Sacramento 3, Fresno 0
W- Ty Blach (14-7)
L- David Paulino (0-2, 5-4 season)
S- Steven Okert (3)
Fresno home runs: None.
The Grizzlies were kept off the scoreboard on Friday night. Three of their 5 hits were doubles; Jon Kemmer, Alejandro Garcia, and Jack Mayfield had the two-baggers.
David Paulino went 5 innings and allowed 3 runs (2 earned) on 7 hits, walked 2, and struck out 8. Brendan McCurry and Kevin Chapman followed with 2 scoreless innings apiece; McCurry allowed 2 hits and struck out 3, while Chapman allowed a hit and struck out 1.
Evan Grills will start game 4 of this series. Word on the street is that Matt Cain will make a rehab start for Sacramento. First pitch is at 7:05 Pacific.
Corpus Christi 7, Midland 0
W- Francis Martes (9-5)
L- Brandon Mann (2-3)
CC home runs: Drew Ferguson (1, 15 season; 2-run in 6th), J.D. Davis (20, 2-run in 7th)
Drew Ferguson broke a scoreless tie in the 6th, the Hooks poured it on in the 7th, and Francis Martes and Eric Peterson shut down the Midland offense. Martes allowed 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 4 over 7 shutout innings, and Peterson finished it off by striking out 4 over 2 perfect frames.
Ferguson finished 3-4, and his two-run homer in the 6th accounted for the game's first two runs. Mott Hyde got hit by a pitch to lead off the 7th, and he eventually scored on an error following a Tony Nuñez bunt single. Nick Tanielu added a 2-run single, and J.D. Davis capped off the evening by launching a 2-run home run, his 20th blast of the season. Nuñez (2 BB, R, SB) and Davis had 2 hits apiece.
Tonight, the Hooks will begin their final home series of the season, a 3-game set with San Antonio. Rogelio Armenteros will face Kyle Lloyd at 7:00.
Modesto 4, Lancaster 2
W- Ryan Castellani (7-8)
L- Elieser Hernandez (2-5, 6-8 season)
S- Troy Neiman (2)
Lancaster home runs: Trent Woodward (6, 7 season; solo in 8th)
The Nuts had more two-run innings than the JetHawks, so naturally, they won this game.
Lancaster's two-run inning was the 8th: Trent Woodward led off the inning with a homer, and Jason Martin hit a sac fly. Woodward finished 2-3 on the night.
Elieser Hernandez went 5 innings and allowed 4 runs on 5 hits, walked 3, and struck out 3. Andrew Thome allowed a hit, walked 2, and struck out 4 over the final 3 innings.
In game 2 of this series, Albert Abreu will face Colin Welmon. First pitch is at 7:05 Pacific.
Wisconsin 2, Quad Cities 1
W- Miguel Sanchez (1-0)
L- Nick Hernandez (0-1, 1-2 season)
QC home runs: None.
The Banditos' offensive woes continued, and the Rattlers nipped them with a two-out RBI single in the top of the 9th.
Bobby Wernes had 2 of the 3 River Bandits in this game; he doubled to lead off the bottom of the 1st, and his RBI single was the Banditos' only scoring play. The other hit was a single from Dex McCall.
Enrique Chavez allowed a run on 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 3 over 7 strong innings. Wisconsin got the go-ahead run off of Nick Hernandez, who went 2 innings and allowed 3 hits, walked 2, and struck out 2.
Yoanys Quiala will start game 2 of this series. He'll face Jordan Desguin at 6:00.
Lowell 5, Tri-City 4
W- Pat Goetze (4-1)
L- Devin Raftery (0-1, 3-1 season)
S- Jordan Weems (1)
TC home runs: None.
The ValleyCats tied the game at 3 in the 8th .... only to see Lowell SS C.J. Chatham put the Spinners back in front with a 2-run homer in the top of the 9th. TC managed to pull a run back in the 9th, but they stranded the tying run on 2nd to end the game.
Tyler Wolfe scored the first run of the evening on an error in the 3rd that allowed Carmen Benedetti to reach. Kevin Martir hit an RBI single in the 6th, and he added a sac fly to his ledger in the 8th inning, and Benedetti hit a sac fly to bring the ValleyCats to within a run. Wolfe and Ronnie Dawson scored 2 runs apiece. Dawson and Rodrigo Ayarza both went 2-5, while Taylor Jones finished 3-4.
