DSL Astros at DSL Rays at 9:30 CST
Oklahoma City at New Orleans at 11:30 CST
Probable Pitchers: LHP Wes Musick (1-1, 3.80) and RHP Alex Sanabia (4-4, 3.48)
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West Virginia at Lexington at 6:05 CST
Probable Pitchers: TBD and RHP Michael Foltynewicz (8-1, 2.07)
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San Antonio at Corpus Christi at 7:05 CST
Probable Pitchers: RHP Andrew Cashner (0-0, -.--) and RHP Jake Buchanan (3-4, 5.32)
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Lancaster at Rancho Cucamonga at 9:05 CST
Probable Pitchers: RHP Jorge de Leon (1-5, 8.51) and RHP Brandon Martinez (1-1, 4.67)
[Note: Well, the DSL Astros blew it for us, so I can only report that four of five Astros minor league affiliates are at .500 or better.]
DSL Rays over DSL Astros 12-6
Samil de los Santos, Johan Arias (blown save and loss), Geronimo Franzua and Frangy Colon combined to allow 12 runs on 11 hits and three walks, although Franzua's and Colon's runs were of the unearned variety thanks in large part to a whopping six errors committed by the Astros in the game. There was also a passed ball, three wild pitches and three hit batters by Astros players. You've got to love the DSL! Mesac Laguna had a couple of knocks with a double. Luis Reynosa and Yoel Silfa doubled as well.
West Virginia over Lexington 9-7
Lexington trailed from the start of this one, but made a valiant effort to come back only to fall short in the end. Nick Tropeano (L, 5-4) just wasn't sharp as he lasted only four innings and allowed six runs (five earned) on eight hits and two walks. Gabriel Garcia and Carlos Quevedo combined to allow another three runs in relief before Nathan Pettus came in for an effective inning in the ninth to keep the Legends close. Matt Duffy was three-for-five, but Zach Johnson one-upped Duffy with a four-for-five night, including a two-run home run, as Johnson started early practice for the All-Star game Home Run Derby. Johnson had three RBIs for the night and now has 59 RBIs for the season, second in the South Atlantic League. Delino DeShields also had a terrific night, going two-for-four with two RBIs, two runs scored and three stolen bases to give him a league-leading 41 for the season.
Oklahoma City over New Orleans 10-7
I'll just come out and say it. Paul Clemens is lucky to have gotten his eighth win already. With a 6.31 ERA and only two quality starts out of his last ten, he is getting by because of the Redhawks offense. Put him on a low-scoring team and he wouldn't have half of the wins he has right now. So, if anyone starts calling for a promotion anytime soon, I'll just go on record as saying that he needs to stay in the oven a little bit longer; he's not done baking yet. But I digress (I do that a lot). Clemens (W, 8-4) allowed five runs on seven hits and three walks over five innings, and Jonnathan Aristil added another couple of runs in his one inning before Mickey Storey and Fernando Abad (S, 2) came in to shut down the Zephyrs' offense. Jimmy Paredes was four-for-five with two RBIs; Mike Hessman hit his 18th home run of the season; J.B. Shuck was two-for-five with a double and two RBIs; and Landon Powell was three-for-five with three runs scored.
Lancaster over Rancho Cucamonga 3-2
A good team takes advantage of mistakes. Domingo Santana scored the winning run on a throwing error in a tied game in the top of the ninth. For the first time in his last five starts, Tyson Perez allowed fewer than five runs as he gave up only two on four hits while recording eight strikeouts in 6.2 innings. The bullpen then went into lockdown mode allowing only one additional hit the rest of the way. Jose Trinidad got the win and Andrew Robinson got his second save of the season. Kike Hernandez' RBI double and Ben Heath's ground out RBI in the fifth accounted for the rest of the scoring. Rafy Valenzuela was feeling frisky as he stole two bags; Domingo Santana had one stolen base.
GAME OF THE DAY
Corpus Christi over San Antonio 5-1
What went right: Excellent pitching and a locked in Drew Locke.
Brett Oberholtzer (W, 5-3) pitched beautifully but it looked as though he might get a no decision as Keyvius Sampson of the Missions had a no-hitter going through six until I personally broke up the no-no by sending out a twitter jinx (with a little help from Lee and Sean). A Jordan Kreke walk, a Jose Martinez single to break up the no-hitter, a Jon Singleton walk and a Drew Locke grand slam sent Sampson packing. The Hooks added on a couple of extras in the eighth on a RBI double from Jason Stoffel (yes, that Jason Stoffel -- the relief pitcher in only his fourth plate appearance of his minor league career) and another RBI double from Jose Martinez scoring Stoffel (yes, still the same Stoffel who now has a .500/.500/.750 batting line). The only Missions run came on a triple and an Oberholtzer wild pitch.
Brett Oberholtzer - 7.2IP 6H 1R 0BB 8SO
Kevin Chapman - 0IP 1H 0R 1BB 0SO
Jason Stoffel - 0.2IP 1H 0R 0BB 2SO
Erick Abreu - 0.2IP 0H 0R 0BB 0SO
Jose Martinez - 2x4 2B RBI SO R
Drew Locke - 1x4 HR 4RBI R
What went wrong: Lots of 0-fers, but that's what happens in a no-hit bid.
PITCHER OF THE DAY
Brett Oberholtzer gets the love for a great performance and for matching zeroes in the run column through Sampson's no-hit bid.
PLAYER OF THE DAY
A grand slam will get you player of the day any day. And it doesn't hurt that Drew Locke is hitting .412 in his first four games back as an Astros farmhand.