Let's play 2 in the Gulf Coast League!
Tacoma 6, Fresno 2
W- Steve Johnson (3-0)
L- Kevin Chapman (2-3)
S- Casey Coleman (4)
Fresno home runs: Colin Moran (5, solo in 2nd)
The Rainiers broke a 2-2 tie with 3 runs in the top of the 8th and scored another run in the top of the 9th for good measure.
Brad Peacock pitched 3 innings and allowed 2 runs on 6 hits, issued an intentional walk, and struck out 3. Jordan Jankowski was the first man out of the Fresno bullpen; in 2 innings, he walked 1, hit a batter, and struck out 2. Kevin Chapman pitched 2.1 innings and allowed 3 runs on 4 hits and struck out 2, and Reymin Guduan allowed a run on 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 1 in 1.2 innings.
Colin Moran's solo home run in the 2nd inning put Fresno on the board. Andrew Aplin scored the Grizzlies' other run in the 3rd inning when Preston Tucker grounded into a double play. Jon Kemmer reached in all 4 of his plate appearances, going 3-3 with a walk, and Tyler White finished 2-4 with a triple.
César Valdez will start the series finale, which will see the Grizzlies assume their Tacos alter ego. He'll face Zach Lee at 7:05 Pacific.
Corpus Christi was off
The Texas League All-Star Game is tonight in Springfield, Missouri. The Hooks will be back in action on Thursday when they start a 3-game series with Springfield.
Lancaster 10, High Desert 3
W- Rogelio Armenteros (4-1, 4-3 season)
L- Cole Wiper (6-3)
S- Jacob Dorris (3)
Lancaster home runs: Ramon Laureano (6, solo in 1st)
A pair of 3-run innings allowed the JetHawks to leave the Mavericks in the dust.
Ramon Laureano's solo home run in the 1st inning put Lancaster on the board first. The JetHawks scored 2 more in the 2nd inning on a sac fly from Brooks Marlow and an RBI bunt single from Bobby Boyd. Aaron Mizell tripled to lead off the 4th, and Marlow brought him home with a single.
The first 3-run inning for Lancaster was the 6th: Marlow led off the 6th with a double. He advanced to 3rd base on a passed ball and scored on an error that allowed Bobby Boyd to reach base. Boyd advanced to 2nd, while Ballard, who drew a walk following Marlow's advance on the passed ball, made it to 3rd. Garrett Stubbs and Laureano followed with sacrifice flies. The JetHawks also scored 3 in the 7th inning thanks to a 2-run single from Ballard, and Marlow scored Lancaster's final run of the evening when Bobby Boyd grounded into a force out.
Mizell, Marlow, and Ballard all had 2 hits from the bottom of the order; they combined to go 6-10 with a double, a triple, 4 RBI, 4 walks, and 5 runs scored. Mizell, Marlow, and Drew Ferguson scored 2 runs apiece. Bryan Muñiz also had a 2-hit night; one of his hits was a double.
Rogelio Armenteros went 5.2 innings and allowed 2 unearned runs on 5 hits, walked 2, and struck out 5. Jacob Dorris pitched the final 3.1 innings, and the only run he allowed came on a solo home run hit by David Lyon in the 8th, which was also the only hit he allowed in his outing. Dorris walked 2 and struck out 2.
Akeem Bostick will start game 2 of this series. He will go up against Ariel Jurado at 7:05 Pacific.
Quad Cities 5, Cedar Rapids 4
W- Albert Abreu (2-6)
L- Dereck Rodriguez (1-9)
S- Franklin Perez (1)
QC home runs: None.
The Banditos withstood a late uprising from the Kernels to take the first game of this series.
Although Dex McCall was thrown out at 3rd base trying to stretch it into a triple in the 1st, he opened up the scoring with a 2-run double. Arturo Michelena hit an RBI single in the 5th, and Connor Goedert ripped an RBI double in the 6th. Hector Roa came through with an RBI double in the 8th which allowed Quad Cities to withstand one last rally attempt in the 9th from Cedar Rapids.
The Quad Cities players in the lineup who had hits all had multi-hit games, with Roa's 3-4 effort leading the way. McCall (2B, 2 RBI), Michelena (2B, RBI, R), Osvaldo Duarte (3B, R), and Goedert (2B, RBI) each had 2 hits.
