Let's play two in Las Vegas!
Game 1: Fresno 6, Las Vegas 3
W- Brady Rodgers (11-3)
L- Darin Gorski (3-3)
Fresno home runs: Tony Kemp (2, solo in 3rd)
Brady Rodgers allowed 3 runs in the 1st inning, but he shook that off and threw his second complete game of the season. Rodgers allowed 9 hits, struck out 5, and it took him 100 pitches to finish the 7 innings.
An error in the 1st inning allowed Jon Kemmer to reach and also allowed Tony Kemp to score the first run of game 1. Kemp hit a solo homer in the 3rd inning, and Max Stassi later added an RBI single. In the 4th, Nolan Fontana hit an RBI groundout, and Kemp struck once again with an RBI single. Colin Moran drove in the final run of game 1 with an RBI single.
Kemp (solo HR, 2 RBI, 2 R) and Danny Worth (2 2B, R) both finished 3-4 at the top of the order, while Teoscar Hernandez and Max Stassi both went 2-3.
What did game 2 have in store for the Grizzlies?
Game 2: Las Vegas 9, Fresno 4
W- Chase Huchingson (1-0)
L- Brian Holmes (0-1, 4-3 season)
Fresno home runs: None.
A 3-run home run and a grand slam sunk Fresno in game 2 of the twinbill.
Brian Holmes allowed a 3-run home run to Eric Campbell in the 1st inning. He allowed 3 other hits, walked 2, and struck out 1. The one hit that Brendan McCurry surrendered in his 2 innings of work was a grand slam to Travis Taijeron. McCurry walked 2, hit a batter, and struck out 1. Kevin Chapman also pitched 2 innings; he allowed a hit, walked 1, and struck out 4. Aaron West allowed 2 runs on 3 hits and struck out 1 in the 6th.
César Valdez will start game 4 of this series. He'll face Robert Gsellman at 7:05 Pacific.
Midland 7, Corpus Christi 1
W- Joel Seddon (7-8)
L- Kent Emanuel (3-2)
CC home runs: None.
It was all Midland in the first game of this series.
Garrett Stubbs' RBI double in the 3rd was Corpus Christi's only scoring play. Conrad Gregor finished 2-4 with a double. Tony Nuñez, who scored the Hooks' only run, singled and walked twice.
Kent Emanuel went 5.1 innings and allowed 2 runs on 7 hits and struck out 4. Kyle Smith was the first man out, and Midland gave him a rude welcome. In 1.2 innings, Smith allowed 5 runs (4 earned) on 7 hits and struck out 1. Michael Freeman allowed a hit and fanned 1 in a scoreless 8th.
In game 2 of this series, Cy Sneed will go up against Heath Fillmyer. First pitch is at 7:00.
Lancaster 5, Modesto 4
W- Ralph Garza Jr. (1-0, 6-4 season)
L- Marc Magliaro (0-1)
S- Jacob Dorris (10)
Lancaster home runs: Brooks Marlow (5, 7 season; 2-run in 8th)
Brooks Marlow's blast in the 8th inning broke a 3-3 tie in the JetHawks' favor.
Yulieski Gurriel opened the scoring with a sac fly in the 1st inning. This was the first time that Gurriel did not appear in the lineup as a DH since signing; he got the start at 3B and played 5 innings.
Aaron Mizell added an RBI single in the 2nd, and Jamie Ritchie hit an RBI single of his own in the 4th inning, which tied the game at 3. Brooks Marlow replaced Gurriel at 3B in the 6th inning and he made the most of his at-bat. Ritchie and Johnny Sewald had 2 hits apiece.
Dean Deetz went 5 innings and allowed 3 runs on a solo homer and a 2-run homer. He allowed 3 other hits, walked 4, and struck out 2. In his Lancaster debut, Ralph Garza Jr. allowed 2 hits and struck out 7 over 3 scoreless innings. Jacob Dorris walked 2 and struck out 2 in the 9th to record his 10th save of the season.
Akeem Bostick will face Yency Almonte in game 2 of this series. First pitch is at 6:35 Pacific.
Quad Cities 4, Peoria 3 in 13 innings
W- David Schmidt (3-2, 4-3 season)
L- Bob Wheatley (0-1)
S- Juan Carlos Santos (2, 4 season)
QC home runs: Kyle Tucker (5, solo in 2nd)
The River Bandits saw their lead vanish in the 9th, but they pulled themselves together to edge the Chiefs.
Kyle Tucker finished 3-5 with 2 doubles, and his solo home run in the 2nd inning opened the scoring. Ryne Birk also finished 3-5 with 2 doubles; his first one drove in a run in the 8th, and he later scored on a Dex McCall groundout. Birk walked to lead off the top of the 13th, advanced to 2nd on a sacrifice bunt, and scored the go-ahead run on a single from McCall. Stephen Wrenn and Myles Straw both finished with 2 hits in the game.
Elieser Hernandez allowed 3 hits and struck out 8 over 8 shutout innings; he was perfect through 6 innings. Adam Whitt came on to pitch the 9th inning, but he allowed 3 runs (2 inherited runners charged to him) on 3 hits and walked 1 while failing to record an out. David Schmidt took ownership of the 9th and ended up going 4 innings, allowing 2 hits, walking 2, and striking out 4. Juan Carlos Santos walked 1 and struck out 2 in the bottom of the 13th.
In the series finale, Framber Valdez will take on Dailyn Martinez. First pitch is at 7:00.