Jorge Alcala pitched 4 innings and allowed 3 runs on 8 hits (2-run homer), walked 2, and struck out 2. Erasmo Pinales tagged in to throw 3 scoreless innings, walking 1 and striking out 4. Devin Raftery pitched 2 innings, and the two runs he allowed came on Chatham's 2nd home run of the game. He allowed one other hit, walked 1, and struck out 4.
Edgardo Sandoval starts game 2 of this series. First pitch is at 7:00 Eastern.
Greeneville 4, Danville 0
W- Jorge Guzman (1-3, 2-4 season)
L- Jhon Martinez (4-5)
S- Juan Robles (1)
Greeneville home runs: None.
The Appy Astros kept themselves alive in the playoff chase by taking 2 of 3 from the Braves.
Jorge Guzman and Juan Robles joined forces to keep Danville off the board; Guzman allowed a hit, walked 1, and struck out 7 over 5 innings, and Robles pitched the final 4 innings, allowing 4 hits and fanning 4.
Ruben Castro led off the 3rd with a single and scored the first run of the game on an error following a Frankeny Fernandez sacrifice bunt. Castro scored another run off another error in the 5th inning; this miscue came off a single from Abraham Toro. Not long after, Fernandez scored on a balk. Troy Sieber doubled to lead off the 8th and came around to score on a Carlos Machado single. Toro, Machado, Castro, and Stijn van der Meer all finished 2-4.
Tonight, the Appy Astros will begin a series with the team directly above them in the Appalachian League West standings, Elizabethton. Patrick Sandoval will get the start, and he'll take on Tyler Wells at 6:00 Eastern.
GCL Astros 2, GCL Marlins 0
W- Yohan Ramirez (1-0, 2-1 season)
L- Bryan Morris (0-1)
S- Josue Uribe (1)
GCL home runs: None.
The Kissimmee Stros scored 2 runs in the 1st, which turned out to be enough for them to get the win.
Ronel Blanco and Yohan Ramirez were the first 2 pitchers for the GCL club, and they were making their US debuts. Blanco allowed a hit and struck out 3 in 3 innings of work, and Ramirez went 2 innings, allowing 3 hits, walking 1, and striking out 2. Gabriel Valdez allowed a hit and struck out 3 over 3 scoreless, and Josue Uribe walked 1 and struck out 2 in the 9th to get the save.
Wander Franco opened the scoring with an RBI single, and Jose Benjamin grounded into a force out that allowed Ronny Jimenez to score. Jimenez and Randy Vasquez both finished 2-4.
DSL Astros Orange 5, DSL Rangers2 3
W- Christian Mejias (1-0)
L- Miguel Medrano (0-1)
S- Diosward Gonzalez (1)
Orange home runs: None.
The Orange team got a pair of runs in the 6th to break a 3-3 tie.
Euclides Chavez scored the first run of the game in the 2nd inning on an error following a Kelvin Perez single. The Orange team got two runs in the 3rd on a pair of RBI singles from Jose Abel Hernandez and Chavez. Jose Carrillo scored the go-ahead run on a balk in the 6th, and Samir Caraballo, who was at the plate at the time, added an RBI single. Caraballo, Chavez, Carrillo, and Hector Martinez all had 2 hits on the day.
Gerardo Bojorquez went 3 innings and allowed 3 runs on 5 hits (2 solo homers), walked 1, and struck out 2. Christian Mejias allowed a hit, walked 1, and struck out 1 over 2 scoreless, and Diosward Gonzalez allowed 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 6 over 4 scoreless for the save.
Diosward Gonzalez, RHP, DSL Astros Orange: Save (1), 4 IP, 2 H, BB, 6 K
Francis Martes and Eric Peterson, RHPs, Corpus Christi
Martes: W (9-5), 7 IP, 3 H, BB, 4 K
Peterson: 2 IP, 4 K
Drew Ferguson, OF, Corpus Christi
3-4, 2-R HR (1, 15 season)
J.D. Davis, 3B, Corpus Christi
2-4. 2B, 2-R HR (20)
Andrew Thome, RHP, Lancaster
3 IP, H, 2 BB, 4 K
Enrique Chavez, RHP, Quad Cities
7 IP, 2 H, ER, BB, 3 K
Erasmo Pinales, RHP, Tri-City
3 IP, BB, 4 K
Photos by Bryan Green
Jorge Guzman and Juan Robles, RHPs, Greeneville
Guzman: W (1-3, 2-4 season), 5 IP, H, BB, 7K
Robles: Save (1), 4 IP, 4 H, 4 K