DSL Astros over DSL Athletics 4-1
Johan Arias pitched five strong innings but Yonquelys Martinez earned the win (his first) in relief as the Astros scored late. Martinez only allowed three hits in his three scoreless innings and Victor Mesa nailed down the save, his second of the season. Johan Tomas de la Cruz hit a two-run shot, while Frederick Serrano contributed a solo homer to provide the bulk of the offense. Jarico Reynosa and Arturo Michelina both collected two hits for the day.
GCL Cardinals over GCL Astros 6-1 in 7 innings (Game 1)
Chia-Jen Lo got another couple innings in but was pegged with the loss as he gave up two unearned runs on one hit while recording four strikeouts. Darwin Rivera continues to hit well, going two-for-three to bring his average to .346 over 13 games. Juan Santana doubled and had the Astro's sole RBI.
GCL Cardinals at GCL Astros suspended after 1 inning 0-0 (Game 2)
Johnson City over Greeneville 6-4 in 11 innings
Daniel Minor got the start and allowed three runs on three hits over five innings. Four pitchers later, Euris Quezada got the loss as he gave up two unearned runs in relief. D'Andre Toney was three-for-six with two RBIs and Angel Ibanez was two-for-five with a double and an RBI.
Hagerstown over Lexington 3-2
Lexington is in a serious funk right now. They are 4-10 since the All-Star break and just can't seem to gain traction. Carlos Quevedo got his second start in a row after pitching in relief most of the season and was very effective as he gave up no runs in 4.2 innings. Neither team scored until the seventh inning, and the Hagerstown bullpen gave up one fewer run than Lexington's bullpen. Lexington was held to four hits and scored their two runs on a bases loaded walk by Mike Kvasnicka and a solo home run by Brandon Meredith. Spending Tuesday night on a bus probably didn't help. Look for them to rebound tomorrow.
State College over Tri-City 7-2
Alas, the streak is at an end with 11 wins. Not too shabby. The Tri-City pitchers allowed more home runs (three) than Tri-City actually scored runs of any kind, so there's that. Joe Bircher (L, 0-1) got the start but only lasted 3.2 innings as he was ejected for hitting a batter, but he hadn't been very effective having already given up three runs on ten hits. John Neely and Brad Propst each gave up two runs as well. Other than an Austin Elkins solo home run, there wasn't much excitement from the offense.
Oklahoma City over New Orleans 10-9
The Redhawks pulled this one out, barely, as Hector Ambriz decided to make things interesting by turning a 10-6 lead into a 10-9 lead in the bottom of the ninth. Paul Clemens got the start and gave up four runs on eight hits over 4.1 innings. This is the ninth time out of his last ten starts that Clemens has given up four or more runs. Marwin Gonzlez is ready to be activated from the DL. He was three-for-five with three doubles and three RBIs. Landon Powell was three-for-four with a double, a home run, three RBIs and three runs scored. Jimmy Paredes (home run) and Fernando Martinez were both two-for-five.
Visalia over Lancaster 5-2
David Martinez (L, 2-4) allowed four runs on seven hits over six innings, and Pat Urckfitz pitched the final three, giving up one run. Lancaster scored one in the first and one in the second, and although they threatened a couple of times, they weren't able to score again. Chris Epps hit his fifth triple of the season but otherwise the offense was held to six singles.
Game of the Day
Corpus Christi over Tulsa 4-3
Jose Cisnero got his sixth win thanks to a three-run Jay Fernandez home run and steller relief from Josh Zeid and Jason Stoffel (S, 13). Jon Singleton is continuing to show signs of coming out of his slump as he was two-for-four with a double.
What went right: Terrific relief pitching and a good old-fashioned bomb for the 4th.
What went wrong: The Hooks only got four hits. Thankfully they made them count.
Jose Cisnero (W, 6-6) - 6IP 6H 3R 3BB 8SO 1HR
Josh Zeid - 2IP 0H 0R 0BB 2SO
Jason Stoffel (S, 13) - 1IP 2H 0R 0BB 1SO
Jonathan Singleton - 2x4 2B SO
Jay Fernandez - 1x3 HR 3RBI R
Player of the Day: Jay Fernandez' three-run shot was just what the doctor ordered. Marwin Gonzalez and Landon Powell get honorable mentions.
Pitcher of the Day: Not only did Josh Zeid have a great relief outing on Wednesday, he's been having a pretty good stretch (understatement). Over his last nine appearances (since I met him and talked to him in Corpus in early June) he has a 1.50 ERA and a 0.583 WHIP. Coincidence? I don't think so.