Let's play 2 in the Quad Cities!
Fresno 7, Tacoma 6
W- Mike Hauschild (3-3)
L- Jordan Pries (0-1)
S- James Hoyt (8)
Fresno home runs: Jon Singleton (7, 3-run in 5th)
The Grizz jumped out to a 7-0 lead, but they had to hang on for dear life as Tacoma mounted a furious comeback bid. In the end, though, Fresno escaped with the win.
Nolan Fontana opened the scoring with an RBI groundout in the 2nd. Later in the frame, Colin Moran ripped an RBI double. Matt Duffy hit an RBI double of his own in the 4th, and Jon Singleton crushed a 3-run homer in the 5th. Moran (2B, RBI, R), Duffy (2B, RBI, R), Tony Kemp (2 R), Eury Perez (2B, R), and Andrew Aplin (R, SB , BB) all had 2 hits in this game. Kemp extended his hitting streak to 9 games.
Mike Hauschild had a bare minimum quality start, allowing 4 hits (3-run homer), walking 1, and striking out 5. Jordan Jankowski went 2 innings and allowed 3 runs (all in the 7th), a 2-run homer, walked 2, and struck out 3; the 3rd run scored when he uncorked a wild pitch. James Hoyt crushed the rally by shutting the door; he struck out 2 in a 1-2-3 9th.
Tommy Shirley will start game 3 of this series. He'll face Adrian Sampson at 7:05 Pacific.
Corpus Christi was off
They didn't play on Wednesday, like I originally thought (my bad, everyone). Anyway, the Texas League edition of the Lone Star Series kicks off tonight at 7:05, as Cy Sneed takes on Connor Sadzeck.
Rancho Cucamonga 6, Lancaster 5
W- Scott Griggs (1-1)
L- Angel Heredia (0-3)
Lancaster home runs: None.
The JetHawks couldn't close out this game and ended up walking off with a loss.
Josh James went 4 innings and allowed 3 runs (2 earned) on 4 hits (2-run homer), walked 1, and struck out 8. Trent Thornton also went 4 innings; the only hit he allowed was a solo homer to Johan Mieses. Thornton struck out 7 in his outing. Angel Heredia only got 1 out in the 9th as he allowed the 2 runs that won it for Rancho. He allowed 2 hits and walked 1.
Marc Wik put Lancaster on the board with an RBI single in the 2nd. Nick Tanielu finished 3-5; he hit RBI singles in the 4th and the 5th. Garrett Stubbs and Alejandro Garcia also hit RBI singles in the 5th. Wik and Jamie Ritchie (2B, R) both went 2-4, while Ramon Laureano scored 2 runs, walked 3 times, and stole 2 bases (11).
The JetHawks will look to avoid the sweep as Scott Weathersby takes the mound. He'll go up against Josh Sborz at 7:05 Pacific.
Game 1: Burlington 6, Quad Cities 5
W- Jose Rodriguez (2-2)
L- Jose Luis Hernandez (0-2)
S- Adam Hofacket (5)
QC home runs: None.
The River Bandits' comeback bid in game 1 fell just short.
Dex McCall opened the scoring by drawing a bases-loaded walk in the 1st. Johnny Sewald, who scored the first run of the game, hit an RBI single in the 2nd. Kyle Tucker smacked an RBI double in the 4th to tie the game at 3. He singled to lead off the 7th and scored on a triple from Pat Porter. McCall brought Porter home with a groundout.
Sewald and Tucker both finished with 2 hits and a stolen base; Sewald now has 14, while Tucker is the system's new leader in stolen bases with 15.
Jose Luis Hernandez went 5 innings and allowed 4 runs on 7 hits (solo homer), walked 1, and struck out 1. Andrew Thome pitched the final 2 innings and allowed 2 runs (1 earned) on 2 hits and struck out 2.
What did game 2 have in store for Quad Cities?
Game 2: Quad Cities 1, Burlington 0
W- Chris Murphy (3-2)
L- Luis Peña (0-3)
QC home runs: None.
Chris Murphy went the distance for the first time in his professional career, which allowed the Banditos to split the twinbill and take the series. He dispatched the Bees in 97 minutes, allowing just 4 hits and striking out 3.
Anthony Hermelyn's RBI triple in the 1st was the only scoring play of game 2. Kyle Tucker's multi-hit game streak is over, but he did extend his hitting streak to 5 games.
The River Bandits are in Beloit, Wisconsin, where they'll start a 4-game series with the Snappers tonight at 6:30. Yoanys Quiala will make his 2016 debut; he'll take on Angel Duno.
Kyle Tucker, OF, Quad Cities
Combined stats for doubleheader: 3-7, 2B, RBI, R, SB in game 1 (15)
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Trent Thornton, RHP, Lancaster
4 IP, H (solo HR), ER, 7 K
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Chris Murphy, RHP, Quad Cities
W (3-2), CG, 4 H, 3 K
Nick Tanielu, IF, Lancaster: 3-5, 2 RBI
- Nick Tanielu knows how to hit.
Ramon Laureano, OF, Lancaster: 1-2, 2 R, 2 SB (11), 3 BB
- Laureano is now on a 6-game hitting streak, and no one seems to be able to keep him off the basepaths.
James Hoyt, RHP, Fresno: Save (8), IP, 2 K
- Still doing his thing. At some point, he'll be doing his thing with the Astros.
Tony Kemp, UTIL, Fresno: 2-5, 2 R
- Kemp is now on a 9-game hitting streak.