DSL Astros @ DSL Indians
GCL Astros @ GCL Nationals
Johnson City Cardinals 2 Greeneville Astros 3 (10)
The Astros had the only two runs of the game after a couple scores in the third on Saturday and they rode the lead until the ninth inning. Jordan Jankowski was in to close out the game and gave up a single, then a homer to the first two batters he faced in the ninth to tie the game. Jankowski did add another K to his total after fanning 1 to end the eighth inning; he now has 40 Ks in 23.1 innings. Euris Quezada (3-1) picked up the win after coming on for the final 1 and 2-thirds of work on the mound. Quezada gave up a hit and struck out 3. Jean Batista was on at the plate Saturday, hitting 2 of 4 with a double and a walk. Ariel Ovando went 2 for 4 as well at the dish, with a triple, a walk and 2 RBIs. One of those RBIs being the result of the walk-off single Ovando hit to win the game.
Mahoning Valley Scrappers 3 Tri-City ValleyCats 8
Tri-City didn't get on the board the first Saturday, but when they did it was for a huge, 5-run third inning. The ValleyCats hit two home runs that inning: one by M.P. Cokinos, who ended up 2 for 4 on the game with a pair of RBIs and the other by Dan Gulbransen, who drew a walk, ending up 1 for 3 at the plate. Neiko Johnson was the man to beat Saturday though, going 3 for 3 at the plate with 2 walks, 2 RBIs, a 2-run homer and 2 stolen bases. The homer was Johnson's first of the season. On the mound, Lance Day (3-0) picked up the win after going 6 and 2-thirds, allowing 3 runs on 8 hits and striking out 6. Jamaine Cotton came on for the final 2 and a third and kept it scoreless, giving up just a hit and striking out 3. Neither Tri-City pitcher issued a walk on Saturday.
Lexington Legends 8 Hagerstown Suns 0
Hagerstown, Maryland was the scene of a four-hit, shutout assault by Lexington Saturday. David Rollins (1-0, 5 IP) and Juri Perez (S, 4 IP) gave up 2 hits each, walked 1 each and struck out a pair each. The end result of their efforts netted Rollins his first win for Lexington and Perez his first save for the team. The leaders offensively Saturday were Matt Duffy, who went 2 for 3 with a double, a solo homer and 3 RBI, and Zach Johnson, who went 2 for 5 with a double, a solo homer and 3 RBIs of his own. Zach Johnson now has 97 RBI, which leads the South Atlantic League and is only 1 RBI shy of tying the team record, set in 2010 by Jake Goebbert.
High Desert Mavericks 5 Lancaster JetHawks 6 (11)
Lancaster won an intense come-from-behind, extra-inning-game at home on Saturday. After trailing most of the game, the JetHawks squared it all up at 5 with 2 runs in the eighth, started off by a Chris Epps solo shot to left field. That tater was Epps second home run of the game and he ended up 2 for 4 at the plate with a pair of RBIs and a walk. Alex Todd was also hot with the bat, hitting 4 for 5 with a walk in the game. Erik Castro got a couple hits in 5 ABs and had an RBI. Castro's RBI was the game winning walk-off single in the 11th inning to score Alex Todd. Nicholas Tropeano got the start for Lancaster and struck out 6 over the first 6 innings. However, Tropeano was also charged with 5 (3ER) runs on 7 hits. Andrew Robinson came on to pitch in the ninth inning and kept Lancaster in the game, to say the least. Robinson struck out 7 batters, didn't allow a hit and took the win, moving his record to 4-2 on the season.
Corpus Christi Hooks 17 Midland RockHounds 6
Anything worth doing is worth doing right. Corpus Christi made their belief in this adage evident entering the ninth inning on Saturday tied at 6. Needing only a run, mathematically, to break the tie and win the game, the Hooks set off on an 11-run, one-inning-ruckus in Midland to win the game. Bobby Doran got the start for the Hooks and through 6 and a third was charged with all 6 runs on 11 hits. Doran also walked 3 and K-ed 2. Arcenio Leon (3-1) took the win after coming on with 1 out in the 8th. Leon gave up no hits, struck out a pair and walked 1 in his time on the mound.
The offense, like Greeneville's yesterday, again was overwhelming. I've attached the boxscore from milb.com again, but interesting to note among all the slugging: Robbie Grossman drew 3 walks and Jonathan Singleton drew a pair of his own.
Oklahoma City RedHawks 1 Tacoma Rainiers 5
Oklahoma City struggled offensively Saturday in Tacoma. The RedHawks had just 5 hits all game (2 were extra base hits) and drew no walks. Brett Oberholtzer (4-4) had a rough night on the mound too, going 4 and 2-thirds, allowing 4 runs on 8 hits, walking 1, striking out 3 and taking the loss. Sergi Perez, who came on for the final 2 and a third, had a strong outing, allowing just a hit and K-ing 2. During the stalemate at the plate Saturday, Brad Snyder (1X4) snuck in his 17th double of the season.
Player(s) of the Day: On Saturday night in Lancaster, Alex Todd and Kike Hernandez combined for a triple play in the seventh inning. So, yeah, they're getting the honor today. This was also the first TP Jayne has ever witnessed in person and the first called by the voice of the JetHawks, Jason Schwartz.
Pitcher of the Day: Andrew Robinson gets the honor today (and this is heartily endorsed by Jayne after witnessing his performance in person last night). Robinson supported his team as they looked for the winning run, and he did it with authority.