Aberdeen 3, Tri-City 2 in 11 innings
W- Yi-Hsiang Lin (3-0)
L- Howie Brey (0-1)
TC home runs: None.
The Ironbirds scored a run in the 8th to tie and walked off with the win in the 11th to even up the series.
Chuckie Robinson opened the scoring with an RBI double in the 1st, and Miguelangel Sierra grounded into a force out that allowed Alex De Goti to score in the 7th. De Goti finished 3-5 and was the only player in the Tri-City lineup with a multi-hit game.
Sebastian Kessay went 5 innings and allowed a run on 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out a career-high 9. Abdiel Saldaña tagged in for 3 innings and allowed a run on 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 4. Angelo Serrano allowed a hit, walked 2, and struck out 2 in 2 innings. Aberdeen scored the winning run on Howie Brey with 2 outs in the 11th inning. The run, which was unearned, scored on a sac fly. Brey also allowed a single and walked 1.
Makay Nelson will start the series finale. He'll face Lucas Humpal at 7:05 Eastern.
Greeneville 4, Bristol 2
W- Cristian Javier (1-0, 4-1 season)
L- Matt Eckelman (4-2)
Greeneville home runs: Chaz Pal (3, solo in 5th)
The Appy Astros doubled up the Pirates to take the first game of a new series.
Abraham Toro finished 3-4 and opened up the scoring with an RBI double in the 4th. Chaz Pal led off the 5th inning with a home run. Toro scored on a balk in the 7th, and Luis Payano added a sac fly later in the inning. Pal also recorded 2 outfield assists, and Jonathan Arauz went 2-4 with a double and a run scored.
Ben Smith threw 4.1 scoreless innings, allowing 2 hits, walking 6, and striking out 5. Luis Ramirez recorded the final two outs of the 5th. Cristian Javier tagged in for 3 innings and allowed 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 1. Bristol spoiled the shutout by scoring 2 runs off Reggie Johnson in the 9th. One of those runs was earned; Johnson allowed 2 hits and walked 1.
Carlos Sanabria will start game 2 of this series. First pitch is at 7:00 Eastern.
GCL Nationals 6, GCL Astros 2 in 5.5 innings
W- Sterling Sharp (1-0)
L- César Rosado (2-2, 2-3 season)
GCL home runs: Wander Franco (1, 2 season; 2-run in 6th)
This game was called due to rain.
Wander Franco's 2-run homer in the 6th was the Kissimmee Stros' only scoring play.
César Rosado allowed 3 runs on 5 hits, walked 2, and struck out 4 in 3 innings. Manuel Gonzalez and Saul Martinez each pitched an inning; Gonzalez allowed 3 runs on 5 hits and walked 1 in the 4th, and Martinez struck out 1 in a 1-2-3 5th. Felipe Tejada allowed a hit in the 6th, and then the game ended.
DSL Astros Blue 12, DSL Rays1 5
W- Yonatan Quintin (3-0)
L- Aldor Rodriguez (0-2)
S- Carlos Perdomo (2)
Blue home runs: Ozziel Sanchez-Galan (1, 3-run in 7th)
Ozziel Sanchez-Galan's 3-run blast was part of an 8-run 7th inning that spurred the Blue team on to victory. He went 2-5 with 4 RBI and scored twice; the homer was his first as a pro. Angel Tejeda and Nestor Tejada also had 2 hits, and they also scored 2 runs. Anibal Sierra went 3-5 with 2 doubles, an RBI, and a run scored.
Yulian Frontado allowed 3 runs (2 earned) on 8 hits (solo homer), walked 1, and struck out 2 in 5 innings. Yonatan Quintin allowed 2 runs on 2 hits and walked 3 in the 6th, and Carlos Perdomo pitched the final 3 innings, allowing 2 hits, walking 1, and striking out 1.
DSL Rangers2 7, DSL Astros Orange 2
W- Edwin Cruz (4-1)
L- Kilvio Peralta (2-1)
Orange home runs: None.
Yordan Alvarez went 1-2 with a walk in his first game with the Astros organization; he was acquired at the trade deadline for Josh Fields. Vicente Mota's 2-run single in the 7th was the Orange team's only scoring play. Yeuris Ramirez went 2-4.
Francisco Villegas went 5 innings and allowed 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 2. The wheels fell off from under the bullpen, however.
Ozziel Sanchez-Galan, IF, DSL Astros Blue: 2-5, 3-R HR (1), 2 R
Francisco Villegas, LHP, DSL Astros Orange: 5 IP, 3 H, BB, 2 K
Elieser Hernandez, RHP, Quad Cities
8 IP, 3 H, 8 K; perfect game through 6 innings
Kyle Tucker, OF, Quad Cities
3-5, 2 2B, solo HR (5)
Ryne Birk, 2B, Quad Cities
3-5, 2 2B, RBI, 2 R
Brooks Marlow, 2B, Lancaster
Go-ahead 2-R HR (5, 7 season) in 8th
Ralph Garza Jr., RHP, Lancaster
W (1-0, 6-4 season), 3 IP, 2 H, 7 K; California League debut
Sebastian Kessay, LHP, Tri-City
5 IP, 3 H, ER, BB, 9 K (career-high)
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Abraham Toro-Hernandez, 3B, Greeneville
3-4, 2B, RBI, R
Tony Kemp, 2B/OF, Fresno
Cumulative stats for doubleheader: 4-7, HR, 2 RBI, 3 R
3-4, solo HR (2), 2 RBI, 2 R in game 1
1-3, 2B in game 2