Reno 9, Fresno 4
W- Edwin Escobar (5-2)
L- Tommy Shirley (7-5)
Fresno home runs: Tyle White (6, grand slam in 6th)
Tyler White's grand slam got the Grizzlies back in the game, but the Aces put it away with 3 runs in the 8th.
The grand slam was Fresno's only scoring play. Teoscar Hernandez finished 2-3 and scored on the slam.
Tommy Shirley went 4.1 innings and allowed 6 runs on 9 hits (solo and 2-run homers), walked 1, and struck out 3. César Valdez was the first man out of the bullpen and allowed a hit and struck out 3 over 1.2 scoreless innings. Kevin Chapman went 1.1 innings and allowed 2 runs (1 inherited) on 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 1. Brendan McCurry got the final 2 outs of the 8th, 1 via strikeout, and allowed a run of his own on a 2-run single (1 of those runs was charged to Chapman) and walked 2. Jandel Gustave walked 1 and fanned 1 in a scoreless 9th.
The Grizzlies will close out the series, and the first half, with a doubleheader beginning at 5:05 Pacific. Brad Peacock will face Braden Shipley in game 1, and whoever starts game 2 will take on Cole Johnson.
Springfield 14, Corpus Christi 5
W- Daniel Poncedeleon (5-4)
L- Evan Grills (3-2, 6-3 season)
CC home runs: D.J. Fisher (14, grand slam in 3rd), Garrett Stubbs (1, 7 season; solo in 5th)
The Hooks were foiled in their bid to sweep the series as the Cardinals decided to turn Hammons Field into The Hangar. Well, if you take out the first two innings, it would be a 5-5 tie.
Unfortunately, Evan Grills bore the brunt of Springfield's assault. This is supposed to be a family-friendly site, so I will refrain from posting his line. This is baseball, however, and in this line of work, a night like this can occur for a pitcher. He'll bounce back. Eric Peterson pitched the final 3 innings and allowed 3 runs on 5 hits (2-run homer) and struck out 2.
All 5 Hooks runs scored on the two homers: Fisher's slam, and Stubbs' first AA homer. Stubbs finished 2-4 and scored twice.
Kent Emanuel will start the opener of a 3-game series against Tulsa. He'll go up against Chase De Jong at 7:05.
Lancaster 4, Inland Empire 0
W- Rogelio Armenteros (5-2, 5-4 season)
L- Jared Ruxer (0-1)
S- Jacob Dorris (5)
Lancaster home runs: Brooks Marlow (3, 5 season; 2-run in 9th)
Rogelio Armenteros turned in another fantastic start for the JetHawks. Even with the talent that's graduated or on the cusp of the majors, the Astros' farm just keeps rolling along.
Armenteros went 6 innings and allowed 2 hits, walked 3, and struck out 8. Comer allowed 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 2 in 1.1 innings. He left the bases loaded for Dorris, who got him out of trouble in the 8th with a double play. In the 9th, Dorris worked around a walk to complete the shutout, striking out 2.
Trent Woodward opened the scoring by ripping an RBI double in the 1st inning. Tony Nuñez drove in another run with a sac fly in the 5th, and Brooks Marlow provided some insurance with a 2-run blast in the 9th inning. Both of Woodward's hits in this game were doubles. In his first game back from the restricted list, Marc Wik finished 2-4.
In game 2 of this series, Dean Deetz will take on Jake Jewell. First pitch is at 7:05 Pacific.
Quad Cities 7, Clinton 1
W- Zac Person (2-1)
L- Nick Neidert (6-2)
S- Justin Ferrell (1)
QC home runs: None.
Both teams scored a run in the 5th, but the Banditos seized control of this game with 3 runs in the 6th. They tacked on 3 more runs in the 7th for good measure.
Their 5th-inning run came in the form of an RBI single from Bobby Wernes. The fun really began in the 6th.
Arturo Michelena led off the 6th with a single and advanced to 3rd on a Dex McCall double. Anthony Hermelyn drew a 1-out walk to load the bases. Quad Cities did not need a ball in play to take the lead, because a couple of wild pitches from Clinton starter Nick Neidert allowed Michelena and McCall to score. Kristian Trompiz added an RBI single to bring in Hermelyn. Quad Cities loaded the bases once again in the 7th, and Hermelyn cleared them with a double in the 7th. Everyone in the lineup had a hit; Wernes finished 2-4.
Franklin Perez allowed a run on 3 hits, walked 3, and fanned 6 over 5 innings. Zac Person allowed a hit in a scoreless 6th, and Justin Ferrell allowed a hit, walked 3, and struck out 1 over 3 scoreless innings.
Albert Abreu will start game 2 of this series. He'll face Luiz Gohara at 6:00.
Tri-City 7, West Virginia 3
W- Framber Valdez (1-1, 2-1 season)
L- Stephan Meyer (1-2)
S- Juan Carlos Santos (1, 2 season)
TC home runs: Stephen Wrenn (8, 2-run in 4th), Spencer Johnson (1, 3 season; 2-run in 4th)
Both teams had 8 hits in this game, but the ValleyCats' 4-run 4th was the difference in this one.
