Tacoma 9, Fresno 5
W- Adrian Sampson (4-2)
L- Tommy Shirley (3-2)
Fresno home runs: Colin Moran (2, 2-run in 9th)
The Rainiers seized control of this game with 5 runs in the 9th. Fresno got 3 of their own in the bottom of the 9th, but the hole proved to be too deep for them.
Tommy Shirley went 4 innings and allowed 2 runs on 8 hits, walked 3, and struck out 2. Juan Minaya was the first man out of the Grizzlies bullpen; he allowed a run on 3 hits and fanned 2 in 2 innings. In his Fresno debut, Reymin Guduan went 1.2 innings and allowed a run on 2 hits, walked 2, and struck out 2. Jandel Gustave got the final out of the 8th and 1 out in the 9th; he allowed 4 runs (3 inherited runners charged to him) on 2 hits, walked 2, and struck out 1. Kevin Chapman got the final 2 outs of the 9th, one via strikeout, but he also allowed a grand slam to Daniel Robertson, which resulted in 3 runs being charged to Gustave. The grand slam was the only hit that Chapman allowed, but it was costly.
Only 3 players in the Grizzlies lineup recorded a hit. Colin Moran drove in 3 of their 5 runs. Nolan Fontana scored the first run of the game when Moran grounded into a force out in the 1st; Tacoma botched the double play attempt. Moran hit a sac fly in the 6th and a 2-run homer in the 9th. Jon Kemmer added a sac fly in the 9th. The 5-9 hitters in Fresno's lineup combined to go 0-16 with a walk and an RBI, which was Kemmer's sac fly.
Joe Musgrove, back in his home state, will make his AAA debut tonight. He'll take on Donn Roach in the series finale; first pitch is at 7:05 Pacific.
Corpus Christi 6, Frisco 5
W- Brendan McCurry (1-1)
L- Jose Leclerc (0-5)
CC home runs: D.J. Fisher 2 (7; 2-run in 4th, walk-off solo in 9th), Evan Gattis (4, 2-run in 6th)
The Roughriders appeared to have ruined things by scoring 3 in the top of the 9th, but the Hooks walked off with the win anyway.
Alex Bregman broke a scoreless tie in the 4th with an RBI double. One batter later, D.J. Fisher went deep for the first time in the game. Evan Gattis smacked a 2-run shot of his own in the 6th to push Corpus Christi's lead to 5-2. Frisco tied the game in the top of the 9th, and they sent out Jose Leclerc to try to force extra innings. Fisher wasn't having any of that as he sent the 3rd pitch he saw from Leclerc into the Corpus Christi night to end the game.
Fisher's 2 hits were home runs. The top 4 of the order did all the work on offense for the Hooks in this game. Teoscar Hernandez scored 2 runs and stole a base (10), Bregman had the RBI double, and Gattis, who caught all 9 innings, had the 2-run homer; he's recorded a hit in every game that he's played with the Hooks.
Cy Sneed allowed 5 hits and fanned 5 over 5 shutout innings. Edison Frias went 2 innings and allowed 2 runs on 2 hits, walked 2, and struck out 4. Aaron West couldn't seal the deal; he allowed 3 runs (1 inherited runner charged to him) on 5 hits (all singles) and struck out 1. Brendan McCurry was summoned to extract Corpus from the 9th-inning jam; he allowed the game-tying hit to the first man he faced, but he avoided further damage by getting a double play and a grounder hit right back to him.
The Hooks and Riders will play 2 on Friday starting at 5:30; they will be making up a game that was originally scheduled for April 24 but was rained out. Keegan Yuhl will face Sam Wolff in game 1; In game 2, Evan Grills will take on David Perez. Grills will be making his AA debut.
Lancaster 7, Rancho Cucamonga 3
W- Scott Weathersby (1-3)
L- Josh Sborz (3-2)
S- Eric Peterson (1)
Lancaster home runs: Drew Ferguson (2, solo in 1st)
The JetHawks avoided the sweep as their bats came alive.
Scott Weathersby delivered 5 solid innings, allowing 2 runs on 7 hits (6 singles and a triple), walking 1, and striking out 3. Yeyfry Del Rosario allowed a run on 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 1. Eric Peterson closed it out with 2 perfect innings, striking out 1.
