Happy Appalachian League Opening Day!
The Astros' Class A affiliates returned to action following their leagues' All-Star breaks.
Fresno 5, Albuquerque 2
W- Joe Musgrove (3-3, 5-4 season)
L- Christian Bergman (0-1)
S- Brendan McCurry (1, 14 season)
Fresno home runs: Jon Kemmer (4, 2-run in 3rd), A.J. Reed (11, solo in 4th), Tyler White (2, 2-run in 6th)
Joe Musgrove has gotten roughed up in his last two starts, but he responded with a fine performance on Thursday.
In 6 innings, the only run that Musgrove allowed came on a solo home run hit by Dustin Garneau. He allowed two other hits, walked 1, and struck out 7. Jandel Gustave was the first man out of the Grizzlies bullpen, and in 1.1 innings, he allowed an unearned run on 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 2. Brendan McCurry recorded his first save in the Pacific Coast League by pitching the final 1.2 innings; he allowed a hit and struck out 3.
All 5 Fresno runs scored on home runs. Jon Kemmer hit a 2-run home run in the 3rd to put the Grizzlies in the lead, and A.J. Reed led off the bottom of the 4th with a solo homer. Tyler White smacked a 2-run homer in the 6th inning. Reed finished 2-4 with 2 runs scored.
The Grizzlies will look to sweep the series as Brady Rodgers takes the mound. He'll face Jeff Hoffman at 7:05 Pacific.
Corpus Christi 3, Frisco 2
W- Kyle Smith (2-5)
L- Ryan Ledbetter (0-1)
S- Cy Sneed (1)
CC home runs: Chase McDonald (12, solo in 6th)
Cy Sneed was absolutely dominant out of the bullpen as the Hooks took the first game of their final series before the Texas League All-Star break.
Kyle Smith went 5 innings, and the two runs he allowed came on two solo home runs hit by Ryan Cordell and Drew Jackson. Smith allowed 4 other hits and struck out 2. Cy Sneed pitched the final 4 innings, and in the process, he totally dominated the Frisco offense, allowing just 2 hits, walking 1, and striking out 10. It's the second time that Sneed has recorded double-digit strikeouts in a single outing; he struck out 10 in a start with Brevard County on September 4, 2015.
Corpus Christi scored twice in the 1st inning on a pair of RBI singles from D.J. Fisher and Nick Tanielu. Chase McDonald's solo home run in the 6th broke a 2-2 tie and proved to be the difference. Danry Vásquez (2B, BB, SB) and Mott Hyde had two hits apiece.
Keegan Yuhl will start game 2 of this series. He will face Connor Sadzeck at 7:05.
Lancaster 8, Lake Elsinore 7 in 10 innings
W- Jacob Dorris (1-0, 2-0 season)
L- Colby Blueberg (0-1)
Lancaster home runs: Bobby Boyd (6, 2-run in 3rd)
The JetHawks opened up the second half of their season by walking off with a victory.
Both teams scored a run in the 1st inning; Lancaster's run came off an RBI triple from Bryan Muñiz. They also scored in the 3rd, but the JetHawks emerged with the lead by winning that inning 4-3. Tony Nuñez led off the inning with a walk, and one batter later, Bobby Boyd clubbed a 2-run homer. Garrett Stubbs and Ramon Laureano followed by hitting singles, and Muñiz drove them both in with a double. The Storm won the 5th inning 2-1; Jason Martin drove in the JetHawks' 5th-inning run with a single. Lake Elsinore broke the 6-6 tie with a run in the top of the 8th, but Lancaster set the stage for a thrilling finish in the bottom of the 9th.
With the JetHawks down to their final out, Martin drew a walk and scored the tying run on a mad dash home following a single from Brooks Marlow. With one out in the bottom of the 10th, Nuñez reached on an error and advanced to 2nd. Boyd reached on a fielder's choice, and Stubbs won the game with an RBI double.
Muñiz (2 2B, 3B, 3 RBI, R) and Stubbs (walk-off RBI 2B, 2 R) both finished 3-5, while Boyd finished 2-5.
Brock Dykxhoorn went 4.2 innings and allowed 6 runs (5 earned) on 9 hits (solo homer), walked 1, and struck out 5. Yeyfry Del Rosario was the first man out of the Lancaster bullpen, and in 2.1 innings of work, he issued a walk and struck out 2. Jacob Dorris pitched 3 innings and did not allow a hit, but he did allow a run on a wild pitch in the 8th which allowed Lake Elsinore to take the lead. However, all was forgiven when the JetHawks walked off with the win. Dorris also walked 4 (1 intentionally), hit another batter, and struck out 5.
Josh James will start game 2 of this series. He'll take on Zech Lemond at 6:35 Pacific.
Wisconsin 2, Quad Cities 0
W- Jake Drossner (2-5)
L- Elieser Hernandez (3-1, 4-5 season)
S- Nate Griep (11)
QC home runs: None.
The Banditos could only muster up one hit as they dropped their first game of the 2nd half. That one hit for Quad Cities was a single from Myles Straw. In his first game since being activated from the disabled list, Kyle Tucker went 0-3.
Jose Luis Hernandez turned in another strong start as he allowed 3 hits and struck out 5 over 5 shutout innings. Elieser Hernandez pitched the final 3 innings and allowed 2 unearned runs on 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 4.
In game 2 of this series, Chris Murphy will take on Miguel Diaz. First pitch is at 7:05.
Vermont 4, Tri-City 3
W- Dakota Chalmers (1-0)
L- Erasmo Pinales (0-2)
S- Tyler Painton (1)
TC home runs: None.
The ValleyCats' 9th-inning rally fell just short as they left the tying run on 3rd base to end the game.
