Let's play two in Peoria!
Las Vegas 21, Fresno 6
W- Adam Wilk (1-0)
L- David Martinez (0-1)
Fresno home runs: None.
Fresno got absolutely throttled by Vegas, who scored in all but one inning.
The Grizz used three position players on the mound, which is most likely enough to sum up the night they had. Reid Brignac was the only player who had a scoreless outing; he inherited a bases-loaded situation from Tyler White, but got the final two outs of the 8th inning without incident.
Preston Tucker led off the 3rd with a double and scored Fresno's first run when he came home on a Jon Kemmer double. The game was tied at that point; the 51s outscored the Grizzlies 20-5 the rest of the way. Tony Kemp doubled to lead off the 6th and scored on a Teoscar Hernandez groundout. Andrew Aplin, who allowed a solo homer, one other hit, and struck out 1 in the 7th, hit a 2-run double in the 8th. A.J. Reed followed with a 2-run single.
Tucker (2B, R), Kemmer (2B, RBI, R), and Kemp (2B, 2 R) all finished with 2 hits on the night.
Keegan Yuhl will start game 2 of this series. He'll face Ricky Knapp at 7:05 Pacific.
Northwest Arkansas 12, Corpus Christi 3
W- Zach Lovvorn (1-1)
L- Cy Sneed (1-1)
CC home runs: None.
The Hooks were foiled in their bid to sweep the series as the Naturals bludgeoned them with a touchdown in the 2nd inning. They also committed 5 errors to compound a rough night.
J.D. Davis put Corpus on the board with an RBI single in the 3rd inning. The Hooks wouldn't score again until the 9th, when Tony Nuñez was plunked with the bases loaded and Ramon Laureano followed that play up with an RBI single.
Cy Sneed struggled, and I'll leave it at that. Ryan Thompson was the first man out of the Hooks bullpen, and in 2.2 innings, he allowed 4 runs (1 earned, 2 inherited runners charged to him) on 4 hits, walked 1, and struck out 3. Jacob Dorris pitched 3 innings and allowed a run on 5 hits, walked 2, and struck out 4, and Michael Freeman worked around a couple of hits to throw a scoreless 8th, striking out 1.
Corpus Christi has today off. On Thursday, they'll open up the home portion of their schedule with the two Arkansas clubs coming to Whataburger Field. Trent Thornton will face Max Povse.
Myrtle Beach 7, Buies Creek 3
W- Dillon Maples (1-0)
L- Elieser Hernandez (1-1)
BC home runs: None.
Unfortunately, the Buies Creek Astros are no longer on pace to finish their debut season undefeated.
The Astros scored their three runs in the first two innings and then got shut out the rest of the way.
Myles Straw drew a one-out walk in the bottom of the 1st and scored the first run of the evening on a wild pitch. In the 2nd, Johnny Sewald ripped an RBI double and scored on a single from Straw, who finished 2-3 with a stolen base (2). Ryne Birk and Arturo Michelena both finished 2-4.
Elieser Hernandez went 3.2 innings and allowed 5 runs on 6 hits (solo homer), walked 2, and struck out 1. Andrew Thome was the first man out of the Astros bullpen and his first act was to get the final out of the 4th to bail Hernandez out of a bases-loaded jam. Thome threw 3.1 scoreless and allowed 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 2. Sebastian Kessay pitched 1.2 innings and allowed 2 runs on 3 hits, walked 2, and struck out 4, and Nick Hernandez got the final out of the 9th with a strikeout.
Akeem Bostick will start the series finale. He'll face Thomas Hatch at 11:00 AM Eastern.
Game 1: Quad Cities 2, Peoria 0
W- Forrest Whitley (1-0)
L- John Kilichowski (0-1)
S- Carlos Sierra (1)
QC home runs: None.
Forrest Whitley enjoyed a stellar debut in the first game of the twinbill as he allowed just one hit, walked 2, and struck out 6 over 5 shutout innings. Carlos Sierra completed the shutout by allowing a hit, walking 1, and striking out 3 over the final 2 frames.
Daz Cameron doubled to lead off the game and scored the first run on a Ronnie Dawson sac fly. Jake Rogers hit a single with one out in the 4th and scored the game's other run on an RBI double from Anibal Sierra. Both of Daz's hits in game 1 were doubles.
How did the Banditos fare in game 2?
Game 2: Peoria 3, Quad Cities 2
W- Estarlin Arias (1-0)
L- Derick Velazquez (0-1)
QC home runs: None.
The Banditos tied game 2 of the doubleheader with a couple of runs in the top of the 6th.... only to walk off with a loss.
Jorge Alcala pitched 4.2 innings and allowed 2 runs on 2 hits (solo homer and an RBI single), walked 2, and struck out 6. Derick Velazquez pitched 2 innings; the winning run scored with two outs in the bottom of the 7th. He allowed 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 1.
Carmen Benedetti put Quad Cities on the board in game 2 with an RBI double and scored on a sac fly from Daz.
The series concludes with an 11:00 AM game. Ryan Hartman will take on Jordan Hicks, a 2015 graduate of Cypress Creek High School in Houston.
All photos are from Jayne unless stated otherwise.
Quad Cities pitchers: W 2-0 @ Peoria in game 1 of doubleheader
Forrest Whitley: W (1-0), 5 IP, H, 2 BB, 6 K
Carlos Sierra: 2 IP, H, BB, 3 K
Andrew Thome, RHP, Buies Creek
3.1 IP, 2 H, BB, 2 K
Photo from MiLB.com
Daz Cameron, OF, Quad Cities
2-6, 2 2B, R, RBI (cumulative stats from doubleheader)
Myles Straw, OF, Buies Creek
2-3, RBI, R, SB (2)