Fresno 10, El Paso 8
W- Brady Rodgers (12-3)
L- Carlos Pimentel (11-6)
S- Brendan McCurry (2, 15 season)
Fresno home runs: Jon Kemmer (13, 3-run in 6th)
The Grizzlies ended their longest roadtrip of the season on a positive note, staving off a rally from the Chihuahuas to earn a split in the series.
Brady Rodgers went 6 innings and allowed 5 runs (3 earned) on 7 hits (2-run homer), walked 2, and struck out 5. Chris Cotton was the first man out of the Fresno bullpen; he allowed a run on a groundout, a triple, and struck out 1 in the 7th inning. Albert Minnis recorded 2 outs in the 8th; he allowed a run on a sac fly, 2 hits, and struck out 1. Brendan McCurry pitched the final 1.1 innings to get the save; he allowed a run on a sac fly, 3 hits, and struck out 3.
Fresno scored 2 runs in the 2nd, 3rd, and the 4th innings. Their 2 in the 2nd came courtesy of a Teoscar Hernandez double. Max Stassi drew a bases-loaded walk and Jon Singleton added a sac fly in the 3rd, and in the 4th, Teoscar scored on an error, and D.J. Fisher hit an RBI single. Fisher hit another RBI single in the 6th, and one batter later, Jon Kemmer launched a 3-run home run that effectively turned out to be the difference in this game.
Kemmer (2B, 3-R HR) and Nolan Fontana (2 R, SB) finished with 3 hits apiece, while Fisher (2 RBI, R) and Teoscar (2B, 2 RBI, R) both finished 2-5.
The Grizzlies have today off; they'll start a 4-game series with the Iowa Cubs on Friday.
Corpus Christi 5, Northwest Arkansas 4
W- Kent Emanuel (4-2)
L- Ashton Goudeau (4-12)
S- Ryan Thompson (2, 4 season)
CC home runs: None.
The Hooks drew even in the series thanks to a 4-run 2nd inning and 3.1 scoreless innings from the bullpen.
Kent Emanuel went 5.2 innings and allowed 4 runs on 9 hits and struck out 1. Kevin Comer allowed 2 hits and fanned 2 over 2.1 scoreless, and Ryan Thompson worked around a hit to close out the game.
James Ramsay opened the scoring with an RBI single in the 2nd. They weren't done just yet; Chase McDonald and Alejandro Garcia followed with singles to load the bases, and Mott Hyde promptly cleared them with a double. Hyde got thrown out trying to stretch it into a triple, but the damage was done. Garrett Stubbs drew a bases-loaded walk in the 4th. Hyde went 2-3 with the big double, while Garcia finished 3-4 with a double and 2 runs scored. Yulieski Gurriel went 1-4; he started at third base and played 7 innings.
In the rubber game of this series, Cy Sneed will face Josh Staumont. First pitch is at 7:05.
Inland Empire 4, Lancaster 2
W- Garrett Nuss (2-2)
L- Rogelio Armenteros (6-4, 6-6 season)
S- Winston Lavendier (2)
Lancaster home runs: None.
The JetHawks' bats went quiet and they couldn't muster up a response to a 3-run 1st inning from the 66ers.
Drew Ferguson opened the scoring with an RBI infield single in the 1st inning. Jamie Ritchie hit a single in the 6th, and an error on the play allowed Aaron Mizell to score. Bobby Boyd, who scored the first run of the evening, had a double, which was Lancaster's only extra-base hit of the night.
Rogelio Armenteros went 6.2 innings and allowed 4 runs on 6 hits (2-run homer), walked 2, and struck out 7. Ryan Deemes allowed a hit in 1.1 scoreless innings.
The series finale is at 7:05 Pacific. Lancaster's starter is TBA; whoever he is, he'll take on Jake Jewell.
Quad Cities was off
The River Bandits will begin a 4-game series in Peoria tonight at 7:00. Matt Bower gets the start.
Tri-City and Lowell was postponed
Due to rain. A doubleheader is scheduled for today, with game 1 starting at 4:05 Eastern. Enrique Chavez (game 1) and Edgardo Sandoval (game 2) will start for Tri-City today.
Johnson City 7, Greeneville 3
W- David Oca (2-2)
L- Jorge Guzman (0-1, 1-2 season)
Greeneville home runs: None,
The Cardinals took sole possession of the division lead from the Appy Astros by taking the opener of this crucial series.
Jorge Guzman went 4.1 innings and allowed 5 runs (3 earned, 1 inherited runner charged to him) on 8 hits, walked 1, and struck out 4. Carlos Sanabria tagged in for 3.2 innings and allowed 2 runs, both of which scored on a home run. He allowed one other hit, walked 1, and struck out 4. Lucas Williams threw a 1-2-3 9th inning,
Stijn van der Meer hit an RBI single in the 3rd inning. Frankeny Fernandez scored on an error in the 6th, and Oscar Campos scored on a wild pitch in the 9th.
Colin McKee will start game 2 of this this series. He'll face Levi MaVorhis at 7:00 Eastern.
GCL Mets 10, GCL Astros 3 in 6 innings
W- Nicolas Debora (2-1)
L- Hansel Paulino (1-1)
GCL home runs: None.
The Kissimmee Stros got buried by a 10-0 deficit in a game that was shortened by rain.
Their 3 runs came in the 4th inning and all of them scored on a triple from Joan Mauricio.
Hansel Paulino and Edwin Fidel both bore the brunt of the Mets' assault in the first 2 innings. I'll leave it at that. Ian Hardman pitched 2 scoreless innings, allowing 2 hits, walking 2, and striking out 2. Leovanny Rodriguez got 2 outs in the 6th and allowed a hit and walked 1 before play was halted.
From July 25: DSL Dodgers2 7, DSL Astros Blue 5
W- Orlandy Navarro (3-1)
L- Jesus Bernaez (1-3)
S- Oliver Polanco (1)
Blue home runs: None.
This game was tied at 3 when it was suspended due to rain.
The Blue team scored 2 runs in the 7th on an RBI single from Enmanuel Valdez and a sac fly from Angel De Leon. They finished this game with just 4 hits.
Jesus Bernaez came on after play resumed, and he allowed 5 runs (3 earned) on 6 hits, walked 3, and struck out 5. Angel Matos allowed 2 hits in a scoreless 9th.
The regularly scheduled game ended up getting suspended by rain as well, with the Blue team leading 3-2. Anibal Sierra's 3-run homer, his 2nd, is currently the only scoring play for the Blue team, but it gave them the lead.
Jose Bravo went 4 innings and allowed 2 runs on 7 hits and fanned 4.
DSL Mets2 3, DSL Astros Orange 1
W- Willy Taveras (2-2)
L- Humberto Castellanos (1-4)
S- Joel Romero (1)
Orange home runs: None.
The Orange team couldn't get much going on offense; their lone scoring play was an RBI double from Kendy Moya in the 8th inning.
Humberto Castellanos went 4 innings and allowed 2 runs (1 earned) on 8 hits and struck out 4. Luis Castro allowed a run on 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 1 in 3 innings, and Nivaldo Rodriguez threw a 1-2-3 8th inning.
Jon Kemmer, OF, Fresno
3-4, 2B, 3-R HR (13)
Teoscar Hernandez, OF, Fresno
2-5, 2B, 2 RBI, R
Mott Hyde, IF, Corpus Christi
2-3, 2B, 3 RBI
Kevin Comer and Ryan Thompson, RHPs, Corpus Christi
Comer: 2.1 IP, 2 H, 2 K
Thompson: Save (2, 4 season), IP, H