Fresno 4, Tacoma 3
W- Brady Rodgers (6-3)
L- Kraig Sitton (0-2)
S- James Hoyt (15)
Fresno home runs: A.J. Reed (9, solo in 1st)
A 3-run 7th inning turned the tide in the favor of the Grizzlies. Tacoma scored a run in the bottom of the 7th to make things a little too close for comfort, but Kevin Chapman and James Hoyt quashed any thoughts of a comeback.
Brady Rodgers pitched 7 innings and allowed 3 runs on 8 hits (solo homer), walked 1, and struck out 8. Kevin Chapman got the first 2 outs in the 8th via strikeout, and James Hoyt closed out the game by striking out 3 in 1.1 innings.
A.J. Reed opened the scoring with a solo home run in the 1st inning. He finished 2-5 and added an RBI double to his ledger in the 7th. Later in the inning, Reed came around to score when Matt Duffy hit a 2-run double. Preston Tucker (2 BB, R) and Eury Perez (2B, R) also finished with 2 hits on the evening.
Mike Hauschild will get the start for Fresno today. He was slated to face Adrian Sampson, but since Sampson made his Major League debut on Saturday, Tacoma will have someone else make the start. First pitch is at 1:35 Pacific.
Corpus Christi 6, Frisco 2
W- David Paulino (4-2)
L- Jacob Shortslef (1-1)
S- Eric Peterson (1, 3 season)
CC home runs: Conrad Gregor (3, solo in 4th)
Once again, the Hooks broke open a tie game in the 7th inning on their way to taking 4 out of 5 from the Roughriders.
Conrad Gregor's solo home run came with 1 out in the 4th inning and was the first run of the game.
D.J. Fisher smacked an RBI double in the 5th. Frisco scored 2 runs in the 6th to tie the game, but Corpus Christi mounted the perfect response by scoring 4 in the top of the 7th.
Just like on Friday, the Hooks' 7th-inning outburst began when the first three batters of the inning reached. Mott Hyde and Danry Vásquez led off with singles, and Alex Bregman joined them on the bases by drawing a walk. Fisher and J.D. Davis drew walks to bring in Hyde and Danry, and Bregman wound up scoring on a wild pitch. Nick Tanielu drove in the final run of the evening with a sac fly.
David Paulino went 6 innings and allowed 2 runs on 4 hits while striking out 6. Eric Peterson pitched 3 scoreless innings to record the save; he allowed 3 hits and struck out 4.
Tonight, the Hooks are in San Antonio to begin a 4-game series with the Missions. Keegan Yuhl will start game 1, and he'll take on Zech Lemond, a graduate of Waltrip High and a former Rice pitcher. First pitch is at 6:05.
Bakersfield 10, Lancaster 7
W- Tyler Pike (3-5)
L- Andrew Thome (1-1, 3-2 season)
S- Jake Zokan (2)
Lancaster home runs: None.
The JetHawks managed to respond to a 6-run 6th inning from the Blaze with 4 of their own in the 7th to make it a 1-run game, but in the end, Bakersfield was able to put the game just out of reach with a run in the 8th and another in the 9th.
Lancaster scored 3 in the 3rd inning to take the lead. Ramon Laureano drew a one-out walk and scored the JetHawks' first run on a double from Bryan Muñiz. Muñiz later scored on a botched force attempt that saw Trent Woodward reach base safely; Woodward was credited with an RBI on the play. Johnny Sewald followed by laying down an RBI bunt single to bring in Garrett Stubbs.
Bobby Boyd finished 3-5 with 2 doubles and a 2-run triple in the 7th inning. He scored when Laureano grounded into a fielder's choice. Laureano advanced to 3rd on a Muñiz single and scored on a sac fly from Stubbs.
Rogelio Armenteros went 5 innings and allowed 2 runs on 6 hits, walked 1, and struck out 7. Andrew Thome got burned in the 6th, and I will leave it at that. Jacob Dorris was the next pitcher to appear; he allowed 2 runs (1 earned, 1 inherited runner charged to him) on 2 hits, walked 2, and struck out 5 in 2.2 innings. Ryan Thompson got the final 2 outs of the 9th via the strikeout.
The JetHawks will look to avoid the sweep as Dean Deetz gets the start. He'll take on Eddie Campbell at 2:05 Pacific.
Quad Cities 3, Cedar Rapids 2
W- David Schmidt (2-0, 3-1 season)
L- Cam Booser (0-2)
QC home runs: None.
The Banditos got on the board in this series by breaking a 2-2 tie in the 8th inning.
Myles Straw doubled to lead off the bottom of the 1st, advanced to 3rd on an Osvaldo Duarte sacrifice bunt, and scored the first run of the evening on an RBI single from Pat Porter. Kristian Trompiz hit a sac fly in the 5th, and Connor Goedert put Quad Cities in front with a sac fly in the 8th inning. Dex McCall finished 2-3 and was the only player on either side to record a multi-hit game.
Albert Abreu allowed a run on 3 hits, walked 3, and struck out 3 in 7 innings of work. This was his longest outing of the season. Abreu didn't post a gaudy strikeout total, but he did his job by keeping the Kernels at bay. David Schmidt pitched the final 2 innings and allowed a run on an infield single, walked 2, and struck out 1.
Justin Ferrell will start the River Bandits' final game of the 1st half. He'll take on Sam Clay at 1:15.
