Las Vegas 6, Fresno 1
W- Donovan Hand (1-2)
L- Keegan Yuhl (1-2)
Fresno home runs: None.
The Tacos dropped their first Taco Tuesday game of the year as Vegas got the jump on Keegan Yuhl by tagging him for 5 runs in the 2nd inning.
Yuhl ultimately went 5 innings and allowed 6 runs on 7 hits (5 singles, a double, and a solo homer), walked 3, and struck out 2. Jordan Jankowski allowed a hit, walked 2, and struck out 3 over 2 scoreless innings. Reymin Guduan and James Hoyt both tossed a scoreless inning; Guduan allowed a hit and struck out 1 in the 8th, while Hoyt struck out 1 in a 1-2-3 9th.
Jon Kemmer's RBI single in the 2nd was Fresno's only scoring play of the evening. Preston Tucker, who scored on the play, went 2-4. D.J. Fisher also finished 2-4; one of his hits was a double.
Brady Rodgers will go up against Tyler Pill in game 2 of this series. First pitch is at 6:35 Pacific.
Corpus Christi 10, Northwest Arkansas 9
W- Trent Thornton (1-1)
L- Ashton Goudeau (0-2)
CC home runs: J.D. Davis (2, 3-run in 3rd)
Just like they did on their season-opening tour of Arkansas, Corpus took 2 of 3 from both of the Arkansas clubs at Whataburger Field. They had to withstand a 9th-inning uprising to secure this one though.
The Naturals put up crooked numbers in all of the innings in which they scored, but the Hooks scored in more innings.
Both teams scored twice in the opening frame; Corpus Christi's two runs came when Drew Ferguson scored on a double play and Ramon Laureano came home on an error that also allowed Alejandro Garcia to reach safely. J.D. Davis clubbed a 3-run home run in the 3rd.
The Naturals scored 3 in the 4th to take a 7-5 lead, but the Hooks were able to draw even thanks to a Ferguson RBI double in the bottom of the 4th and a pair of RBI singles from Trent Woodward and Tony Nuñez in the 5th. Mott Hyde hit an RBI single in the 7th and Ferguson scored Corpus Christi's final run of the game on a wild pitch in the 8th.
The top four in the Corpus lineup (Ferguson, Ramon Laureano, Jon Singleton, Davis) all scored twice. Everyone in the lineup had a hit; Ferguson led the way with a 3-5 game. Davis and Garcia both finished 2-5.
Kyle Smith went 2.2 innings and allowed 4 runs on 6 hits, walked 2, and struck out 2. Jacob Dorris was the first man out of the Hooks bullpen and threw 1.1 innings. The three runs he allowed all came on a home run hit by Samir Duenez in the 4th inning. He allowed two other hits, walked 1, and struck out 2. Trent Thornton went 5 innings and the two runs he allowed came when Mauricio Ramos took him deep in the 9th. He allowed three other hits and struck out 2.
After a day off, the Hooks will begin a series in Frisco. Kent Emanuel is listed as the starter for Thursday's opener and he'll face Yohander Mendez at 7:05 that night.
Myrtle Beach 6, Buies Creek 0
W- Dillon Maples (2-0)
L- Andrew Thome (0-1)
S- Scott Effross (3)
BC home runs: None.
A silent night from the offense spoiled a masterful outing from Alex Winkelman, who allowed just one hit and struck out a career-high 10 over 6 shutout innings. The Pelicans roughed up Andrew Thome and got all of their runs off of him. In 1+ inning, Thome allowed 6 runs (4 earned, 2 inherited runners charged to him) on 4 hits (2-run homer) and struck out 2. Sebastian Kessay struck out 2 in the 8th; an error allowed two of Thome's runners to score.
Not much has gone right for Osvaldo Duarte this season. He's had a rough go of it in the field and committed the error in the 8th that allowed two runs to score; it was his 8th error of the season. At the plate, it took him 6 games to reach base for the first time (via a walk) and 7 to record his first hit. Entering this series, he was 2-34 at the plate.
Duarte finished 3-4 for the second consecutive game and stole his 2nd base of the season. In the process, he has raised his average from .059 to .190 in three days.
In the series finale, Justin Ferrell will take on Oscar de la Cruz. First pitch is at 7:05 Eastern.
Quad Cities 12, Burlington 2
W- Hector Perez (1-1)
L- Andrew Vinson (1-1)
QC home runs: Marcos Almonte (1, 3-run in 2nd), Daz Cameron (3, solo in 2nd), Randy César (2, solo in 3rd), Ronnie Dawson (1, 2-run in 3rd), Stephen Wrenn (2, solo in 4th)
The Banditos bludgeoned the Bees by smashing five home runs for the second straight evening. It was a pretty blustery evening in Burlington with 20 MPH winds blowing out to center field for this game. On the other hand, the wind was variable and just 5 MPH on Monday.
Hector Perez was the beneficiary of the generous run support; he went 5.2 innings and the two runs he allowed came on back-to-back solo homers to start the 3rd inning. He allowed two other hits, walked 1, and struck out 7. Carlos Sierra struck out 3 over 2.1 perfect innings, and Lucas Williams struck out 1 in a 1-2-3 9th inning.
Everyone in the starting 9+1 recorded a hit. Jake Rogers kicked things off with an RBI triple in the 1st inning. Marcos Almonte made quite a first impression by whacking a 3-run homer in the 2nd inning. Two batters later, Daz Cameron smacked his 3rd homer of the season. Alex De Goti followed by ripping a double and came home on Rogers' double.
Randy César led off the 3rd with a homer and Ronnie Dawson clubbed a 2-run homer later in the inning. Stephen Wrenn launched a solo shot in the 4th. Dawson scored on a wild pitch in the 6th and Rodrigo Ayarza capped off the romp with an RBI double in the 7th.
Quad Cities will look for the sweep as Ryan Hartman takes the mound. He'll face Sam Pastrone at 11:30 AM.
All photos are from Jayne unless stated otherwise.
Photo by Bryan Green
Marcos Almonte, IF, Quad Cities
2-5, 2B, 3-R HR (1), 2 R; season debut
Photo by Bryan Green
Alex Winkelman, LHP, Buies Creek
6 IP, H, 10 K
14.1 IP, 4 H, BB, 21 K, .089 opponent BA, 0.35 WHIP in first 3 appearances this season
Jake Rogers, C, Quad Cities
2-4, 2B, 3B, 2 RBI
Currently on a 7-game hitting streak
Quad Cities pitchers: W 12-2 @ Burlington
9 IP, 4 H (2 solo HR), 2 ER, BB, 11 K
Hector Perez: W (1-1), 5.2 IP, 4 H (2 solo HR allowed), 2 ER, BB, 7 K
Carlos Sierra: 2.1 IP, 3 K
Lucas Williams: IP, K
Drew Ferguson, OF, and J.D. Davis, 3B, Corpus Christi
Ferguson: 3-5, 2 2B, RBI, 2 R
Davis: 2-5, 2B, 3-R HR (2), 2 R
Both are currently on 7-game hitting streaks.