Let's play 2 in the Quad Cities!
Fresno 4, El Paso 2
W- Asher Wojciechowski (2-1)
L- Greg Reynolds (1-2)
S- Jandel Gustave (1)
Fresno home runs: Eury Perez (1, solo in 3rd), A.J. Reed (5, solo in 5th), Jon Singleton (4, solo in 6th)
The Grizz put on a show of power as they took game 1 from the Chihuahuas.
Asher Wojciechowski also delivered a fine performance on the mound as he allowed 2 runs on 4 hits, walked 1, and struck out 9 in 7 innings of work. Jordan Jankowski and Jandel Gustave carried him to the finish line with a scoreless inning apiece. Jankowski worked around a hit in the 8th and struck out 1, while Gustave fanned 1 in a 1-2-3 9th to earn the save.
Eury Perez finished 3-4 and put Fresno on the board with a solo homer to lead off the bottom of the 3rd. He also drove in the only run that wasn't the product of a home run with an RBI single in the 4th. A.J. Reed clubbed a solo shot of his own in the 5th, and ditto for Jon Singleton in the 6th. Jay Sing finished 2-4.
In game 2 of this series, Brady Rodgers will take on Carlos Pimentel. First pitch is at 7:05 Pacific.
Midland 8, Corpus Christi 1
W- Dylan Covey (1-1)
L- Kyle Smith (0-3)
CC home runs: None.
The Hooks suffered the sweep as their offense continues to be mired in a haze following Alex Bregman's injury. In the last 39 innings of this series, they only scored 2 runs.
Chase McDonald opened up the scoring with an RBI single in the 1st, and that was all the scoring that Corpus did in this one.
Kyle Smith went 4 innings and allowed 3 runs (2 earned) on 7 hits, walked 2, and struck out 3. Aaron West was the first man out and he allowed 4 runs on 4 hits (solo homer) and struck out 2 in 2 innings. Brendan McCurry struck out 3 over 2 perfect frames, and Reymin Guduan, who struck out 2 in the 9th, yielded his first run of the year when Matt Chapman took him deep for a solo shot, which was the only hit he allowed in his outing.
Corpus will now head to Frisco for a 4-game series. Brian Holmes will start game 1. First pitch is at 7:05.
Lancaster 5, Bakersfield 4
W- Eric Peterson (1-0)
L- Ramon Morla (0-2)
Lancaster home runs: None.
The late innings were much more kind to the JetHawks this time around as they walked off with the win.
Ramon Laureano put Lancaster on the board with an RBI double in the 1st inning and struck again with an RBI triple in the 3rd. After the Blaze broke the 2-2 tie, Alejandro Garcia pulled a run back with an RBI groundout in the 8th, and the JetHawks mounted their rally in the 9th.
Nick Tanielu, who came on as a pinch-hitter, hit a 1-out single and advanced to 2nd on a wild pitch. Bobby Boyd followed with an infield single. Jason Martin went down on strikes for the 2nd out, but Laureano drew a walk to load the bases. One batter later, Jamie Ritchie came through with a game-tying RBI single, and the bases remained loaded for Garcia, who took one for the team and got plunked, which allowed Boyd to trot home for the winning run. Unconventional, but a win is a win no matter how it's obtained. Laureano finished a home run shy of the cycle, while Ritchie went 2-5.
In his California League debut, Rogelio Armenteros went 5 innings and allowed 2 runs (both in the 1st), a double in the 3rd, walked 3, and struck out 5. The 2 runs he allowed came on a wild pitch and a groundout. Ryan Thompson allowed 2 runs on 4 hits, walked 2, and struck out 2 in 2.2 innings, and Eric Peterson threw 1.1 scoreless, allowing a hit, walking 2, and striking out 2.
Lancaster will finish April with a weekend series in Lake Elsinore. In game 1, Trent Thornton will take on Dinelson Lamet. First pitch is at 7:00 Pacific.
