Let's play two in Lancaster!
Fresno 6, New Orleans 2
W- César Valdez (7-1)
L- Jose Urena (1-3)
Fresno home runs: Tyler White (7, 2-run in 3rd), Jon Singleton (15, solo in 6th)
The Grizzlies kicked off the second half of their season with a victory.
Tyler White opened up the scoring with an RBI infield single in the 1st, and he added to Fresno's lead by whacking a 2-run home run in the 3rd inning. Jon Singleton ripped an RBI double in the 4th and clubbed a solo homer in the 6th. Teoscar Hernandez drove in the final Grizzlies run of the evening with a sac fly in the 7th. White and Singleton both finished 2-4, while Tony Kemp went 3-4 and scored a run at the top of the order.
César Valdez delivered another strong start; he allowed a run on 5 hits and struck out 4 in 7 innings. Jandel Gustave walked 1 and struck out 1 in a scoreless 8th, and Reymin Guduan struck out the side and allowed a solo homer to Matt Juengel in the bottom of the 9th, which was the only hit he allowed in the inning.
Tommy Shirley will start game 2 of this series. First pitch is at 7:00.
Frisco 10, Corpus Christi 1
W- Connor Sadzeck (9-2)
L- Francis Martes (5-4)
CC home runs: J.D. Davis (14, solo in 6th)
The Roughriders kept the Hooks offense in check... and then they decided to turn this game into a laugher in the final inning.
J.D. Davis finished 2-4 and his solo blast in the 6th was the Hooks' only scoring play. Nick Tanielu went 3-5.
The only blemish on Francis Martes' line was a 3-run home run he served up to Andy Ibañez in the 3rd inning. In 6.1 innings, Martes allowed 3 other hits, walked 3, and struck out 7. Ryan Thompson struck out 1 over 2 perfect innings. Michael Freeman bore the brunt of Frisco's assault in the 9th inning. I'll leave it at that. Chris Cotton allowed a run of his own on 2 hits and got the final 2 outs of the 9th inning, striking out 1.
In game 3 of this series, Evan Grills will take on Victor Payano. First pitch is at 7:05.
Game 1: Lancaster 3, San Jose 0
W- Trent Thornton (6-4)
L- Phil Bickford (2-1)
Lancaster home runs: Ramon Laureano (7, 2-run in 6th)
Trent Thornton and Phil Bickford both threw complete games for their respective teams, but Thornton got the run support from his offense and outdueled the Giants' top prospect. He allowed just 4 hits and struck out 4 over the 7 innings.
Brooks Marlow broke a scoreless tie with an RBI double in the 5th, and Ramon Laureano provided some insurance with a 2-run home run in the 6th inning. Laureano and Johnny Sewald both finished 2-3; Sewald also stole a base, giving him 30 on the season (14 Lancaster, 16 Quad Cities).
How did the JetHawks fare in game 2?
Game 2: Lancaster 9, San Jose 4
W- Rogelio Armenteros (6-2, 6-4 season)
L- Jordan Johnson (6-7)
Lancaster home runs: Ramon Laureano (8, 2-run in 2nd), Bryan Muñiz (8, solo in 2nd)
The JetHawks swept the twinbill thanks to an early offensive outburst that staked Rogelio Armenteros to a 9-0 lead. Lancaster was the away team in this game, because this was a makeup of a game that was supposed to be played in San Jose all the way back on April 10.
Bryan Muñiz put Lancaster on the board first with an RBI single in the 1st inning. He came around to score on a single from Drew Ferguson, and a wild pitch allowed Johnny Sewald to score. Ramon Laureano smacked a 2-run homer in the 2nd inning, and Muñiz followed by adding a solo blast to his ledger. Marc Wik ripped a 2-run triple in the 4th, and Muñiz drove in the final JetHawks run with an RBI single in the 5th inning. He finished 3-4 and scored twice, while Laureano (2-R HR, 2 R) and Ferguson (RBI, R, SB ) had 2 hits apiece.
Rogelio Armenteros went 5 innings and allowed 4 runs on 7 hits (2-run homer), walked 1, and struck out 7. He's the first player in the system to record 100 strikeouts this season. Kevin McCanna struck out 2 over 2 perfect innings.
Dean Deetz will start the series finale, and he'll face a rehabbing Matt Cain at 6:35 Pacific.
Quad Cities 4, Fort Wayne 2
W- Matt Bower (3-0, 5-3 season)
L- Thomas Dorminy (2-3)
S- Ralph Garza Jr. (6)
QC home runs: Hector Roa (2, solo in 2nd)
The Banditos got a nice start from Matt Bower, who has rebounded well since returning to the Midwest League.
Bower allowed 2 runs on 6 hits and struck out 8 in 7 innings of work; this was his longest outing as a pro. Justin Ferrell allowed a hit, walked 2, and struck out 3 in 1.1 innings, and Ralph Garza Jr. recorded the final two outs of the game.
Hector Roa opened the scoring in the 2nd inning by leading it off with a home run. Pat Porter followed that blast with a double. He advanced to 3rd on a sacrifice bunt and scored on a single from Anthony Hermelyn. The TinCaps tied the game at 2 in the 4th inning, but Quad Cities quickly re-established its advantage in the 5th as Hermelyn scored on a wild pitch. Kristian Trompiz tripled in the 8th inning and scored the final run of the evening on a single from Connor Goedert. Porter finished 3-4 and stole a base (5), while Trompiz and Myles Straw had 2 hits apiece.
