DSL Astros 0 DSL Athletics 5
The DSL Astros batted a depressing .125 on Friday. That comes from 4 hits in 32 AB's. Elieser Hernandez gave up 4 runs over 6 innings and threw 2 wild pitches. Hernandez didn't issue any walks, though and struck out 3. Luis Abad came on for the final 2 frames and gave up a tater to the first batter he faced. Abad then settled down and didn't allow anymore hits, struck out 2 batters and didn't walk anyone either.
GCL Nationals 8 GCL Astros 7
The Astros tried to pull out a comeback on Friday but came up a run shy of squaring it. This was made possible largely in part by Agapito Barrios, who came on for the final 4 and a third and kept it scoreless, allowing only 4 hits. Rio Ruiz had an awesome game, hitting 3 of 5 with a triple and 2 runs scored. Juan Santana was 2 for 3 with a double and a RBI. Carlos Correa went 2 for 5 and snagged his 10th double of the season.
Greeneville Astros 0 Kingsport Mets 2 (7)
In the first game of the doubleheader on Friday both teams had 3 hits each, but the Mets managed to score 2 runs (1ER) in the 3rd inning and that sealed the deal (one of those hits was Jose Monzon picking up his first double of the year). Frederick Tiburcio pitched the whole game and moved to 1-3 on the season with the loss. Tiburcio struck out 3 and walked a pair as well.
Greeneville Astros 1 Kingsport Mets 2 (7)
The Astros tried to get something started in the last inning to take the second game on Friday, but came up short. The Astros had the bases loaded with 1 out in the bottom of the 7th when James Howick grounded out to score the only run. Angel Ibanez went 2 for 3 on the day. Christopher Lee (1-1) was charged with his first loss after giving up both runs in the first inning. Lee stayed on for 1 more inning of work before Andrew Walter came on for the next 3 innings, striking out 3 and allowing just one hit. Mike Hauschild pitched the final inning for the Astros and allowed just 1 hit as well and struck out 1.
Tri-City ValleyCats 6 Vermont Lake Monsters 0
This was a really exciting win for the ValleyCats. The big story of the night was Preston Tucker, who batted 2 of 5 with 5 RBIs and his first career homer, a 3-run bomb in the 4th. The other hot topic Friday for the ValleyCats was Aaron West (4-0), who picked up his fourth win. West dominated on Friday, striking out 7 in 7 innings and allowing just 2 hits. Jamaine Cotton came on for the final 2 frames and kept it hitless and scoreless to preserve the shutout.
Lexington Legends 7 Greenville Drive 4 (8)
This game on Friday was shortened by an inning due to rain. This game was also a back and forth battle until the 5th inning when Lexington pulled ahead by a run and never looked back. Zachary Johnson went 2 for 4 with 3 RBI. Delino DeShields was hot Friday too, going 2 for 3 at the plate with a walk, a double and two stolen bases. DeShields now has 69 SBs. Ruben Sosa went 3 of 4 at the plate and scored a couple runs as well. Juri Perez had a mixed night on the mound but moved to 1-1 on the season, collecting his 1st win. Perez threw the first 5 and a third, gave up all 4 runs (1ER) and walked 3. Perez also struck out an impressive 7 Greenville batters.
Lancaster JetHawks 8 Rancho Cucamonga 2
Once Lancaster got on the board in the second inning Friday, they never looked back. The Lancaster bats were on. Domingo Santana and Enrique Hernandez both hit 2 run homers in the game. Santana's was his 16th long ball of the year. George Springer went 3 for 5 batting, and collected 3 RBIs. Ruben Alaniz, who is coming off the DL, threw the first 3 innings and allowed the pair of runs on 3 hits and a homer. Alaniz also struck out 2 and walked 2. David Martinez came on in the 4th and blanked the opponents for the rest of the game. Martinez (4-4) allowed 7 hits and struck out 3 while recording his 4th win of the season.
Frisco RoughRiders 5 Corpus Christi Hooks 7
The score of this one makes it look a lot closer than it was, but in reality the Hooks dominated Friday. None dominated more than Mr. Andrew Simunic. Simunic went 2 for 3 at the plate, drew a walk, collected another 5 RBI performance for the Astros' system on Friday and, oh yeah, clobbered a grand slam in the 5th inning. Rob Rasmussen snatched his first AA win after taking the mound for the first 6. Rasmussen allowed 3 runs on 5 hits and K'ed 6 batters. Jason Stoffel got save number 16 after allowing a hit and nothing else in the 9th.
Oklahoma City RedHawks 1 Memphis Redbirds 8
Obviously, this game is probably one the RedHawks want to put behind them as fast as possible, but there were a few positives on the event. While this was a depressing defeat, the RedHawks are coming off a 5 game winning streak. Jimmy Paredes went 2 for 4 at the plate and scored the only run. Paredes BA is now a meaty .327 (Brandon Barnes has the highest BA on the RedHawks, hitting .349 in his time with them this season. Barnes is .333 overall for this year). Brett Oberholtzer gave up 5 runs in the first inning and 6 runs overall, but settled down and found a way to strike out 7 batters in 6 innings of work.
Player of the Day: There are 2 guys today who deserve it equally, Preston Tucker and Andrew Simunic. Both of these guys had 5 RBI games on Friday and both had massive, multi-run homers. Simunic's was a grand slam and Tucker's was the first of his career. Congrats, guys.
Pitcher of the Day: I can't resist, Aaron West gets the nod today. The guy threw a 2 hitter for 7 innings and averaged a K a frame. That puts the "quality" in quality start.