Let's.... finish up one game, and then we can get to the regularly scheduled game!
Let's play 2 in the Quad Cities!
Welcome to the Texas League, Joe Musgrove!
From April 24: Fresno 6, Salt Lake 3 in 11 innings
W- Kevin Chapman (2-2)
L- Vinnie Pestano (0-1)
This game was suspended due to rain, and before the Grizzlies and the Bees could get on with their regularly scheduled game, the matter of this late-April game had to be settled. For everything that occurred before this game was suspended, please refer to the recaps of April 24.
Kevin Chapman, who was on the mound when this game was suspended, finished it off, allowing 3 hits and striking out 3.
The Grizzlies decided that they were going to end this immediately and scored 3 runs in the top of the 11th. Jon Singleton ripped a 2-run double and later scored on a wild pitch.
Fresno 9, Salt Lake 2
W- Luis Cruz (3-2)
L- Tyler DeLoach (1-2)
Fresno home runs: None.
The Grizz mauled the Bees early and often, and won this one rather comfortably.
L.J. Hoes opened up the scoring with an RBI single in the 1st. One batter later, Domingo Santana ripped a 2-run double. The two of them collaborated again in the 3rd; after Hoes ripped an RBI double of his own and stole 3rd (10), Domingo sent him home with an RBI single. The floodgates opened in the 4th as Fresno pushed their lead to 9-0. In that frame, Matt Duffy hit an RBI single, Domingo drew a bases-loaded walk, and Alex Presley followed with a 2-run single.
Tony Kemp, Duffy, Jon Singleton, and Hoes scored 2 runs apiece; Duffy, Hoes, Santana, and Presley all had 2-hit nights.
Luis Cruz had a fine outing; the only blemish was a homer by Marc Krauss. Cruz went 6 innings and allowed 3 other hits, walked 1, and struck out 9. Mitch Lambson, James Hoyt, and Richard Rodriguez pitched an inning apiece. Lambson, the first man out, worked around a hit and a walk to throw a scoreless 7th. Hoyt struck out 1 in a 1-2-3 8th, and Rodriguez allowed a run on 2 hits and walked 1, but he pulled himself together and prevented any more damage.
Game 3 of this series has Brady Rodgers on the bump for Fresno. He'll face Andrew Heaney at 6:35 Mountain.
Corpus Christi 3, Midland 1
W- Joe Musgrove (1-0, 9-1 season)
L- Chris Jensen (4-5)
S- Travis Ballew (2)
CC home runs: None.
New level, same results. With the win, the Hooks swept the Hounds and clinched the 1st-half crown in the Texas League South and a playoff berth.
Joe Musgrove allowed a solo homer in the 5th to Renato Nuñez, which was literally the only hitch in another outstanding start. He went 7 innings and allowed 5 other hits and struck out 3. Chris Cotton struck out 1 in a 1-2-3 8th, and Travis Ballew worked around an error by inducing the game-ending double play.
Roberto Peña whacked a ground-rule double in the 3rd, advanced to 3rd on a groundout, and scored the game's first run on an error that also allowed Chan-Jong Moon to reach. Jio Mier went 2-4 with an RBI single in the 4th, and in the 8th, Teoscar Hernandez cranked a triple and scored on an RBI single from Tyler White.
Tonight, the Hooks are in San Antonio to begin a 4-game set with the Missions at 7:05. Starters for both sides are TBA.
Lake Elsinore 3, Lancaster 0
W- Rafael De Paula (4-4)
L- Kevin Comer (0-1, 5-2 season)
Lancaster home runs: None.
The JetHawks were grounded by a Storm.
D.J. Fisher and Alfredo Gonzalez had 2 hits apiece; the other JetHawks hit was a Chase McDonald double.
Kevin Comer, in his first start in the California League, allowed a run on 4 hits, walked 3, and struck out 4 in 3.2 innings. Edison Frias went 4.1 innings, allowing 2 runs on 6 hits, walking 1, and striking out 3.
The series continues tonight at 6:00 Pacific as Dan Mengden takes on Kyle Lloyd.
Game 1: Quad Cities 9, Lansing 1
W- Brock Dykxhoorn (4-3)
L- Michael Kraft (0-1)
QC home runs: Thomas Lindauer (2, 2-run in 6th)
The Banditos busted out for 8 runs in the bottom of the 6th after the Lugnuts had tied the game at 1 in the top half of the inning. The 1 Quad Cities run before that outburst came courtesy of a Jake Nottingham RBI single in the 3rd inning. As I said a moment ago, all hell broke loose in the River Bandits' favor in the 6th inning.
Ryan Bottger and Kristian Trompiz drew walks to begin the inning. They both advanced a base on a sac bunt from Sean McMullen. Bobby Boyd hit a sac fly to score Bottger (1), and the ensuing error allowed Trompiz to score (2) and Boyd to reach 3rd. Thomas Lindauer made Lansing rue that miscue by ripping a 2-run homer (4). Jamie Ritchie followed with a single. He advanced to 2nd on a Jason Martin walk, to 3rd on a Nottingham single, and scored on a wild pitch (5). Bottger came back and ripped a 2-run double (7), and Trompiz capped off the scoring in game 1 with a sac fly (8).
