Let's play two in Vermont!
Iowa 9, Fresno 5
W- Pierce Johnson (2-6)
L- Mike Hauschild (8-10)
S- Armando Rivero (1)
Fresno home runs: Jon Kemmer (15, 3-run in 7th)
The Grizz nearly fought back from a 6-0 deficit, but the Cubs scored 3 runs in the final two frames to put the game out of reach.
Colin Moran put Fresno on the board with an RBI single in the 5th. Later in the inning, Danny Worth drew a bases-loaded walk. Jon Kemmer whacked a 3-run home run in the bottom of the 7th to cut the deficit to 1, but the Grizzlies couldn't get over the hump. Chan-Jong Moon finished 3-4 and scored 2 runs from the of the order, and Worth went 2-4 with a double.
Mike Hauschild only pitched the 1st inning; he allowed 4 runs on 4 hits, walked 2, and struck out 2. Albert Minnis was the first man out of the Fresno bullpen, and he allowed 2 unearned runs on 2 hits, walked 3, and struck out 2 in 3.2 innings. Aaron West allowed 2 hits and fanned 1 over 2.1 scoreless. Reymin Guduan came on to pitch the 8th inning and faced 3 batters, but he failed to record an out. Two of the batters he faced ended up scoring after he left the game; he allowed a hit and walked 2. Kevin Chapman took ownership of the 8th and ended up pitching the final 2 innings, allowing a run of his own on 3 hits, walking 1, and striking out 2.
Brad Peacock will start the series finale. He'll take on Jordan Pries at 7:05 Pacific.
Corpus Christi 7, Arkansas 1
W- David Paulino (5-2)
L- Jose Molina (0-3)
S- Kyle Smith (2)
CC home runs: James Ramsay (4, solo in 4th), Ramon Laureano (3, 13 season; 3-run in 7th)
David Paulino was a winner in his return to Corpus Christi and helped the Hooks take 2 of 3 from the Travelers.
Paulino threw 6 innings, and the one run he allowed came on a solo homer hit by Wade Wass in the 2nd inning. He allowed 3 other hits and struck out 6. Kyle Smith pitched the final 3 innings and allowed 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 2.
Yulieski Gurriel opened the scoring with a sac fly in the 1st inning. Wass's homer tied the game at 1, but Gurriel put Corpus back in front with an RBI single in the 3rd. James Ramsay smacked a solo homer in the 4th inning to push the Corpus lead to 3-1. Chase McDonald, Ramsay, and Mott Hyde all singled to lead off the 7th inning, and the Hooks took full advantage of the situation. Bobby Boyd hit a sac fly, and one batter later, Ramon Laureano capped off the evening with a 3-run home run. Laureano (3-R HR, 2 R, SB [2, 35 season]), Ramsay (solo HR, 2 R), and McDonald (2B, R) all finished with 2 hits on the night.
After a day off, the Hooks will begin their final tour of Arkansas.
Lancaster 9, San Jose 4
W- Elieser Hernandez (2-4, 6-7 season)
L- Austin Fleet (0-1)
Lancaster home runs: Marc Wik (3, solo in 6th)
A 4-run 6th inning pushed the JetHawks' lead to 9-3, and the big inning propelled them to a series win.
They also stormed out with 3 runs in the 1st inning: Drew Ferguson drove in the first run of the evening with a sac fly, and Jason Martin whacked a 2-run triple. Ferguson added an RBI single to his ledger in the 2nd, and Brooks Marlow ripped an RBI double in the 3rd. Marc Wik's solo home run was the first run of the 6th inning, and Lancaster later got RBI singles from Aaron Mizell, Ferguson, and Bryan Muñiz.
Everyone in the JetHawks lineup recorded a hit; Ferguson (3 RBI, R), Osvaldo Duarte (2B, R), and Myles Straw (2B, 2 R) all finished 2-4. Martin was the only player who didn't score, but he did have that 2-run triple in the 1st. Ferguson also stole his 28th base of the season.
Elieser Hernandez had a bare minimum quality start, allowing 5 hits (2 solo homers) and striking out 9. Ryan Deemes allowed 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 1 over 2 scoreless innings, and Dean Deetz allowed a run on a double in the 9th; the runner reached after getting hit by a pitch.
Tonight, the JetHawks will begin a 4-game series in High Desert. First pitch is at 7:05 Pacific.
Quad Cities 4, Peoria 0
W- Franklin Perez (3-2)
L- Ryan Helsley (8-2)
S- Albert Abreu (4)
QC home runs: Pat Porter (8, solo in 3rd)
The young guns joined forces for a shutout that gave the Banditos a series split.
Franklin Perez has announced his arrival onto the prospect scene with a fine year in a full-season league at age 18. He allowed 4 hits, walked 1, and struck out 9 over 5 shutout innings. Albert Abreu has been a bit up-and-down, but there is no denying his raw talent. He completed the shutout, allowing 3 hits, walking 1, and striking out 5 over the final 4 innings.
Pat Porter opened the scoring with a home run to lead off the 3rd inning. Kyle Tucker hit an RBI single in the 6th, and Randy César capped it off with a 2-run single. Little Tuck finished 3-4, and Porter went 2-4.
Yoanys Quiala will get the start for the River Bandits as they start a 4-game series in Clinton. He'll face Pedro Vasquez at 6:30.
