Let's play two in Lancaster!
Fresno 1, Sacramento 0
W- César Valdez (12-1)
L- Chris Stratton (11-6)
S- James Hoyt (29)
Fresno home runs: None.
There was only one run in this game, and it belonged to Fresno. Meanwhile, César Valdez and James Hoyt dominated on the mound, so one run turned out to be enough for the Grizzlies to get the win.
Danny Worth hit a one-out double in the 2nd inning and came around to score on a single from D.J. Fisher. Jack Mayfield's single in the 5th inning was the Grizzlies' third and final hit of the evening. Worth's double was the only extra-base hit for either side.
Valdez allowed 5 hits, walked 1, and struck out 12 over 8 shutout innings, and Hoyt finished it off by striking out the side in order in the 9th inning.
Eury De La Rosa will start game 2 of this 5-game series. He'll face Joan Gregorio at 7:05 Pacific.
Corpus Christi 4, Midland 1
W- Cy Sneed (6-5)
L- Ben Bracewell (7-3)
S- Kevin Comer (1, 4 season)
CC home runs: None.
The Hooks kept the Midland offense in check for a second straight night.
Cy Sneed turned in 6.2 solid innings; the one run he allowed came on a solo home run hit by Yairo Muñoz in the 5th. Sneed allowed two other hits and struck out 4. Kevin Comer pitched the final 2.1 innings to get the save, allowing a hit, walking 1, and striking out 2.
Garrett Stubbs reached base safely in all 4 of his plate appearances; he went 3-3 with a walk and scored 3 of the Hooks' 4 runs in this game. He did not score the first run of the game; that honor went to Mott Hyde, who led off the 3rd with a double and scored on a Preston Tucker sac fly. Stubbs followed with a triple and came home on a double from J.D. Davis. Stubbs hit a one-out single in the 5th, stole 2nd, and scored on a Ramon Laureano double. He scored the final run of the evening on a Conrad Gregor single in the 7th. Laureano finished 3-4, while Davis and Hyde both finished 2-4.
In game 3 of this series, Trent Thornton will face Daniel Gossett. First pitch is at 7:05.
Game 1: High Desert 14, Lancaster 4
W- Nick Gardewine (5-1)
L- Akeem Bostick (4-3, 5-4 season)
Lancaster home runs: Jamie Ritchie (7, 2-run in 4th), Kyle Tucker (1, 7 season; 2-run in 7th)
The Mavericks turned the first game of the doubleheader into a laugher by scoring 9 runs in the final two innings.
All 4 Lancaster runs scored off a pair of 2-run homers from Jamie Ritchie and Kyle Tucker. Johnny Sewald, Osvaldo Duarte, Bryan Muñiz, and Little Tuck all finished with 2 hits in game 1.
Akeem Bostick went 5 innings and allowed 8 runs (6 earned, 1 inherited runner charged to him) on 7 hits (solo homer) and walked 3. Juan Carlos Santos and Chris Murphy made their Lancaster debuts; Santos allowed 6 runs (2 earned, 3 inherited runners charged to him) on 4 hits, walked 1, and struck out 2 in 1.1 innings, and Murphy got the final two outs of the 7th, allowing a hit and striking out 1.
Would there be a more positive result in game 2 for Lancaster?
Game 2: Lancaster 2, High Desert 0
W- Jose Luis Hernandez (3-3, 6-5 season)
L- David Ledbetter (6-9)
Lancaster home runs: Bryan Muñiz (13, solo in 2nd), Johnny Sewald (6, 7 season; solo in 3rd)
After getting smacked in the final two innings of game 1, the JetHawks had the last laugh as they held the Mavs off the board in game 2 to earn the split. Jose Luis Hernandez went the distance, allowing 7 hits and striking out 6.
Lancaster only had 4 hits in game 2, but 2 of them resulted in runs. Muñiz's homer led off the 2nd inning, and Sewald launched a solo shot of his own in the 3rd. Ritchie went 2-3.
In the series finale, Brock Dykxhoorn will face Jeffrey Springs. First pitch is at 6:35 Pacific.
Cedar Rapids 3, Quad Cities 0
W- Michael Cederoth (4-0)
L- Framber Valdez (1-2, 4-3 season)
S- Tom Hackimer (4)
QC home runs: None.
The Banditos have dropped 5 in a row; they've scored just 2 runs in their series with the Kernels, and they got blanked on Wednesday.
Stephen Wrenn and Hector Roa both doubled; those were the only two Quad Cities hits in this game.
Framber Valdez went 6 innings and allowed 2 runs on 4 hits and struck out 6. David Schmidt allowed a run on 4 hits and struck out 1 over the final 2 innings.
Hector Perez will get the start as the Banditos look to avoid the sweep. He'll take on Lachlan Wells at 6:35.