Ronnie Dawson opened the scoring with an RBI single in the 1st inning. He stole his way to 3rd, but was stranded there to end the inning. Randy César doubled to lead off the bottom of the 7th, advanced to 3rd on a wild pitch, and scored on a botched pickoff attempt. Carmen Benedetti and César both singled to lead off the bottom of the 9th, and they advanced on a sac bunt from Chuckie Robinson. Alex De Goti hit a sac fly to bring in Benedetti and cut the deficit to one run, but Ryne Birk flew out to end the game. César finished 2-4, while Dawson's two stolen bases give him 3 on the season.
Hector Perez pitched 3 innings and allowed a run on 3 hits while striking out 4. Erasmo Pinales got the first out of the 4th inning, but he walked the next 5 batters that he faced, resulting in two runs for the Lake Monsters. Enrique Chavez extraced Pinales from this jam without incurring any further damage by getting a flyball out and a strikeout to end the inning. Chavez wound up going 4.1 innings and had an inherited runner charged to him. He allowed 4 hits and struck out 3. Nick Hernandez allowed a hit and walked 1 in 1.1 innings.
The ValleyCats will look to avoid the sweep tonight as Brett Adcock gets the start. He'll take on Brendan Butler at 7:00 Eastern.
Johnson City 10, Greeneville 6
W- Yeison Medina (1-0)
L- Carlos Sanabria (0-1)
Greeneville home runs: Wander Franco (1, 2-run in 4th)
The Cardinals spoiled the Appy Astros' Opening Night festivities as they took control of this game with a 4-run top of the 7th inning. They also tacked on another run in the 8th.
Carlos Hiraldo went 4 innings and allowed 3 runs on 4 hits, walked 2, and struck out 1. Carlos Sanabria was the first man out of the bullpen and went 3.1 innings, allowing 7 runs (5 earned, 1 inherited runner charged to him) on 8 hits, walking 1, and striking out 1. Abdiel Saldaña allowed a hit and struck out 4 over 1.2 innings.
Miguelangel Sierra led off the bottom of the 1st with a triple and scored Greeneville's first run of the season on a sac fly from Luis Payano. Wander Franco doubled to lead off the 2nd inning and scored on a Frankeny Fernandez single. Franco hit the Appy Astros' first home run of the season, a 2-run shot, in the 4th inning, and Gabriel Bracamonte smacked a 2-run double in the 6th. Franco, Fernandez, Bracamonte, and Tyler Wolfe all finished with 2 hits in the game.
Patrick Sandoval will start game 2 of this series. He'll take on David Oca at 7:00 Eastern.
DSL Astros Blue 3, DSL Phillies1 2
W- Carlos Perdomo (2-0)
L- Roimy Mendoza (0-1)
S- Juan Cuevas (1)
Blue home runs: None.
The Blue team just wins. In this latest victory, they edged the Phillies with a run in the 8th that broke a 2-2 tie. All 3 of their runs scored on doubles.
Samir Caraballo put Team Blue on the board with an RBI double in the 4th inning. Both teams scored a run in the 7th; the Blue team's run came off an RBI double hit by Angel De Leon. Ronny Jimenez tripled to lead off the top of the 8th and trotted home with the go-ahead run on a double from Jose Benjamin. Both of Caraballo's hits were doubles. Benjamin finished 3-4 and was thrown out trying to stretch that go-ahead double into a triple, but he's probably happy that his hit helped give his team the victory.
Felipe Tejada pitched 5 innings and allowed a run on 3 hits, walked 2, and struck out 1. Carlos Perdomo was the first man out of the Blue team's bullpen; he allowed a run on 5 hits, walked 1, and struck out 1 in 3.1 innings, and Juan Cuevas worked around a hit to close out the game; he recorded the final 2 outs of the game.
These two teams are currently playing at the Astros' complex.
DSL Mets2 8, DSL Astros Orange 4
W- Jorge Cespedes (1-0)
L- Cosme Zapata (0-1)
Orange home runs: Hector Martinez (3, solo in 2nd)
The wheels fell off in horrific fashion for the Orange team as the Mets 2 scored 7 in the top of the 9th inning to seize control of this game.
Hector Martinez opened the scoring with a solo home run in the 2nd inning. Gerry Castillo doubled to lead off the 3rd inning, advanced to 3rd base following an errant pickoff throw, and scored on a passed ball. Martinez reached on an error in the 4th, advanced to 3rd on a couple of groundouts, and scored on a wild pitch. Kendy Moya ripped an RBI double in the 6th inning. Gilberto Celestino finished 2-4 and stole a base, his 6th of the season.
Diosward Gonzalez allowed a run on 4 hits, walked 1, and struck out 3 in 5 innings. Kilvio Peralta allowed a hit, walked 1, and struck out 2 over 3 scoreless innings. Unfortunately, the 9th proved to be a nightmare for Jacques Sambo, Cosme Zapata, and Gabriel Pirela.
Both of these teams are currently playing at the Mets' complex.
Too Many Stars
Photo by Tammy Tucker
Cy Sneed, RHP, Corpus Christi
Save (1), 4 IP, 2 H, BB, 10 K
Bryan Muñiz, 1B, Lancaster
3-5, 2 2B, 3B, 3 RBI, R
Garrett Stubbs, C, Lancaster
3-5, walk-off RBI 2B in 10th, 2 R
Joe Musgrove, RHP, Fresno
W (3-3, 5-4 season), 6 IP, 3 H (solo HR), ER, BB, 7 K
Jose Luis Hernandez, RHP, Quad Cities
5 IP, 3 H, 5 K
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Wander Franco, 3B, Greeneville
2-3, 2B, 2-R HR (1), 2 R