Let's play two in Frisco!
Fresno 4, Sacramento 0
W- César Valdez (3-1)
L- Chris Heston (1-8)
Fresno home runs: Preston Tucker (3, solo in 4th)
The Grizzlies swept their series with the RiverCats behind a masterful pitching performance from César Valdez, who threw a complete game 1-hitter. He walked 1 and struck out 10, and he threw 105 pitches, 78 for strikes.
Matt Duffy opened up the scoring in the 1st with an RBI single. In the 4th, Preston Tucker smacked a solo home run, his third of the season. A.J. Reed and Eury Perez hit RBI singles in the 8th and 9th, respectively. Reed finished 3-4 and also hit a double, while Tyler Heineman finished 2-4.
Fresno's roadtrip continues tonight as they begin a 4-game series in Tacoma. Joe Musgrove will start game 1, and he'll take on Joe Wieland at 7:05 Pacific.
Game 1: Frisco 4, Corpus Christi 3 in 9 innings
W- John Fasola (2-1)
L- Brendan McCurry (2-4)
CC home runs: Chase McDonald (11, solo in 2nd)
The Hooks managed to tie the game at 3 with a run in the 6th inning, but they walked off with the loss in game 1 of the twinbill,
Chase McDonald's solo home run in the 2nd put Corpus Christi on the board first. Nick Tanielu hit an RBI single in the 3rd, and in the 6th, he scored on Conrad Gregor's RBI single. McDonald, who finished 3-4, was the only player in the Hooks' lineup to record a multi-hit game in game 1.
Evan Grills pitched 7 innings and allowed 3 runs on 8 hits (2-run homer) and struck out 5. Brendan McCurry allowed the winning run with 2 outs in the bottom of the 9th. In 1.2 innings, he allowed 3 hits and struck out 2.
The Hooks' gratification was momentarily delayed; how did they fare in game 2?
Game 2: Corpus Christi 2, Frisco 0
W- Edison Frias (3-0)
L- David Perez (1-2)
S- Aaron West (8)
CC home runs: Alex Bregman (14, 2-run in 3rd)
With this win, the Hooks have clinched the Texas League South's first-half crown and a playoff berth.
Alex Bregman's 2-run home run in the 3rd inning represented the only scoring play of the game.
Edison Frias allowed 2 hits, walked 3, and struck out 3 over 6 shutout innings. He escaped a bases-loaded, 1 out situation in the 6th by inducing an inning-ending double play. Aaron West worked around a walk in the 7th to close it out, striking out 1.
Cy Sneed will start game 4 of this series. He'll face Luis Ortiz at 7:05.
Bakersfield 6, Lancaster 4 in 12 innings
W- Thyago Vieira (1-0)
L- Ryan Deemes (2-1, 3-1 season)
Lancaster home runs: Drew Ferguson (5, solo in 1st), Trent Woodward (1, 2 season; 2-run in 9th)
Trent Woodward's 2-run home run in the bottom of the 9th tied the game at 4 and forced extra innings, but in the end, the Blaze came out on top by scoring 2 in the top of the 12th.
Both teams scored a run in the 1st inning; Lancaster's run came in the form of a solo homer hit by Drew Ferguson. Bobby Boyd hit an RBI single in the 5th, which tied the game at 2 at that point. Bakersfield scored a run in the 7th to take the lead and added to their lead with a run in the 8th, but Woodward got the JetHawks back in the game with his homer.
Ferguson (solo HR, SB ), Boyd, and Garrett Stubbs all had 2 hits from the top third of the order. Stubbs also stole his 10th base of the season.
Brock Dykxhoorn went 5 innings and allowed 2 runs on 4 hits and struck out 5. Scott Weathersby tagged in to throw 4 innings; he allowed 2 runs on 4 hits, walked 1, and struck out 5. Ryan Deemes pitched 3 innings and allowed 2 runs on 5 hits and struck out 3.
In game 2 of this series, Matt Bower will face Tyler Herb. First pitch is at 6:35 Pacific.
