Fresno 8, Las Vegas 4
W- Dan Straily (1-0)
L- Matt Bowman (0-1)
Fresno home runs: Preston Tucker (1, 2-run in 3rd), Nolan Fontana (1, solo in 5th)
The Grizz busted out for 5 in the 3rd inning, highlighted by Tucker's 2-run blast and a 2-run single from Matt Duffy. The two of them both finished 2-4, and Duffy opened up the scoring with an RBI single in the 1st. Jon Singleton hit an RBI double in that 5-run 3rd inning. Nolan Fontana's homer led off the bottom of the 5th; he reached base in all 4 of his plate appearances, drawing a walk and scoring 3 times. And finally, Matt Dominguez had a sac fly in the 8th. He was the only player in the starting 9+1 to not have a hit, but he did have that sac fly.
Dan Straily allowed 3 runs on 5 hits, walked 3, and struck out 6 over 5 innings to record the win. Darin Downs tossed a 1-2-3 6th inning, and Jason Stoffel followed that up with a 1-2-3 inning of his own, striking out 2 in the 7th. Tommy Shirley allowed a hit and struck out 2 in a scoreless 8th, and Kevin Chapman gave up an unearned run and a hit in the 9th.
Alex White will face Darin Gorski in game 3 of this series. First pitch is at 7:05 Pacific.
Corpus Christi 8, Springfield 2
W- Mark Appel (1-0)
L- Mike Mayers (0-1)
S- Kyle Westwood (1)
CC home runs: Teoscar Hernandez (1, solo in 7th)
The Hooks staked Mark Appel to a 5-0 lead after 0.5 innings, and he and Kyle Westwood did the rest as they held the Springfield offense in check.
The only ding on Appel's line was a solo homer hit by Aledmys Diaz in the 4th. He allowed just one other hit, walked 1, and struck out 4 over 5 innings. Westwood finished it off, allowing a run on a groundout hit by Diaz in the bottom of the 9th and 4 hits while striking out 1. He recorded 7 groundball outs against 1 flyball out.
Colin Moran kicked things off with an RBI double, which in turn, kicked off a 5-run top of the 1st. He and Carlos Correa were both sent home on a Telvin Nash single. Nash would score himself as Conrad Gregor added a sac fly, and Jon Kemmer delivered an RBI single in his first at-bat of the season. The Hooks added 1 in the 5th with a Teoscar Hernandez double, 1 in the 6th with a Carlos Correa double, and 1 more in the 7th as Teoscar led off the inning with his 1st homer of the year. Teoscar (2B, HR, 2 RBI), Tyler Heineman, Kemmer, Tony Kemp (2 runs scored), and Correa (2 2B, 2 BB) all turned in 2-hit performances.
Corpus will look to sweep this opening series as Josh Hader and Chris Devenski will face Thomas Lee (not the Motley Crüe drummer) at 6:10.
San Jose 5, Lancaster 0
W- Nick Vander Tuig (1-0)
L- Michael Feliz (0-1)
Lancaster home runs: None.
The JetHawks were held to 5 hits as they were kept off the scoreboard. Chase McDonald went 2-4, and Danry Vásquez had the only extra-base hit: a double. He also walked twice.
Michael Feliz had a tough first go-round; he allowed 4 runs on 8 hits and struck out 4 in 2.2 innings. However, only one of those hits went for extra bases. Chris Cotton stopped the bleeding for a bit as he allowed just 1 hit (a double) and struck out 4 over 2.1 scoreless. Zach Morton pitched the final 4 innings, allowing a run on 2 hits, walking 2, and striking out 3.
In game 3, Evan Grills will face Keury Mella. First pitch is at 6:00 Pacific.
Quad Cities 5, Peoria 2
W- Joe Musgrove (1-0)
L- Austin Gomber (0-1)
S- Jose Montero (1)
QC home runs: None.
M&M. Musgrove and Montero combined to shackle the Peoria offense for the final 5 innings.
Bryan Radziewski allowed 2 runs on 3 hits, walked 2, and struck out 5 in 4 innings of work. Joe Musgrove tagged in and allowed 3 hits while striking out 5 over 4 scoreless, and Jose Montero closed it out, striking out 2 in a 1-2-3 9th.
Everyone in the Quad Cities lineup had a hit except for Kristian Trompiz, who unfortunately had a hat trick. They got things started with a 3-run 3rd inning with a pair of RBI singles from Mott Hyde and Ryan Bottger and a bases-loaded walk drawn by Jamie Ritchie. Alfredo Gonzalez scored on an error in the 4th, and Nick Tanielu ripped an RBI triple in the 5th. Hyde, Tanielu, Bottger, and D.J. Fisher all had 2 hits; Fisher scored twice and stole his 2nd base of the year.
The Banditos will be looking for the sweep as Daniel Mengden and his glorious 'stache will face Daniel Poncedeleon in a battle of the Daniels. First pitch is at 6:00.
Three Stars: Position Players
Teoscar Hernandez, OF, Corpus Christi
2-5, 2B, solo HR (1), 2 RBI
Preston Tucker, OF, Fresno
2-4, 2-R HR (1)
3-3, solo HR (1), BB, 3 R
Three Stars: Pitchers
Mark Appel, RHP, Corpus Christi
W (1-0); 5 IP, 2 H (solo HR), ER, BB, 4 K
Kyle Westwood, RHP, Corpus Christi
Save (1); 4 IP, 4 H, ER, K
Chris Cotton, LHP, Lancaster
2.1 IP, H, 4 K
Joe Musgrove, RHP, Quad Cities
W (1-0); 4 IP, 3 H, 5 K
Jose Montero, RHP, Quad Cities
Save (1); IP, 2 K
Here are some other noteworthy lines from Friday's slate of games:
- Matt Duffy drove in 3 with his 2 singles last night in Fresno.
- Zach Morton allowing just 1 run in his 4 innings as the 2nd tandem starter for Lancaster.
- The 4 Fresno relievers (Downs, Stoffel, Shirley, and Chapman) locking down the Grizzlies' win.
(OK, OK. Kevin Chapman gave up a run in the 9th, but it was unearned and he finished the game without further incident.)
- Carlos Correa has turned into a slugging machine in the early going; all 3 of his hits this season are doubles.
- 2 nights, 2 multi-hit games for Tony Kemp.
- Jon Kemmer also had a nice season debut as he went 2-4 with an RBI for Corpus.