Nashville 2, Fresno 1
W- Dillon Overton (2-4)
L- Tommy Shirley (3-3)
S- J.B. Wendelken (3)
Fresno home runs: None.
The Grizzlies were swept in a series for the first time this season as their bats went quiet once again. They've gone 2-9 in their last 11 games.
Max Stassi tripled with 1 out in the 2nd and scored Fresno's only run on an Andrew Aplin groundout. Stassi finished 2-4. They stranded runners on the corners to end an 8th-inning threat.
Tommy Shirley went 5.2 innings and allowed 2 runs (1 inherited runner charged to him) on 6 hits, walked 1, and struck out 1. Reymin Guduan pitched 0.2 innings (final out of the 6th, first out of the 7th) and was greeted rather rudely by Matt Olson, who hit a go-ahead RBI ground-rule double to put the Sounds in front. Guduan issued an intentional walk to load the bases, but he got out of the inning by striking out Bryan Anderson. After Guduan got the first out of the 7th, Jandel Gustave came in, and he got a popout and a flyout to end the inning. James Hoyt struck out 2 in a 1-2-3 8th.
Fresno has Wednesday off. Joe Musgrove will start the first game in Memphis on Thursday.
Corpus Christi 2, San Antonio 1 in 13 innings
W- Aaron West (1-0)
L- Rafael De Paula (0-1)
S- Brendan McCurry (6)
CC home runs: Trent Woodward (1, solo in 13th)
Trent Woodward's blast in the top of the 13th and some clutch defense in the bottom half of the inning proved to be the difference in this game. The Hooks extended their winning streak to 8 games as they've really come alive this month.
Alex Bregman put Corpus on the board first with an RBI groundout in the 5th. The Missions tied the game at 1 in the 6th, and that's where it stood until the 13th inning. Conrad Gregor led off and was the first casualty of the inning after he flew out. Trent Woodward, who was 0-5 at the time, stepped in and proceeded to give the Hooks the lead by sending a Rafael De Paula offering into the night.
Chase McDonald and Roberto Peña both had 2 hits, while Chan-Jong Moon went 3-5 with a stolen base (4). Teoscar Hernandez stole 2 bases (12).
Francis Martes turned in 6 solid innings, allowing a run on 4 hits, walking 1, and striking out 5. Angel Heredia and Aaron West followed with 3 scoreless innings; Heredia, who was making his Texas League debut, allowed 2 hits and struck out 4, while West fanned 2 over 3 perfect innings.
Brendan McCurry was summoned for the save in the 13th. He retired the first man he faced, but then, things got a bit hairy as the next two batters singled off of him. Nelson Ward hit a third consecutive single, and Nick Schulz, who hit the first single, decided to test Teoscar. It did not end well for Schulz, who was cut down at home. After that scare, McCurry pulled himself together and struck out Gabriel Quintana to end the game.
The series continues later this morning. Cy Sneed will start for Corpus; he'll face Bryan Rodriguez at 11:05 A.M.
Lancaster 5, Inland Empire 3
W- Josh James (3-1)
L- Jose Molina (1-2)
Lancaster home runs: None.
A 3-run bottom of the 8th tipped the scales of this game in the JetHawks' favor.
Garrett Stubbs went 2-4 and opened the scoring with a 2-run single in the 3rd. However, Inland Empire quickly responded by scoring 3 in the top of the 4th to take the lead, and that's where this game stood until the bottom of the 8th.
Kristian Trompiz led off the inning with a single. Bobby Boyd followed by legging out a bunt single. Stubbs was the first casualty of the inning, but Drew Ferguson got plunked to load the bases. Nick Tanielu came up and tied the game with a sac fly. Brooks Marlow was next, and he came through with what turned out to be the game-winning hit, a 2-run double. That's a nice way to make a first impression on your new team. Bobby Boyd finished 3-4 with a double and 2 runs scored. Trompiz also scored 2 runs.
Trent Thornton went 5 innings and allowed 3 runs on 6 hits and fanned 4. Josh James shut the 66ers down in his 4 innings, allowing just 1 hit while striking out 5.
Scott Weathersby will start game 2 of this series. He'll face Jason Hoppe at 6:35 Pacific.
Clinton 6, Quad Cities 0
W- Zack Littell (2-4)
L- Chris Murphy (3-3)
QC home runs: None.
The Banditos' bats went quiet as they dropped the first of this 3-game series to the LumberKings.
Osvaldo Duarte singled and stole a base (5), while Keach Ballard singled and walked in his season debut.
Chris Murphy went 2.1 innings and allowed 4 runs on 7 hits, walked 3, and struck out 1. Adam Whitt allowed a hit and struck out 2 over 2.2 scoreless, and Yoanys Quiala went 4 innings, allowing 2 runs on 4 hits, walking 2, and striking out 3.
Kevin McCanna will start for Quad Cities tonight. He'll take on Kyle Wilcox at 7.
Three Stars (in Two)
Angel Heredia and Aaron West, RHPs, Corpus Christi
Heredia: 3 IP, 2 H, 4 K; Texas League debut
West: W (1-0), 3 IP, 2 K
Josh James, RHP, Lancaster
W (3-1), 4 IP, H, 5 K
James Hoyt, RHP, Fresno: IP, 2 K
- James Hoyt just continues to mow down the Pacific Coast League.
Francis Martes, RHP, Corpus Christi: 6 IP, 4 H, ER, BB, 5 K
- Martes turned in his best outing of the year. He's looking to right the ship after stumbling out of the gate.
Teoscar Hernandez, OF, Corpus Christi: 1-4, 2 SB (12), outfield assist to prevent tying run from scoring in 13th inning
- Teoscar came up huge on defense to protect the Hooks' lead. That play was a real boost for Brendan McCurry, who was on the ropes at the time.
Brooks Marlow, 2B, Lancaster: Go-ahead 2-R 2B in 8th; California League debut
Trent Woodward, C, Corpus Christi: Go-ahead solo HR (1) in 13th
- Marlow and Woodward came through in the clutch to help their teams win.
Bobby Boyd, OF, Lancaster: 3-4, 2B, 2 R
- Boyd is currently on a 9-game hitting streak. I'd like to see him improve that K:BB ratio a bit, because he can legitimately create chaos on the basepaths.
Adam Whitt, RHP, Quad Cities: 2.2 IP, H, 2 K
- Good outing from Whitt, who is also looking to bounce back from a tough start to his campaign.