DSL Indians at DSL Astros at 9:30 CST
Asheville at Lexington at 6:05 CST
Probable Pitchers: TBD
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Corpus Christi at Frisco at 7:00 CST
Probable Pitchers: RHP Jarred Cosart (3-3, 4.50) and LHP Tim Murphy (2-7, 6.62)
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Oklahoma City at Round Rock at 7:05 CST
Probable Pitchers: LHP Dallas Keuchel (5-4, 4.26) and RHP Neil Ramirez (6-6, 7.88)
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Inland Empire at Lancaster at 9:00 CST
Probable Pitchers: LHP Max Russell (3-5, 4.77) and RHP R.J. Alaniz (6-2, 4.10)
DSL Rays over DSL Astros 10-5
Luis Abad (L, 0-2) gave up two runs on four hits and two walks over three innings; Victor Mesa added another five runs on eight hits in his three innings; and Frangy Colon followed with another two runs on two hits in the final two. The Astros lost the lead in the bottom of the second and never got it back. 1B Mesac Laguna was two-for-five with a two-run home run. SS Arturo Michelena was one-for-four with a triple.
New Orleans over Oklahoma City 3-0
The Zephyrs threw a two-hitter against Oklahoma City and Wes Musick (L, 1-2) was charged with the loss despite giving up only one unearned run on three hits over five innings. Aneury Rodriguez allowed two additional runs in 1.2 innings of relief, including an inherited runner that Chris Hicks allowed to score in his 1.1 innings. Brad Snyder and Carlos Corporan owned the only two Redhawk hits, both singles.
Lexington over West Virginia 9-2
A pitcher's duel through the top of the fifth turned into a laugher in the bottom of the frame as Lexington batted around and put up six runs to lead 7-1 after five. Mike Foltynewicz (W, 9-1) loaded the bases in the top of the seventh with one out. Wouldn't a six run lead be the perfect time to see if Folty can get out of trouble? But no, he was pulled. Granted Evan Grills did a fantastic job as he allowed only one of his three inherited runners to score and allowed only one hit over his 2.2 innings. The big hero of the night was Chan Moon who hit his second three-run home run in the past three days plus got another RBI on a bases loaded walk. Delino DeShields got his 42nd stolen base of the season; Zach Johnson got his 60th RBI of the season; and Brandon Meredith hit a two-run triple.
Rancho Cucamonga over Lancaster 3-2
Another pitcher's duel through five, this one didn't turn out with as happy an ending as Lexington's. Both teams scored two runs in the sixth and that is where things stood until Zach Grimmett allowed a solo home run, which was ultimately the winning run, in the eighth. Jorge de Leon had one of his best starts of the season as he allowed two runs on five hits and two walks over 5.2 innings. Erik Castro drove in both of the JetHawks runs on a deflected single. The worst thing about this one? Not that Lancaster is all but eliminated from winning the first half, although that's a close second. It's that the winning pitcher for Rancho Cucamonga was some guy named Purpura. Grrrrr.
GAME OF THE DAY
Corpus Christi over San Antonio 10-6
What went right: Drew Locke came to the rescue again.
This one was most decidedly NOT a pitcher's duel. Jake Buchanan got roughed up early, giving up four runs on a triple, two doubles, a single and a walk in the first inning. Thankfully, he settled down after that and only gave up three hits and a walk over the next six innings, striking out eight for the night. Corpus Christi chipped away at the Missions lead until blowing it wide open with seven runs in the eighth inning. Kevin Chapman (W, 4-2) was the beneficiary of the Hooks output as he got the win in relief and also contributed at the plate with an RBI groundout. 11 batters came to the plate in the eighth inning. What had been a 4-3 deficit quickly became a 7-4 lead as Drew Locke hit his second grand slam in as many nights. The Hooks added on in the frame with a Chris Wallace RBI double, a Drew Muren RBI triple (in his first AA game), and the Chapman RBI to make it 10-4 before all was said and done in the inning. Lots of other crazy stuff went on in this game as well as Jonathan Villar was pulled from the game, Jordan Kreke was move from third to short and C Jay Fernandez took over at third (and had a very nice defensive game there, by the way); Keith Bodie got tossed; and Kevin Chapman got tossed for throwing at a Missions batter an inning after Jay Fernandez had been drilled. Ironically, Chapman totally missed the batter as the ball sailed behind him.
Jake Buchanan - 7IP 7H 4R 2BB 8SO
Kevin Chapman - 1IP 0H 0R 0BB 2SO
Josh Zeid - 1IP 2H 2R 0BB 0SO HR
Jay Fernandez - 2x2 2B RBI BB 2R
Jordan Kreke - 2x5 2B RBI SO
Drew Locke - 1x4 HR 4RBI SO R
Adam Bailey - 2x4 2B SO 2R
Chris Wallace - 3x4 2B 2RBI SO R
Drew Muren - 1x3 3B RBI BB 2R
What went wrong: A two-run home run issued by Josh Zeid in the ninth and Jon Singleton with three strikeouts for the second night in a row.
PITCHER OF THE DAY
If Mike Foltynewicz keeps this up, he will probably be my pitcher of the day every five days. This is Folty's ninth win. He hasn't had a loss since the first game of the season.
PLAYER OF THE DAY
When Drew Locke's contract was picked up from the Skeeters a mere five days ago, he tweeted to Jimmy Van Ostrand that he was coming after his Corpus RBI record. He started out 58 RBIs shy of Jimmy's mark but has twelve in five games and is on a pace to break JVO's record in 20 games. Not likely, but a fun fact nonetheless.