Albert Abreu allowed 3 hits, walked 2, and struck out 6 over 5 shutout innings. Franklin Perez pitched the final 4 innings and allowed 4 runs on 6 hits, walked 1, and struck out 5.
In game 2 of this series, Elieser Hernandez will take on Sam Clay. First pitch is at 7:00.
Tri-City 8, Lowell 3
W- Hector Perez (1-0)
L- Daniel Gonzalez (1-1)
TC home runs: Daz Cameron (1, 2-run in 4th), Carmen Benedetti (1, solo in 9th)
The Spinners entered this series unbeaten. In the end, however, Tri-City wound up taking 2 of 3. This game was tied at 3 after the 3rd inning, but the ValleyCats finished this game on a 5-0 run.
Randy César hit a single with 1 out in the 2nd, and he advanced to 3rd base on the play, thanks to an error. He scored Tri-City's first run on a Ryne Birk groundout. The ValleyCats took the lead in the 3rd on an RBI single from Carmen Benedetti and an RBI double from César, but the lead was short-lived as Lowell scored 2 in the bottom of the 3rd to tie the game.
The deadlock was also short-lived, because Daz Cameron clubbed a 2-run homer in the 4th inning to give the ValleyCats the lead for good. Birk hit an RBI single in the 5th, and Daz struck again in the 6th by adding an RBI triple to his ledger. Carmen Benedetti hit his first pro home run to lead off the 9th inning.
Daz finished 4-5 and was a double shy of the cycle. The 4th-inning homer was his first as a pro. César went 3-5, while Benedetti, Birk, and Alex DeGoti finished with 2 hits on the evening.
Enrique Chavez pitched 4.1 innings and allowed 3 runs (1 earned) on 6 hits, walked 3, and struck out 5. Hector Perez tagged in to throw 4.2 scoreless innings, allowing 1 hit, walking 2, and striking out 4.
The ValleyCats are back home tonight, where they will begin a 3-game series with Williamsport. Brett Adcock will get the start, and he'll face Ranger Suarez. First pitch is at 7:00 Eastern.
Bristol 8, Greeneville 3
W- Matt Eckelman (1-0)
L- Bryan Abreu (0-1)
Greeneville home runs: Vicente Sanchez (1, solo in 8th)
A 5-run 2nd inning for Bristol doomed the Appy Astros.
Vicente Sanchez put Greeneville on the board with a solo home run in the 8th inning. Spencer Johnson smacked an RBI double in the 9th and came around to score on a single from Bryan De La Cruz. Sanchez had a good night as he hit a double to go along with his homer, and he also had an outfield assist.
Bryan Abreu went 1.2 innings and allowed 5 runs (4 earned). The one hit that he allowed was a 2-run double, and he walked 3 and struck out 3. Devin Raftery was the first man out of the Greeneville bullpen; he allowed a run on a balk in the 3rd. He also allowed a double, walked 2, and struck out 1. Abdiel Saldaña was the only Appy Astros pitcher to have a scoreless appearance; he allowed 2 hits and fanned 4 over 3 innings. Angelo Serrano allowed 2 runs on 2 hits and walked 2 in the 8th inning.
Carlos Sanabria will get the start as Greeneville looks to avoid the sweep. First pitch is at 7:00 Eastern.
Game 1: GCL Astros 4, GCL Marlins 0
W- Cristian Javier (1-0)
L- Edward Cabrera (0-1)
S- Dariel Aquino (1)
GCL home runs: None.
Cristian Javier issued quite a few walks, but he kept the Marlins off the scoreboard to win his U.S. debut. He allowed 2 hits, walked 5, and struck out 6 over 5 shutout innings. Dariel Aquino completed the shutout, allowing 2 hits, walking 1, and striking out 3.
Jonathan Matute led off the 4th with a ground-rule double, and Edgar Lorenzo joined him on the bases with a single. The two of them scored the first runs of the game on a Troy Sieber single. Matute doubled again to lead off the 6th inning and came around to score on a single from Brody Westmoreland. Sieber walked to lead off the 7th and eventually scored the final run of game 1 when Andy Piñeda grounded into a force out. Matute finished 2-3 with 2 runs scored, while Andy Piñeda stole 2 bases, giving him 3 on the season.
Game 2: GCL Marlins 10, GCL Astros 3
W- Geral Silva (1-0)
L- Leovanny Rodriguez (0-1, 1-1 season)
GCL home runs: None.
The Kissimmee Stros had to settle for the split in the twinbill as the Marlins jumped out to a 10-0 lead.
