Fresno 1, Salt Lake 0
W- Brady Rodgers (5-3)
L- Jose Valdez (0-1)
S- James Hoyt (12)
Fresno home runs: None.
The Grizzlies avoided the sweep behind a dominating pitching performance from Brady Rodgers.
Rodgers allowed just 2 hits and struck out 8 over 8 shutout innings, and James Hoyt completed the shutout by recording his 12th save of the season, striking out 2 in a 1-2-3 9th. While Rodgers did not face the Tim Lincecum who was such an outstanding pitcher for the Giants, he matched the former Cy Young Award winner pitch for pitch in a fine pitcher's duel.
This game was scoreless for 7.5 innings, but Fresno changed this in the bottom of the 8th. Nolan Fontana led off the inning with a single and advanced to 2nd on a single from Jack Mayfield. He then advanced to 3rd on a wild pitch and scored the only run of the game when Jose Valdez was called for a balk. The Grizzlies could only muster up three singles from Fontana, Mayfield, and Tyler Heineman, but a call that went their way allowed them to put up the only run of the game on the scoreboard.
Tonight, the Grizzlies are in Sacramento to begin a 4-game series against the RiverCats. In game 1, Mike Hauschild will take on Matt Lujan. First pitch is at 7:05 Pacific.
Corpus Christi 3, San Antonio 2
W- Aaron West (4-0)
L- Kyle Lloyd (2-3)
S- Brendan McCurry (13)
CC home runs: None.
Corpus trailed 2-1 after two innings, but they held the Missions scoreless for the final 7 innings and scored two runs in the 5th to get the victory.
Both teams scored a run in the 1st inning. Teoscar Hernandez led off the 1st with a single, and an error on the play allowed him to advance to 2nd. He scored the Hooks' first run on an RBI double from Alex Bregman.
Teoscar finished 2-3 and scored 2 of Corpus Christi's 3 runs. He led off the 5th with a double, advanced to 3rd when Bregman flew out, and scored on an RBI single from Nick Tanielu. D.J. Fisher, who was intentionally walked after Teoscar made it to 3rd base, stole 2nd (12), advanced to 3rd on Tanielu's RBI single, and scored the go-ahead run on a balk. Bregman finished 2-4 with the RBI double.
Brian Holmes went 3 innings and allowed 2 runs on 4 hits, walked 2, and struck out 2. Aaron West tagged in to throw 4 scoreless, allowing 3 hits and striking out 2, and Brendan McCurry recorded his 13th save of the year by striking out 3 over 2 perfect innings.
Keegan Yuhl will start game 3 of this series. He'll take on T.J. Weir at 7:05.
Visalia 15, Lancaster 1
W- Ethan Elias (4-3)
L- Matt Bower (2-2, 3-2 season)
Lancaster home runs: Ramon Laureano (4, solo in 6th)
The JetHawks were swept out of Visalia to conclude a series of misery. They were outscored 29-5 in the 4 games and were held to one run in 3 of the 4 games.
Ramon Laureano's solo home run in the 6th inning represented Lancaster's only scoring play of the game.
Lancaster's pitchers struggled mightily, and I will leave it at that.
Tonight, Lancaster will begin their final road series of the first half, a 3-game series in Rancho Cucamonga. Dean Deetz will start game 1 of this series, and he will take on Josh Sborz at 7:05 Pacific.
Quad Cities 4, Burlington 1 in 10 innings
W- Adam Whitt (2-0)
L- Winston Lavendier (1-1)
QC home runs: Anthony Hermelyn (1, solo in 2nd)
The Banditos took the series by breaking a 1-1 tie with 3 runs in the top of the 10th inning.
Kevin McCanna pitched a career-high 8 innings and allowed a run on 9 hits (8 singles, 1 double) while striking out 3. Adam Whitt allowed a hit and struck out 2 over 2 scoreless and got the victory.
The River Bandits and the Bees both scored a run in the 2nd inning; Anthony Hermelyn provided the Quad Cities run with a solo home run, his first of the season. Burlington scored their 2nd-inning run on a bloop RBI single from Michael Pierson, and this game headed into extra innings in a 1-1 deadlock.
Myles Straw drew a 1-out walk in the top of the 10th and advanced to 3rd on a double from Osvaldo Duarte. Kristian Trompiz stepped up to the plate and proceeded to break the tie with a 2-run double. He later scored on an error that allowed Connor Goedert to reach. Duarte was the only player in the Quad Cities lineup to record a multi-hit game, going 3-5 with 2 doubles.
The River Bandits will begin their final homestand of the first half tonight. The first part of this homestand will be a 3-game series against Wisconsin beginning at 7:00. Justin Ferrell will start game 1, and he'll go up against Devin Williams.
Six Stars (in three)
Aaron West and Brendan McCurry, RHPs, Corpus Christi
West: W (4-0), 4 IP, 3 H, 2 K
McCurry: Save (13), 2 IP, 3 K
Kevin McCanna and Adam Whitt, RHPs, Quad Cities
McCanna: 8 IP, 9 H, ER, 3 K
Whitt: W (2-0), 2 IP, H, 2 K
Brady Rodgers and James Hoyt, RHPs, Fresno
Rodgers: W (5-3), 8 IP, 2 H, 8 K
Hoyt: Save (12), IP, 2 K