Drew Ferguson put Lancaster on the board first with a solo homer in the 1st, his 2nd home run of the year. Bryan Muñiz added an RBI single in the 2nd, and Nick Tanielu hit an RBI groundout in the 3rd. The 'Hawks got 2 in the 6th on a Marc Wik RBI triple and a sac fly from Kristian Trompiz. Muñiz, who finished 3-4, hit another RBI single in the 8th, and Tanielu drove in the final run of the evening with an RBI single in the 9th.
Alejandro Garcia also had a 3-hit night; he hit a double and scored twice. Ferguson was 2-4 with 2 runs scored and 2 stolen bases (7), while Bobby Boyd was 2-5 with a run scored and a steal (15).
The JetHawks are back home, where they'll start a 4-game series with Lake Elsinore tonight at 6:35 Pacific. Brock Dykxhoorn will start for Lancaster; he'll take on Billy Kennedy.
Beloit 10, Quad Cities 9 in 13 innings
W- Armando Ruiz (1-0)
L- Zac Person (0-1)
QC home runs: None.
The Banditos led this one 9-4 heading into the bottom of the 9th. They left the inning tied at 9 and eventually walked off with a loss in the 13th. Beloit committed 7 errors in this game and somehow won. Baseball!
Kyle Tucker put Quad Cities on the board first with an RBI single in the 1st. In the 4th, Little Tuck scored on an error that allowed Pat Porter to reach. Later in the frame, Osvaldo Duarte drew a bases-loaded walk. Aaron Mizell smacked an RBI double in the 6th, which tied the game at 4. That's where it stood until the 8th, when Duarte hit an RBI double to put the River Bandits back in front; he eventually scored on an error that allowed Bobby Wernes to reach. QC suddenly got a 2-out rally going as Anthony Hermelyn singled, and Porter and Dex McCall drew walks to load the bases for Mizell, who promptly cleared them with a triple. That should've sealed it, right?
Nope. The Snappers got 5 in the bottom of the 9th to force extras. The River Bandits stranded 2 runners to end the 10th. Osvaldo Duarte was stranded at 3rd to end the 12th, and Anthony Hermelyn, who reached on an error and advanced all the way to 3rd to start the 13th, was also stranded there to end the inning.
Tucker (RBI, R, SB ), Mizell (2B, 3B, 4 RBI, R), Duarte (2B, 2 RBI, R), and Bobby Wernes (2 singles) all had 2-hit games. Hermelyn and Porter scored 2 runs.
In his 2016 debut, Yoanys Quiala went 4 innings and allowed 3 runs on 5 hits (solo and 2-run homers) and struck out 2. Juan Carlos Santos allowed a run on a hit in the 5th. Kevin McCanna pitched 3.1 innings and had 2 inherited runners charged to him in the 9th. He allowed 2 hits, walked 3, and struck out 2. Adam Whitt allowed 3 runs on 3 hits, walked 2, and struck out 3 in 2.2 innings. Zac Person went 1.2 innings and allowed the winning run, 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 3.
Albert Abreu will get the start in game 2; he'll face Leon "Boomer" Biegalski at 6:30.
Drew Ferguson, OF, Lancaster
2-4, solo HR (2), 2 SB (7)
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Cy Sneed, RHP, Corpus Christi
5 IP, 5 H, 5 K
D.J. Fisher, OF, Corpus Christi
2-4, 2 HR (7), 3 RBI; walk-off solo HR in 9th
Colin Moran, 3B, Fresno: 1-3, 2-R HR (2), 3 RBI
- Nice to see him go deep; would be even better if he started to do that a little more often.
Bryan Muñiz, 1B, Lancaster: 3-4, 2 RBI
- Muñiz is looking to get himself off the canvas after a slow start. This game was a step in the right direction.
Kyle Tucker, OF, Quad Cities: 2-5, RBI, R, 2 BB, SB (16)
- I'm honestly running out of good things to say about Little Tuck. He's performed extremely well in his first crack at full-season ball.
Evan Gattis, C, Corpus Christi: 2-R HR (3)
- Catching all 9 innings suggests that White Bear is making some progress on defense. He's expected to catch again tonight.