DSL Royals 5 DSL Astros 6
First off, the DSL Astros have now won 3 in a row. The third, Friday's game wasn't exactly a charm either. The Astros had the lead until the 6th inning when they fell behind a run, 5-4. The DSL Astros came back for a run in both the 7th and 8th innings to take back the win. Leading the offensive charge, Pedro Coa hit 2 for 3 with 2 RBIs. Hector Roa also went 2 for 3 with an RBI and a run scored. Nary a DSL Astro struck out on Friday. Juan Delis picked up his first win Friday after coming on in the 6th to replace Yonquelys Martinez. Martinez was charged with the blown save. Delis threw 2 and 2-thirds, allowing only a hit, a walk and striking out 1. Rauldison Rodriguez picked up his first save ever after clocking in for the final frame, keeping it scoreless, walking 1 and fanning 1.
GCL Astros 8 GCL Nationals 3
The GCL Astros got on top early Friday, scoring all 8 of their runs in the first 3 innings. The Astros batted around the order in the 1st inning and scored 5 runs. Yonathan Mejia went 2 for 5 with 2 RBIs. Jon Carnahan had 2 RBIs of his own and went 2 for 4 at the plate. Jandel Gustave (2-0) picked up the win even though he was the only Astros pitcher to allow any runs all day (all 3 runs on 3 hits). Gusatve also walked 3.
Greeneville Astros 12 Elizabethton Twins 9
The best time to give up 9 runs to the opponent is when you plan on scoring 12. The opposition was never really close Friday until a 5-run 8th inning got them within 2. The Astros brought their bats with them on Friday; they had 17 hits. Jean Batista (2 for 5, 4 RBI) and Ariel Ovando (2 for 5, RBI) both homered in the game. Angel Ibanez and Ricky Gingras both went 3 for 5 at the dish and Gingras had a pair of RBIs. Frederick Tiburcio (2-3) picked up the win after tossing the first 5 innings. Tiburcio had an interesting outing Friday, allowing 4 runs (3 ER) on 4 hits, 2 homers, walking 4 and striking out 6. Jordan Jankowski picked up his first save after throwing the final 1 and a third and striking out 2. Jankowskinow has 33 Ks in 19.2 innings.
Tri-City ValleyCats 4 Hudson Valley Renegades 2 (7)
In the first game of the doubleheader on Friday, the ValleyCats got on top early and coasted to the victory. Jobduan Morales couldn't be fooled in this game. Morales hit 3 for 3 with a pair of RBIs. Jesse Wierzbicki got in on the action too, batting 2 for 4 and scoring 2 runs. Aaron West (5-0) claimed another win after throwing the first 6 and a third innings. West allowed 2 runs (1ER) on 7 hits, walked 2 and struck out 8. Blake Ford came on for the final out and picked up save number 11 of the season.
Tri-City ValleyCats 7 Hudson Valley Renegades 0 (7)
Brian Holmes is, without a doubt, the man of the day for the ValleyCats. Holmes came within a hair of throwing a perfect game on Friday for Tri-City. A single in the final frame ended the bid for Holmes. Holmes struck out 6 in his pursuit. The offense was behind him in the second game of the doubleheader too. The ValleyCats had 13 hits and 6 players with multi-hit games. Jesse Wierzbicki remained strong at the plate Friday, batting 2 for 4, with a 3-bagger and 2 RBIs. Joe Sclafani was 2 of 3 with a walk, 2 runs scored and had his own pair of RBIs.
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Inland Empire 66ers 15 Lancaster Jethawks 1
When the opponent scores 13 runs in the first 3 frames, it's usually not a good day at the ballpark for the home team. This was the case on Friday for Lancaster. Blair Walters had a rough debut for Lancaster after coming over as part of the Brett Meyers trade with the White Sox organization. Walters was on the mound for the first 2 and a third and he allowed 9 runs on 10 hits, 1 dinger and walked a couple. Jorge De Leon came on for the next 2 and 2-thirds and had about as tough of a time. De Leon allowed 5 runs on 4 hits, 2 homers (one of which was a grand slam), walked 1 and struck out 3. Chia-Jen Lo came on for frames 6 and 7 and had a perfect outing, striking out 1.
Midland RockHounds 5 Corpus Christi Hooks 6
It came down to the last out at Whataburger Field on Friday, but the Hooks came back to hang 4 in the last frame and win the game. The Hooks were getting shut out until the 7th when Adam Bailey hit a 2-run tater that scored Drew Locke. Bailey ended up 2 for 4 at the plate with 3 RBIs total. Jose Martinez was 1 for 4 on the day with a walk, but his "1" was the walk off single that won the game. Paul Clemens started the game for Corpus Christi and through 6 and 2-thirds allowed 4 runs on 7 hits, 1 walk and K-ed 7. Alex Sogard (2-1) got the win after finishing out the game, allowing 1 run on a solo homer and striking out 1.
Iowa Cubs 5 Oklahoma City RedHawks 0
The RedHawks were shut out at home on Friday. There just wasn't much going for them in this game. There were some accomplishments however. Fernando Martinez found a way to go 2 for 3 at the plate and pick up his 20th double of the season. Jimmy Paredes got on base with a walk in the 3rd and stole his 30th base of the season. Jarred Cosart (0-2) took the loss after allowing 3 runs on 4 hits and walking 1. Cosart also struck out 5 through his 3 and 2-thirds innings of work.
Player of the Day: Jose Martinez takes the cake today. Any time you hit a walk off single to seal a last-inning comeback victory you should be allowed to have a little cake.
Pitcher of the Day: Have you been paying attention? Tri-City's Brian Holmes is the man today. Holmes came shudder-ingly close to a perfecto on Friday and that kind of performance is special. Well done, Mr. Holmes.