Bluefield over Greeneville 3-2
With the loss, Greeneville has been officially eliminated from a playoff berth. They have only two games left in their season. Frederick Tiburcio was charged with the loss as he gave up three runs (two earned) on four hits with five strikeouts over six innings. Erick Gonzalez and Mike Hauschild were perfect in relief. Down 3-0 going into the seventh inning, Greeneville did battle back but fell just short. Mike Martinez was two-for-three with a double, a walk and a run scored; Ariel Ovando was one-for-four with a double and an RBI; and Rio Ruiz drove in the other run.
Tri-City over Vermont 9-4
Brady Rodgers notched his seventh win as he went five innings and allowed three runs on six hits. Euris Quezada gave up one unearned run in his three innings of work while striking out five. Scott Zuloaga pitched a scoreless ninth. And four runs allowed really wasn't much of a problem as Tri-City scored early and led 8-0 after two. With that kind of score, you might expect a few long balls, but there was only one solo homer from M.P. Cokinos. It was a three-run double from Dan Gulbransen that helped pad the lead. Ryan Dineen was two-for-four with a double. Gulbransen and Joe Sclafani each had a stolen base.
Charleston over Lexington 5-4
The Legends' woes continue as they have now dropped 11 in a row after leading this one through five innings. Chris Devenski had a rocky outing but got away with it as he walked six in five innings to go with three hits, but only allowed one run. Evan Grills gave up three in his one inning and was charged with a blown save. After Lexington scored in the bottom of the sixth, Nate Pettus inherited a tied game and kept it that way until allowing one run in the ninth for the loss. The good news is that Teoscar Hernandez, in his first at bat since being promoted to Lexington whacked out a 2-run bomb which was immediately followed with a solo shot from birthday boy Justin Gominsky. Nolan Fontana was two-for-five with two doubles and scored a run; Matt Duffy was two-for-four with a RBI, a walk and a stolen base; and Jordan Kreke had two hits as well.
Corpus Christi over San Antonio 2-1
Asher Wojciechowski pitched a very strong six scoreless innings (2H 2BB 4SO) for his second win with the Hooks, and was followed by Josh Zeid who allowed a solo home run for the only run the Missions were to plate. Arcenio Leon pitched the ninth to earn his second save of the season. Austin Wates had a great night, going three-for-four and scoring a run. The Hooks' runs were driven in by an Andy Simunic sac fly and a Chris Wallace single. Wates and George Springer each swiped a bag.
Lancaster over Lake Elsinore 7-4
Nick Tropeano got an early birthday present in the form of his fifth win for Lancaster as he allowed three runs on seven hits and three walks with four strikeouts over five innings. Chia-Jen Lo followed to give up an additional run in his one and two-thirds innings. Carlos Quevedo pitched a scoreless one and two-thirds and was followed by Kenny Long who retired the final two batters via strikeout to earn his second save with the JetHawks. Domingo Santana hit his 19th home run of the season; Jonathan Meyer was three-for-five with two doubles and two RBI; and Grant Hogue was two-for-four with a double, walk, run scored and stole a base.
Oklahoma City over Iowa 4-3
Rudy Owens earned his first win with the Redhawks as he pitched six solid innings (two runs on seven hits with no walks and three strikeouts). Aneury Rodriguez and Chuckie Fick were in lockdown mode before giving way to Jose Valdez who earned his 19th save despite allowing a run to cut the lead to one. Jimmy Paredes was two-for-four with a double and cranked out his 13th long ball of the season, while Mike Hessman got his 31st.
Player of the Day: There were several good outings, but I'm going with Jonathan Meyer for his big three hit, two double, two RBI night.
Pitcher of the Day: Six scoreless innings earns Wojo a little WTH love.