Cedar Rapids 6, Quad Cities 1
W- Cody Stashak (4-4)
L- Yoanys Quiala (0-5)
S- Kuo Hua Lo (1)
QC home runs: Dex McCall (4, solo in 9th)
The Banditos were silenced on offense as they could only muster up 4 hits.
Dex McCall's solo homer in the 9th represented Quad Cities' only scoring play. He finished 2-3 on the evening.
Yoanys Quiala went 1.2 innings and allowed 3 runs in the 2nd; one scored on a bases-loaded walk, and the only hit he allowed was a 2-run single. He walked 4 and did not record a strikeout. Makay Nelson pitched 3.1 scoreless innings, allowing a hit and striking out 1. Chris Murphy pitched the final 4 innings and allowed a 3-run homer to J.J. Fernandez in the 9th inning. He allowed 2 other hits and struck out 3.
Franklin Perez will start game 2 of this series. He will go up against Eduardo Del Rosario at 7:00.
DSL Astros Blue 11, DSL Athletics 5
W- Leovanny Rodriguez (2-0)
L- Miguel Sanchez (0-2)
S- Jheyson Caraballo (2)
Blue home runs: None.
The Blue team continues to leave a path of destruction in its wake. In this game, they saw a 5-0 lead get whittled down to just one run following the top of the 6th, but they survived that uprising from the A's and finished the game on a 6-1 run.
Jose Benjamin opened the scoring with an RBI double in the 1st, and Angel De Leon followed that up with a 2-run single. In the 2nd, Ozziel Sanchez-Galan ripped an RBI double and came around to score on an RBI single from Nicolas Miranda. The Blue team scored 4 in the 6th as Benjamin added an RBI single to his ledger. Juan Piñeda added a sac fly, and César Cortez smacked a 2-run triple. Piñeda and Cortez both hit sac flies in the 8th inning to drive in the Blue team's final 2 runs of the day.
Miranda (RBI, R), Ronny Jimenez (3 R, SB ), Benjamin (2B, 2 RBI, 3 R), and Cortez (2B, 3B, 3 RBI) all had 2 hits in the game.
Leovanny Rodriguez allowed 2 hits, walked 2, and struck out 4 over 5 shutout innings. Jheyson Caraballo pitched the final 4 innings and allowed 5 runs on 6 hits, walked 1, and struck out 3.
These two teams are currently playing at the Athletics' complex.
DSL Astros Orange 4, DSL Rangers2 3
W- Jose Ramos (2-0)
L- Yohan Encarnacion (1-1)
S- Cosme Zapata (2)
Orange home runs: Vicente Mota (2, solo in 4th)
The Orange team withstood a 3-run inning from the Rangers 2, scoring the game's final 4 runs to get the victory.
Vicente Mota put Team Orange on the board with a solo home run in the 4th inning. Enmanuel Valdez hit a sac fly in the 5th, and in the 7th, Hector Martinez tied the game with an RBI triple and scored the go-ahead run on a single from Anthony Rodriguez.
Rodriguez, who finished 2-5, also hit a double. Gilberto Celestino (2B, R, SB ) and Renaigel Martis also had 2 hits in the game,
Hansel Paulino went 4 innings and allowed 3 runs on 3 hits, walked 2, and struck out 2. Jose Ramos was the first man out of the bullpen; in 4 scoreless innings, he allowed 2 hits, walked 2, and struck out 5. Cosme Zapata worked around a walk in the 9th inning to close it out; he struck out 2.
These two teams are currently playing at the Astros complex.
Five Stars (in four)
4. Jose Benjamin, OF, DSL Astros Blue: 2-5, 2B, 2 RBI, 3 R
Edison Frias, RHP, Corpus Christi
W (3-0), 6 IP, 2 H, 3 BB, 3 K in game 2 of doubleheader
2. Leovanny Rodriguez, RHP, DSL Astros Blue: W (2-0), 5 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 4 K
Jose Ramos, RHP, DSL Astros Orange: W (2-0), 4 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 5 K
César Valdez, RHP, Fresno
CG, H, BB, 10 K