Game 1: Tri-City 3, Vermont 0
W- Sebastian Kessay (3-1, 4-4 season)
L- Heath Bowers (2-6)
S- Carlos Sierra (1)
TC home runs: None.
The ValleyCats took the first game in the twinbill with a one-hit shutout.
Ryan Hartman and Sebastian Kessay both tossed 3 innings; Hartman's 3 innings were perfect, and he ended up striking out 3. Kessay allowed the one hit, walked 1, and struck out 3, and Carlos Sierra struck out 2 in a 1-2-3 7th to secure the win.
Ten zeroes were put up on the scoreboard before the ValleyCats made the breakthrough in the 6th inning. Chuckie Robinson led off the inning with a double, advanced to 3rd on an error that allowed Taylor Jones to reach, and scored on a Ronnie Dawson double. Bryan De La Cruz followed with a sac fly. Marcos Almonte hit a one-out single in the 7th, stole 2nd, advanced to 3rd on a Miguelangel Sierra single, and scored on an errant pickoff throw. Almonte and Sierra had 2 hits apiece.
How did the ValleyCats fare in their final game before the New York-Penn League All-Star break?
Game 2: Vermont 2, Tri-City 1
W- Matt Milburn (1-0)
L- Nick Hernandez (1-1)
TC home runs: None.
The ValleyCats only had 3 hits, and they walked off with the loss.
Rodrigo Ayarza's sac fly in the 5th was Tri-City's only scoring play in game 2. Gabriel Bracamonte, Alex De Goti, and Marcos Almonte each hit a single.
Abdiel Saldaña allowed a hit and struck out 3 over 2 innings. Austin Nicely was the first man out, and he allowed a hit and struck out 3 over 3 innings. Angelo Serrano got 2 outs in the 6th, both via strikeout, and allowed an unearned run on 2 hits. Nick Hernandez got the final out of the 6th, but the winning run scored on a two-out single in the 7th. That single was the only hit he allowed, and the run was unearned. Hernandez struck out 2.
The NYPL All-Star Game will take place tomorrow from Wappingers Falls, New York, home of the Hudson Valley Renegades. Tri-City will return to action on Wednesday.
Greeneville 7, Kingsport 3
W- Reggie Johnson (3-2)
L- Adrian Almeida (0-3)
Greeneville home runs: None.
The Appy Astros fell behind 3-0 after 2 innings, but they scored the game's final 7 runs to win on Sunday.
Abraham Toro put Greeneville on the board with a 2-run single in the 3rd inning. In the 4th, Luis Payano scored on an error, and then Toro struck again with an RBI single that put Greeneville in front. Carlos Machado followed with an RBI single. Machado got plunked to lead off the 7th and scampered home on a Vicente Sanchez triple. Sanchez scored the final run of the evening on a Ruben Castro sac fly. Toro and Castro both finished with 2 hits in the game.
Ben Smith went 2 innings and allowed 3 runs (2 earned) on 3 hits (solo homer) and walked 3. Reggie Johnson allowed a hit, walked 1, and struck out 2 in 2 innings. Cristian Javier was next; he went 4 innings and allowed a hit and fanned 3, and Lucas Williams allowed a hit, walked 1, and struck out 1 in a scoreless 9th.
Carlos Sanabria will take on Darwin Ramos in the third game of this series. First pitch is at 7:00 Eastern.
GCL Nationals 8, GCL Astros 6
W- Matt Tindall (4-1)
L- Bryan Abreu (1-3, 1-4 season)
GCL home runs: Edgar Lorenzo (1, 2-run in 2nd)
The Nationals took control with 4 runs in the 7th.
Edgar Lorenzo's 2-run homer put the Kissimmee Stros on the board. He added an RBI single to his ledger in the 4th inning. Jose Benjamin drew a bases-loaded walk in the 5th, and Wilson Amador scored on an error following a successful double steal in the 6th inning. Benjamin went 3-4 and hit an RBI single in the 9th. Lorenzo finished 2-4 on the day.
Juan Robles went 3 innings and allowed 3 runs on 3 hits (solo homer), walked 2, and struck out 4. Saul Martinez and Bryan Abreu pitched 2 innings apiece; Martinez allowed a run on 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 2, while Abreu allowed 4 runs (1 earned) on 4 hits, walked 2, and struck out 3. Manuel Gonzalez struck out 2 in a 1-2-3 8th.
David Paulino, RHP, Corpus Christi
W (5-2), 6 IP, 4 H (solo HR), ER, 6 K
Franklin Perez, RHP, Quad Cities
W (3-2), 5 IP, 4 H, BB, 9 K (career-high)
Albert Abreu, RHP, Quad Cities
Save (4), 4 IP, 3 H, BB, 5 K
Ramon Laureano, OF, Corpus Christi
2-4, 3-R HR (3, 13 season), 2 R, SB (2, 35 season)
Drew Ferguson, OF, Lancaster
2-4, 3 RBI, R, SB (28)
From top: Ryan Hartman, LHP, Sebastian Kessay, LHP, and Carlos Sierra, RHP, Tri-City
1-hit shutout in game 1 of doubleheader
Hartman: 3 IP, 3 K
Kessay: W (3-1, 4-4 season), 3 IP, H, BB, 3 K
Sierra: Save (1), IP, 2 K
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Abraham Toro-Hernandez, IF, Greeneville
2-5, 3 RBI
Photo by Bryan Green
Edgar Lorenzo, OF, GCL Astros
2-4, 2-R HR (1), 3 RBI, SB (3)