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Reno 13, Fresno 6
W- Braden Shipley (1-0)
L- Keegan Yuhl (0-1)
Fresno home runs: Teoscar Hernandez (1, 3-run in 1st), D.J. Fisher (1, solo in 4th)
The Grizz got roughed up and Collin McHugh hit a bump in his rehab assignment.
McHugh allowed three runs on three hits, walked one, and struck out one in the first inning. He came out for the second and threw a couple of warmup pitches before signaling for the training staff, ending his night. He was pulled as a precaution.
Keegan Yuhl was the first man out of the Fresno bullpen, and in 1.2 innings, he allowed five runs on three hits, walked three, and struck out three. Aaron West was next; he allowed three runs (two inherited runners charged to him) on six hits and struck out one in 2.1 innings of work. Ashur Tolliver technically threw two scoreless innings, but the two runners that he inherited from West in the sixth both scored. Tyson Perez pitched the final two innings and allowed two runs, both in the eighth, on five hits and struck out three.
After falling behind 3-0 after the top of the first, the Grizzlies hit back with five of their own in the bottom of the inning. Tony Kemp and D.J. Fisher singled to lead off the inning, and then Teoscar Hernandez whacked a home run to tie the game. A.J. Reed and Tyler White followed with singles, and Colin Moran sent Reed home with a single of his own. Preston Tucker drove in the final run of the inning with a sac fly that turned into a double play.
Unfortunately, the Grizzlies were outscored 10-1 over the final eight innings. Their only scoring play in that span was a solo homer hit by Fisher in the fourth. Fisher, Kemp, White, and Reid Brignac all finished with two hits on the evening.
Tonight, both teams will send a Texan out onto the mound. Brady Rodgers (Richmond) will take on Anthony Banda (Sinton) at 7:05.
Corpus Christi 2, Arkansas 1
W- Cy Sneed (1-0)
L- Blake Perry (0-1)
S- Ryan Thompson (1)
CC home runs: None.
The Hooks were outhit 11-5 and trailed for a vast majority of this game, but they still found a way to snatch a victory from the jaws of defeat.
Trent Thornton allowed a run on five hits and struck out five in four innings of work. Cy Sneed and Ryan Thompson kept the Travs off the scoreboard for the last five innings. Sneed allowed three hits, walked one, and struck out two in three innings, while Thompson allowed three hits and struck out one in the final two frames. Thompson allowed a couple of hits to start the bottom of the ninth, but he was able to work his way out of that predicament to secure the win.
Bryan Muñiz hit a one-out single in the eighth inning, but Mott Hyde struck out to put the rally in jeopardy. Ramon Laureano legged out an infield single to keep the inning going and Garrett Stubbs drew a walk to load the bases for Drew Ferguson, who put the Hooks on the board and in the lead with a single.
Kent Emanuel takes on Max Povse in game two of this series. First pitch is at 7:10.
Buies Creek 5, Winston-Salem 3
W- Elieser Hernandez (1-0)
L- Aaron Bummer (0-1)
S- Riley Ferrell (1)
BC home runs: None.
Buies Creek emerged victorious in the first game in franchise history on the strength of a four-run bottom of the seventh.
Myles Straw drove in the first run in the system in 2017 with a sacrifice fly in the third inning. After the Dash got on the board in the sixth, the Astros mounted a swift response after stretch time.
Pat Porter greeted Aaron Bummer with a leadoff double and scored the go-ahead run on a Christian Correa single. Correa advanced to second base on the throw, and then Stijn van der Meer drew a walk to bring up Straw, who sent the two of them home with a double. Straw advanced to third and scored on a single from Kyle Tucker.
Correa led the way with three hits, while Straw (2 2B, 3 RBI, R) and Little Tuck (2B, RBI) finished with two hits apiece.
Akeem Bostick allowed two hits, walked two, and struck out three over five shutout frames. Elieser Hernandez tagged in for 2.1 innings and allowed three runs (one inherited runner charged to him) on four hits, walked two, and fanned three. Ralph Garza Jr. inherited two runners from Hernandez, and he allowed a double that allowed one of them to score. Fortunately, he got the final two outs of the eighth inning without incident. Riley Ferrell came on for the save in the ninth and struck out the side to earn it.
Game two of this series will start at 7:00 Eastern. Alex Winkelman will take on Zach Thompson.
Quad Cities 3, Wisconsin 0
W- Abdiel Saldaña (1-0)
L- Zack Brown (0-1)
S- Derick Velazquez (1)
QC home runs: Taylor Jones (1, solo in 4th)
The Banditos opened up 2017 with a dominant showing on the mound as four pitchers combined to strike out 15, fanning all but one batter in the Timber Rattlers lineup. Oh, they also kept Wisconsin off the scoreboard for nine innings.
Hector Perez started it off by allowing just one hit, walking three, and striking out eight over 3.2 innings. Abdiel Saldaña got Perez out of a little jam in the fourth inning and then proceeded to throw a scoreless fifth, allowing a hit and fanning one. Ryan Hartman tagged in and allowed three hits while striking out six over three scoreless, and in his first game since August 31, 2014, Derick Velazquez worked around an error to close out the win.
All three Quad Cities runs came in the fourth inning. Taylor Jones led off the frame with the first home run in the Astros' minor league system. Alex De Goti hit a one-out single and then Jake Rogers joined him on the basepaths by drawing a walk. Anibal Sierra followed with an RBI single, and Rogers scored on a wild pitch. De Goti finished 2-4, while Daz Cameron stole two bases.
Carson LaRue will start game two of this series. He'll face Trey Supak at 6:35.
All photos are from Jayne unless stated otherwise.
Akeem Bostick's photo from MiLB.com
Myles Straw, OF, Christian Correa, C, Akeem Bostick, RHP, and Riley Ferrell, RHP, Buies Creek
Straw: 2-3, 2 2B, 3 RBI, R
Correa: 3-4, 2B, RBI, R
Bostick: W (1-0), 5 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 3 K
Ferrell: Save (1), IP, 3 K
Abdiel Saldaña's picture taken by Bryan Green
Quad Cities pitchers: W 3-0 vs Wisconsin
9 IP, 5 H, 3 BB, 15 K
Hector Perez: 3.2 IP, H, 3 BB, 8 K
Abdiel Saldaña: W (1-0), 1.1 IP, H, K
Ryan Hartman: 3 IP, 3 H, 6 K
Derick Velazquez: Save (1), IP, 2 groundouts, 1 flyball out
D.J. Fisher, OF, Fresno
2-4, solo HR (1), 2 R