Game 1: Quad Cities 11, South Bend 2
W- Chris Murphy (1-2)
L- Justin Steele (1-3)
QC home runs: Connor Goedert (1, 2-run in 6th)
The Banditos struck early and often in game 1 and dealt the knockout blow with 5 runs in the 6th to turn game 1 into a laugher.
Chris Murphy was the beneficiary of some tremendous run support, but he had a solid outing himself, allowing 2 runs on 8 hits (7 singles and a double) and striking out 2 in 6 innings of work. Adam Whitt worked around a walk to throw a scoreless 7th.
South Bend scored first, but it was all Quad Cities in this one. Connor Goedert put them on the board with a sac fly in the 1st following a double steal by Osvaldo Duarte and Daz Cameron. Daz then stole 3rd and scored on the ensuing error.
The Bandits got 4 in the 2nd as Tony Nuñez hit an RBI single and Goedert cleared the bases with a double. In the 6th, Nuñez scored on an error following a Duarte single. Kyle Tucker smashed an RBI triple, and Goedert capped off a career game with a 2-run homer. Brooks Marlow drove in the final run of game 1 with an RBI single.
Everyone in the lineup for game 1 had a hit; Anthony Hermelyn went 3-3 with 2 doubles. Dex McCall's 2 hits were doubles. Duarte, Tucker, and Nuñez all scored twice; Marlow was the only player who didn't score a run. Johnny Sewald (8), Duarte (4), and Daz (2 steals; 4 season) stole some bases. Basically, the Banditos put on an offensive clinic in game 1.
Game 2: Quad Cities 3, South Bend 0
W- Matt Bower (1-0)
L- Ryan Kellogg (2-2)
S- Ralph Garza Jr. (2)
QC home runs: Dex McCall (1, 2-run in 4th)
The Banditos wound up sweeping the twinbill. They were held to 4 hits, but they held the Cubs off the scoreboard.
Aaron Mizell hit the first of his 2 triples in the 3rd and scored the first run of game 2 on a Bobby Wernes sac fly. Dex McCall smacked his first homer of the year, a 2-run shot in the 4th.
Matt Bower allowed 5 hits and fanned 6 over 5 shutout innings. Ralph Garza Jr. finished off the shutout with a 2-inning save; he allowed 2 hits and struck out 1.
Quad Cities will welcome West Michigan to Modern Woodmen Park for the weekend. In game 1, Kevin McCanna will take on Matt Hall. First pitch is at 7:00.
*Doubleheader stats are cumulative
Ramon Laureano, OF, Lancaster
3-4, 2B, 3B, 2 RBI, R
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Dexture McCall, 1B, Quad Cities
3-6; 2 2B in game 1, 2-R HR (1) in game 2, 2 R total
Eury Perez, OF, Fresno
3-4, solo HR (1), 2 RBI
Asher Wojciechowski, RHP, Fresno
W (2-1), 7 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, BB, 9 K
Connor Goedert, IF, Quad Cities
3-5; 2 2B (1 in game 1, 1 in game 2), 2-R HR (1) in game 1; 6 RBI in game 1, 2 R total
Brendan McCurry, RHP, Corpus Christi: 2 IP, 3 K
- McCurry hasn't missed a beat since joining the Astros organization.
Rogelio Armenteros, RHP, Lancaster: 5 IP, H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 5 K
- A nice debut for the young Cuban following his promotion, especially when you take into account that he put up that line in Pitcher's Hell, aka The Hangar.
Matt Bower, LHP, Quad Cities: W (1-0), 5 IP, 5 H, 6 K
- The last man from the 2015 draft class to sign, Bower has provided some outstanding early returns.
Jon Singleton, 1B, Fresno: 2-4, solo HR (4)
- I may be one out of like 5 people who still think this, but I really do hope that Jon can finally put it all together. He's way too talented of a player to not do so.
Anthony Hermelyn, C, Quad Cities: 3-3, 2 2B, BB, R
- Hermelyn has come out swinging; 8 of his 15 hits on the year are doubles.