Lexington at Kannapolis at 6:05 CST
Probable Pitchers: LHP Kyle Hallock (0-0, 11.12) and RHP Kevin Vance (1-0, 0.90)
Frisco at Corpus Christi at 7:05 CST
Probable Pitchers: RHP Jacob Brigham (1-0, 1.64) and LHP Brett Oberholtzer (0-0, 9.35)
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Oklahoma City at Nashville at 7:05 CST
Probable Pitchers: RHP Henry Sosa (0-0, 3.00) and RHP Wily Peralta (0-1, 2.12)
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Lancaster at Lake Elsinore at 9:05 CST
Probable Pitchers: TBD
Frisco over Corpus Christi 1000-0
Okay, it was 10-0, but it might as well have been 1000-0 as the pitching staff in the form of Jose Cisneros, Erick Abreu and Jonnathan Aristil did their impression of the 2011 Astros in meltdown mode. Adalberto Flores had a clean inning. Jonathan Singleton, Brandon Barnes (2B) and Jair Fernandez were the only three players to get a hit and they only got one each. Austin Wates stole his first base. That's about it. The Hooks have now lost five in a row.
Game 1 - Oklahoma City over Nashville 4-3
Jordan Lyles got his third win and Xavier Cedeno his first save in the 7-inning 1st game. Brian Bixler really, really, really doesn't want to be in Oklahoma City. He wants to be in Houston and he's making a case for himself as he has hit .520/.571/.880/1.451 over the first six games since being sent to OKC, including a 3x4 night on Thursday. Scott Moore contributed a couple of RBI's and Brad Snyder went 2x3 with a double.
Game 2 - Oklahoma City over Nashville 4-2
Sergio Perez got the spot start in place of an ailing Paul Clemens (back spasms). He and Mickey Storey pitched the first five, giving up one run each. Fernando Abad pitched the final two innings and earned the win as he gave up only one hit (with four strikeouts) and preserved his ERA at 0.00. Jimmy Paredes was practically a one-man wrecking crew as he went 2x3 with a home run and a two-run single in the 9th. J.B. Shuck contributed the other RBI.
Lake Elsinore over Lancaster 8-1
After playing much better fundamental baseball the last several days, Lancaster regressed in this one with a fielding error by Castro, two passed balls by Heath and two wild pitches by Doran helping to seal their fate as Bobby Doran was charged with the loss. Andrew Robinson continues to struggle in the bullpen as he gave up one hit, three runs and two walks in only one inning pitched. The offense consisted of singles by Jio Mier and Adam Bailey and a triple by Domingo Santana. Jio also stole two bases, his first of the season.
GAME OF THE DAY
Lexington over Kannapolis 2-0
What went right: Pitching and one very timely double. Nick Tropeano dealt for eight innings and Jason Chowning closed the door. Between the two of them, they had 12 strikeouts. There wasn't much in the way of offense in this one as the game was tied at 0-0 going into the top of the 9th, but a Matt Duffy walk, an Alex Todd single and a two-run double for Roberto Pena turned out to be all that they needed.
Nick Tropeano (W, 1-0) - 8IP 4H 0R 2BB 9SO (0.47 ERA)
Jason Chowning (S, 2) - 1IP 0H 0R 0BB 3SO (0.00 ERA)
Alex Todd - 3x4 SO R
Roberto Pena - 2x3 2B 2RBI BB
What went wrong: The offense didn't take advantage of early chances and made the opposing pitcher look better than he really was.
PITCHER OF THE DAY
I'm going with co-pitchers of the day because both Nick Tropeano and Jason Chowning are deserving. Tropeano had nine strikeouts on Thursday - eight swinging and one looking. He now has a total of 27 over 19 innings. Chowning only faced three batters and got three strikeouts - two swinging and one looking. As his tweet indicated, that is indeed a great one two punch.
PLAYER OF THE DAY
Jimmy Paredes earns the honors for getting hot at just the right time to allow Oklahoma City to sweep the doubleheader.
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