Tri-City 5, Auburn 4 in 12 innings
W- Carlos Sanabria (1-0, 2-2 season)
L- Brayan Serrata (0-1)
TC home runs: Ronnie Dawson (7, solo in 2nd), Connor Goedert (1, 6 season; solo in 2nd)
Auburn forced extra innings by erasing a 3-0 deficit, but the ValleyCats regained their advantage in the 12th and held off one final rally from the Doubledays to escape with the win.
Ronnie Dawson and Connor Goedert opened up the scoring with back-to-back solo home runs in the 2nd inning. Dawson, who went 4-5 on the evening, added an RBI single to his ledger in the 9th that pushed Tri-City's lead to 3-0.
Alex De Goti reached on an error with one out in the top of the 12th and he was able to advance to 2nd on the miscue. Another error allowed Marcos Almonte to reach. Miguelangel Sierra got plunked to load the bases, and a wild pitch resulted in De Goti dashing home with the go-ahead run. Bryan De La Cruz, who was at the plate at the time, hit a groundout that brought in another run in the form of Almonte.
Abdiel Saldaña allowed 4 hits and struck out 5 over 5 shutout innings. Sean Stutzman was the first man out of the Tri-City bullpen, and he walked 1 and struck out 1 in a scoreless 6th. Dustin Hunt went 2+ innings and allowed 3 runs (2 earned, 2 inherited runners charged to him) on 3 hits, walked 3, and struck out 1; he came on for the 9th but failed to record an out in the inning.
Carlos Sanabria couldn't hold the lead in the 9th; the runners he inherited from Hunt scored on a sac fly and an error. However, he made up for it with a fine showing in extra innings. He did run into some trouble in the 12th, but he pulled himself together to secure the win for the ValleyCats. In 4 innings, Sanabria allowed a run on a sac fly, 2 hits, and struck out 3. The sac fly and the hits all came in the 12th.
Ryan Hartman will start the series finale. First pitch is at 7:05 Eastern.
Danville 4, Greeneville 0
W- Joey Wentz (1-3)
L- Ricardo Castro (2-2)
Greeneville home runs: None.
The Appy Astros had 7 hits in this game but no runs to show for it. Carlos Machado went 2-4 and stole a base (3, 7 season).
Ricardo Castro went 5 innings and allowed 4 runs (2 earned) on 5 hits, walked 1, and struck out 4. In his Greeneville debut, Lupe Chavez allowed 3 hits, walked 2, and struck out 4 in 3.2 scoreless, and Luis Ramirez got the final out of the 9th with a strikeout.
Ben Smith will start game 2 of this series. He'll face Jeremy Walker at 7:00 Eastern.
The Blue team's game with the Marlins was suspended after the 3rd inning, with the Marlins leading 2-1. Ronny Rafael ripped an RBI double in the 2nd inning for the Blue team's only run so far. Carlos Perdomo allowed 2 runs on 4 hits, walked 2, and struck out 2 in 3 innings of work.
Meanwhile, the Orange team topped the Red Sox 2 by a score of 9-5.
W- Nivaldo Rodriguez (1-0)
L- Andres Jimenez (1-3)
S- Gabriel Pirela (3)
Orange home runs: Yordan Alvarez (1, solo in 4th)
Yordan Alvarez reached base in all 5 of his plate appearances, going 2-2 with an RBI single in the 3rd, a solo home run in the 4th, 3 walks, and 2 runs scored. Renaigel Martis hit an RBI double in the 2nd inning. Yeuris Ramirez and Ramiro Rodriguez scored 2 runs apiece. Kendy Moya hit an RBI single in the 4th and drove in another run with a groundout in the 7th.
Freylin Garcia went 3 innings and allowed 2 runs on 5 hits and walked 1. Nivaldo Rodriguez pitched 2 scoreless innings, allowing a hit, walking 2, and striking out 3. Kilvio Peralta got 2 outs in the 6th via the strikeout and allowed 3 runs (2 inherited runners charged to him) on 2 hits and walked 2. Gabriel Pirela allowed 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 2 in 2.1 innings.
Video from Baseball America
Yordan Alvarez, 1B, DSL Astros Orange
2-2, solo HR (1), 2 RBI, 3 BB, 2 R
Ronnie Dawson, OF, Tri-City
4-5, 2B, solo HR (7), 2 RBI, SB (11)
Photo by Bryan Green
Abdiel Saldaña, RHP, Tri-City
5 IP, 4 H, 5 K
Photo by Bryan Green
Carlos Sanabria, RHP, Tri-City
W (1-0, 2-2 season), 4 IP, 2 H, ER, 3 K
Jose Luis Hernandez, RHP, Lancaster
W (3-3, 6-5 season), CG, 6 H, 7 K in game 2 of doubleheader
Cy Sneed, RHP, Corpus Christi
W (6-5), 6.2 IP, 3 H (solo HR allowed), ER, 4 K
Garrett Stubbs, C, Corpus Christi
3-3, 3B, 3 R; scored 3 of Corpus Christi's 4 runs
César Valdez, RHP, Fresno
W (12-1), 8 IP, 5 H, BB, 12 K
James Hoyt, RHP, Fresno
Save (29), IP, 3 K