Their 3 runs in this game all came in the 6th inning as Randy Vásquez smacked a 2-run triple and later scored on a wild pitch. Vásquez's triple was their only extra-base hit in game 2.
Leovanny Rodriguez went 1.2 innings and allowed 5 runs (1 inherited runner charged to him) on 3 hits, walked 4, and struck out 1. Luis Vásquez was the first man out; he went 1.1 innings and allowed 4 runs on 3 hits and walked 3. Junior Garcia allowed a run on 3 hits, walked 3, and struck out 2 in 2 innings, and Cris Santamaria worked around 2 walks to throw a scoreless 6th, striking out 1.
The GCL club is back in Kissimmee, and their contest with the Cardinals is getting underway.
DSL Red Sox1 9, DSL Astros Blue 7
W- Alejandro Rodriguez (1-0)
L- Juan Corniel (0-2)
S- Juan Florentino (5)
Blue home runs: None.
All 3 of the Blue team's losses have come at the hands of the Red Sox 1, and they were swept in a series for the first time this season.
Ronny Jimenez opened the scoring with a 2-run double in the 1st inning. He advanced to 3rd on the throw from the outfield and scored on a Jose Benjamin sac fly. That would be the only scoring that Team Blue did until the 7th; in the meantime, the Sox went on a 9-0 run.
Ronny Rafael led off the 7th with a double, but he was erased at 3rd base when Alfredo Angarita hit into a fielder's choice. Nicolás Miranda drew a walk, and they both advanced on a wild pitch. Jimenez walked to load the bases, and another wild pitch allowed Angarita to score. Benjamin, who was at the plate at the time, smacked a 2-run double. He advanced to 3rd on an errant pickoff throw and scored on a wild pitch. Angarita finished 3-5 with a triple and 2 runs scored.
Juan Corniel went 3.2 innings and allowed 5 runs (4 earned, 1 inherited runner charged to him) on 4 hits (solo homer), walked 4, and struck out 2. Yeremi Ceballos pitched 1.1 scoreless innings, allowing a hit, walking 1, and striking out 2. Javier Navas pitched the final 3 innings and allowed 4 runs (3 earned) on 3 hits, walked 2, and struck out 2.
The Blue team is currently playing the Royals.
DSL Red Sox2 12, DSL Astros Orange 9
W- Jose Gonzalez (3-0)
L- Luis Castro (2-1)
S- Warlyn Guzman (1)
Orange home runs: None.
The Orange team tried to rally from an 11-3 deficit, but that hole proved to be too much to overcome.
Felix Lucas put Team Orange on the board first with an RBI single in the 1st. Later in the inning, Jose Miguel Hernandez smacked a 2-run double. They would not score again until the 6th; in the meantime, the Red Sox 2 scored 11 unanswered runs.
The Orange team immediately loaded the bases with 2 singles and a walk. Bernardo Heras hit an RBI single, and an error on the play ended up clearing the bases. Heras moved to 2nd on the error, advanced to 3rd on a passed ball, and scored on a Ramiro Rodriguez groundout. In the 8th, Heras added an RBI double to his ledger, and Ronaldo Urdaneta scored on a passed ball. Heras finished 3-5, while Lucas finished 2-5. Renaigel Martis went 1-2 with 3 walks and 2 runs scored.
Humberto Castellanos went 4 innings and allowed 2 runs on 5 hits, walked 3, and struck out 2. Luis Castro got shelled in his 1.1 innings, and I will leave it at that. Carlos Espinoza was the next man out, and he threw 1.2 innings, allowing 3 runs (1 earned) on 2 hits, walking 2, and striking out 1. Willy Collado allowed 2 hits and struck out 4 over 2 scoreless innings.
The Orange team is currently taking on the Rangers 2.
Brooks Marlow, IF, Lancaster
2-3, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 R
Albert Abreu, RHP, Quad Cities
W (2-6), 5 IP, 3 H, 2 BB, 6 K
Photo by Bryan Green
Hector Perez, RHP, Tri-City
W (1-0), 4.2 IP, H, 2 BB, 4 K
Photo by Bryan Green
Daz Cameron, OF, Tri-City
4-5, 3B, 2-R HR (1), 3 RBI, SB (5)
Photo by Bryan Green
Vicente Sanchez, OF, Greeneville
2-3, 2B, solo HR (1), OF assist