DSL Giants over DSL Astros 6-1 in 10 innings
Yes, you read that correctly. The score was tied 0-0 through nine innings and Victor Mesa coughed up six runs (four earned) in the tenth. Ouch! Francisco Baso, Juan Hernandez and Johan Arias combined for 8.2 innings of shutout ball. The Astros were held to four hits. More words won't make this game any better.
GCL Marlins over the GCL Astros 2-1 in 13 innings
Seven pitchers combined in this one. Lance McCullers got the start and went three innings with three hits, one walk and five strikeouts. A good three inning outing by Brandon Culbreth was sandwiched between perfect innings from Ambiorix de Leon and Krishawn Holley. Erick Gonzalez was charged with a blown save as he couldn't make one run hold up and Alan Abreu was pegged with the loss. These Astros also only managed to scrape together four hits. Juan Santana had two of them, including an RBI single and a double.
Bluefield over Greeneville 5-1
Adrian Houser got his third loss of the season in a rain delayed game in which he gave up four runs on three hits and two walks with eight strikeouts over 5.2 innings thanks in large part to two wild pitches and a hit batter. Zach Dando gave up the final run in 2.1 innings of relief. The worst part of this game is that Greeneville outhit Bluefield 10 to 6 and yet were outscored 5-1. D'Andre Toney, Brian Blasik, Jean Batista and Ricky Gingras each contributed two hits, including doubles from Toney and Batista. Unfortunately, their only score was courtesy of a Brian Blasik RBI single.
Tri-City - Off Day
Lexington over Asheville 9-6
Asheville has often had their way with Lexington this season so it's always gratifying to see Lexington win. It is particularly gratifying when Delino DeShields hits his ninth home run, Brandon Meredith hits his 11th home run, Matt Duffy hits his 13th home run and Mike Foltynewicz gets his 12th win. Folty was in good form, giving up two runs on six hits and two walks with eight strikeouts. Unfortunately, Mitch Lambson had a rare hiccup as he allowed four runs in 1.1 innings before giving way to Evan Grills and Dayan Diaz (S, 15) to shut the door. The offense was en fuego for Lexington with multi-hit nights for DeShields, Ruben Sosa and Duffy and multi-RBI nights for Zach Johnson and Duffy. Zach Johnson now has 91 RBI for the season.
Stockton over Lancaster 6-5 in 10 innings
Just not a good day for the farm system in extra inning games. Colton Cain gave up four runs on five hits and a walk with four strikeouts in his four inning debut. It was the three-run shot in the fourth that was his undoing. He was followed by Chia Jen-Lo who gave up his first run of the season in his two innings of work. Two scoreless from Jorge de Leon and then Carlos Quevedo had a rare stumble as he allowed the winning run in the 10th. Erik Castro is starting to convince me that his slump is in the rearview mirror as he went two-for-five with a home run. George Springer aka Superman was two-for-five with a triple, home run, two RBI, and scored two runs.
Corpus Christi over San Antonio 8-7
Six pitchers in this one. You guys really don't care whether I sleep or not, do you? Here goes. Matt Heidenreich - 5IP 4H 2R 0BB 4SO 1HR. Then messiness from Arcenio Leon, Alex Sogard and Josh Zeid as they combined to allow five runs in 2.2 innings. Then Adalberto Flores and Kevin Chapman (S, 2) shut the door. It should never have gotten this close as the Hooks led 6-2 at one point, but it did and Jon Singleton's solo home run in the bottom of the eighth proved to be the game winner. Singleton had a good night all around as he went two-for-three with the solo homer, a walk and scored three runs; Jose Martinez was two-for-three with a walk and scored two runs; Marc Krauss launched a two-run bomb in his first at bat with Houston; and Drew Locke and Jordan Kreke also drove in two runs each.
Omaha over Oklahoma City 12-5
Everybody's ERA took a hit in this one: Rudy Owens (five runs over 4.1 innings), Mark Hamburger (two runs over 1.2 innings), Enerio del Rosario (three runs over one inning), and Aneury Rodriguez (two runs over two innings). Oklahoma City had the early lead with a five-run third but they were never able to get another run across the plate. Mike Hessman and Brad Snyder each contributed two run home runs to the cause; Angel Sanchez was four-for-four with a double, a triple and a run scored.
Players of the Day: George Springer and Matt Duffy get to share the honors. Springer may be flashier, but Duffy just gets it done day in and day out.
Pitcher of the Day: Mike Foltynewicz earned his 12th win to reclaim the Sally League lead. I agree with Folty's girlfriend; he is indeed a studmuffin.