Grizzlies and Hooks conjure up comebacks.
Fresno 8, Oklahoma City 7
W- James Hoyt (2-2)
L- Jacob Rhame (0-2)
Fresno home runs: Jon Singleton 2 (12; solo in 1st, 3-run in 7th)
The Grizzlies erased a 7-1 deficit and ultimately walked off with the win.
Jon Singleton opened the scoring with his first homer of the night, a solo shot in the 1st. That would be Fresno's only scoring play until the 6th; in the meantime, the Dodgers rattled off 7 unanswered runs, which included a 5-run 4th inning. In the 6th, Jay Sing put the Grizz on the board again when he ripped an RBI double. He later scored on an RBI single from Matt Duffy.
Fresno pulled even with a 4-run 7th. Tyler Heineman kicked things off with a single. Two outs put any hopes of a threat in jeopardy, but Andrew Aplin smacked an RBI double to re-ignite it. Danny Worth drew a walk, and they both advanced on a wild pitch. Singleton proceeded to tie it up with a 3-run home run. Aplin led off the 9th with a single and advanced to 2nd on a sac bunt from Worth. Singleton got a free pass to 1st, which was totally understandable. Duffy went down on strikes for the second out, but Preston Tucker drew a walk to load the bases to bring up Jon Kemmer, who completed the comeback and sent the crowd at Chukchansi Park home happy with the game-winning RBI single.
Aplin (2B, RBI, 2 R), Duffy (RBI single), and Heineman (BB, R) all had 2 hits on the evening. The top third of the order, which was Aplin (2), Worth (2), and Singleton (3), scored 7 of Fresno's 8 runs in this game. Singleton's 3 hits resulted in 5 runs.
Tommy Shirley went 3.1 innings and allowed 6 runs (1 inherited runner charged to him) on 7 hits, walked 1, and struck out 3. Juan Minaya was the first man out of the Fresno bullpen. He allowed one of Shirley's runners to score on a sac fly. He went 1.2 innings and allowed a run on a bases-loaded walk, a double, walked 4 (1 intentionally), and struck out 1. Kevin Chapman allowed a hit and struck out 2 over 2 scoreless. Jandel Gustave allowed a hit and struck out 2 in 1.1 innings, and James Hoyt got the final 2 outs of the 9th, 1 via strikeout.
In game 2 of this series, Joe Musgrove will face Sam LeCure. First pitch is at 6:35.
Corpus Christi 11, Midland 7 in 10 innings
W- Aaron West (3-0)
L- Jake Sanchez (1-2)
CC home runs: Alex Bregman (11, 2-run in 7th)
One day after walking off with a loss despite rallying to force extra innings, the Hooks earned the split by rallying to force extra innings and burying the Hounds with a huge offensive outburst. The Hooks trailed 6-1 after the 4th inning; they outscored Midland 10-1 from the 7th-10th innings.
D.J. Fisher put Corpus on the board first with an RBI single in the 1st. Between that play and the 7th, Midland jumped out to a 6-1 lead. Alex Bregman smacked a 2-run homer in the 7th to draw the Hooks a little closer. The Hounds added a run after stretch time to make it a 7-3 game, but the Hooks swiftly answered in the 8th by parlaying a bases-loaded situation into a 4-run inning. Conrad Gregor scored on an error that allowed Roberto Peña to reach, and Teoscar Hernandez followed by clearing the bases with a double to tie the game at 7.
Teoscar put Corpus in front with an RBI double in the 10th inning, and then the floodgates opened. J.D. Davis and Gregor followed with RBI singles; Davis scored the final run of the evening on an error that allowed Nick Tanielu to reach.
3 of Teoscar's 4 hits in this game were doubles; he drove in 4 and scored 3 runs. Davis (RBI, R), Gregor (RBI, R, 2 BB), and Tanielu (R) all had 2-hit games; Davis extended his hitting streak to 11 games.
