Tacoma 5, Fresno 3
W- David Rollins (5-0)
L- Jandel Gustave (3-3)
S- Andrew Kittredge (6)
Fresno home runs: Danny Worth (11, solo in 4th), Nolan Fontana (3, solo in 5th)
The Grizzlies tied the game at 3 in the top of the 8th.... only to see the Rainiers re-take the lead following Mike Freeman's 2-run homer off of Jandel Gustave in the bottom of the inning.
Danny Worth put Fresno on the board with a solo homer in the 4th, and Nolan Fontana led off the 5th with a home run. In the 8th, Colin Moran hit an RBI single that tied the game at that point. D.J. Fisher finished 3-4 with a double and stole a base (2, 25 season).
César Valdez went 7 innings and allowed 3 runs on 8 hits (solo homer) and struck out 3. Jandel Gustave walked 1, struck out 1, and allowed the go-ahead 2-run homer in the 8th, which was the only hit that he allowed in the inning.
Brady Rodgers will start game 2 of this series. He'll face Joe Wieland at 7:05 Pacific.
Corpus Christi 6, Frisco 5
W- Eric Peterson (5-3, 6-3 season)
L- Ariel Jurado (1-3)
CC home runs: None.
The Hooks edged the Riders on Tuesday, scoring a run in the top of the 9th to break a 5-5 tie.
Bobby Boyd tripled to lead off the game and opened the scoring on a Preston Tucker groundout. In the 3rd, Boyd hit an RBI double, and Corpus got two more RBI doubles in the 4th from James Ramsay and Roberto Peña, who drove in 2. Peña, whose 3 hits were all doubles, hit another one in the top of the 9th, advanced to 3rd on a groundout, and scored the go-ahead run on a Nick Tanielu single. Boyd, Tanielu, Ramon Laureano, and Conrad Gregor all finished with 2 hits on the evening.
Cy Sneed had a bare minimum quality start, allowing 10 hits and striking out 6. Michael Freeman came on for the 7th but failed to retire any of the 3 batters he faced; Freeman allowed 2 runs (1 inherited runner charged to him) on 2 hits and hit a batter. Eric Peterson took ownership of the final 3 innings. He allowed a sac fly to the first man he faced, which allowed one of the two runners he inherited from Freeman to score, but nothing more after that. Peterson allowed a hit, walked 1, and struck out 1.
Trent Thornton will start game 2 of this series. He'll take on Scott Carroll at 7:05.
Lancaster 5, Rancho Cucamonga 4
W- Chris Murphy (1-1, 6-8 season)
L- Kevin Brown (0-1)
S- Andrew Thome (3, 7 season)
Lancaster home runs: Jason Martin 2 (22; 2-run in 2nd, solo in 4th)
The JetHawks were doubled up in the hit column (12-6), but they won in the column that matters...
Johnny Sewald led off the bottom of the 1st with a double, advanced to 3rd on a wild pitch, and opened the scoring on a Kyle Tucker groundout. Trent Woodward led off the 2nd with a double, and Jason Martin followed by launching his first home run of the night. Martin whacked his second homer, a solo shot in the 4th inning that put Lancaster up 4-3. Rancho tied the game with a run in the 7th, but Sewald came through with what turned out to be the game-winner, an RBI single in the 8th.
Sewald (2B, RBI, R), Woodward (2B, R), and Martin (2 HR) all finished with 2 hits in the game.
Josh James went 5.1 innings and allowed 3 runs on 8 hits, walked 1, and struck out 7. Alex Winkelman came out for an inning of work; he got the final two outs of the 6th and the first out of the 7th. He had an inherited runner charged to him, allowed 2 hits and struck out 1. Chris Murphy allowed a hit and struck out 1 in 1.2 innings, and Andrew Thome worked around a hit to close out the win, striking out 1.
Akeem Bostick will start game 2 of this series. First pitch is at 6:35 Pacific.
Quad Cities was off
The River Bandits will kick off their final home series of 2016 against Kane County tonight at 7. Framber Valdez will face Emilio Vargas
Vermont 7, Tri-City 1
W- Brandon Bailey (2-1)
L- Austin Nicely (5-4)
TC home runs: None.
The ValleyCats were dominated on Tuesday; they were held to just 2 hits in the game. Miguelangel Sierra scored the only Tri-City run on an error in the 2nd inning. Bryan De La Cruz and Marcos Almonte had the hits, which were both singles.
Austin Nicely allowed 5 runs on 4 hits (solo homer), walked 5, and struck out 1. Howie Brey was the first man out, and he walked 2 and struck out 1 in 1.2 innings. Ryan Hartman pitched the final 4 innings and allowed 2 runs on 3 hits (solo homer) and struck out 4.
Tri-City and Vermont will wrap up their series at 7:05 Eastern.
Greeneville 10, Elizabethton 8
W- Devon Carr (3-3)
L- Colton Davis (0-2)
S- Lucas Williams (1)
Greeneville home runs: Luis Payano (6, solo in 7th)
The Twins scored 3 in the bottom of the 8th to take a 4-3 lead, but the Appy Astros put up 7 in the top of the 9th to take the lead and withstood a furious rally in the bottom of the 9th to escape with the win.
Frankeny Fernandez got plunked with one out in the 1st. He then stole his way to 3rd and scored the first run of the game on a sac fly from Ray Henderson. Abraham Toro tripled in the 4th and scored on a Carlos Machado groundout, and Luis Payano smacked a solo homer in the 7th.
Machado was the first man to reach in the huge 9th inning; he drew a one-out walk, then advanced to 3rd on a single from Reiny Beltre. Payano was hit by a pitch to load the bases, which prompted a pitching change. Stijn van der Meer promptly put Greeneville back in front with a 2-run double. Fernandez was intentionally walked to re-load the bases, but Henderson made the Twins regret that decision with a 2-run single. Toro added a 2-run single of his own, and Machado drove in Greeneville's final run of the evening with an RBI single in his second plate appearance of the inning.
Toro (3B, 2 RBI, 2 R) and Machado (RBI, R) had 3 hits apiece, while van der Meer was 2-5 out of the leadoff spot.
Cristian Javier went 5 innings and allowed a run on a single, walked 3, and struck out 4. Ben Smith was the first man out of the Greeneville bullpen, and in 2.2 innings, he allowed 3 runs (1 inherited runner charged to him), an RBI single, walked 4, and struck out 4. Devon Carr got the final out of the 8th and the first two outs of the 9th; he allowed a grand slam to Caleb Hamilton in the 9th. Lucas Williams recorded the final out of the game.
Juan Robles will start game 2 of this series. He'll face Domenick Carlini at 7:00 Eastern.
GCL Mets 7, GCL Astros 2
W- Nicolas Debora (4-2)
L- Felipe Tejada (1-1, 2-1 season)
S- Enmanuel Berihuete (1)
GCL home runs: None.
Wander Franco went 2-3 with a double and scored the Kissimmee Stros' first run on an Orlando Marquez sac fly in the 7th. He drew a base-loaded walk in the 8th to bring in their other run. César Rosado hit a batter and struck out 4 over the first 2 innings.
Abraham Toro-Hernandez, 3B, Greeneville
3-5, 3B, 2 RBI, 2 R
Roberto Peña, C, Corpus Christi
3-4, 3 2B, 2 RBI, 2 R
Jason Martin, OF, Lancaster
2-3, 2 HR (22), 3 RBI
Cristian Javier, RHP, Greeneville
5 IP, H, ER, 3 BB, 4 K