DSL Astros over DSL Athletics 4-0
Samil de los Santos sparkled in this one as he allowed only one hit and two walks over five innings of work with eight strikeouts. Geronimo Franzua, Jesus Castillo and Angel Heredia (W, 1-1) combined to provide hitless relief (although Franzua did allow three walks in his 0.1 inning and had to be bailed out by Castillo). CF Jarico Reynoso's name keeps popping up on these recaps as he is starting to really excel at the plate. In Monday's game, he was three-for-five, and he is hitting .353/.371/.382 over his last 10 games.
GCL Astros at GCL Marlins - Postponed
Johnson City over Greeneville 8-2 in 7 innings (Game 1)
Adrian Houser got roughed up more than a little as he surrendered all eight of the Johnson City runs on eight hits and two walks with three strikeouts in 4.1 innings pitched. Mike Hauschild and Andrew Walter combined for scoreless relief but Greeneville wasn't able to scratch anything across after the third inning. A Michael Martinez walk followed by doubles from D'Andre Toney and Angel Ibanez accounted for Greeneville's two runs. Ricky Gingras had the only other Astros hit as they were held to three.
Johnson City over Greeneville 5-2 in 7 innings (Game 2)
Lance McCullers gave up one hit and four walks with four strikeouts in four innings in his Appy League debut. Joe Musgrove also had his debut and gave up one run on four hits in 1.2 innings of work. Euris Quezada was charged with a blown save and a loss. Quezada, Scott Zuloaga and Michael Dimock combined to allow four runs in the final inning to seal Greeneville's fate. The Astros only managed four hits including a double from Jean Batista and an RBI double from Angel Ibanez.
Tri-City over Mahoning Valley 5-1
Brilliant pitching from Tri-City. Again. Brady Rodgers went to 5-2 on the season as he allowed only one run on five hits with eight strikeouts over six innings as was followed with a masterful three-inning performance in which Jeremiah Meiners gave up only one hit and no walks with four strikeouts. Joe Sclafani had a big day, going two-for-three with an RBI, walk, run scored and two stolen bases. Preston Tucker hit his second home run of the season and got a second RBI on a sac fly. Jobduan Morales tripled and scored. The ValleyCats were in thief mode as they stole a total of five bases, including one each from Catfish Elkins (as Austin prefers to be called apparently), Andrew Aplin and Ryan Dineen.
Lexington over Hagerstown 3-1
Mike Foltynewicz got his lucky 13th win as he allowed only two hits with seven strikeouts in his six innings of work. Murilo Gouvea pitched two scoreless innings of work before giving way to Dayan Diaz who gave up the lone Hagerstown run on his way to his 17th save. I didn't watch the game, but it was apparently a wild one as Hagerstown's pitching coach was ejected in the second and their batting coach was ejected in the eighth inning; and Lexington manager Ivan de Jesus was ejected in between, in the seventh. Lexington only managed four hits but took advantage of wild pitching from the Suns (two wild pitches, a balk and two hit batters) and Delino DeShields' speed as he scored Lexington's first run on a ground out after walking, stealing second and advancing to third on a wild pitch. It was DeShields 81st steal of the season. Matt Duffy, alas, was one of the hit batters and has now been plunked 34 times this season, four times in the last two games. Ouch.
Lancaster - Off Day
Midland over Corpus Christi 8-4
This game was pretty much over in the first inning as starter Matt Heidenreich allowed five runs on six hits without recording an out. Jake Buchanan, newly back with the Corpus team, came out of the 'pen and allowed two runs on five hits in his four innings of work. Adalberto Flores allowed the final run in his 2.2 innings and Alex Sogard pitched an uneventful 1.1 innings. Drew Locke was three-for-five with a double and an RBI.
Salt Lake over Oklahoma City 4-3 in 10 innings
Ross Seaton did a very good job in his second start for the Redhawks allowing one run on three hits in 5.1 innings. Mark Hamburger allowed two runs and Hector Ambriz gave up the winning run in the 10th. In between Juan Valdez pitched a perfect 1.1 innings. Oklahoma City did all of their scoring with two outs in the fifth inning on a Brandon Barnes single, a Jimmy Paredes RBI double and a Fernando Martinez two-run jack.
Player of the Day: I'm going with Tri-City SS Joe Sclafani for a very effective day at the plate and on the basepaths.
Pitchers of the Day: Mike Foltynewicz gets the nod with lucky win #13. His girlfriend did not call him a stud muffin this time which I find to be a gross oversight. Folty, you are my Pitcher of the Day and my Stud Muffin of the Day. Honorable mention has to go to Samil de los Santos, Lance McCullers, Brady Rodgers, Jeremiah Meiners and Ross Seaton for their good outings.