Omaha 11, Fresno 7
W- Benino Pruneda (3-1)
L- Eury De La Rosa (0-1)
Fresno home runs: Colin Moran (9, 2-run in 3rd), Jon Kemmer (16, solo in 4th)
The Grizzlies couldn't overcome an early 7-0 deficit, and they dropped the series.
Colin Moran's 2-run homer put Fresno on the board in the 3rd inning. Jon Kemmer led off the 4th inning with a home run, and the Grizzlies got 3 more runs in the inning thanks to an RBI double from Andrew Aplin and RBI singles from D.J. Fisher and Moran. Kemmer drove in Fresno's final run with an RBI groundout in the 9th. Moran finished 2-4 on the evening.
Eury De La Rosa went 4 innings and allowed 7 runs on 10 hits (solo homer), walked 1, and struck out 2. Chris Cotton was the first man out of the Grizzlies bullpen, and he allowed 3 runs, all of which were inherited runners that were charged to him, 2 hits, and walked 1. The one hit that Aaron West allowed in his 1.1 innings was a bases-clearing double in the 6th that resulted in all of Cotton's runners coming home. Kevin Chapman allowed an unearned run on 2 hits and struck out 1 in 2 innings.
The Grizzlies are in Albuquerque tonight to begin a 4-game series with the Isotopes. David Paulino will make his AAA debut tonight. He was originally scheduled to take on Jeff Hoffman, but Hoffman was called up by the Rockies. First pitch is at 7:05 Mountain.
Corpus Christi 4, Arkansas 3
W- Trent Thornton (2-1, 9-5 season)
L- Alex Klonowski (0-1)
S- Jacob Dorris (2, 12 season)
CC home runs: None.
The Hooks had to hold off a furious 9th-inning rally from the Travs to take game 1 of this series.
Trent Thornton allowed 5 hits, walked 2, and struck out 5 over 6 shutout innings. Kyle Smith walked 1 and struck out 2 over 2 scoreless. Michael Freeman came on in the 9th, but he failed to record an out. He allowed 3 runs (1 earned, 2 inherited runners charged to him), a hit, and walked 2. Jacob Dorris took ownership of the 9th; he allowed a hit and struck out 2; he hit the first man he faced to bring in a run, and the one hit was a two-out RBI single. Bobby Boyd ended the game by throwing out Zach Welz at the plate.
Corpus got on the board first thanks to a pair of RBI singles from James Ramsay and Tony Nuñez in the 2nd inning. Boyd ripped an RBI double in the 4th, and he scored on a Conrad Gregor groundout in the 7th inning. Boyd, Gregor, Roberto Peña, and J.D. Davis all finished 2-4.
Francis Martes will start game 2 of this series. He'll take on Jose Molina at 7:10.
Lancaster 6, Lake Elsinore 3
W- Brock Dykxhoorn (9-4)
L- Jerry Keel (2-2)
S- Ryan Deemes (6, 7 season)
Lancaster home runs: None.
The JetHawks doubled up the Storm as they took the first game of the series.
Lancaster took the lead in the 3rd inning on a pair of RBI singles from Osvaldo Duarte and Bryan Muñiz. Jamie Ritchie hit an RBI single in the 5th, and Muñiz scored later in the inning when Jason Martin grounded into a force out. With the JetHawks holding on to a one-run lead in the 9th, Trent Woodward provided some crucial insurance by ripping a 2-run double.
The first five hitters in the Lancaster lineup were Myles Straw, Johnny Sewald, Duarte, Muñiz, and Ritchie, and they all finished with 2 hits and were involved in all of the JetHawks' scoring plays.
Brock Dykxhoorn went 5 innings and allowed 3 runs (2 earned) on 7 hits and struck out 4. Alex Winkelman allowed 2 hits and struck out 2 over 1.2 scoreless, and Ryan Deemes got the save; he allowed 2 hits, walked 1, and fanned 2 in 2.1 innings.
In game 2 of this series, Elieser Hernandez will face Chris Huffman. First pitch is at 7:05 Pacific.
Quad Cities 8, Kane County 2
W- Hector Perez (2-0, 4-0 season)
L- Jose Almonte (2-4)
S- Juan Carlos Santos (3, 5 season)
QC home runs: Hector Roa (5, solo in 3rd)
The Banditos put the Cougars away with 4 runs after stretch time.
Hector Perez and Juan Carlos Santos turned in solid nights on the mound; Perez allowed a run on 4 hits, walked 2, and struck out 7 in 5.2 innings, and Santos finished it off, allowing a run on 2 hits, walking 1, and striking out 6 in 3.1 innings.
Hector Roa led off the 3rd inning with a home run that put Quad Cities on the scoreboard. The Banditos took control in the 5th with a couple of RBI singles from Anthony Hermelyn and Kristian Trompiz. Randy César added an RBI single in the 6th, and in that deciding 7th inning, Dex McCall smacked a 2-run double. César brought him home with an RBI double, and Stephen Wrenn provided the icing with an RBI single. Trompiz, César, and Wrenn all went 2-4.
Game 2 of this series will start at 6:00.
Aberdeen 7, Tri-City 4
W- Cody Dube (3-1)
L- Dustin Hunt (0-1)
TC home runs: None.
The Ironbirds foiled the ValleyCats' bid for a sweep by jumping out to a 6-1 lead.
Rodrigo Ayarza drove in Tri-City's first run with an RBI double in the 3rd inning. In the 8th, he scored on a triple from Miguelangel Sierra. Chuckie Robinson scored on a wild pitch in the 9th, and Connor Goedert hit an RBI double. Goedert went 2-4.
