Let's play two in Lake County!
New Orleans 5, Fresno 1
W- Justin Nicolino (4-3)
L- Mike Hauschild (7-8)
Fresno home runs: Teoscar Hernandez (3, 9 season; solo in 7th)
The Grizzlies' bats were silenced as the Zephyrs took the lead in the series.
Teoscar Hernandez's solo home run in the 7th was Fresno's only scoring play and one of only 4 hits on the evening for them.
Mike Hauschild allowed 4 runs (3 earned) on 8 hits and struck out 6 in 6 innings of work. Josh Fields and Reymin Guduan both worked an inning out of the bullpen; Fields allowed 2 hits and struck out 2 in the 7th, and Guduan allowed a run on a double, walked 1, and struck out 1 in the 8th inning.
In the series finale, Brad Peacock will take on Jeremy Guthrie. First pitch is at 4:00.
Frisco 5, Corpus Christi 4
W- Joe Filomeno (2-0)
L- Aaron West (5-1)
S- John Fasola (2)
CC home runs: None.
The Roughriders scored 4 in the top of the 8th to take the lead and the latest edition of the Texas League iteration of the Lone Star Series.
Nolan Fontana opened the scoring with a 2-run double in the 3rd inning. Nick Tanielu finished 2-4 with an RBI single in the 6th, and Chase McDonald hit an RBI groundout in the 8th inning to pull the Hooks to within one run. However, Tanielu was stranded at 2nd to end the inning.
Edison Frias went 6 innings and allowed a run on 6 hits, walked 1, and struck out 5. Albert Minnis got 3 groundouts in the 7th inning and the first out of the 8th with a groundout and issued a walk that turned into a run against him after he left the game. Aaron West faltered, which is something that does not occur often. He got the final two outs of the 8th, one via strikeout, but Frisco got to him for 3 runs on 4 hits, and he also allowed the runner that he inherited from Minnis to score. Eric Peterson struck out 2 in a 1-2-3 9th.
Tonight, the Hooks will start a series in Midland. Keegan Yuhl will take on Brandon Mann at 6:00.
Lancaster 7, Rancho Cucamonga 4
W- Ryan Deemes (4-1, 5-1 season)
L- Jeff Malm (2-1)
S- Jacob Dorris (7)
Lancaster home runs: None.
The JetHawks received a couple of huge pinch hits in the 9th to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat. They handed Rancho its first loss when leading after 8 innings.
Akeem Bostick allowed 2 unearned runs on 3 hits, walked 3, and struck out 4 in 6 innings of work. Ryan Deemes pitched a 1-2-3 7th, but the Quakes took the lead against him in the 8th when Dian Toscano hit a 2-run homer off of him. The offense bailed him out in the final inning, though. In 2 innings, Deemes allowed the 2 runs on the homer, a double that preceded the homer, and struck out 2. Jacob Dorris struck out 1 in a 1-2-3 9th to secure the win.
Bobby Boyd led off the game with a triple and scored the first run of the night on a sac fly from Johnny Sewald. In the 4th inning, Sewald led off with a triple of his own and scored on a Jason Martin single. Keach Ballard hit a 1-out double in the 5th, advanced to 3rd on a wild pitch, and scored on a Drew Ferguson sac fly.
Bryan Muñiz hit a single with 1 out in the 9th and was replaced on the bases by Marc Wik. Trent Woodward struck out, and the JetHawks were down to their last out. Jamie Ritchie grounded into what could have been the game-ending force out, but an error gave Lancaster a reprieve. Ramon Laureano was summoned to pinch-hit, and on a 2-2 pitch, he put the JetHawks in front with a 2-run double. He then stole 3rd base (32) and scored on a Tony Nuñez single. Ferguson followed by ripping an RBI double to drive in the final run of the evening.
Brock Dykxhoorn will start game 2 of this series. He'll face Tommy Bergjans at 2:05 Pacific.
Game 1: Lake County 2, Quad Cities 1 in 8 innings
W- Kieran Lovegrove (3-3)
L- Adam Whitt (3-3)
QC home runs: None.
The Banditos walked off with a loss in game 1 of the twinbill as Nathan Lukes hit two solo homers for the Captains.
Myles Straw's RBI single in the 5th was Quad Cities' only scoring play in game 1.
Elieser Hernandez went 5 innings and allowed Lukes' first solo home run in the 3rd inning. He allowed 7 other hits, walked 1, and struck out 5. Adam Whitt pitched 2 scoreless innings, but Lukes led off the 8th against him and ended the game with his second solo home run. That was the only hit that Whitt allowed; he struck out 2.
How did Quad Cities fare in game 2?
Game 2: Quad Cities 2, Lake County 0
W- Jose Luis Hernandez (3-2)
L- Dominic DeMasi (6-3)
S- David Schmidt (2)
QC home runs: None.
Jose Luis Hernandez shut it down for the Banditos with a dominant outing. He scattered 5 hits and struck out a career-high 13 over 6 shutout innings. The 13 strikeouts is a new season high for all pitchers in the Astros system. David Schmidt ran into a little jam in the 7th as he allowed a hit and issued a walk, but he was able to close it out, striking out 1 in the inning.
