Fresno 5, Tacoma 3
W- César Valdez (5-1)
L- Zach Lee (7-6)
S- James Hoyt (19)
Fresno home runs: Tyler Heineman (3, solo in 8th)
The Tacos earned the split as Brendan McCurry and James Hoyt locked the Rainiers down.
Tony Kemp doubled to lead off the bottom of the 1st and scored the first run of the evening on an RBI triple from Colin Moran. Preston Tucker drove Moran in with an RBI double, and Jon Kemmer finished off the scoring in the opening frame with an RBI single. After Matt Duffy led off the 3rd inning with a double, Kemmer added another RBI single to his ledger. Tyler Heineman provided a crucial insurance run in the 8th inning by launching a solo homer, his 3rd of the season. Kemp (2B, R, SB), Moran (3B, RBI, R), and Kemmer (2 RBI) all finished 2-5 on the night.
César Valdez went 6 innings and allowed 3 runs (2 earned) on 8 hits and struck out 4. Brendam McCurry was the first man out of the Fresno bullpen, and in 2 scoreless innings, he allowed a hit and struck out 2. James Hoyt struck out the side in order in the 9th to record his 19th save of the season.
After a day off, the Grizzlies will begin a 4-game series in Salt Lake City on Thursday.
Texas League All-Star Game
The South topped the North 8-5. Alex Bregman terrorized the Texas League one last time as he opened the scoring with a 2-run home run in the 1st inning. Bregman finished 2-3 and exited the game in the 6th inning. Teoscar Hernandez, who is also moving up to Fresno, got the start in right field and finished 1-4 with 2 runs scored. Derek Fisher got the start in center field and hit an RBI single in the 3rd inning. J.D. Davis entered the game in the 6th and finished 1-2 with a run scored.
Keegan Yuhl got the start and allowed a hit in a scoreless 1st. Evan Grills allowed a run on 3 hits in the 4th, and Edison Frias worked around a hit to throw a scoreless 5th inning.
The Hooks will return to action on Thursday when they begin a 3-game series with Springfield.
Lancaster 6, High Desert 3
W- Dean Deetz (4-3)
L- Ariel Jurado (6-2)
S- Gonzalo Sañudo (1)
Lancaster home runs: Keach Ballard (2, 3 season; 2-run in 6th)
High Desert hasn't exactly been welcoming to the JetHawks, but they clinched the series with this victory.
Bryan Muñiz finished 4-4, and his RBI single in the 1st inning opened up the scoring. Lancaster scored 3 in the 4th, thanks to a 2-run double from Jamie Ritchie, who later scored on an error that allowed Brooks Marlow to reach. The Mavericks scored a run in the 6th to get within 1, but Keach Ballard clubbed a 2-run home run in the 6th inning to create some separation. Johnny Sewald and Ramon Laureano both finished 2-5.
Akeem Bostick and Dean Deetz both pitched 4 innings. Bositck allowed 2 runs on 5 hits, walked 3, and struck out 2, while Deetz allowed an unearned run on 4 hits and struck out 2. Gonzalo Sañudo got 3 flyball outs to record the save. He also struck out 1, but his victim managed to reach base safely.
Brock Dykxhoorn will be on the mound for Lancaster tonight as they look for the sweep. He'll take on Tyler Davis at 7:05 Pacific.
Cedar Rapids 8, Quad Cities 5
W- Sam Clay (5-4)
L- Elieser Hernandez (3-2, 4-6 season)
QC home runs: None.
The Banditos scored 2 in the 1st inning, but the Kernels quickly turned the tables on them by putting up 5 in the 2nd inning.
Kyle Tucker opened the scoring with a sac fly in the 1st, and Anthony Hermelyn added an RBI single later in the inning. Pat Porter ripped a 2-run double in the 6th, and Tucker added an RBI single to his ledger in the 9th inning.
Little Tuck and Hermelyn both finished with 2 hits in the game, while Myles Straw went 3-5 with 2 runs scored and 2 stolen bases (9).
Elieser Hernandez allowed 5 runs on 6 hits, walked 1, and struck out 2 in 1.2 innings. Makay Nelson was the first man out of the Quad Cities bullpen, and in 3.2 innings, he allowed a run on 4 hits, walked 2, and struck out 1. David Schmidt allowed 2 runs, an RBI double, and walked 4 in 2.2 innings, and Ralph Garza struck out 1 in a 1-2-3 9th inning.
Jose Luis Hernandez will start game 3 of this series. He'll face Miles Nordgren at 7:00.
Tri-City and Williamsport was postponed
Due to rain. These two teams will play a doubleheader today, with game 1 starting at 4:30 Eastern. Brett Adcock will take on Ranger Suarez in that game, and in the nightcap, Dustin Hunt will face Seranthony Dominguez.
Bristol 8, Greeneville 7
W- Geoff Hartlieb (2-0)
L- Colin McKee (0-1)
Greeneville home runs: Spencer Johnson (1, 2-run in 2nd)
The Appy Astros were swept out of Bristol as their bullpen faltered late.
