Memphis 8, Fresno 7
W- Ryan Sherriff (1-0)
L- Juan Minaya (0-3)
S- Sam Tuivailala (4)
Fresno home runs: Jon Singletin (9, 3-run in 1st), Matt Duffy (2, 3-run in 5th)
The Grizzlies withstood a 5-run 3rd by scoring 3 in the 5th to tie the game, but the Redbirds had the last word in this one by breaking the tie in the bottom of the 5th.
6 of Fresno's 7 runs in this game came on a pair of 3-run homers. Jon Singleton put them on the board first with his 3-run blast in the 1st, and Matt Duffy tied the game at 7 with a 3-run shot of his own in the 5th. Duffy drove in another run when he grounded into a force out that allowed Danny Worth to score in the 3rd. Worth finished 2-4 with a double and scored 3 runs.
Brad Peacock went 2.2 innings and allowed 6 runs (3 inherited runners charged to him) on 3 hits (2-run homer), walked 6, and struck out 3. Juan Minaya was the first man out; he pitched 2 innings and allowed 2 runs on 5 hits, walked 1, and fanned 4. Reymin Guduan allowed a hit and struck out 2 over 1.1 scoreless. César Valdez and Jandel Gustave each pitched a scoreless inning; Valdez allowed a hit and fanned 1 in the 7th, and Gustave struck out 1 in a 1-2-3 8th.
Brady Rodgers will take the mound for game 3 of this series. He'll go up against Deck McGuire at 6:35.
Corpus Christi 4, Midland 3 in 10 innings
W- Aaron West (2-0)
L- Andrés Avila (1-2)
CC home runs: Nick Tanielu (1, 5 season; 2-run in 7th)
Corpus edged Midland with a run in the first extra frame. This come-from-behind win is their 11th consecutive victory, a new team record.
James Ramsay broke a scoreless tie with an RBI groundout in the 4th. However, the Hounds scored 3 in the bottom of the 4th to take the lead, and that's where it stood until the 7th. J.D. Davis drew a 1-out walk, and one batter later, Nick Tanielu connected for his first Texas League homer to tie the game at 3. Alejandro Garcia ripped a double with 2 outs in the 10th and Teoscar Hernandez came through with an RBI single that turned out to be the game-winner. Garcia and Teoscar (SB ) had 2 hits apiece.
Kyle Smith went 4 innings and allowed 3 runs on 6 hits (solo homer), walked 2, and struck out 2. Chris Cotton and Aaron West combined to hold the Hounds scoreless for the final 7 innings: Cotton allowed 3 hits and struck out 2 in 2.2 innings, and West allowed 1 hit and walked 1 in 3.1 innings to get the win.
The series continues tonight at 7. David Paulino will start for Corpus; he'll face Raul Alcantara.
High Desert 8, Lancaster 3
W- Tyler Davis (1-0)
L- Matt Bower (0-1, 1-1 season)
Lancaster home runs: None.
Miscues, a quieted offense, and an early 7-0 hole sent the JetHawks to their doom on Friday night. It's not a good sign when you have more errors (4) than hits (3) in a game.
Bryan Muñiz put Lancaster on the board with a 2-run single in the 6th. Garrett Stubbs, whose 16-game hitting streak was snapped, had an RBI groundout in the 9th. Johnny Sewald and Tony Nuñez, who were both making their Lancaster debuts, both singled for the other two Lancaster hits.
Matt Bower went 2.2 innings and allowed 7 runs (3 earned) on 4 hits, walked 4, and struck out 4. Jacob Dorris stopped the bleeding with 4 scoreless, allowing 2 hits, walking 2, and striking out 6. Ryan Thompson allowed a run on 3 hits in 1.1 innings.
Dean Deetz will start game 2 of this series. He'll take on Adam Quintana at 6:35 Pacific.
Cedar Rapids 9, Quad Cities 0
W- Fernando Romero (1-0)
L- Albert Abreu (0-5)
QC home runs: None.
Yeesh. Jayne, unfortunately, was on hand to witness this bludgeoning. I'm sure she, and the River Bandits, would like to neuralize themselves to forget this one.
Osvaldo Duarte and Christian Correa had the two Quad Cities hits in this one; both were singles. Myles Straw and Arturo Michelena both had 0-fers in their season debuts.
Albert Abreu did not get out of the 1st inning. He allowed 3 runs on 4 hits (2-run homer), walked 1, and both of his outs were recorded via strikeout. Juan Carlos Santos was the first man out; went 3 innings and allowed 2 runs on 4 hits, walked 2, and struck out 2. Adam Whitt was the only River Bandits pitcher to emerge unscathed; he went 3.1 innings and allowed a hit while fanning 3. Ralph Garza Jr. allowed 4 runs on 6 hits (3-run homer) and struck out 1 in the 8th.
Despite the butt-kicking, baseball provides everyone involved with a fresh start every day. The Banditos will look to bounce back tonight as Jose Luis Hernandez takes on Dereck Rodriguez, son of Iván "Pudge" Rodriguez, at 5.
Five Stars (in Four)
Teoscar Hernandez, OF, Corpus Christi
2-5, go-ahead RBI single in 10th, R, SB (13)
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Jacob Dorris, RHP, Lancaster
4 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 6 K
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Adam Whitt, RHP, Quad Cities
3.1 IP, H, 3 K
Chris Cotton, LHP, and Aaron, West, RHP, Corpus Christi
Cotton: 2.2 IP, 3 H, 2 K
West: W (2-0), 3.1 IP, H, BB