Everyone in the lineup scored a run except for McMullen. Ritchie and Nottingham had 2 hits apiece.
Brock Dykxhoorn allowed a solo homer to Richard Urena in the 6th, the only blemish in an otherwise outstanding performance. He allowed 2 singles, walked 2, and struck out 10 in 6 innings. Angel Heredia worked around a hit and a walk to finish off game 1, striking out 2.
What would game 2 have in store for the Bandits?
Game 2: Lansing 2, Quad Cities 0 in 8 innings
W- Chase De Jong (6-4)
L- Eric Peterson (2-2)
S- Jose Fernandez (5)
QC home runs: None.
The Bandits and Lugnuts dueled to a scoreless tie in regulation, but Lansing was able to get their bats going.
Josh James allowed 2 hits and struck out 7 over 7 shutout innings. The Lugnuts were able to crack Eric Peterson as they got 2 runs on 3 hits off of him in the 8th. Peterson walked 1 and struck out the side in the 8th.
The River Bandits only got 4 hits, one of which was a double from Nick Tanielu.
Because the Lugnuts won the series, they got free rides on the ferris wheel at Modern Woodmen Park. It's alright though; the River Bandits clinched a playoff berth by virtue of winning game 1 of the twinbill.
The Banditos' homestand continues as they welcome the Great Lakes Loons to the Quad Cities. In game 1, Christian Powell will take on former Aggie Ross Stripling. First pitch is at 6:00.Our manager made a deal with the opposing team's GM saying if we won the series we got a free team ride on the wheel! pic.twitter.com/sDTbip7E8C— Chase De Jong (@ChaseDeJong) June 13, 2015
DSL Athletics 6, DSL Astros Blue 5 in 10 innings
W- Reinaldo Hoyos (1-0)
L- Jacques Sambo (0-1)
S- Gerardo Vilchez (1)
Blue home runs: Reiny Beltre (1, 3-run in 8th)
The A's managed to get two extra-inning wins against the Blue team in their latest encounter.
Jose Benjamin put the Blue team on the board with an RBI single in the 4th. Reiny Beltre bashed a 3-run homer in the 8th that tied the game at 4 at that point, and after the A's thought they took the lead in the top of the 9th, Oscar Campos re-tied the game with an RBI single in the 9th. The Blue had a chance to win the game as they had runners on 2nd and 3rd after a wild pitch, but they couldn't capitalize. Cristopher Luciano went 2-3.
Enrique Chavez went 5 innings and allowed 2 runs on 6 hits and struck out 4. Hansel Paulino was the first man out; he allowed 2 runs on 3 hits, walked 2, and struck out 1. Luis Castro allowed a hit, walked 1, and struck out 2 in 1.1 innings. Jorge Alcala allowed an unearned, walked 2, and struck out 1 in the 9th, and Jacques Sambo allowed a run on a sac fly, a single, and walked 1 in the 10th.
The Blue team played the Indians today.
DSL Astros Orange 12, DSL Nationals 5 in 11 innings
W- Gabriel Pirela (1-2)
L- Francisco Pinto (0-1)
Orange home runs: Miguelangel Sierra (1, solo in 3rd)
After losing their first 10 games of the year, the Orange team is now on a nice little 2-game winning streak. In this game, they withstood a 4-run 5th inning from the Nationals, chipped away at that deficit to tie the game, and then seized all control by scoring a touchdown in the 11th inning.
Marcos Almonte scored the first run of the day on a wild pitch in the 1st. Miguelangel Sierra went deep for the first time in his career in the 3rd inning. Sierra doubled with 1 out in the 5th and scored on a Randy Vasquez RBI single. In the 6th, Carlos Machado grounded into a force out that scored Felix Lucas, who entered the game as a pinch-runner for Hector Martinez. Vasquez scored in the 7th when Ronny Rafael grounded into a double play.
Sierra was plunked to lead off the 11th, and he'd be joined on the bases by Marcos Almonte and Vasquez, who both walked. Anthony Rodriguez drew the go-ahead bases-loaded walk, and it was tack-on time. Oliver Toribio was then plunked, which brought Almonte home. Vasquez scored when Rafael grounded into a force out. Anardo Peralta walked to re-load the bases, and Juan Fuente followed with an RBI single. Sierra came on for a 2nd time in the inning and drew another bases-loaded walk. Almonte came up again and whacked a 2-run double for the final runs of the day for the Orange team. Sierra (2B, HR, 2 RBI, 3 R) and Vasquez (RBI, 2 R, 2 BB) both finished 3-5, while Fuente (RBI, R, SB), Almonte (2B, 2 RBI, 2 R, SB), and Rafael (RBI, 2 R) had 2 hits apiece.
Jorge Guzman allowed a solo homer to Omar Meregildo in the 3rd. He allowed one other hit, walked 1, and struck out 2 in 4 innings. Jose Ramos pitched 5 innings and allowed 4 runs (1 earned) on 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 5. Gabriel Pirela threw 2 scoreless, allowing 2 hits and striking out 3.
The Orange team played the Angels today.