DSL Royals 5 DSL Astros 7
The DSL Astros had a rollercoaster-ride of a game on Monday. After scoring 3 in the first and another in the second, the Astros held the lead until the seventh inning when Juan Delis logged his third blown save of the season. Delis was charged with 2 runs (0ER) and walked 4 batters in his 1 and 2 thirds innings of work. Harold Arauz (1-1) came on next for 1 and 2 thirds frames of his own and picked up the win. Arauz allowed 2 hits, walked 1 and struck out a pair in his time on the mound. Victor Mesa came on to pitch the final 2 outs of the game and earned his fourth save, getting both batters he faced to ground out. Hector Roa was the big man at the plate Monday for the Astros. Roa hit 2 for 4 with a two-bagger and a 3-run homer. Roa was responsible for knocking in 5 of the Astros 7 runs.
GCL Cardinals 10 GCL Astros 11
This was another game Monday where the home team lost the lead in the 7th and managed to come back in the 8th to take the win. The GCL Astros got off to a good start Monday, scoring 7 runs by the third inning (6 in the first). Ambiorix De Leon got beat up in the seventh inning for 4 runs on 6 hits and the blown save, his second, while recording 1 out. Gera Sanchez (1-0) picked up his first win after taking the helm to finish out the games remaining 2 and 2 thirds. Sanchez recorded a pair of hits and 1 K. Yoel Silfa had a good game, getting his first ABs since his promotion from the DSL he hit 2 for 3 with a double and 4 RBI. Alfredo Gonzalez connected for 3 out of 4 and hit a double. Silfa and Gonzalez had the only extra base hits of the game.
Lexington Legends 3 Savannah Sand Gnats 4
This was a tough loss for Lexington and just a tough game of baseball all around. Lexington starting pitcher Chris Devinsky (7-6) took the loss after 5 innings on the mound, allowing all 4 runs on 6 hits, walking 4 and striking out 5. Devinsky balked in a run in both the first and third inning. It was a tough night offensively as well. The Legends had 4 hits overall, hit by 3 players: Chan Moon (2X5, RBI), Matt Duffy (1X3) and Jobduan Morales (1X3, BB, R). Thomas Shirley pitched the final 3 frames for Lexington, allowing just 3 hits, walking 2 and K-ing 5 of his own. Shirley now has 36 strikeouts in 28 innings pitched for Lexington and 44 strikeouts in 35 innings on the entire year.
Springfield Cardinals 5 Corpus Christi Hooks 2
The Hooks couldn't get anything started at Whataburger Field on Monday. Jake Goebbert and Andrew Simunic both went 2 for 4 at the plate and that accounted for half of the team's hits. Goebbert and Simunic also both cranked out doubles and Goebbert scored a run. Jonathan Singleton went 1 for 4 at the plate with a double of his own, a run scored and a walk. Paul Clemens (2-1) took the loss after working the first 6 frames, giving up 2 runs on 6 hits, walking a trio and striking out as many.
Sacramento River Cats 8 Oklahoma City RedHawks 5
The RedHawks have lost 10 in a row after a disappointing loss on Monday at home. Oklahoma City led until the 6th inning when the game was tied at 5 by their opponents. The RedHawks didn't score after the fourth inning, but got off to a strong start. Mike Hessman (1X4) got the RedHawks on the board first with a solo shot in the second inning, his 30th homer of the year, which leads the Pacific Coast League. J.B. Shuck went 3 for 5 at the plate, with a RBI and a run scored. Mark Krauss went 2 for 4 and scored a run too. Brian Sanches (0-2) picked up his first blown save and his second loss after coming on 2 outs into the sixth for an inning and 2 thirds on the bump. Sanches allowed 1 run on 1 hit and walked 2.
Player of the Day: Mike Hessman gets half a share for his 30th homer, that's a given, but I can't forget Hector Roa. It's not often I get to brag on DSL guys and Roa is making it easy with his game yesterday that included a double, a 3-run homer and 5 RBI.
Pitcher of the Day: Thomas Shirley of Lexington gets the honor for closing out the last 3 frames of a tough game on Monday virtually unscathed.