Those 4 runs in the 4th inning came on a pair of 2-run homers from Stephen Wrenn and Spencer Johnson. In the 6th, Randy César scored on a fielder's choice, and Brauly Mejia and Alex DeGoti added RBI singles. DeGoti (2B, RBI, SB ) and Wrenn (2-R HR) both finished 2-5.
Framber Valdez allowed a run on 6 hits and struck out 7 in 6 innings. Juan Carlos Santos pitched the final 3 innings and allowed 2 runs on 2 hits, walked 1, and fanned 7.
Game 2 of this series is at 6:05 Eastern.
Burlington 8, Greeneville 4
W- Travis Eckert (2-0)
L- Carlos Sanabria (0-2)
S- Justin Camp (1)
Greeneville home runs: Miguelangel Sierra (6, solo in 6th), Connor MacDonald (2, 2-run in 7th)
The Appy Astros got buried by a 7-run 3rd inning from the Royals.
Carlos Sanabria went 2.1 innings and allowed those 7 runs (6 earned, 1 inherited runner charged to him) on 4 hits (3-run homer), walked 3, and struck out 4. Carlos Hiraldo inherited a bases-loaded situation from Sanabria and one of those runners scored, but for the most part, he was able to stop the bleeding. In 4.2 innings, he allowed a hit, walked 1, and struck out 4. Devon Carr allowed a run on 2 hits and fanned 1 in 2 innings.
Connor MacDonald had a solid night on offense; he hit an RBI single in the 5th to put Greeneville on the board and whacked a 2-run homer in the 7th. In between those two hits, Miguelangel Sierra smacked a solo shot in the 6th, his 6th homer of the year. They both finished 2-4; Bryan De La Cruz also finished 2-4. He led off the 5th with a triple and led off the 7th with a single and came home on both of MacDonald's hits.
Diogenes Almengo will start the first of a 3-game series against the Elizabethton Twins. He'll take on Ryan Mason at 6:00 Eastern.
GCL Cardinals 7, GCL Astros 3 in 10 innings
W- Robbie Gordon (1-1)
L- Jose Ramos (0-1, 2-1 season)
GCL home runs: None.
It all went terribly wrong in the first extra frame for the Kissimmee Stros. The Cardinals tied the game with 2 in the 8th and went off in the 10th.
Carlos Machado opened the scoring with an RBI single in the 5th and Joan Mauricio hit an RBI single of his own in the 7th. Machado and Reiny Beltre both went 2-5.
In his 2016 debut, Agapito Barrios allowed 2 hits and walked 1 over 2 scoreless. Alex Winkleman made his second rehab appearance and allowed 3 hits and fanned 4 in 4 scoreless. César Rosado allowed 2 runs on 5 hits, walked 3, and struck out 2 in 3 innings, and everything unraveled in the 10th. I'll leave it at that.
DSL Astros Blue 7, DSL Dodgers2 1
W- Yonatan Quintin (2-0)
L- Jasiel Alvino (0-2)
S- Javier Navas (1)
Blue home runs: None.
All the scoring was done by 3 players; Nicolás Miranda scored 3 runs, while Ronny Jimenez and Jose Benjamin scored 2 apiece. Miranda (2B), Jimenez (3B, 2 RBI), Benjamin (2B, RBI), and Angel De Leon (2B, 4 RBI) all had 2 hits in the game.
Juan Corniel, Yonatan Quintin, and Javier Navas all pitched 3 innings. Corniel allowed a hit, walked 3, and fanned 3. Quintin's 3 innings were perfect and he struck out 3, and Navas allowed a run on a single, walked 3, and struck out 7.
DSL Red Sox2 3, DSL Astros Orange 1
W- Jose Gonzalez (4-0)
L- Humberto Castellanos (0-2)
S- Joan Martinez (7)
Orange home runs: None.
Gilberto Celestino finished 2-3, and his RBI single in the 1st was the Orange team's only scoring play. Ronaldo Urdaneta finished 2-3 with a double.
Humberto Castellanos and Luis Castro both pitched 4 innings. Castellanos allowed 2 runs on 5 hits and fanned 6, while Castro allowed a run on 2 hits, walked 5, and struck out 3.
Yonatan Quintin, RHP, DSL Astros Blue: W (2-0), 3 IP, 3 K
Angel De Leon, OF, DSL Astros Blue: 2-4, 2B, 4 RBI
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Rogelio Armenteros, RHP, Lancaster
W (5-2, 5-4 season), 6 IP, 2 H, 3 BB, 8 K
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Framber Valdez, RHP, Tri-City
W (1-1, 2-1 season), 6 IP, 6 H, ER, 7 K
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Connor MacDonald, 1B, Greeneville
2-4, 2-R HR (2), 3 RBI