DSL Rays at DSL Astros at 9:30 CST
West Virginia at Lexington at 6:05 CST
Probable Pitchers: TBD and Nick Tropeano (5-3, 2.82)
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Oklahoma City at New Orleans at 7:00 CST
Probable Pitchers: RHP Paul Clemens (7-4, 6.10) and RHP J.D. Martin (3-5, 6.50)
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San Antonio at Corpus Christi at 7:05 CST
Probable Pitchers: RHP Keyvius Sampson (2-6, 6.19) and LHP Brett Oberholtzer (4-3, 4.83)
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Lancaster at Rancho Cucamonga at 9:05 CST
Probable Pitchers: RHP Tyson Perez (4-1, 5.80) and RHP Zach Lee (2-2, 4.37)
[Note: For the third straight day, all Astros minor league affiliates are at .500 or better. DSL Astros, it's up to you to make it four days!]
DSL Dodgers over DSL Astros 12-1
The Astros were held to five hits while allowing 16. As good as Harold Arauz (L, 0-1) was in his first start, he was equally bad in his second as he allowed two runs (one earned) on three hits, a wild pitch and a hit batter and was lifted after only 0.1 innings. He was followed by a virtual parade of bad pitching until Frangy Colon struck out his only batter faced. An Arturo Michelina triple was pretty much the only offensive highlight of the game.
Lexington over West Virginia 6-4
Jonas Dufek (W, 3-1) didn't have an overwhelming performance as he allowed four runs on eight hits and no walks with six strikeouts but it was definitely a solid one. Murilo Gouvea pitched a perfect eighth and Dayan Diaz converted his sixth save. Lexington led this one from the start with good offensive performances from Matt Duffy (two RBIs), Mike Kvasnicka (double, two-run home run), Drew Muren (two RBIs) and Delino DeShields (two-for-four).
New Orleans over Oklahoma City 4-3
Armando Galaragga pitched a scoreless 4.2 innings in his first start for the Redhawks and was followed by relief pitching with mixed results as Adalberto Flores gave up two runs and three walks; Juan Abreu pitched a scoreless 1.1 innings; and Jose Valdez had his second straight rocky outing and was charged with the loss as he gave up two runs in the ninth. Angel Sanchez hit his fourth RBI of the season; Carlos Corporan was two-for-three with a double and two runs scored; and Brandon Barnes was one-for-three with two RBIs.
Rancho Cucamonga over Lancaster 5-4
This one was a heartbreaker. A win would have put Lancaster in a 4-way tie for first place. Unfortunately, Jason Chowning's continued struggles as he adjusts to HiA Lancaster resulted in a blown save and the loss. Bobby Doran had another good start as he only gave up one earned run (two runs) in six innings and was followed by a resurgent Andrew Robinson who gave up no runs and has a 1.84 ERA over his last ten appearances. Jason Chowning (L, 0-1) struck out his first batter in short order, but then allowed two runs on three hits before being pulled for Kirk Clark who allowed the winning run to score. Domingo Santana is feeling fine since coming off the DL as he added another two RBIs to his total. Kike Hernandez was two-for-three with a run scored. George Springer had been day to day, but appeared to be none the worse for wear as he hit a solo home run in his first at bat.
GAME OF THE DAY
Corpus Christi over San Antonio 5-1
What went right: Excellent pitching and Jose Martinez' walk up music.
The Hooks broke this one open in the sixth on the weight of a three-run Jose Martinez home run after only getting one hit in the first five innings. Jose Cisnero (W, 3-6) had a very strong start followed by solid relief from Josh Zeid and Jason Stoffel. I was just about to tweet that I couldn't take Jose Martinez' walk up music even one more time after listening to it for four days solid when he hit his home run. I guess I could learn to like it. Adam Bailey also had two RBIs for the night and Jon Singleton who has been slow at the plate as of late hit two very convincing doubles.
Jose Cisnero (W, 3-6) - 7IP 6H 1R 0BB 6SO
Josh Zeid - 1IP 0H 0R 0BB 1SO
Jason Stoffel - 1IP 1H 0R 0BB 1SO
Jose Martinez - 1x4 HR 3RBI R
Jon Singleton - 2x3 2-2B BB 2R
Jair Fernandez - 2x3 SO R
Adam Bailey - 0x3 2RBI
What went wrong: Brandon Wikoff had a very unusual hitless night to go with his first error of the season.
PITCHER OF THE DAY
Jose Cisnero was one of the only Hooks players that I didn't get to at least say hello to over the past four days. I'm glad to know that he benefited from the WTH juju anyway.
PLAYER OF THE DAY
That song. That song. I can't get it out of my head. Jose Martinez, you are my player of the day for helping to ensure a fifth straight Corpus victory and for driving me insane with your walk up music.