How did the Astros system fare on Memorial Day?
Fresno 6, Colorado Springs 6 after 10 innings
Fresno home runs: Eury Perez (2, solo in 8th)
The Grizzlies withstood a 5-run 5th from the Sky Sox and fought back to force extra innings. However, this game was called after the 10th inning. Why, you ask?
Well, according to the Grizzlies' recap, the Sky Sox had a flight to catch in the evening, and it was decided prior to the game that no inning could start after 2:30 Pacific. Actually, both teams needed to get out of Fresno; the Grizzlies are starting a 4-game series in Albuquerque.
César Valdez allowed 5 runs on 11 hits (grand slam) and struck out 3 in 6 innings. Reymin Guduan and Josh Fields both pitched an inning; Guduan worked around a hit to throw a scoreless 7th, while Fields allowed a run on a single, walked 1, and struck out 1 in the 8th. James Hoyt walked 1 and struck out 4 over 2 scoreless innings.
Fresno kicked things off with 3 in the 3rd coming off RBI singles from Andrew Aplin, A.J. Reed, and Jon Kemmer. In the 7th, Danny Worth scored on a wild pitch and Max Stassi added an RBI single. Eury Perez hit a solo homer in the 8th to tie the game at 6.
Reed finished 3-5 with a double. He's played 8 games since returning from the DL and has a hit in all but one of them. Aplin (3B, RBI, R), Worth (2 R, 2 BB), and Perez (2B, solo HR) all had 2-hit days.
Tonight, Fresno starts a 4-game series in Albuquerque. Joe Musgrove will get the start, and he'll take on Harrison Musgrave at 7:05 Mountain.
Corpus Christi was off
The Hooks will begin their tour of Arkansas tonight with the first of 3 against the Arkansas Travelers. Cy Sneed will face Victor Alcantara at 7:10.
Lancaster 8, High Desert 3
W- Andrew Thome (1-0, 3-1 season)
L- David Ledbetter (1-5)
Lancaster home runs: Bobby Boyd (4, 2-run in 6th), Johnny Sewald (1, 2 season; 2-run in 8th)
Ater being no-hit through the first 5 innings, the JetHawks came alive with a 6-run 6th to take this series from the Mavericks.
Johnny Sewald ignited the rally with a single and scored Lancaster's first run on a Kristian Trompiz double. Bobby Boyd followed with a 2-run homer that tied the game at 3. Garrett Stubbs, Ramon Laureano, and Brooks Marlow all drew walks to load the bases, and Stubbs scored the go-ahead run on a Bryan Muñiz groundout. Jason Martin got a free pass to 1st to re-load the bases, which brought up Tony Nuñez... who promptly poked a grounder into right field for a 2-run single. When the dust settled on the 6th inning, the JetHawks left with a 6-3 lead. Sewald tacked on two more in the 8th with a 2-run blast, his first California League homer.
Boyd (2B, 2-R HR, SB ), Nuñez (2-run single, R, SB [2, 11 season]), and Sewald (2-R HR, 2 R) all had 2 hits on the day. Boyd now leads the system with 23 stolen bases, while Ramon Laureano moved into a tie for 2nd with Kyle Tucker with 22 steals.
Brock Dykxhoorn went 5 innings and allowed 3 runs on 9 hits, walked 2, and struck out 3. Andrew Thome shut down the Mavericks for the final 4 innings as he allowed 2 hits while striking out 5.
When the schedule came out, I believe that the JetHawks were originally supposed to have today off. However, they're traveling to San Jose to make up 2 games from the first series of the season.
The first game is actually in progress; Lancaster was leading 4-1 in the middle of the 5th inning on April 8th before play was suspended. Lancaster and San Jose will also make up a game that was originally scheduled for April 9; this one will be a 7-inning game. Alex Winkelman will pick up where they left off on the 8th, while Matt Bower will start the 7-inning game.
Peoria 6, Quad Cities 5
W- Tyler Bray (1-2)
L- Ralph Garza Jr. (2-3)
QC home runs: None.
The Banditos scored 2 in the 8th to take a 5-4 lead..... but they had to settle for the split as the Chiefs scored 2 in the top of the 9th to steal the win.
Christian Correa scored Quad Cities' first run in the 3rd inning on an error following a single from Myles Straw. Later in the inning, Keach Ballard hit an RBI single. Kyle Tucker hit an RBI single in the 7th, and in the 8th inning, Pat Porter scored on a wild pitch and Correa hit a sac fly to put the Bandits up 5-4.
Straw finished 3-5 and scored a run. Arturo Michelena and Dex McCall both went 2-4 with a run scored; Michelena has appeared in 8 games and has recorded a hit in 6 of them.
Franklin Perez went 5 innings and allowed 3 runs (2 earned) on 6 hits, walked 1, and struck out 5. David Schmidt was the first man out; he went 2.1 innings and had an inherited runner charged to him. He allowed 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 1. Ralph Garza Jr. allowed 2 runs on 4 hits and struck out 2 in 1.2 innings.
The River Bandits are in Clinton tonight to start a 3-game series. Albert Abreu will start game 1; he'll face Art Warren at 6:30.
James Hoyt, RHP, Fresno
2 IP, BB, 4 K
Johnny Sewald, OF, Lancaster
2-3, 2-R HR (1, 2 season), 2 R
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Andrew Thome, RHP, Lancaster
W (1-0, 3-1 season), 4 IP, 2 H, 5 K
A.J. Reed, 1B, Fresno: 3-5, 2B, RBI, R
- Reed was lagging a bit in the average department, but he's gotten hits in 7 of his last 8, which is a good sign. He might be starting to heat up.
Bobby Boyd, OF, Lancaster: 2-4, 2B, 2-R HR (4), SB (23)
- This stolen base battle in Class A between Boyd, Ramon Laureano, and Kyle Tucker is really getting interesting.