Dustin Hunt went 2.2 innings and allowed 2 unearned runs on 2 hits, walked 3, and struck out 3. Sean Stutzman allowed 4 runs (1 inherited runner charged to him) on 4 hits in 1.2 innings. Abdiel Saldaña was next, and he threw 3.2 scoreless, allowing 2 hits and fanning 6. Howie Brey allowed a run on 2 hits and walked 1 in the 9th.
The ValleyCats will begin a 3-game series with Hudson Valley tonight at 7:00 Eastern. Austin Nicely will get the start.
Greeneville 2, Danville 0
W- Jorge Alcala (2-1, 3-2 season)
L- Joey Wentz (0-3)
S- Ricardo Castro (2)
Greeneville home runs: None.
Jorge Alcala and Ricardo Castro dominated the Braves on their way to posting a shutout for the Appy Astros. Alcala walked 1 and struck out 7 over 5 innings, and Castro brought it home, allowing 3 hits and striking out 6 in the final 4 innings.
Oscar Campos tripled to lead off the 5th inning and scored the first run of the game on a wild pitch. Reiny Beltre went 2-4 and hit an RBI single in the 6th.
Cristian Javier will start the series finale. He'll face Jeremy Walker at 7:00 Eastern.
GCL Astros 7, GCL Nationals 3
W- Gabriel Valdez (2-2)
L- Tomas Alastre (0-2)
GCL home runs: None.
The Kissimmee Stros got a solid outing from Lupe Chavez and they put the game way with an offensive surge in the middle innings.
Chavez allowed 3 hits and struck out 2 over 4 scoreless innings. Gabriel Valdez struck out 2 in a 1-2-3 5th inning. Hansel Paulino was next, and he walked 3 and struck out 2 in 2 innings. Ian Hardman allowed a run on 2 hits in the 8th, and Dariel Aquino allowed 2 runs on 4 hits in the 9th.
Joan Mauricio opened the scoring with an RBI single in the 2nd. Andy Piñeda hit an RBI double in the 5th and came around to score on a single from Wander Franco. Mauricio singled in the 6th, and an error on the play allowed L.P. Pelletier to score. In the 7th, Piñeda scored on an error, Jose Benjamin hit into a force out that allowed Wilson Amador to score, and another error in the inning allowed Benjamin to score.
Piñeda finished 3-4 with a stolen base (15), and Mauricio went 2-3.
DSL Rays1 2, DSL Astros Blue 1
W- Luis Medina (2-2)
L- Robert Corniel (0-2)
Blue home runs: None.
The Rays got their 2 runs late to snatch the win from the Blue team.
Carlos Canelon's RBI groundout in the 6th was the Blue team's only scoring play.
Ronel Blanco allowed 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 7 over 5 shutout innings. Juan Lopez allowed an unearned run on 4 hits, walked 2, and struck out 3 in 3 innings, and Robert Corniel allowed a run on 2 hits and walked 1 in the 9th.
DSL Astros Orange 4, DSL Phillies2 2
W- Gerardo Bojorquez (3-5)
L- Abdallah Aris (3-1)
S- Gabriel Pirela (2)
Orange home runs: None.
The Orange team got some vital insurance runs late and were able to navigate around a potential Phillies threat in the 9th to get the win.
Yordan Alvarez opened the scoring with an RBI groundout in the 1st. This was their only scoring play until the 8th, when Samir Caraballo whacked an RBI double. In the 9th, Alvarez scored on a wild pitch and Ramiro Rodriguez hit an RBI single. Ramiro and Caraballo both went 2-4.
Diosward Gonzalez went 3 innings and allowed an unearned run on 3 hits, walked 4, and struck out 3. Jose Antonio Hernandez walked 2 in 2 innings. Gerardo Bojorquez was next, and he allowed 3 hits and struck out 1 over 3 scoreless. Nivaldo Rodriguez got 1 out in the 9th; he allowed an unearned run on 2 hits, and Gabriel Pirela walked 1 and got the final two outs of the game.
Ronel Blanco, RHP, DSL Astros Blue: 5 IP, 3 H, BB, 7 K
Colin Moran, 3B, Fresno
2-4, 2-R HR (9), 3 RBI
Trent Thornton, RHP, Corpus Christi
W (2-1, 9-5 season), 6 IP, 5 H, 2 BB, 5 K
Bobby Boyd, OF, Corpus Christi
2-4, 2B, RBI, R, SB (2, 35 season)
OF assist threw out would-be tying run to end game
Hector Perez, RHP, Quad Cities
W (2-0, 4-0 season), 5.2 IP, 4 H, ER, 2 BB, 7 K
Juan Carlos Santos, RHP, Quad Cities
Save (3, 5 season), 3.1 IP, 2 H, ER, BB, 6 K
Photo by Bryan Green
Abdiel Saldaña, RHP, Tri-City
3.2 IP, 2 H, 6 K
Photo by Bryan Green
Jorge Alcala, RHP, Greeneville
W (2-1, 3-2 season), 5 IP, BB, 7 K
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Ricardo Castro, RHP, Greeneville
Save (2), 4 IP, 3 H, 6 K
Photo by Bryan Green
Guadalupe Chavez, RHP, GCL Astros
4 IP, 3 H, 2 K
Photo by Bryan Green
Andy Piñeda, OF, GCL Astros
3-4, 2B, RBI, 2 R, SB (15)