DSL Dodgers 8 DSL Astros 2
The DSL Astros had 5 hits on Friday and with the pitching staff allowing 8 runs (6 ER), it just wasn't enough. Cristian Murillo drew 2 walks Friday, but didn't get a hit and Hector Roa picked up a RBI-sacrifice-fly, but went hitless as well. Elieser Hernandez picked up his 3rd loss of the season. Hernandez allowed 4 runs on 6 hits in 2 innings pitched. Yonquelys Martinez came on for the final two innings and kept them scoreless, giving up a single hit and a K.
GCL Astros 0 GCL Nationals 1
Lance McCullers made his professional debut Friday and what better way to come in as a young pitcher than a duel? The two teams combined for 9 hits of which the Astros owned 4. McCullers threw the first 3 innings and kept them scoreless, giving up only a hit and striking out two. Agapito Barrios, who came on to pitch next, had a good outing as well. Barrios allowed just one run on 4 hits over 5 and 2 thirds. That single run sealed the fate of the GCL Astros on Friday.
Elizebethton Twins 2 Greeneville Astros 3 (10)
This game went back and forth all night and I do mean all night. The game time was just under 3 hours with a matching 3 hour delay in the middle. The Astros had the lead twice before winning it in the 10th. D'Andre Toney had a hit, a pair of walks and scored a run. Brian Blasik went 1 for 5, but his lone hit was the game winning, walk-off double to win it Friday night. Euris Quezada came on to pitch the final 3 frames Friday and collected the "W." Quezada kept the final 3 innings scoreless, hitless and K'ed 5.
Tri-City ValleyCats 7 Williamsport Crosscutters 2
The ValleyCats were strong all around on Friday. 4 guys had multi-hit nights, two of those were 3 hit performances (Austin Elkins and Tyler Heineman). Andrew Aplin even got in on the fun by jacking his first professional tater. The ValleyCats pitching staff was on Friday too. They struck out 11 batters and kept the final 5 innings scoreless (4 were hitless). Vincent Velasquez picked up his third win after pitching the first 6 innings, allowing 2 runs on 3 hits and striking out 8.
Kannapolis Intimidators 3 Lexington Legends 4
Lexington saved all their offense for the 7th inning on Friday. With the help of 3 wild pitches and Delino DeShields being hit by a pitch, they scored 4 in that inning. Jordan Scott went 2 for 4 at the plate Friday with a couple RBIs and scored a run. DeShields picked up stolen base number 65. Jonas Dufek was charged with all 3 Kannapolis runs, but still struck out 7 in 6 and 2 thirds innings pitched. Dayan Diaz picked up save number 13 after allowing a hit and striking out 3.
Lancaster JetHawks 2 Visalia Rawhide 7 (7)
In the first game of the doubleheader on Friday, Nicholas Tropeano had a rough outing and picked up his first loss (1-1). Tropeano gave up 5 runs on 7 hits in 5 innings pitched. One of those hits was a 2 out long ball. Brian Streilein, who came on to relieve him, didn't do much better. Streilein allowed 2 runs on 3 hits in his single inning of work. Rene Garcia went 2 for 3 at the plate with a RBI. The other RBI came from Enrique Hernandez.
Lancaster JetHawks 13 Visalia Rawhide 3 (7)
Lancaster made amends for the first game in a big way in the second contest. The JetHawks bats came alive. George Springer went 3 for 3 with a RBI and 2 runs scored. Ben Orloff also went 3 for 3 with a double and a RBI. Chris Epps went 2 for 3 and picked up 4 RBIs on a 4th inning grand slam. Carlos Quevedo picked up his first win after pitching 3 frames, allowing 3 hits and striking out a trio.
Frisco RoughRiders 2 Corpus Christi Hooks 12
The headline on the Hooks website said it best for this one, "Hooks Bomb RoughRiders," because, well, they did. The offense was staggering: every Hooks batter got a hit, there were 5 homers, Jose Martinez had two of them, Austin Wates went 4 for 5 and there were also 4 doubles. The other 3 round-trippers belonged to Jon Singleton, Kody Hinze and Jonathan Villar. Jake Buchanan (5-5) added another win to his resume after allowing both runs on 9 hits and striking out 1 in 6 innings on the bump. Kevin Chapman came on to pitch the next 2 innings and allowed just a hit and struck out 2. Alex Sogard finished it out and was perfect on the mound, he struck out 1.
New Orleans Zephyrs 10 Oklahoma City RedHawks 8
The RedHawks certainly didn't lose this game for lack of trying. The game had 5 lead changes and the final change against the RedHawks wasn't made until the 8th inning. Carlos Corporan went 3 for 4 with 2 RBI, 3 runs scored and a homer. Brandon Barnes also went 3 for 4 with a RBI and a double. Starter, Brian Bass struggled Friday and left the game after 2 and 2 thirds innings. Bass allowed 6 runs on 8 hits, struck out 4 and gave up a home run. Mickey Storey (7-3) took the loss after coming on for 2 thirds in the 8th. Storey allowed 3 runs on a homer and struck out 1.
Player of the Day: There are two winners today. Lexington's Chris Epps gets the honor for his grand slam Friday. Jose Martinez shares the podium with him because, although he didn't hit a grand-salami, he hit two home runs that net a grand total of 4 runs.
Pitcher of the Day: Lance McCullers gets the nod today for a solid performance in his professional debut. Now to do something about that kid's hair.