Connecticut 9, Tri-City 5
W- Jose Fuentes (1-0)
L- Ben Smith (0-1)
TC home runs: None.
The ValleyCats split their first series of the season as an 8-1 deficit after 2 innings proved to be too much for them to overcome.
Stephen Wrenn doubled to lead off the bottom of the 1st and scored Tri-City's first run on a Taylor Jones RBI single. Wrenn, who reached in all 5 of his plate appearances, going 3-3 with a couple of walks, scored 4 of Tri-City's 5 runs in this game. He and Alex De Goti scored on a Daz Cameron double in the 3rd. Wrenn scored on a wild pitch in the 5th and on an RBI single from Carmen Benedetti in the 7th. Daz, Benedetti, and De Goti all had 2 hits on the night.
Ben Smith pitched 1+ inning and allowed 8 runs (5 earned) on 3 hits (3-run homer) and walked 4. Smith probably did not envision his pro debut going the way it did on Saturday, but after what he has had to endure health-wise over the last two years, he is probably immensely grateful for the opportunity to play baseball again. I'll definitely be rooting for him this season.
Hector Perez was the first man out of the Tri-City bullpen, and he stopped the bleeding by throwing 4 scoreless innings, allowing 2 hits, walking 3, and striking out 6. Edgardo Sandoval walked 1 and struck out 1 in 2.2 innings of work, and Josue Uribe allowed a run on a single and walked 1 in 1.1 innings.
Austin Nicely will be on the mound for the ValleyCats today as they begin a 3-game series in Brooklyn. First pitch is at 4:00 Eastern.
DSL Astros Blue 11, DSL Marlins 10
W- Ronel Blanco (2-0)
L- Anderson De Leon (0-1)
S- Johsson Arias (2)
Blue home runs: None.
The Blue team just wins. This latest victory saw them withstand a 7-run 1st inning from the Marlins and rally to erase a 10-7 deficit by scoring 4 runs in the top of the 9th inning to snatch the victory.
Juan Piñeda opened the scoring with an RBI single in the 1st inning. The Blue team scored 4 in the 2nd as Ozziel Sanchez-Galan ripped an RBI double. Nicolás Miranda drove in another run with a groundout, and Sanchez-Galan and Ronny Jimenez scored on errors. Angel De Leon ripped an RBI double in the 6th, while Carlos Canelon scored on a wild pitch in the 7th inning. The Blue team headed into the final inning trailing 10-7.
Canelon led off the inning with a double. He advanced to 3rd base on a wild pitch and scored on an RBI single from Ronny Rafael. Miranda tied the game with a 2-run single and scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch.
Miranda (2 RBI, 3 R, 3 BB), De Leon (2B, RBI), Canelon (2B, 2 R), Rafael (RBI, 2 R), and Samir Caraballo (R, BB) all had 2 hits on the day for the Blue team.
Juan Lopez struggled out of the gate, and we'll leave it at that. Robert Corniel was the first man out of the bullpen and pitched 2.1 innings, allowing a run on 2 hits, walking 2, and striking out 1. Jesus Bernaez allowed a run on 2 hits, walked 3, and struck out 2 in 1.2 innings. Ronel Blanco was next, and he allowed 2 runs on 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 7 in 3.2 innings. Johsson Arias worked around a walk to record the save; he got the final 2 outs of the game, striking out 1.
The Blue team will play the Marlins again on Monday.
DSL Astros Orange 8, DSL Rays2 2
W- Diosward Gonzalez (1-0)
L- Luis Gonzalez (0-1)
S- Kilvio Peralta (1)
Orange home runs: None.
The Orange team saw their 4-0 lead get cut into a little in the 6th inning, but they responded by scoring 4 in the bottom of the 6th to put this game out of reach.
Ramiro Rodriguez put the Orange team on the board first with an RBI triple in the 3rd inning. They scored 3 in the 5th as Ronaldo Urdaneta hit an RBI groundout and Ramiro and Gilberto Celestino hit RBI singles. In the 6th, Urdaneta reached on an error that allowed Kendy Moya to score. Ramiro followed with an RBI single, and Celestino hit a 2-run single to bring in the final runs of the day.
Ramiro Rodriguez, Moya, Urdaneta, and Felix Lucas scored 2 runs apiece for the Orange team. Ramiro finished 3-4, while Celestino went 2-3.
Diosward Gonzalez allowed 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 6 over 5 shutout innings. Asael Uribe pitched the 6th and allowed 2 runs (1 earned) on 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 2. Kilvio Peralta got the 3-inning save, allowing 3 hits, walking 2, and striking out 2.
These two teams will play again on Monday.
Six Stars (in no particular order)
Ramiro Rodriguez, OF, DSL Astros Orange: 3-4, 3B, 3 RBI, 2 R
Photo by Bryan Green
Hector Perez, RHP, Tri-City
4 IP, 2 H, 3 BB, 6 K
Photo from his Perfect Game profile page
Stephen Wrenn, OF, Tri-City
3-3, 2B, 4 R, 3 BB, 2 SB (2)
James Hoyt, RHP, Fresno
Save (15), 1.1 IP, 3 K
Albert Abreu, RHP, Quad Cities
7 IP, 3 H, ER, 3 BB, 3 K
David Paulino, RHP, Corpus Christi
W (4-2), 6 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 6 K