After a bit of a rough start to his season, Hernandez has absolutely terrorized the Midwest League over the last two months. These are his numbers since June 1:
8 appearances (7 starts), 3-0, 0.60 ERA, 45 IP, 35 H (1 HR allowed), 6 R (3 ER), 4 BB, 52 K, 0.88 WHIP
The Banditos' two runs in game 2 both came in the 3rd inning as Myles Straw scored on an error following an Osvaldo Duarte single. Duarte, who advanced to 3rd base on the gaffe, scored on a sac fly from Kyle Tucker. Duarte finished 2-2 in game 2.
Chris Murphy will start the series finale. He'll take on Matt Esparza at 1:00 Eastern.
Connecticut 4, Tri-City 3
W- Mark Ecker (2-0)
L- Sean Stutzman (1-1)
TC home runs: None.
The ValleyCats were foiled in their bid to sweep the series thanks to a 3-run top of the 9th from the Tigers.
Chuckie Robinson ripped an RBI double in the 2nd inning and he came around to score on an Alex DeGoti single. Robinson, who now has a 7-game hitting streak, scored again in the 4th inning when DeGoti laid down a sacrifice bunt.
Ryan Hartman went 4 innings and allowed a run on 3 hits and struck out 2. Dustin Hunt allowed a hit and walked 4 over 3.1 scoreless innings. He left the bases loaded for Sean Stutzman, who got the final two outs of the 8th without incident. Stutzman got the first out of the 9th inning, but unfortunately, the Tigers loaded the bases on him in the 9th, and a 2-run single and subsequent error allowed the tying and go-ahead runs to score. Stutzman allowed 3 runs (2 earned) on 2 hits and walked 2 in his outing. Nick Hernandez got the final 2 outs of the 9th.
Tonight, the ValleyCats will welcome the Batavia Muckdogs to The Joe. Erasmo Pinales will start game 1, and he'll go up against Ryan McKay at 5:00 Eastern.
Greeneville 7, Bluefield 5
W- Reggie Johnson (1-0)
L- Hunter Barnett (0-1)
Greeneville home runs: None.
The Appy Astros climbed above .500 for the first time this season with their 6th consecutive win. Once again, the penultimate inning proved to be extremely kind to them, as they scored 3 in the 8th inning to take the lead.
Abraham Toro tripled with 2 outs in the 3rd and scored the first run of the evening on a wild pitch. Frankeny Fernandez smacked a double to lead off the 4th and scored on a ground-rule double from Jonathan Arauz. Bryan De La Cruz singled in the 6th, and an error on the play allowed Vicente Sanchez and Miguelangel Sierra to score. In the 8th, Troy Sieber brought Sanchez and Sierra home with a 2-run double that put the Appy Astros in the lead, and he came around to score on a single from Connor MacDonald.
Patrick Sandoval went 3.2 innings and allowed 4 runs (2 inherited runners charged to him) on 3 hits and struck out 4. The one run that Diogenes Almengo allowed in his 4 innings came on a solo home run to Ridge Smith in the 8th inning. Almengo allowed two other hits, walked 2, and struck out 2. Reggie Johnson allowed a hit, walked 1, and struck out 2 in 1.1 innings to get the win.
Salvador Montaño will start game 2 of this series. First pitch is at 6:00 Eastern.
GCL Astros 2, GCL Mets 0
W- Hansel Paulino (1-0)
L- Nicolas Debora (0-1)
S- Jorge Alcala (1)
GCL home runs: None.
The Kissimmee Stros got some solid pitching on Saturday.
Christian Powell made his season debut, and he recorded a strikeout in a 1-2-3 1st inning. Hansel Paulino allowed 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 4 over 5 scoreless, and Jorge Alcala walked 1 and struck out 5 over 3 innings to get the save.
Wilson Amador's 2-run triple in the 5th was the only scoring play of the game. Carlos Machado finished 4-4; this was his second 4-hit game of the season. Machado has recorded a hit in 14 of the 18 games he has played this season.
The DSL teams were off
The Dominican Summer League All-Star Game is just getting underway. Gilberto Celestino, Ronel Blanco, Jose Benjamin will represent the Astros, and Blue team manager Russ Steinhorn will be on the coaching staff of the AL All-Stars.
Photo by Bryan Green
Hansel Paulino, RHP, GCL Astros
W (1-0), 5 IP, 3 H, BB, 4 K
Photo by Bryan Green
Jorge Alcala, RHP, GCL Astros
Save (1), 3 IP, BB, 5 K
Photo by Rich Guill
Jose Luis Hernandez, RHP, Quad Cities
W (3-2), 6 IP, 5 H, 13 K (new career high) in game 2 of doubleheader
Edison Frias, RHP, Corpus Christi
6 IP, 6 H, ER, BB, 5 K
Ramon Laureano, OF, Lancaster
Pinch-hit, go-ahead 2-R 2B in 9th, SB (32)
Photo by Bryan Green
Troy Sieber, 1B, Greeneville
Go-ahead 2-R 2B in 8th