Francis Martes only got 2 outs in the 1st inning; he had an inherited runner charged to him and walked 3. Michael Freeman pitched 2.1 innings and allowed 2 runs on 4 hits, walked 4, and struck out 2. Chris Cotton was next; he allowed 3 runs (1 earned) on 5 hits and struck out 1 in 2 innings. Angel Heredia tagged in for 3 innings, allowing a run on 3 hits, walking 1, and striking out 5. Aaron West allowed 3 hits, walked 1, and fanned 2 over 2 scoreless to get the win.
Tonight, the Hooks begin a 3-game series with the Arkansas Travelers. They'll be playing the two Arkansas clubs this week. Cy Sneed will start game 1; he'll face Blayne Weller at 7:05.
High Desert 8, Lancaster 3
W- Jason Richman (1-0)
L- Ryan Thompson (0-1)
Lancaster home runs: None.
The JetHawks scored the first 3 runs, but the Mavericks took the game and the series by scoring the final 8 runs of the game, culminating in a 5-run 8th.
Bobby Boyd broke a scoreless tie with an RBI triple in the 3rd. He didn't have to wait too long to score because he trotted home on an RBI double from Garrett Stubbs. Bryan Muñiz went 2-3 with a double and a sac fly in the 4th. He's now on a 10-game hitting streak.
Trent Thornton went 5.2 innings and allowed 3 runs on 6 hits (solo homer), walked 3, and struck out 6. Ryan Thompson was the first reliever out of the Lancaster bullpen; he went 1.1 innings and allowed 5 runs (4 earned, 2 inherited runners charged to him) on 2 hits, walked 3, and struck out 3. Ryan Deemes technically pitched a scoreless 8th, but he allowed a single and a sac fly, which allowed the two runners he inherited from Thompson to score.
Lancaster will host Stockton for 3 games starting tonight at 6:35 Pacific. Brock Dykxhoorn will be on the mound.
Cedar Rapids 5, Quad Cities 4
W- Nick Anderson (4-0)
L- Andrew Thome (2-1)
QC home runs: Connor Goedert (3, 2-run in 6th)
The Banditos erased a 4-0 deficit.... only to see the Kernels walk off with the win and the series.
Chris Murphy went 3.2 innings and allowed 4 runs on 9 hits (solo homer), walked 3, and struck out 1. Zac Person walked 2 and fanned 2 over 2.1 scoreless innings. Andrew Thome was taken deep by Zander Wiel with 2 outs in the bottom of the 9th, which gave Cedar Rapids the win. Thome allowed one other hit in his 2.2 innings of work.
Aaron Mizell put Quad Cities on the board with an RBI triple in the 5th. He later scored on an Osvaldo Duarte RBI single. Connor Goedert smacked a 2-run homer in the 6th, which tied the game at 4. Pat Porter went 3-4 with a double and a run scored, while Duarte (RBI single) and Bobby Wernes both finished 2-4.
Tonight, the River Bandits are in Beloit for 3 games starting tonight at 6:30. Franklin Perez will take on Kyle Friedrichs.
Andrew Aplin, OF, Fresno
2-5, 2B, RBI, 2 R
Teoscar Hernandez, OF, Corpus Christi
4-5, 3 2B, 4 RBI, 3 R
Jon Singleton, 1B, Fresno
3-4, 2B, 2 HR (12), 5 RBI, 3 R
Angel Heredia, RHP, Corpus Christi: 3 IP, 3 H, ER, BB, 5 K
- Heredia has been called upon to go multiple innings for the Hooks since his promotion, and he's handled himself extremely well.
J.D. Davis, 3B, Corpus Christi: 2-6, RBI, R
- Davis is now on an 11-game hitting streak.
Bryan Muñiz, 1B, Lancaster: 2-3, 2B, RBI
- Muñiz, who is on a 10-game hitting streak, began May with a .114/.273/.205 slash line. It's now up to .262/.345/.427.
Kevin Chapman, LHP, Fresno: 2 IP, H, 2 K
- In his last 5.2 innings, Chapman has allowed 2 hits, walked 2, and struck out 11.
Zac Person, LHP, Quad Cities: 2.1 IP, 2 BB, 2 K
- Person's WHIP is a bit high, but when called upon, he's gotten the job done more often than not.