Tacoma 2, Fresno 1 in 14 innings
W- Paul Fry (3-1)
L- Eury De La Rosa (0-3)
Fresno home runs: None.
The Grizzlies walked off with the loss on Thursday to drop their penultimate series of the season.
Colin Moran opened up the scoring with an RBI single in the 7th, which turned out to be Fresno's only scoring play. Max Stassi and Jon Kemmer finished with 2 hits apiece.
David Paulino started it off by allowing 2 hits, walking 2, and striking out 5 over 5 shutout innings. Aaron West was the first man out of the Fresno bullpen, and in 2 innings, he allowed a hit and struck out 3. Brendan McCurry allowed a run on 2 hits and struck out 2 in the 8th. Albert Minnis was next; he allowed a hit, walked 3, and struck out 2 in 2 innings. Jordan Jankowski walked 2 and struck out 2 in a scoreless 12th, and Eury De La Rosa pitched 2+ innings; he faced 3 batters in the 14th and failed to retire any of them, and he also allowed the winning run. De La Rosa allowed 4 hits, walked 3, and struck out 1.
The Grizzlies will close out 2016 with a 4-game series in Sacramento. Evan Grills will start game 1, and he'll face Dan Slania at 7:05 Pacific.
Frisco 3, Corpus Christi 0
W- Connor Sadzeck (10-8)
L- Francis Martes (9-6)
S- Jefri Hernandez (1)
CC home runs: None.
The Hooks offense was held in check on Thursday as they could only muster up 3 hits against Frisco starter Connor Sadzeck. Once their bullpen came in, they didn't fare any better either; they only had one baserunner in the final 3.1 innings.
Drew Ferguson, Ramon Laureano, and Roberto Peña had the hits, all of which were singles.
Francis Martes went 3.1 innings and allowed 3 runs (1 earned) on 5 hits, walked 3, and struck out 5. Ryan Deemes was the first man out of the Hooks bullpen and he allowed 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 2 in 2.2 scoreless, and Ryan Thompson threw 2 scoreless, allowing 2 hits and striking out 3.
Rogelio Armenteros will start the series finale, and he'll go up against Jack Snodgrass at 7:05.
Rancho Cucamonga 6, Lancaster 3
W- Mitchell White (1-0)
L- Ralph Garza Jr. (1-1, 6-5 season)
Lancaster home runs: Kyle Tucker (2, 8 season; solo in 1st), Aaron Mizell (7, 9 season; solo in 9th)
The JetHawks were rocked late by the Quakes, who scored all 6 of their runs in the final 2 innings.
Kyle Tucker opened up the scoring with a solo shot in the 1st inning. Marc Wik finished 2-4 with an RBI single in the 5th, and Aaron Mizell pulled a run back with a solo homer in the 9th. Mizell finished 3-3 on the night and scored 2 of the 3 Lancaster runs.
Jose Luis Hernandez turned in an outstanding performance, allowing just 5 hits and striking out 8 over 7 shutout innings. The Quakes got to Ralph Garza Jr. however; in 1.2 innings, he allowed 6 runs (4 earned, 1 inherited runner charged to him) on 5 hits (2-run homer) and walked 1. Alex Winkelman allowed a hit and got the final out of the 9th, but the damage was done.
The JetHawks will close out the regular season with a 4-game series against Inland Empire. A win will clinch a wild card spot. Game 1 will start at 6:35 Pacific.
Quad Cities 3, Kane County 2
W- David Schmidt (4-3, 5-4 season)
L- Carlos Hernandez (7-11)
S- Justin Ferrell (2)
QC home runs: None.
The Banditos only had 3 hits in this one, but they managed to emerge victorious.
Hector Perez went 3.1 innings and allowed 2 runs (1 earned, 1 inherited runner charged to him), a single, walked 6, and struck out 5. David Schmidt allowed 4 hits and struck out 3 in 3.2 innings, and Justin Ferrell struck out 2 over 2 perfect innings to get the save.
Quad Cities scored a couple of runs in the 1st thanks to some miscues from the Cougars. Bobby Wernes doubled to lead off the inning and ended up scoring the first run of the evening on a botched force out attempt that allowed Stephen Wrenn to reach base safely. Kristian Trompiz, who walked and advanced to 3rd on the error, scored on a passed ball as Wrenn stole 2nd. The Cougars tied the game at 2 with a run in the 4th inning, but Pat Porter put the River Bandits back in front with a sac fly in the 5th. Wernes, Trompiz, and Wrenn were in the top third of the lineup, and they had the 3 Quad Cities hits.
Enrique Chavez will start the River Bandits' home finale. He'll take on Sam McWilliams at 7:00.
Tri-City 4, Staten Island 3
W- Angelo Serrano (1-2, 2-3 season)
L- David Sosebee (2-2)
TC home runs: None.
The ValleyCats stunned the Yankees with 3 runs in the bottom of the 9th to walk off with the win.
Makay Nelson turned in his best outing as a pro with 5 no-hit innings, walking 1 and striking out 2. Edgardo Sandoval tagged in for 3 innings and allowed 3 runs on 4 hits, walked 2, and struck out 4. Angelo Serrano struck out 1 in a 1-2-3 9th inning.
Chuckie Robinson opened the scoring with an RBI single in the 1st inning. This was their only scoring play until the bottom of the 9th; in the meantime, Staten Island took a 3-1 lead.
Rodrigo Ayarza led off the bottom of the 9th with a single, and Carmen Benedetti joined him on the bases with a single. Robinson's sac bunt attempt failed, but Ronnie Dawson drew a walk to load the bases, and Taylor Jones delivered the game-winner, a double that sent everyone home happy.
Ayarza finished 3-4 with a triple and 2 runs scored, while Robinson and Jones had 2 hits apiece.
Tri-City and Staten Island will continue their series at 7:00 Eastern.
Greeneville and Elizabethton was cancelled
Due to wet grounds. As Thursday was the final day of the Appalachian League regular season, this game will not be made up, and so, the Appy Astros will finish 2016 with a 33-34 record.
The GCL Astros' final game was cancelled, as well.
Makay Nelson, RHP, Tri-City
5 IP, BB, 2 K
Taylor Jones, 1B, Tri-City
2-3, walk-off 3-R 2B in 9th
Rodrigo Ayarza, UTIL, Tri-City
3-4, 3B, 2 R
David Paulino, RHP, Fresno
5 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 5 K
Photo by Rich Guill
Jose Luis Hernandez, RHP, Lancaster
7 IP, 5 H, 8 K