Omaha 4, Fresno 3
W- Luke Farrell (6-3)
L- Brady Rodgers (12-4)
S- Andrew Edwards (5)
Fresno home runs: None.
The Grizzlies mounted a 9th inning rally that fell just short.
Brady Rodgers went 4 innings and allowed 2 runs on 6 hits, walked 1, and struck out 4. Kevin Chapman allowed a run on 3 hits and struck out 2 in the 5th inning. Aaron West allowed 2 hits over 3 scoreless innings, and Jandel Gustave allowed a run on 2 hits and walked 2 in the 9th inning.
Jon Singleton opened the scoring with an RBI groundout in the 1st inning. He ripped a ground-rule double in the 9th and came around to score on a double from Tyler Heineman. Alejandro Garcia brought Heineman home with a groundout, but that was as close as Fresno got to forcing extras. Singleton (2 2B, RBI, R) and Colin Moran (2B, R) both finished 2-4.
Tonight is Taco Truck Throwdown 6 in Fresno, and it's the biggest promotion of the year for the Grizzlies, who will assume their alter ego, the Fresno Tacos. César Valdez will face Jon Dziedzic at 7:05 Pacific.
Northwest Arkansas 11, Corpus Christi 6
W- Ashton Goudeau (5-12)
L- Kent Emanuel (4-3)
CC home runs: Conrad Gregor (9, solo in 2nd), Ramon Laureano (4, 14 season; solo in 3rd)
The Hooks were behind the eight-ball early in this one, trailing 8-2 after two innings.
J.D. Davis opened the scoring with a sac fly in the 1st inning, and Conrad Gregor and Ramon Laureano followed with solo home runs in the 2nd and the 3rd, respectively. Davis hit a one-out triple in the 8th and scored on a James Ramsay groundout, and in the 9th, Garrett Stubbs and Nick Tanielu hit sac flies. Gregor (solo HR, 2 R), Davis (3B, RBI, R), Laureano (solo HR, SB), and Tony Nuñez all finished with 2 hits; Laureano now has 36 stolen bases on the season.
It was a rough night at the office for Kent Emanuel. It happens, and he'll bounce back. Eric Peterson stepped in for damage control and he allowed a run on 4 hits and fanned 6 in 3.2 innings. Ryan Thompson allowed 2 runs on 5 hits, walked 1, and struck out 2 in 3 innings.
Cy Sneed will start the series finale, and he'll face Eric Skoglund at 7:05.
Lancaster and High Desert was postponed
Due to the Blue Cut Fire, an active wildfire in San Bernardino County. If conditions permit, the JetHawks and Mavericks will wrap up their series with a doubleheader starting at 5:00 Pacific.
Clinton 4, Quad Cities 3
W- Jake Brentz (2-0)
L- Chris Murphy (5-7)
QC home runs: None.
Yet again, the Banditos could only score in one inning. Yet again, the LumberKings found some offense late, and this time, they walked off with the victory.
All 3 Quad Cities runs came in the 2nd inning, and none of them scored via hit. Stephen Wrenn stole home to open the scoring, and then Kristian Trompiz and Arturo Michelena drew bases-loaded walks. Spencer Johnson and Bobby Wernes had 2 hits apiece.
Matt Bower allowed 2 runs, both on a 2-run homer, on 5 hits, walked 2, and struck out 9 in 5.2 innings. Chris Murphy went 3 innings and allowed the tying and winning runs in the 9th inning; both were unearned. He allowed 4 hits, walked 1, and struck out 1.
The River Bandits will look to avoid the sweep as Framber Valdez gets the start. He'll face Ronald Dominguez at 6:30.
Tri-City 6, Aberdeen 4
W- Makay Nelson (2-0, 2-2 season)
L- Travis Seabrooke (1-6)
S- Angelo Serrano (1, 2 season)
TC home runs: None.
The ValleyCats started off the home stretch on the right foot with a 4-run 5th inning and 5.2 solid innings from the bullpen to get the win.
Edgardo Sandoval went 3.1 innings and allowed 3 runs on 6 hits (solo homer), walked 3, and struck out 3. Makay Nelson tagged in to throw 4.2 innings, allowing a run on 3 hits and striking out 6, and Angelo Serrano got 3 flyball outs in the 9th to close it out.
Connor Goedert put Tri-City on the board with a sac fly in the 2nd inning. Alex De Goti drove in a run with a sac fly of his own in the 4th, and the ValleyCats took control in the 5th. Rodrigo Ayarza led off the inning with a single and he eventually scored on a wild pitch to tie the game at 3. Ronnie Dawson put the ValleyCats in the lead with a 2-run triple and scored on another wild pitch. Dawson finished 2-3 with 2 runs scored. Chuckie Robinson scored 2 runs as well.
Kevin Hill will face Cody Sedlock in game 2 of this series. First pitch is at 7:00 Eastern.
Greeneville was off
The Appy Astros will start a 3-game series in Danville at 7:00 Eastern. Forrest Whitley will take on Jaret Hellinger.
GCL Astros 2, GCL Cardinals 1
W- Felipe Tejada (1-0, 2-0 season)
L- Jonathon Mulford (1-1)
GCL home runs: None.
Joan Mauricio's 2-run single was the Kissimmee Stros' only scoring play in this game and it allowed them to walk off with the victory. Jose Benjamin and Brody Westmoreland both finished 2-3 on the day.
César Rosado went 3.2 innings and allowed 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 6. Manuel Gonzalez was the first man out of the bullpen, and he threw 1.1 perfect innings. Felipe Tejada allowed the only Cardinals run, which came on a solo home run in the 6th inning. Tejada allowed 2 other hits, walked 1, and struck out 5.
Ronnie Dawson, OF, Tri-City
2-3, 3B, 2 RBI, 2 R
Makay Nelson, RHP, Tri-City
W (2-0, 2-2 season), 4.2 IP, 3 H, ER, 6 K
Jon Singleton, 1B, Fresno
2-4, 2 2B, RBI, R
Aaron West, RHP, Fresno
3 IP, 2 K
Photo by Bryan Green
Joan Mauricio, IF, GCL Astros
Walk-off 2-run single in 9th
Photos by Bryan Green
GCL Astros pitchers: 9 IP, 6 H (solo HR), ER, 2 BB, 11 K vs. GCL Cardinals
César Rosado (top), RHP: 3.2 IP, 3 H, BB, 6 K
Manuel Gonzalez, RHP: 1.1 IP
Felipe Tejada (not pictured), RHP: W (1-0, 2-0 season), 4 IP, 3 H (solo HR), ER, BB, 5 K