4 runs on 9 hits (2-run homer) and struck out 5. Travis Ballew was the first man out of the bullpen and threw 2 scoreless, allowing a hit, walking 1, and striking out 2. Chris Cotton got 2 outs in the 9th, 1 via strikeout, but he allowed 2 runs on 2 hits and walked 1. Jandel Gustave got Renato Nuñez to ground out for the final out of the 9th inning.

Mike Hauschild gets the start in the series finale on this Memorial Day. He'll take on Jake Sanchez at 2:05.

Lancaster

The JetHawks are currently down 2-1 in their series against Inland Empire.

Friday: Inland Empire 7, Lancaster 5

W- Brian Loconsole (3-1)
L- Reymin Guduan (0-1, 3-1 season)
S- Greg Mahle (7)

Lancaster home runs: None.

The JetHawks fought back from an early 4-0 hole to tie the game and finally took the lead in the 7th, but the 66ers put up 3 in the 8th to take this one.

Alfredo Gonzalez hit a 2-run single in the 3rd and scored on a wild pitch. Marc Wik hit an RBI groundout in the 4th to tie the game. Danry Vásquez grounded into a force out that put the JetHawks in the lead in the 7th inning. Gonzalez and Brett Phillips both finished with 2-hit nights.

Bryan Radziewski went 4.2 innings and allowed 4 runs (3 earned) on 6 hits (2-run homer), walked 2, and struck out 4. Reymin Guduan was the first man out; he allowed 2 runs (well, they were both inherited runners that scored) on 2 hits, walked 2, and struck out 4 over 2.2 innings. Frederick Tiburcio also allowed an unearned run in the 8th. He pitched 1.2 innings and allowed 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 1.

Saturday: Inland Empire 9, Lancaster 6

W- Chris Ellis (3-4)
L- Adrian Houser (0-2)
S- Geoff Broussard (2)

Lancaster home runs: None.

The JetHawks found themselves down 9-0, but they put up a pair of 3-run innings to get within striking distance late. Unfortunately, that 9-run deficit was too much for them to overcome.

They got 2 RBI doubles from Jack Mayfield and Marc Wik and a sac fly from Ronnie Mitchell in the 6th. In the 8th inning, the JetHawks got 3 RBI singles from Brett Phillips, Alfredo Gonzalez, and Danry Vásquez. They threatened for more, but couldn't capitalize on a situation where they had runners on Danry and Alfredo on 2nd and 3rd, respectively, with 1 out after a passed ball allowed the two of them to advance a base. Wik and James Ramsay had 2 hits apiece.

Adrian Houser allowed 4 runs on 8 hits (2-run homer), walked 1, and struck out 5 over 4.2 innings. Tyler Brunnemann got the final out of the 5th via strikeout, but not before he allowed a 2-run homer to Angel Rosa. Troy Scribner tagged in for 3.1 innings, allowing 3 runs on 3 hits (2-run homer), walking 3, and striking out 5. Albert Minnis got the final 2 outs of the 9th, striking out 1.

Sunday: Lancaster 9, Inland Empire 5

W- Edison Frias (6-2)
L- Harrison Cooney (1-3)
S- Keegan Yuhl (1, 2 season)

Lancaster home runs: Brett Booth (1, solo in 7th), Brett Phillips (6, solo in 8th)

The JetHawks trailed early yet again, but a 7-run 5th put them in the driver's seat.

Edison Frias shook off a rocky 1st inning in which he allowed a 3-run homer to Mike Snyder to throw a decent outing. Those 3 runs were the only runs, and that homer was the only extra-base hit Frias allowed in his 5 innings. He allowed 5 singles, walked 1, and struck out 3. Zach Morton was the first man out; he allowed 2 runs on 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 3 in 2 innings. Keegan Yuhl threw 2 scoreless for the save; he allowed 2 hits and struck out 1.

The first 3 batters reached base in that big 5th inning, which was done without an extra-base hit. James Ramsay, who singled to begin the inning, scored the first JetHawks run on a passed ball. Brett Phillips followed with an RBI groundout, and Danry Vásquez added an RBI single. Danry later scored on an error. Brett Booth followed with a bases-loaded walk. And finally, another 66ers error on a ball hit by Ramsay allowed A.J. Reed and Ronnie Mitchell to score. Booth hit his 1st homer of the season, cranking a solo shot in the 7th inning. Maverick Phillips also went deep in the 8th.

The series finale is a Memorial Day matinee as Joe Musgrove takes the mound. He'll face Victor Alcantara at 2 Pacific.

Quad Cities

The Banditos just keep rolling. What else can I say? They welcomed Peoria to Modern Woodmen Park and proceeded to smash them 8-1 on Friday and blank them 2-0 on Saturday. However, game 3 was rained out.

Friday: Quad Cities 8, Peoria 1

W- Dan Mengden (4-1)
L- Fernando Báez (2-3)
S- Austin Chrismon (1)

QC home runs: Nick Tanielu (1, 2-run in 3rd), Jake Nottingham (1, solo in 5th), Jason Martin (1, solo in 5th)

The Bandits pounded out 15 hits as they mauled the Chiefs.

They put up 3 in the 1st as Mott Hyde ripped an RBI double and Jake Nottingham drove in 2 with a 2-bagger of his own. Nick Tanielu's 1st homer of the season was the highlight of the Quad Cities 3rd. The two California kids, Nottingham and Martin, hit solo shots in the 5th, and the final run of the night came when Ryan Bottger scored on an error in the inning. The Sheriff finished 4-5, while Bottger and Bobby Boyd both finished 2-4. Jamie Ritchie reached base in all 5 of his plate appearances, going 2-2 with a double, 3 walks, and a run scored from the top of the order.

Dan Mengden, in his final start before heading to Lancaster, allowed a run on 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 4 in 5 innings of work. Austin Chrismon allowed 2 hits and struck out 3 as he got a 4-inning save.

Saturday: Quad Cities 2, Peoria 0

W- Brock Dykxhoorn (3-2)
L- Luis Perdomo (1-4)

QC home runs: None.

Three River Bandits pitchers combined on a 4-hitter.

After 11 zeroes were put up on the board, D.J. Fisher broke the deadlock when he.... flied into a force out that allowed Thomas Lindauer to score. Jamie Ritchie, who was thrown out at 3rd, likely misjudged the flight of the ball after it made contact with Fisher's bat. Two more doubles for The Sheriff; one drove in a run in the 8th inning. Jake Nottingham was the only player on either side to have more than one hit.

Josh James allowed 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 6 over 4 shutout innings to start. Jorge Perez worked around a hit to throw a scoreless 5th, striking out 1 in his season debut. Brock Dykxhoorn got the win as he allowed a hit and struck out 5 over 4 scoreless. That was a great outing for the big Canadian to get himself back on track after a couple of shaky outings.

Sunday: Postponed

This game will be made up as part of a doubleheader on Monday starting at 4. Kevin Comer will take on Austin Gomber in game 1, and in game 2, Francis Martes matches up against Daniel Poncedeleon.