Lansing Lugnuts 0, Quad Cities River Bandits 4
Quad Cities shutout the opposition at home at Modern Woodmen park on Friday. Vincent Velasquez (3-0) and Joe Bircher combined for the shutout win on Friday. Velasquez threw the first five frames for Quad Cities, allowing three hits, walking two and striking out eight during his shift. Joe Bircher picked up his second save while giving up just two hits and K-ing two batters of his own. Teoscar Hernandez hit two-for-four in the game and scored two runs. Roberto Pena went three-for-three with a walk and scored a run. Terrell Joyce helped put up the last two runs for the River Bandits on Friday when he hit his first homerun of the season, scoring Pena. Joyce finished one-for-four on the day, with those two RBIs and a run scored of his own.
Inland Empire 66ers 2, Lancaster JetHawks 3
Lancaster didn’t get on the board until the seventh inning on Friday, but when they did it was enough to seal the victory. Blair Walters took the start and allowed two runs (1ER) on three hits, walked one and struck out five. Mike Foltynewicz (1-0) earned the win after coming on in the sixth to replace Walters. Folty gave up just a pair of hits and struck out six batters, retiring the last six batters of the game in order. Matt Duffy went just one-for-three at the plate, but his one hit was a bases loaded double, scoring all three baserunners for his 20th RBI of the year and extending his hitting streak to 13 games. Nolan Fontana also had a nice night at the plate, hitting two-for-two with two walks. Telvin Nash hit two-for-four.
Corpus Christi Hooks 4, Frisco RoughRiders 2
Corpus Christi took the lead early on the road Friday and never looked back. Carlos Quevedo (1-1) took the win after pitching the first five shutout innings. Quevedo allowed just two hits and struck out two during his time. Jason Stoffel collected save number five after coming on for and recording the last out of the game. Stoffel did allow a hit first however, scoring an inherited runner that was charged to his predecessor, Alex Sogard (1IP 2H SO). Domingo Santana got Corpus on the board on Friday in the second inning, hitting his third homer of the season, a solo shot. Santana finished at two-for-four with that RBI and that run scored. Erik Castro hit one-for-three on Friday, banging out a two-run homer in the seventh inning to seal the Hooks’ lead.
New Orleans Zephyrs 0, Oklahoma City RedHawks 2 (6)
The rain shortened this home game and it was called after six frames, but the RedHawks already had enough ticks on the scoreboard to take the win. Dallas Keuchel (1-0) was the only pitcher of the game for Oklahoma City and he took the win, giving up just two hits and striking out five batters along the way. Even with three less innings Marc Krauss still managed to hit two-for-three with a double and an RBI, his twentieth of the season. Jonthan Villar and Jimmy Paredes also hit two-for-three, scoring the only runs of the game.
Player of the Day: Erik Castro and Terrell Joyce are taking the honor today because they both hit their first homer of the year on Friday and went on to enjoy a “W” with their teams. Here’s to many happy returns, guys.
Pitcher of the Day: Vincent Velasquez earns the crown for his five frames in the shutout on Friday. Velasquez earned his third win and struck out eight guys on the way to collecting it. That’s impressive.