Salt Lake 10, Fresno 9
W- Cam Bedrosian (1-0)
L- Juan Minaya (0-1)
S- Al Alburquerque (2)
Fresno home runs: A.J. Reed (1, 2-run in 1st), Colin Moran (1, grand slam in 3rd)
The Grizzlies had to settle for a split as Salt Lake broke a 7-7 tie with 3 runs in the bottom of the 7th. Fresno got 2 of those runs back in the 9th, but they were unable to complete the comeback.
A.J. Reed finished 3-5 with 3 runs scored and opened up the scoring with a 2-run homer in the 1st, his 1st in AAA. In the 3rd, Colin Moran clubbed a grand slam, the Grizzlies' 2nd of the series. In the 5th, Roberto Peña drew a bases-loaded walk, and Reed and Danny Worth were able to score on an error in the 9th to make it a 1-run game. Unfortunately, Jon Kemmer struck out to end the threat, and the game. Danny Worth went 2-5 with a double and scored twice, while Jon Singleton walked twice and scored twice.
Michael Feliz went 3.1 innings and allowed 7 runs (2 inherited runners charged to him) on 6 hits (solo homer), walked 4, and struck out 4. César Valdez technically pitched 2.2 scoreless innings, but he allowed 2 of the 3 runners he inherited from Feliz to score. Valdez allowed 3 hits, walked 2, and struck out 2. Juan Minaya pitched 2 innings and allowed 3 runs (1 earned) on 3 hits, walked 1, and fanned 1.
Brad Peacock will be on the mound tonight as Fresno will play in front of their home crowd for the first time this season. They'll be opening a 4-game set against Las Vegas, and hopefully they'll get all 4 games in, unlike the 1st series of the season, where they were rained out twice. First pitch is at 7:05 Pacific.
Corpus Christi 10, Tulsa 5
W- Reymin Guduan (1-0)
L- Chris Anderson (0-1)
CC home runs: Jack Mayfield (2, 2-run in 3rd)
The Hooks did allow the Drillers to score 5 in the 6th inning, which put a dent in their 9-0 lead, but fortunately, they were able to confine the damage to just that 1 inning.
In the meantime, the offense absolutely pounded Tulsa in the early going, jumping out to that aforementioned 9-0 lead. It all started in the 1st as Conrad Gregor drew a bases-loaded walk, Alex Bregman scored on an error, and Alfredo Gonzalez hit an RBI single. Jack Mayfield connected for a 2-run homer in the 3rd, his 2nd blast of the year. D.J. Fisher added an RBI single in the 4th and hit another one in the 5th. After Fisher's 2nd RBI single, J.D. Davis smacked a 2-run double. Ronnie Mitchell capped off the scoring with an RBI groundout in the 9th.
Fisher (2 RBI singles) and Mayfield (2-R HR) both went 2-4 and scored twice. Teoscar Hernandez also went 2-4; he had a double, scored 3 runs, and stole a base.
Joe Musgrove allowed 3 hits, walked 2, and struck out 6 over 4 scoreless innings. Edgardo Sandoval, who was making the jump from Greeneville to Corpus, allowed 3 runs (all on a homer) on 4 hits in 1.1 innings. Aaron West went 2 innings and allowed 2 runs on 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 1. Reymin Guduan pitched 1.2 scoreless to finish it off, allowing a hit, walking 1, and striking out 3.
David Paulino will start game 2 of this series; he'll go up against Felipe Gonzalez at 7:05.
High Desert 8, Lancaster 4
W- Ariel Jurado (1-0)
L- Elieser Hernandez (0-1)
Lancaster home runs: None.
The JetHawks had plenty of opportunities on offense, and one timely hit could have swung the momentum in their favor. But alas, they loaded the bases 3 times in this game and ended up having 1 run to show for it. Lancaster was 1-10 with RISP and left 13 runners on base.
Kristian Trompiz put the JetHawks on the board with a 2-run single in the 2nd, but he was the final casualty of the inning, because he was caught in a rundown between 1st and 2nd. In the 6th, Jamie Ritchie ripped an RBI double, and Jose Fernandez drew a bases-loaded walk. That BB turned out to be the only run that Lancaster would score with the bases loaded; they left them loaded to end the 7th, and to end the game as well.
Ritchie finished 2-4, while Nick Tanielu and Jason Martin also posted 2-hit nights.
Elieser Hernandez allowed 4 runs (3 earned) on 9 hits, walked 1, and struck out 1 in 4 innings. Evan Grills pitched the final 5 innings and also allowed 4 runs (3 earned) on 5 hits (solo and 2-run homers), walked 1, and struck out 5.
In game 2 of this series, Dean Deetz will take on Colin Wiles. First pitch is at 6:35 Pacific.
Kane County 5, Quad Cities 2
W- Gabe Speier (1-0)
L- Albert Abreu (0-1)
S- Cameron Gann (1)
QC home runs: None.
A 4-run 5th from Kane County was the difference in this one.
Albert Abreu went 4+ innings and allowed 5 runs (2 inherited runners charged to him) on 5 hits, walked 2, and struck out 6. Jose Luis Hernandez came on and was excellent, allowing just 1 hit and striking out 4 over 4 innings. However, that 1 hit, which was a triple, allowed the 2 runners he inherited from Abreu to score. Jacob Dorris worked around a walk to throw a scoreless 9th.
Daz Cameron smacked an RBI triple in the 3rd, which tied the game at 1. In the 7th, Aaron Mizell added an RBI double. Osvaldo Duarte had a double and a triple in 4 at-bats.
In game 2 of this series, Chris Murphy will face Carlos Hernandez. First pitch is at 7.
Jack Mayfield, IF, Corpus Christi
2-4, 2B, 2-R HR (2), 3 RBI, 2 R
Jose Luis Hernandez, RHP, Quad Cities
4 IP, H, 4 K
A.J. Reed, 1B, Fresno
3-5, 2-R HR (1), 3 R
Jason Martin, OF, Lancaster: 2-5, R
- Martin has really stormed out of the gate to begin the season.
Colin Moran, 3B, Fresno: Grand Slam (1)
- If you're gonna hit your first home run of the year, why not make it a grand slam? Moran has also enjoyed a fine start to his campaign.
Osvaldo Duarte, SS, Quad Cities: 2-4, 2B, 3B, R
- Duarte has recorded a hit in all but one game this season.
Joe Musgrove, RHP, Corpus Christi: 4 IP, 3 H, 2 BB, 6 K
- 2 walks? That's a rare off night for him. That comment was made completely in jest, because Joe Musgrove's form remains outstanding. I wouldn't be surprised if he's called upon to bolster the Houston rotation in June/July.