DSL Astros at DSL Indians at 9:30 CST
Asheville at Lexington at 6:05 CST
Probable Pitchers: RHP Chris Jensen (6-2, 5.32) and LHP Luis Cruz (5-3, 3.63)
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Corpus Christi at Frisco at 7:00 CST
Probable Pitchers: RHP Ross Seaton (5-3, 4.28) and TBD
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Oklahoma City at Round Rock at 7:05 CST
Probable Pitchers: RHP Brian Bass (1-0, 5.17) and LHP Martin Perez (3-5, 5.40)
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Inland Empire at Lancaster at 9:00 CST
Probable Pitchers: RHP Manny Correa (3-3, 3.29) and RHP David Martinez (1-3, 6.58)
DSL Astros over DSL Indians 6-4
Edwin Villarroel already has his second win of the young season in what appeared to be a strong start despite questionable defense behind him. He allowed four runs (no earned runs) on seven hits and three walks in his 7.2 innings. Elieser Hernandez got his first save despite coming in for Villarroel and immediately allowing a run to score on a wild pitch. 3B Randy Cesar was two-for-four with a double and three RBIs and LF Brauly Mejia was two-for-four with a triple.
Asheville over Lexington 5-4
Luis Ordosgoitti got hit just a little too hard and a little too often, giving up four runs on nine hits over six innings. He didn't get the loss as Lexington came back to tie the game in the sixth. Blake Ford and Murilo Gouvea shared relief duties and it was Gouvea (L, 1-3) who got the loss as he gave up the winning run in the ninth. The highlight of the night for the Legends had to be the 420 foot solo home run by Matt Duffy, his 11th of the season. Duffy has reportedly been added to the upcoming All-Star home run derby contest and will compete with teammate Zach Johnson. Justin Gomiskey was two-for-four and Jesse Wierzbicki was two-for-four with a double and an RBI. Delino DeShields stole his 43rd base of the season and Zach Johnson drove in his sixty-first run. Now if they had just won, it would have been just about perfect.
Frisco over Corpus Christi 4-3
Jarred Cosart (L, 3-4) didn't have a terrible outing, but he also wasn't good enough to beat the first place team on Thursday. Cosart gave up four runs (three earned) on five hits and three walks with two strikeouts and a wild pitch. Arcenio Leon followed with two effective innings but Corpus wasn't able to get back on the board after the fifth inning. Carlos Lee provided two runs via the long ball in his first appearance with Corpus on a rehab assignment. The final run was scored by Adam Bailey on a Jay Fernandez double. And thus a very well played and very hard fought seven game winning streak comes to an end.
Oklahoma City over Round Rock 10-6
Sergio Perez got a spot start in place of scheduled starter Dallas Keuchel. (I don't know why Keuchel was pulled, but you may start with your Keuchel to Houston conjecture now.) Perez wasn't particularly sharp as he walked five in 3.2 innings, but he only gave up one run. Adalberto Flores got his fourth win in relief although Jonnathan Aristil did his darnedest to cough it up, allowing five runs in 1.1 innings. Enerio del Rosario sealed the deal with his first save. Brandon Barnes contributed a three-run home run and an RBI single as he continues to hit since his promotion to AAA; he is currently hitting .371 over 17 games for the Redhawks. Jimmy Paredes (three-for-five with a double) and Scott Moore (four-for-four with two RBIs) also had great nights. Mike Hessman contributed with a two-run single.
GAME OF THE DAY
Lancaster over Inland Empire 12-8
What went right: A great bullpen and hot bats.
Ruben Alaniz didn't get to celebrate a personal win on his 21st birthday as he suffered through his worst outing of the season, but his teammates picked him up to get a true team win. Brian Streilein (W, 2-3), Pat Urckfitz and Andrew Robinson (S, 3) combined to allow only three hits and one walk over the final five innings to keep Lancaster from falling behind in this high-scoring affair. The long ball played a big role in the game as the teams combined for eight home runs, including two from George Springer and an inside-the-parker from Kike Hernandez. Telvin Nash walked three times and only struck out once; he's only walked 30 times in 61 games. Alex Todd and Springer both had three hits for the night.
Ruben Alaniz - 4IP 11H 8R 2BB 5SO 3HR
Brian Streilein - 2.2IP 1H 0R 0BB 2SO
Pat Urckfitz - 1IP 1H 0R 0BB 1SO
Andrew Robinson - 1.1IP 1H 0R 1BB 1SO
Alex Todd - 3x4 2B HR 2RBI BB SO 2R
George Springer - 3x4 2HR 3RBI BB 3R
Jonathan Meyer - 2x4 HR 2RBI SO R
Ben Heath - 2x5 R
Kike Hernandez - 2x5 2B HR 2RBI 2R
Rene Garcia - 2x4 RBI SO R
What went wrong: Erik Castro had a rare hitless night, but even he had a sac fly RBI.
PITCHER OF THE DAY
None of the starting performances were anything to write home about so my pitcher of the day is Brian Streilein. Allowing only one hit in 2.2 innings of relief to keep a lid on the Inland Empire staff (who had already hit three home runs in the game) helped seal the deal.
PLAYERS OF THE DAY
George Springer, he of the two home runs, is going to have to share the honors with Brandon Barnes, he of the four RBIs. Honorable mention goes to Matt Duffy for his 420' blast. Nice job, gentlemen!