Salt Lake 6, Fresno 5 in 10 innings
W- Justin Miller (1-1)
L- Jordan Jankowski (0-1)
Fresno home runs: Teoscar Hernandez (3, 2-run in 2nd), Colin Moran (1, solo in 9th)
Colin Moran's first homer of the year tied the game in the 9th.... but the Bees got a run in the first extra frame to walk off with the win in the series opener.
Both teams posted crooked numbers in the same inning; Teoscar Hernandez smacked a 2-run homer in the 2nd inning to put Fresno on the board first. Salt Lake scored 3 in the bottom of the 2nd to take the lead. The Grizz took the lead in the 7th thanks to a Preston Tucker 2-run double, but the Bees scored 2 of their own after stretch time to regain the lead. Moran's homer led off the top of the 9th.
Tony Kemp's 8-game hitting streak fell by the wayside, but Tyler White extended his streak to 9 games with a 2-5 performance.
Brian Holmes went 4 innings and allowed 3 runs on 5 hits, walked 4, and struck out 2. Kevin Comer and Ashur Tolliver followed with 2 innings out of the bullpen; Comer allowed a hit, walked 1, and struck out 3, while Tolliver allowed 2 runs (both in the 7th) on 2 hits, walked 2, and struck out 2. James Hoyt worked around a couple of walks to throw a scoreless 9th, striking out 2. Jordan Jankowski faced 4 batters in the 10th and failed to retire any of them. He allowed a single to lead off the inning and issued three consecutive walks which resulted in the Bees scoring the winning run.
Francis Martes will start game 2 of this series. He'll face Alex Meyer at 1:05 Mountain.
Corpus Christi 5, Arkansas 0
W- Rogelio Armenteros (1-0)
L- Brett Ash (1-1)
S- Josh James (1)
CC home runs: Ramon Laureano (1, 3-run in 3rd), J.D. Davis (1, solo in 7th)
Just like they did in Little Rock to start the year, the Hooks took 2 of 3 from the Travs.
Rogelio Armenteros and Josh James combined to throw a 3-hit shutout: Armenteros allowed 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 8 in his 5 innings of work before James took over for the final 4 innings, walking 1 and striking out 3 to get the save.
Ramon Laureano opened up the scoring with a bang by clubbing a 3-run homer in the 3rd. J.D. Davis drove in the other 2 Corpus runs with an RBI single in the 5th and a solo homer in the 7th. Davis (solo HR, 2 RBI, R) and Tony Nuñez (2B, R) both finished 2-3 on the evening.
Today, the Hooks will start a 3-game series with Northwest Arkansas. Brock Dykxhoorn will get the start, and he'll face Corey Ray, a former Aggie and a graduate of Klein High School, at 3:05.
Buies Creek 13, Winston-Salem 6
W- Yoanys Quiala (2-0)
L- Aron McRee (0-1)
BC home runs: Kyle Tucker (2; 3-run in 3rd)
Kyle Tucker enjoyed the best night of his young career as the Carolina Stros jumped out to a 13-0 lead. The Dash managed to cut into that lead a little, but the damage was mitigated because once again, Buies Creek built a double-digit lead.
Little Tuck got the scoring started when he ripped an RBI double in the 1st. He proceeded to steal 3rd and then scored on a Dex McCall single. Osvaldo Duarte reached on an error to lead off the 2nd and made it to 2nd base. He moved over to 3rd on a single from Arturo Michelena, then Jason Martin walked to load the bases. Myles Straw drew a walk to score Duarte. which brought up Tucker, who promptly cleared the bases with a double. Ryne Birk brought him home with a double, and after a pitching change, Anthony Hermelyn ripped an RBI double of his own to score Birk.
Michelena doubled to lead off the 3rd inning. He advanced to 3rd on a Martin single and scored on a botched force out attempt that allowed Myles Straw to reach. Tucker continued to terrorize the Dash by clubbing a 3-run home run, giving him 7 RBI in the first three innings. Birk tripled with one out in the 6th and scored the Astros' final run on a single from Hermelyn.
Kyle Tucker finished 4-5; he was a triple shy of the cycle, stole a base, and scored 3 runs. Arturo Michelena went 3-5 with a double and scored twice. Jason Martin (3 R), Ryne Birk (2B, 3B, RBI, 2 R), and Anthony Hermelyn (2B, 2 RBI) finished with 2 hits apiece. Myles Straw went 0-4 but still managed to drive in two runs.
Yoanys Quiala allowed 4 hits, walked 3, and struck out 5 over 6 shutout innings. Devon Carr pitched an inning and allowed 5 runs (4 earned, 3 inherited runners charged to him) on 4 hits, walked 2, and struck out 1. He came out for the 8th and faced three batters, who all reached against him. Sebastian Kessay assumed ownership of the 8th and entered with the bases loaded; all three were Carr's runners. All three of them scored; two of them scored on an error and the other came home on a two-run single. That single was the only hit that Kessay allowed in the inning, and one of the runs was charged to him. He also walked 1 and struck out 1. Andrew Thome worked around a hit to throw a scoreless 9th.
Framber Valdez will start the series finale. He'll face Tanner Banks at 2:05 Eastern.
Kane County 8, Quad Cities 4
W- Ryan Atkinson (2-0)
L- Edgardo Sandoval (1-1)
QC home runs: Rodrigo Ayarza 2 (2; solo in 6th, solo in 9th)
Both teams had a player hit two home runs. Unfortunately for the River Bandits, two 3-run homers trump two solo shots.
Rodrigo Ayarza went yardza (credit: Steve Batterson) in the 6th inning put the Banditos on the board. He led off the bottom of the 9th with another homer, which sparked a little uprising. Ronnie Dawson followed with a single and came home on a Daz Cameron triple. Daz trotted home on a single from Alex De Goti. Ayarza was the only player in the Quad Cities lineup with a multi-hit game.
Edgardo Sandoval went 4 innings and allowed 5 runs on 6 hits (3-run homer to Marcus Wilson), walked 1, and struck out 4. Carlos Sierra was the first man out of the Banditos bullpen, and in 3.1 innings, he allowed a run, which was an inherited runner charged to him, on 3 hits, walked 2, and struck out 2. Reggie Johnson pitched the final 1.2 innings and allowed 2 runs on 2 hits, one of which was Wilson's second 3-run homer of the day. One of those runs was charged to Sierra. Johnson walked 1 and struck out 2.
After a day off, the River Bandits will kick off a new week with a 3-game series in Burlington.
All photos are from Jayne unless stated otherwise.
Photo by Bryan Green
Kyle Tucker, OF, Buies Creek
4-5, 2 2B, 3-R HR (2), 7 RBI, 3 R, SB (2)
Rodrigo Ayarza, IF, Quad Cities
2-3, 2 solo HR (2)
Corpus Christi Hooks pitchers: W 5-0 vs. Arkansas
9 IP, 3 H, BB, 11 K
Rogelio Armenteros: W (1-0), 5 IP, 2 H, BB, 8 K
Josh James: Save (1), 4 IP, H, 3 K
Corpus Christi Hooks offense: W 5-0 vs. Arkansas
Ramon Laureano: 3-R HR (1)
J.D. Davis: 2-3, solo HR (1), 2 RBI
Yoanys Quiala, RHP, Buies Creek
W (2-0), 6 IP, 4 H, 3 BB, 5 K
Ryne Birk, 2B, Buies Creek
2-5, 2B, 3B, RBI, 2 R