Tacoma 7, Fresno 6 in 10 innings
W- David Rollins (1-0)
L- Jandel Gustave (1-1)
S- Blake Parker (6)
Fresno home runs: Tyler Heineman (1, solo in 5th), Nolan Fontana (1, 3-run in 7th)
The Tacos successfully forced extra innings.... but the Rainiers got a run in the first extra frame to snatch the victory.
Tyler Heineman's solo shot put Fresno on the board in the 5th inning. They got 4 in the 7th as Matt Duffy ripped an RBI double and Nolan Fontana slammed a 3-run homer that gave the Tacos a 5-4 lead. That lead was short-lived, however, as Tacoma got 2 in the 8th to re-take the lead. But... the Tacos wouldn't trail for long, either.
Andrew Aplin led off the 9th by reaching on an error and advancing to 2nd. He made to 3rd following a Heineman flyout and scored the tying run on a single from Fontana. Fontana did his bit in keeping the Tacos in this one as both of his hits either gave them a lead (3-run homer) or tied the game (RBI single in 9th). Matt Duffy also recorded a 2-hit outing, while Aplin scored 2 runs.
Brady Rodgers had a bare minimum quality start, allowing 9 hits, walking 1, and striking out 4. Kevin Chapman allowed a run on 3 hits and struck out 1 in the 7th. Edwar Cabrera came on for the 8th, and he retired the first man he faced, but a walk and a double put him in a bind, so James Hoyt came on to try to extricate Cabrera from this situation. Unfortunately, he could not, as both of Cabrera's runners scored on a wild pitch and a fielder's choice. Hoyt technically pitched 1.2 perfect innings, striking out 2, but the runners he inherited from Cabrera both scored. Jandel Gustave allowed the go-ahead run on a sac fly in the 10th. He allowed a single and issued an intentional walk.
Mike Hauschild will start game 2 of this series. First pitch is at 12:05 Pacific.
Corpus Christi 5, San Antonio 3
W- Francis Martes (2-2)
L- Bryce Morrow (0-4)
S- Brendan McCurry (4)
CC home runs: Alex Bregman (7, 2-run in 5th), D.J. Fisher (5, solo in 8th)
This Alex Bregman guy might have some potential. The Hooks climbed back above .500 by taking 3 of 4 from their I-37 rivals. They lost 9 of their last 10 to close out April, but they've turned it around in May, going 7-3 in their first 10 games this month.
Corpus got 2 in the 2nd to get on the board, as James Ramsay hit a sac fly, and Alfredo Gonzalez hit an RBI single. Bregman, who doesn't appear to be affected by his layoff, hit a 2-run homer in the 5th that put the Hooks in front, and D.J. Fisher provided a little breathing room with an inside-the-park solo homer in the 8th. Conrad Gregor finished 2-3; 8 of the 9 players in the Hooks lineup had a hit.
Francis Martes went 5 innings and allowed 3 runs on 6 hits (2-run homer), walked 2, and struck out 3. Chris Cotton came out of the bullpen to throw 2.1 scoreless, allowing 1 hit, walking 1, and striking out 1. Brendan McCurry got the 5-out save; he allowed a hit, walked 1, and struck out 1.
Tonight, the Texas League iteration of the Lone Star Series starts once again as the Hooks welcome Frisco to Whataburger Field. Cy Sneed will look to bounce back from his roughest outing of the season as he'll start game 1. His opponent is Connor Sadzeck. First pitch is at 7:05.
Rancho Cucamonga 12, Lancaster 1
W- Yaisel Sierra (1-1)
L- Rogelio Armenteros (0-1, 0-3 season)
Lancaster home runs: None.
The JetHawks got rocked in this one.
Rogelio Armenteros went 5 innings and allowed 4 runs on 5 hits (solo homer), walked 3, and struck out 4. Dean Deetz and Jacob Dorris both posted identical lines in 1.2 innings and 1.1 innings, respectively. The two of them allowed 4 runs (3 earned) on 4 hits, walked 1, and struck out 2. Dorris got a rather rude welcome to the California League.
Lancaster's only run came in the 8th on an RBI double from Drew Ferguson. Garrett Stubbs extended his hitting streak to 9 games, and Ramon Laureano was 2-2 with a double, a walk, and a stolen base (9).
Lancaster will look to get off the canvas as Josh James will start game 2. He'll face Tommy Bergjans at 7:05 Pacific.
Quad Cities and Burlington was postponed
Due to wet grounds. This series will conclude with a doubleheader, with game 1 starting at 6. Jose Luis Hernandez will take on Luis Peña in the first game, and Chris Murphy will face Jose Rodriguez in game 2.
Alex Bregman, SS, Corpus Christi
Go-ahead 2-R HR (7)
Chris Cotton, LHP, Corpus Christi
Hold (1), 2.1 IP, H, BB, K
Nolan Fontana, IF, Fresno
2-4, 3-R HR (1), 4 RBI
Matt Duffy, 3B, Fresno: 2-5, 2B, RBI
- Duffy's bat is showing signs of life after a dreadful start.
Brendan McCurry, RHP, Corpus Christi: Save (4), 1.2 IP, H, BB, K
- McCurry just keeps on rolling.
D.J. Fisher, OF, Corpus Christi: Inside-the-park solo HR (5)
- Delivered an insurance run in breathtaking fashion. Hopefully that 4-4 game gives his bat the spark it needs.