Let's play two in Albuquerque!
Game 1: Fresno 6, Albuquerque 2
W- Brady Rodgers (4-3)
L- Tyler Anderson (0-1)
Fresno home runs: A.J. Reed (7, 2-run in 1st)
The Grizz took the first game of the twinbill as Brady Rodgers dominated the Isotopes in game 1.
Rodgers allowed just one hit and struck out 8 over 6 shutout frames. Albuquerque spoiled the shutout by scoring 2 runs off Kevin Chapman in the 7th. Chapman allowed 2 hits and walked 1.
A.J. Reed put Fresno on the board first with a 2-run homer in the 1st. Colin Moran hit an RBI single in the 3rd and scored when Andrew Aplin grounded into a force out in the 6th inning. Later in the 6th, Andrew Aplin stole 2nd (10) and Preston Tucker scored on the errant throw down. Danny Worth drove in the Grizzlies' final run of game 1 with an RBI single. Aplin and Worth both finished 2-4 with an RBI and a run scored. Jon Singleton also went 2-4 and scored a run.
Game 2: Fresno 4, Albuquerque 3
W- Mike Hauschild (4-6)
L- Matt Flemer (3-2)
S- James Hoyt (11)
Fresno home runs: Preston Tucker (2, solo in 1st)
Fresno earned the doubleheader sweep as Jordan Jankowski and James Hoyt held off the Isotopes.
Mike Hauschild went 5 innings and allowed 3 runs on 7 hits and struck out 7. Jankowski worked around a hit to throw a scoreless 6th, and Hoyt struck out 1 in a 1-2-3 9th to record his PCL-leading 11th save of the season.
Preston Tucker opened the scoring in game 2 with a solo homer in the 1st. The Grizz added 3 more in the 2nd with a Tyler Heineman RBI single and a 2-run single from Eury Perez. Tucker and Heineman both finished 3-3, while Matt Duffy finished 2-3 with a double and a run scored.
Tommy Shirley will start the final game of this series. He'll face Jeff Hoffman at 7:05 Mountain.
Corpus Christi 4, Arkansas 0
W- David Paulino (2-2)
L- Jordan Kipper (5-3)
S- Kent Emanuel (1)
CC home runs: None.
The Hooks got the sweep thanks to two outstanding performances on the mound from two Tommy John survivors.
David Paulino allowed 1 hit, walked 1, and struck out 7 over 5 shutout innings. Kent Emanuel finished off the 1-hitter by striking out 5 over 4 perfect innings.
Chase McDonald put Corpus on the board first with an RBI single in the 1st. The other 3 Hooks runs came in the 5th on a pair of RBI singles from D.J. Fisher and J.D. Davis. Alex Bregman also scored thanks to an errant throw down to 2nd as Fisher stole his 7th base of the season. Davis, James Ramsay (2B), and Teoscar Hernandez (R) all had 2 hits on the night; all 4 of Corpus Christi's runs in this game were scored by the top third of the order, which was Teoscar, Bregman, and Fisher.
Tonight, the Hooks are in Springdale, Arkansas to begin the second leg of their tour of Arkansas. Francis Martes will start the first of 3 against Northwest Arkansas. He'll go up against Matt Strahm at 7:05.
Lancaster 9, Inland Empire 1
W- Trent Thornton (2-2)
L- Jeremy Rhoades (1-6)
S- Ryan Thompson (2)
Lancaster home runs: Aaron Mizell (2, 4 season; 3-run in 2nd), Garrett Stubbs (6, 2-run in 3rd)
The JetHawks have dominated the 66ers in this series, outscoring them 15-2 in the first two games.
Trent Thornton went 6 innings and allowed a run on 6 hits, walked 1, and struck out 5. Ryan Thompson finished it off by striking out 4 over 3 perfect innings.
Lancaster jumped out to a 5-0 lead behind two home runs. Aaron Mizell whacked a 3-run homer in the 2nd, and Garrett Stubbs smacked a 2-run blast in the 3rd. Johnny Sewald hit an RBI double in the 7th and came around to score on a Tony Nuñez single. Nuñez moved to 3rd on a Jamie Ritchie single and scored on a wild pitch. Brooks Marlow capped off the scoring with an RBI single. Mizell finished a triple shy of the cycle and was the only player on either side to record a multi-hit game.
Scott Weathersby will be on the mound for Lancaster as they look for the sweep. He will take on Jason Hoppe at 7:05 Pacific.
Quad Cities 4, Clinton 3
W- Elieser Hernandez (1-0, 2-4 season)
L- Jefferson Medina (0-2)
S- Ralph Garza Jr. (3)
QC home runs: None.
The Banditos edged the LumberKings and avoided the series sweep by breaking a 3-3 tie in the 9th inning.
Connor Goedert opened the scoring with an RBI single in the 1st. Clinton scored 1 in the 3rd and 1 in the 4th to take the lead, but Quad Cities re-took the lead in the 6th on a pair of sac flies from Bobby Wernes and Osvaldo Duarte. Clinton scored another run after stretch time to tie the game at 3, and that's where it stood heading into the 9th.
Duarte doubled to lead off the inning and advanced to 3rd on a sacrifice bunt from Myles Straw. Kristian Trompiz came up and came through with what turned out to be the game-winning hit, an RBI single that gave Quad Cities a 4-3 lead. Trompiz (RBI, R) and Kyle Tucker (2B) both finished 3-5. They accounted for two-thirds of the River Bandits' hits in this game.
Jose Luis Hernandez and Elieser Hernandez (no relation; they are from different countries) both pitched 4 innings. Jose Luis allowed 2 runs (1 earned) on 5 hits and struck out 7. Elieser got the win, allowing a run on 5 hits, walking 2, and striking out 2. Ralph Garza Jr. pitched a 1-2-3 9th to get the save.
The River Bandits will begin their penultimate homestand of the first half this weekend. Tonight, they will welcome the Burlington Bees to Modern Woodmen Park for a 3-game series beginning at 7. Chris Murphy will start for Quad Cities, and his opponent will be Jaime Barria.
Too Many Stars
Since there are too many, these guys will be listed in no particular order.
Kristian Trompiz, IF, Quad Cities
3-5, go-ahead RBI single in 9th, R
Brady Rodgers, RHP, Fresno
W (4-3), 6 IP, H, 8 K in game 1 of doubleheader
David Paulino, RHP, and Kent Emanuel, LHP, Corpus Christi
Paulino: W (2-2), 5 IP, H, BB, 7 K
Emanuel: Save (1), 4 IP, 5 K
Aaron Mizell, UTIL, Lancaster
3-4, 2B, 3-R HR (2, 4 season), 2 R
Trent Thornton's photo from MiLB.com
Trent Thornton and Ryan Thompson, RHPs, Lancaster
Thornton: W (2-2), 6 IP, 6 H, ER, BB, 5 K
Thompson: Save (2), 3 IP, 4 K