They weren't lacking offense entirely. Thursday night's organizational struggles came mostly on the back of poor starts on the hill, including two notably poor starts from David Martinez and Mark Appel. Here's the notables, and a look at what went wrong.
- In Oklahoma City, there's a leather cover sitting in front of home plate while Matt Duffy watches yet another ball of yarn unwind over the outfield wall.
- Rancho Cucamonga has Mark Appel figured out. In two starts against them he's given up fourteen runs and four home runs.
AAA: Salt Lake Bees sting Redhawks, 8-5
Salt Lake got on top early in Thursday night's game and stayed there. OKC's bullpen held the Bees at bay, but the Redhawks couldn't manage enough offense to overcome an eight-run deficit.
After five lackluster games to start off June, Matt Duffy has been hitting like a man posessed. Including his 2-5 performance on Thursday night, he's gone 9-18 in his last five games with six home runs, 10 RBIs and a double.
Meanwhile, David Martinez followed a strong last outing at Omaha with a miserable one at home, allowing eight runs on 10 hits in only a bit over four innings, along with five walks. After his exit, Jorge De Leon and Jason Stoffel held Salt Lake with four scoreless innings.
The Redhawks begina four-game set against Las Vegas tonight in Oklahoma City at 7:05pm.
- Austin Wates, DH: 1-5, RBI, SO
- Enrique Hernandez, 2B: 2-4, RBI
- Matt Duffy, 3B: 2-5, R, HR, 2RBI
- Preston Tucker, RF: 1-4, R
- L.J. Hoes, CF: 3-4, R, 2B
- Gregorio Petit, SS: 3-4, RBI, SO
- David Martinez, P (L, 5-4): 4.1 IP, 10H, 8R, 8ER, 5BB, 5K
- Jorge De Leon, P: 2.2 IP, H, BB, 2K
- Jason Stoffel, P: 2.0 IP, 2H, BB
AA: Hooks lose to Frisco, 5-3
On Thursday night Corpus Christi had the honor of being featured on CBS Sports's Minor League Baseball game of the week. Unfortunately, the Hooks couldn't pull through with the spotlight on, losing 5-3.
This game remained close through the first five innings, with Corpus Christi clinging to a one-run lead. In the sixth, however, Jankowski could hold the Rough Riders back no longer. Jankowski gave up four runs in the fifth, including a solo shot from Joey Gallo. The inning gave Frisco a lead that they wouldn't relinquish.
The Corpus Christi lead came off of a strong third inning, with a solo home run from Telvin Nash and an RBI single from Andrew Alpin.
Hooks fans can catch the next game of this series tonight at the Hangar at 7:10pm.
- Jonathan Meyer, 3B: 1-3, BB, SO
- Andrew Alpin, RF: 1-3, RBI, BB, SO
- Tyler Heineman, C: 2-4, R, 2B
- Leo Haras, PH-DH: 1-2, 2B, RBI
- Jordan Jankowski, P (L, 1-2): 5.1 IP, 9H, 5R, 5ER, 3BB, 5K, HR
- Michael Dimock, P: 2.0 IP, H, 2BB
- Pat Urckfitz, P: 1.2 IP
A+: Ninth-inning rally not enough to give the Jethawks a victory
A couple of ninth-inning RBIs from the bats of Conrad Gregor and Danry Vasquez proved too little too late, and the Jethawks lost to Rancho Cucamonga, 4-2.
Lancaster was held scoreless through eight innings, seven of those coming from a three-hit performance from Quakes starter Tom Windle.
Mark Appel earned his second loss of the season, giving up four runs in the second inning including a solo home run. Over his past two starts Appel has gone a total of 4.1 innings, giving up 14 runs and four home runs. Ouch.
The JetHawks will get another shot at Rancho Cucamonga tonight at 6:30pm in Lancaster.
- Teoscar Hernandez, CF: 1-4, SO
- Carlos Correa, SS: 0-4, 2SO
- Rio Ruiz, 3B: 0-2, 2BB
- Conrad Gregor, 1B: 1-4, RBI, SO
- Danry Vasquez, RF: 1-4, RBI, SO
- Mark Appel, P (L, 0-2): 3.0 IP, 6H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 3K, HR
- Zach Morton, P: 4.0 IP, H, BB, 2K
- Brian Holmes, P: 2.0 IP, 2K
A-: Cedar Rapids 5, Quad Cities 2
The Bandits had plenty of hits on Thursday night, but not enough runs to show for it as they dropped their second in a row to the Kernels.
Cedar Rapids had plenty of help from Bandits pitchers, who combined for a season-high eight walks. Adrian Houser earned his second loss of the season, giving up three runs over 2.1 innings pitched.
Quad Cities did have some offense off of the bats of Tyler White and Brian Holberton, who each picked up a pair of hits and an RBI. In his last 10, White has gone 11-29 with two doubles, a triple, three home runs and eight batted in.
The River Bandits look to rebound tonight, starting a three game series against Wisconsin at Modern Woodmen Park.
- James Ramsay, CF: 1-3, BB, SO
- Ronnie Mitchell, DH: 1-4, R
- Tyler White, 3B: 2-3, R, 3B, RBI
- Brian Holberton, C: 2-3, RBI
- Jose Fernandez, LF: 2-3
- Adrian Houser, P (L, 4-5): 2.1 IP, 2H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, K
- Tyler Brunnemann, P: 2.2 IP, H, R, ER, 2BB, K
- Kevin Comer, P: 2.0 IP, 2H, R, ER, 3BB, K
- Fredrick Tiburcio, P: 1.0 IP, BB, 2K