Franklin Perez will start the series finale. He'll take on Jerry Keel at 7:05 Eastern.
Tri-City 2, Connecticut 0
W- Enrique Chavez (2-0)
L- Taylor Hicks (0-1)
TC home runs: Ronnie Dawson (2, 2-run in 7th)
There was only one scoring play in this game, and Ronnie Dawson's 2-run homer in the 7th proved to be the difference. Randy César went 2-2 and scored on Dawson's home run.
Hector Perez allowed 2 hits and struck out 5 in 4.1 innings. Howie Brey issued a walk, but he got the final two outs of the 5th. Enrique Chavez allowed 2 hits and walked 1 in 4 innings of work.
Kevin Hill will start game 2 of this series. He'll take on Locke St. John (outstanding name), a former teammate of his at South Alabama, at 7:00 Eastern.
Greeneville and Pulaski was postponed
Due to rain. They'll play a doubleheader tonight, with game 1 starting at 6:00 Eastern. Carlos Hiraldo will start that game, and Patrick Sandoval will start game 2.
DSL Royals 7, DSL Astros Blue 2
W- Kelvin Gonzalez (1-0)
L- Jose Orta (0-1)
S- Miguel Medrano (2)
Blue home runs: Michael Garcia (1, solo in 5th)
The Royals pulled away with a pair of 3-run innings.
Michael Garcia hit his first career home run in the 5th inning, and Jose Benjamin scored on a force out in the 6th.
Javier Navas went 5 innings and allowed an unearned run on 4 hits, walked 1, and struck out 3. Jose Orta only recorded 1 out in the 6th via strikeout and allowed 3 runs (2 inherited runners charged to him) and walked 4. Angel Matos pitched 1.1 innings and allowed 3 unearned runs on 2 hits, walked 3, and struck out 4, and Juan Corniel allowed a hit, walked 2, and struck out 3 in 2.1 scoreless innings.
From July 2: DSL Phillies2 8, DSL Astros Orange 7 in 14 innings
W- Adrian Acosta (3-0)
L- Willy Collado (0-1)
Orange home runs: None.
After play resumed, the Phillies tied the game at 4 with a run in the 6th. Both teams scored 3 in the 11th inning, but the Phillies managed to walk off with the win.
Humberto Castellanos went 5 innings and allowed 3 runs on 4 hits, walked 1, and struck out 2. Luis Castro ended up going 5.2 innings, allowing 4 runs (1 earned, 1 inherited runner charged to him) on 4 hits, walking 5, and striking out 3. Yohan Ramirez allowed a hit, walked 1, and struck out 2 over 2.1 innings, and the Phillies scored the winning run off Willy Collado with a 2-out single in the bottom of the 14th. Collado also walked 2.
The Orange team scored 2 in the 4th on a Ramiro Rodriguez RBI single and a force out that scored Enmanuel Valdez. In the 6th, Ramiro scored on an error and Ronaldo Urdaneta drew a bases-loaded walk. The Orange team's 3 runs in the 11th came on a Vicente Mota RBI double, an RBI triple from Yeuris Ramirez, and an RBI single from Urdaneta.
DSL Astros Orange 4, DSL Phillies2 2
W- Humberto Castellanos (1-2)
L- Leonel Aponte (2-3)
S- Jose Antonio Hernandez (1)
Orange home runs: Gilberto Celestino (2, solo in 2nd)
The Orange team took the regularly scheduled game as two pitchers joined forces on a 2-hitter.
Humberto Castellanos allowed 2 unearned runs on an error and a force out, 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 2 in 5 innings. Jose Antonio Hernandez got the save; he walked 2 and struck out 3 over the final 2 innings.
Gilberto Celestino led off the 2nd inning with a home run to open the scoring. Later in the 2nd, Jose Carrillo stole home as part of a double steal with Juan Infante, who took 2nd base. Celestino scored another run on an error after Felix Lucas grounded into a force out in the 4th inning. Jose Abel Hernandez hit a sac fly in the 7th to bring in the final run of the day for the Orange team.
Ramon Laureano, OF, Lancaster
Game 1 of doubleheader: 2-3, 2-R HR(7)
Game 2 of doubleheader: 2-4, 3B, 2-R HR (8)
Trent Thornton, RHP, Lancaster
W (6-4), CG, 4 H, 4 K in game 1 of doubleheader
Bryan Muñiz, 1B, Lancaster
3-4, solo HR (8), 3 RBI in game 2 of doubleheader
Photo from MiLB.com
Ronnie Dawson, OF, Tri-City
Go-ahead 2-R HR (2) in 7th inning
César Valdez, RHP, Fresno
W (7-1), 7 IP, 5 H, ER, 4 K
J.D. Davis, 3B, Corpus Christi
2-4, solo HR (14)
Hector Perez's and Enrique Chavez's photos by Bryan Green.
Howie Brey's photo from MiLB.com
Hector Perez, RHP, Tri-City: 4.1 IP, 2 H, 5 K
Howie Brey, LHP, Tri-City: 0.2 IP, BB
Enrique Chavez, RHP, Tri-City: W (2-0), 4 IP, 2 H, BB