Albuquerque 3, Fresno 2
W- Jeff Hoffman (3-3)
L- Tommy Shirley (3-4)
S- Jason Gurka (3)
Fresno home runs: None.
The Grizzlies had to settle for the split as they were blanked for the final 8 innings after scoring 2 in the 1st.
Those 2 runs came courtesy of a Danny Worth RBI groundout and a Matt Duffy RBI single. Andrew Aplin went 3-5 with a triple and a run scored, and Preston Tucker was 2-4 with a double, a triple, and scored a run.
Tommy Shirley had a bare minimum quality start, allowing 8 hits (2 solo homers), walking 2, and striking out 7. Josh Fields fanned 2 in 1.2 perfect innings, and Reymin Guduan got the final out of the 8th with a strikeout.
Brad Peacock will be on the mound as the Grizzlies return home to begin a 4-game series with El Paso. He'll face Carlos Pimentel at 7:05 Pacific.
Corpus Christi 3, Northwest Arkansas 2
W- Eric Peterson (2-1, 3-1 season)
L- Evan Beal (2-1)
S- Brendan McCurry (11)
CC home runs: Roberto Peña (1, 2-run in 2nd), Teoscar Hernandez (4, solo in 8th)
Teoscar Hernandez's solo shot in the 8th was the difference in this one. All 3 Corpus runs came off of homers. Roberto Peña opened the scoring with a 2-run homer in the 2nd, his 1st home run of the year.
Teoscar, Alex Bregman, D.J. Fisher (BB, 2 SB ), and Nick Tanielu all had 2 hits in this game; Peña's homer was the other hit.
Francis Martes went 6.1 innings and allowed 2 runs (1 earned) on 6 hits, walked 3, and struck out 6. Eric Peterson got the final 2 outs of the 7th, and Brendan McCurry allowed a hit, walked 1, and struck out 1 to record a 2-inning save.
In game 2 of this series, Evan Grills will take on Jake Junis. First pitch is at 6:05.
Lancaster 8, Inland Empire 2
W- Josh James (4-2)
L- Jake Jewell (0-6)
Lancaster home runs: None.
After Inland Empire scored a run in the 4th to break a 1-1 tie, the JetHawks seized control with a 5-run 5th and tacked on a couple more runs in the 9th for good measure to complete the sweep.
Both teams scored in the 1st. Ramon Laureano hit a 2-out triple and scored the first run of the evening on a single from Bryan Muñiz. Lancaster fell behind briefly, but they responded with a huge 5th inning. Bobby Boyd legged out an RBI bunt single to tie the game at 2. After an intentional walk to load the bases, Muñiz drew a walk to put Lancaster in front. Boyd scored when Aaron Mizell grounded into a force out, and Drew Ferguson ripped a 2-run double. An error in the 9th following a single from Laureano allowed Luis Reynoso and Jason Martin to score the final 2 runs of the night. Laureano (3B, RBI, 2 R) and Ferguson (2-R 2B) had 2 hits apiece.
Josh James went 5.2 innings and allowed 2 runs on 5 hits, walked 5, and struck out 6. Yeyfry Del Rosario was the first man out; he allowed a hit, walked 2, and struck out 2 over 2 scoreless, and Andrew Thome allowed 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 2 over the final 1.1 innings.
The JetHawks will now begin a 4-game series with the Modesto Nuts. Matt Bower will start game 1, and he'll face Carlos Polanco at 6:05 Pacific.
Burlington 2, Quad Cities 1
W- Jaime Barria (5-3)
L- Chris Murphy (3-4)
S- Zach Hartman (6)
QC home runs: None.
The Banditos dropped game 1 of the series as they couldn't muster up much offense in support of Chris Murphy.
Murphy allowed 2 runs on 8 hits, walked 1, and struck out 4 in 7 innings of work. Solid start, but unfortunately, he had to take the L. Justin Ferrell allowed a hit and fanned 1 over the final 2 innings.
Kyle Tucker tripled in the 6th and scored the River Bandits' only run on a Dex McCall groundout. The two of them both finished 2-4; Tucker's other hit was a double.
Yoanys Quiala will start game 2 of this series. He'll face Jared Ruxer at 6.
Chris Murphy, RHP, Quad Cities
L (3-4), 7 IP, 8 H, 2 ER, BB, 4 K
Francis Martes, RHP, Corpus Christi
6.1 IP, 6 H, 2 R (1 earned), 3 BB, 6 K
Teoscar Hernandez, OF, Corpus Christi
2-5, go-ahead solo HR (4) in 8th
Andrew Aplin, OF, Fresno: 3-5, 3B, R
- Aplin had a 4-game hitting streak snapped, but it seems to have jump-started his bat.
Josh James, RHP, Lancaster: 5.2 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 5 BB, 6 K
- Not his sharpest outing, but James was effective enough.
Yeyfry Del Rosario, RHP, Lancaster: 2 IP, H, 2 BB, 2 K
- The ERA is unattractive at first glance, but 13 of the 16 runs that he's allowed came in two outings.
Ramon Laureano, OF, Lancaster: 2-4, 3B, RBI, 2 R
- Laureano has really been Lancaster's most consistent offensive threat.
Brendan McCurry, RHP, Corpus Christi: Save (11), 2 IP, H, BB, K
- McCurry continues to terrorize Texas League hitters.