Frankeny Fernandez hit a 1-out single in the 1st inning. He then stole 2nd and scored the first run of the evening on an error that allowed Bryan De La Cruz to reach.
In the 2nd inning, Miguelangel Sierra smacked an RBI double, and Fernandez followed with a 2-run double. Spencer Johnson led Division I with 24 home runs in the spring, and he followed those two run-producing doubles by whacking his first home run as a pro. Johnson's 2-run shot put Greeneville up 6-0 at that point.
Unfortunately, the Pirates erased their lead with a 6-run 7th inning. Luis Payano hit a sac fly in the 8th to put the Appy Astros back in front, but Bristol responded by scoring 2 runs in the 8th to take the lead. Fernandez finished 2-3 and stole 2 bases (4).
Carlos Sanabria allowed just 1 hit and struck out 6 over 5 shutout innings. Carlos Hiraldo pitched a scoreless 6th inning, but it all went horribly wrong for him in the 7th inning. In 1.1 innings, Hiraldo allowed 6 runs (4 earned, 2 inherited runners charged to him) on 4 hits, walked 2, and struck out 2. Colin McKee pitched 1.2 innings and allowed 2 unearned runs of his own on 4 hits and walked 1.
Patrick Sandoval will start for the Appy Astros tonight as they begin a 3-game series in Princeton. First pitch is at 7:00 Eastern.
GCL Cardinals 5, GCL Astros 1
W- Alvaro Seijas (1-0)
L- Manuel Gonzalez (0-1)
GCL home runs: None.
The Cardinals took control of this game with 4 runs in the 6th.
Brody Westmoreland hit an RBI triple in the 3rd inning to drive in the Kissimmee Stros' only run. This was also their only extra-base hit on the day.
Jorge Guzman walked 2 and struck out 1 in a scoreless 1st inning. César Rosado pitched 4 scoreless innings, allowing 3 hits, walking 3, and striking out 5. Manuel Gonzalez bore the brunt of the Cardinals' assault in the 6th; he allowed 4 runs on 4 hits, walked 1, and struck out 2 in the inning. Gabriel Valdez allowed a run on 2 hits and fanned 4 in 3 innings.
The GCL club has today off; they'll take on the Cardinals again on Thursday.
DSL Astros Blue 3, DSL Royals 2
W- Yonatan Quintin (1-0)
L- Enderson Rodriguez (1-1)
S- Johsson Arias (3)
Blue home runs: Nestor Tejada (1, 3-run in 4th)
After a brief lull, the Blue team went back to their winning ways.
Nestor Tejada's 3-run home run in the 4th inning was their only scoring play, but it turned out to be enough to get the victory.
Jheyson Caraballo pitched 4 innings and struck out 7; the only run he allowed came on a solo home run hit by Esteury Ruiz, this was also the only hit that he allowed. Yonatan Quintin pitched a 1-2-3 5th, and Johsson Arias allowed a run on 4 hits and struck out 3 in 4 innings.
These two teams are currently playing at the Royals complex.
DSL Astros Orange 6, DSL Rangers2 1
W- Miguel Matos (1-0)
L- Luis Rosario (2-1)
Orange home runs: Renaigel Martis (1, grand slam in 6th)
Both teams scored a run in the 1st inning, but the Orange team busted this game open with 5 runs in the 6th inning.
Anthony Rodriguez opened the scoring with an RBI single in the 1st. This would be the Orange team's only scoring play until the 6th, when they seized control of the game.
Felix Lucas reached on an error to lead off the 6th inning and advanced to 3rd on a double from Juan Infante. Bernardo Heras walked to load the bases, and Renaigel Martis cleared them with a grand slam. With the bases now empty, Ronaldo Urdaneta singled, stole 2nd, and scored the final run of the day on an error. The grand slam was Martis' first career home run. Ramiro Rodriguez finished 3-5, while Anthony Rodriguez, Urdaneta, and Jose Abel Hernandez had 2 hits on the day.
Asael Uribe went 4 innings and allowed an unearned run on 4 hits, walked 2, and struck out 3. Miguel Matos was the first man out of the Orange bullpen, and in 3.1 innings, he walked 3 and fanned 5. Michael Richez walked 2 over 1.2 scoreless innings.
The Orange team and the Rangers 2 are doing battle once again today.
Jheyson Caraballo, RHP, DSL Astros Blue: 4 IP, H (solo HR), ER, 7 K
Photo by Bryan Green
Carlos Sanabria, RHP, Greeneville
5 IP, H, 6 K
James Hoyt, RHP, Fresno
Save (19), IP, 3 K; 68 K in 38.1 IP this season
Brendan McCurry, RHP, Fresno
2 IP, H, 2 K
Bryan Muñiz, 1B, Lancaster
4-4, RBI, R
Photo by Bryan Green
Frankeny Fernandez, 2B/OF, Greeneville
2-3, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 R, 2 SB (4)