River Bandits run wild.
El Paso 8, Fresno 6
W- Frank Garcés (1-0)
L- Juan Minaya (0-2)
Fresno home runs: Andrew Aplin (1, solo in 2nd), Danny Worth (5, solo in 9th)
The Grizzlies managed to tie the game in the top of the 8th.... only to see the Chihuahuas re-take the lead in the bottom of the 8th. After taking the first game of this series, the Grizzlies dropped the last three.
Tony Kemp led off the game with a double and scored the first run of the evening on a double from Colin Moran. Moran scored later in the 1st following an error that allowed A.J. Reed to reach. Andrew Aplin led off the 2nd with a homer, his 1st of the year. Both teams scored 2 in the 1st and 1 in the 2nd, but El Paso scored 2 in the 3rd to take a 5-3 lead, and that's where it stood until the 8th, when Eury Perez came through with a pinch-hit 2-run single to tie the game at 5.
Unfortunately, the Chihuahuas were back in front as they got 3 runs in the bottom of the 8th. Danny Worth pulled a run back with a solo homer in the 9th, his 5th of the season.
Aplin (solo HR), Worth (2B, solo HR), Tony Kemp (2B, R), and Matt Duffy all finished with 2 hits in this game.
César Valdez went 4 innings and allowed 5 runs on 9 hits (solo homer) and struck out 1. Juan Minaya had 2 inherited runners charged to him (1 earned) and allowed 2 hits in 3.1 innings. Jandel Gustave got the final 2 outs of the 8th, but not before El Paso retook the lead. He allowed an unearned run on 2 hits and struck out 1.
The Grizzlies will start a 4-game series with Tacoma tonight; they'll be playing as the Fresno Tacos. Brady Rodgers will take on Cody Martin in game 1; first pitch is at 6:35 Pacific.
Corpus Christi 8, San Antonio 5
W- Brian Holmes (2-1)
L- Johnny Hellweg (1-4)
S- Reymin Guduan (2)
CC home runs: Alex Bregman (6, solo in 5th), J.D. Davis (2, 2-run in 8th)
The Hooks started out fast and got some much-needed insurance late to get the win in this one.
The Missions scored first in the 1st, but Corpus responded with 4 in the bottom half as they quickly seized control. Teoscar Hernandez led off the game with a single, and he wound up scoring the Hooks' first run when Evan Gattis grounded into a double play. Corpus wasn't fazed when 0 outs suddenly turned into 2 outs, because James Ramsay smacked an RBI double and J.D. Davis followed that up with a 2-run single. Davis doubled to lead off the 4th and came home on a single from Mott Hyde. Alex Bregman took Rafael de Paula deep for his 6th home run, a solo shot in the 5th.
San Antonio scored 3 in the 6th to cut the Corpus lead to 6-5, but Davis clubbed a 2-run homer to give the Hooks 2 big runs late in the game. Davis finished 3-4, while Hyde was 2-3 with a double.
Brian Holmes went 5.1 innings and allowed 4 runs (3 earned, 1 inherited runner charged to him) on 5 hits (solo homer), walked 1, and struck out 7. Michael Freeman was the first man out; he pitched an inning (2 outs in the 6th, 1 out in the 7th) and allowed a run on 2 hits, walked 2, and struck out 2. Aaron West allowed 2 hits and fanned 3 over 1.2 scoreless, and Reymin Guduan closed the door by striking out 2 in a 1-2-3 9th.
Francis Martes will start the series finale. He'll face Bryce Morrow at 7:05.
Lancaster was off
The JetHawks will begin a 3-game series in Rancho Cucamonga tonight at 7:05 Pacific. Rogelio Armenteros will be going up against Grant Holmes.
Quad Cities 12, Burlington 4
W- Alex Winkelman (3-1)
L- Ronnie Glenn (1-2)
S- Ryan Deemes (1)
QC home runs: Connor Goedert (2, 2-run in 3rd)
The Banditos opened up their series with a bang as they raced out to a 7-0 lead. Burlington managed to cut into that lead a little, but any doubts concerning the outcome of this game were erased when Quad Cities responded with a 5-run 8th to bury the Bees.
Alex Winkelman went 5.2 innings and allowed 3 runs on 5 hits, walked 1, and struck out 6. Ryan Deemes finished it off; he went 3.1 innings and allowed a run on a groundout in the 7th, a single that also came in the 7th, walked 1, and struck out 2.
Kyle Tucker opened the scoring with an RBI single in the 1st, which was a sign of things to come for him. Bobby Wernes ripped an RBI double in the 2nd, and Little Tuck followed that up with a 2-run double. Connor Goedert smacked a 2-run homer in the 3rd, and Anthony Hermelyn added a sac fly in the 4th to push Quad Cities' lead to 7-0.
Burlington went on a little run to cut the Banditos' lead to 7-4, but QC had the final say in this game as they put up 5 in the 8th. Tony Nuñez kicked things off with a single, and Tucker eventually joined him on the bases by drawing a walk. Hermelyn was next, and he brought both of them home with a double. Goedert struck out, but was able to reach. Aaron Mizell was hit by a pitch to load the bases, and that brought up Christian Correa, who promptly cleared the bases with a double to bring in the last 3 runs of the day.
Everyone in the lineup reached base and scored a run. Tucker finished 3-4; he's posted multi-hit games in 5 of his last 6 contests. Nuñez, Mizell, and Correa all finished with 2 hits. Quad Cities wreaked havoc on the bases again as they were 8-8 in stolen base attempts. Johnny Sewald stole his 13th. Little Tuck took 3 more to give him 14 on the year. Nuñez stole 2, giving him 8 on on the season, and Mizell stole his first 3 bases of 2016.
In game 2 of this series, Jose Luis Hernandez will take on Jose Rodriguez. First pitch is at 7.
*All photos are from Jayne unless otherwise noted.
Christian Correa, C, Quad Cities
2-5, 2B, 3 RBI, R
Kyle Tucker, OF, Quad Cities
3-4, 2B, 3 RBI, R, 3 SB (14)
Reymin Guduan, LHP, Corpus Christi: Save (2), IP, 2 K
- Guduan looks like he's putting it all together now.
Ryan Deemes, RHP, Quad Cities: Save (1), 3.1 IP, H, ER, BB, 2 K
- Deemes is as dependable as they come.
Danny Worth, IF, Fresno: 2-5, solo HR (5)
- Worth continues to do what's he's been doing, and that's hit.