I remember the first time I took true notice of Kike (pronounced Key-Kay) Hernandez. It was the picture that tops this recap. Kike was a part of the 2010 Tri-City ValleyCats that won the New York-Penn League championship. It's time to take notice of this guy because he is absolutely on fire at AAA. In his last 10 games, he's slashing .457/.490/.717. The great thing about Kike is that he can legitimately play 2B/SS/3B/LF/RF. Plus, he is only 22, almost a full year younger than Nolan Fontana.
Kike is a part of another group that is super exciting! Here's all the players that are age 22 or below in the AAA Pacific Coast League.
Now to the action...
Oklahoma City Redhawks at the Reno Aces (ARI)
The offense racked up 17 hits and 5 BBs. It was a special night for the utility guys, Kike Hernandez and Joe Sclafani. Kike had 4 of those hits and lacked a double for the cycle. He also scored 5 runs (see the tweet of the game below to see what good company he joins in this). As you can tell from above, I've developed quite the man crush on Kike. Slafani had 3 hits including a triple. Petit and Krauss also had multi-hit games.
Folty's outing went a little rough. He walked 5 and allowed 7 hits. This led to 5 earned runs. The positive side is that he his GO/AO was 9:1. He is keeping the ball on the ground. I dug into the recap to look at the hits he allowed, I'll let you look too:
- Aaron Cunningham singles on a ground ball to shortstop Gregorio Petit.
- Nick Ahmed singles on a ground ball to third baseman Enrique Hernandez. Aaron Cunningham scores.
- Nick Evans singles on a line drive to center fielder L. J. Hoes.
- Danny Dorn homers (2) on a fly ball to right field. Nick Evans scores.
- Danny Dorn grounds into a force out, fielded by shortstop Gregorio Petit. Alfredo Marte scores. Mike Jacobs out at 2nd. Danny Dorn advances to 1st, on a throwing error by shortstop Gregorio Petit. (This would have been an inning ending double play, but the throw was botched)
I am no Folty apologist by any means, but that seems like one of those starts where Muphy's Law applied. Only 3 of his hits were hard hit (2 line drives and a homerun). 4 of the hits were ground balls or soflty hit, and one of the runs scored on a botched double play. Still, you can't walk as many as he did tonight.
De Leon and Stoffel finished out the game.
OKC wins 12-8, Their record improves to 42-34.
Tweet of the Night (Kike baby!):
My goodness Kike Hernandez is some kind of hot. Just sent a laser out to RF for a home run. Tonight he's 4x4 with 5 (!) runs scored.— Alex Freedman (@azfreedman) June 21, 2014
The last RedHawk to score five runs in a game prior to Hernandez tonight was George Springer. Hard to believe, right?— Alex Freedman (@azfreedman) June 21, 2014
- LF, Austin Wates - 1/6, R, K
- 3B, Kike Hernandez - 4/5, 5 R, 3B, HR, 2 RBI, BB
- 1B, Marc Krauss - 3/5, 3 R, 2 2B, 3 RBI, BB
- RF, Domingo Santana - 2/4, R, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 BB
- DH, Preston Tucker - 1/4, RBI, BB
- CF, LJ Hoes - 1/4, R, 2 RBI, K, SB
- SS, Gregorio Petit - 2/5, K
- C, Max Stassi - 0/5
- 2B, Joe Sclafani - 3/5, R, 3B, RBI, K
- SP, Michael Foltynewicz - 5.2 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 5 BB, 3 K, HR
- RP, Jorge De Leon - 1.2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, ER, 2 BB, 2 K
- RP, Jason Stoffel - 1.2 IP, H, K
Frisco Roughriders (TEX) at the Corpus Christi Hooks
Brady Rodgers got back on track and David Rollins followed him up with some lights out baseball tossing to lead the Hooks to victory. Rollins was extra awesome tonight, striking out 6 in 4.0 IP.
The Hooks win 4-1 and finally end a 4 game losing streak. Their record is 35-39.
Tweet of the Night:
Lancaster Jethawks at the Lake Elsinore Storm (SD)
Conrad Gregor hits 2 doubles and Correa homers. Kemp and Ruiz also added 2 hits a piece. This team just flat gets it done.
Hader once again is scoffing and laughing at the Cal League being a "hitter's paradise." He throws six innings and only allows 3 hits and 1 run. He's probably due a little regression, but he lowers hie ERA to a smooth 2.27.
Lancaster wins 3-2. Record improves to 46-26 (best in the Cal League)
Tweet of the Night (Jason Schwartz with lots of golden nuggets):
- 2B, Anthony Kemp - 2/5, K
- CF, Teoscar Hernandez - 0/4, K
- SS, Carlos Correa - 1/4, 2 R, HR, RBI
- 3B, Rio Ruiz - 2/3, BB
- LF, Brandon Meredith - 1/4, RBI
- 1B, Conrad Gregor - 2/4, R, 2 2B,
- DH, Dan Gulbransen - 1/3, RBI, BB, K
- SP, Josh Hader - 6.0 IP, 3 H, R, ER, 2 BB, 3 K
- RP, Zach Morton - 3.0 IP, H, R, ER, 2 BB, 2 K
Peoria Chiefs (STL) at the Quad Cities RiverBandits
The Chiefs and RiverBandits split a double header that was a makeup of the previous night's game. Strong pitching dominated both games as the RiverBandits won the first game 2-1 and lost the 2nd game 1-0. Edison Frias and Evan Grills pitched very well in both affairs with Grills being the tough luck loser.
Quad Cities record now stands at 36-35
Tweet of the Night (fans having fun, and I have to go see this ballpark!):
- 1st Game
- 3B, Chan Moon - 2/2, 2 R, HR, RBI, BB
- DH, Brett Booth - 1/3, RBI, 2 K
- SP, Edison Frias, 6.0 IP, 5 H, 2 BB, 4 K
- 2nd Game
- RF, Brett Phillips - 2/3, 2B
- SP, Evan Grills - 7.0 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 0 ER, BB, 2 K, GO-AO 11-1
Tri-City ValleyCats at the Lowell Spinners (BOS)
The ValleyCats lost a heart breaker in the bottom of the 9th. Ordosgotti didn't have his best outing, but the offense tried to pick him up by piling up 10 hits and 5 walks. Marc Wik homered and Ariel Ovando and JD Davis added doubles.
Tri-City loses 8-7. Record now stands at 4-4.
Tweet of the Night:
- CF, Marc Wik - 3/5, 2 R, HR, RBI, SB
- 1B, AJ Reed - 0/4, R, RBI, BB, K
- 3B, JD Davis - 1/4, R, 2B, RBI, BB, K
- DH, Nick Tanielu - 1/4, 2 R, BB, K
- RF, Ariel Ovando - 1/4, 2B, 2 RBI, K
- SP, Luis Ordosgotti - 4.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, HR
- RP, Blaine Sims - 2.0 IP, H, R, ER, BB, 3 K
The G-Stros lose 6-4 off of a 3-run 8th by the E-Twins. Sean McMullen had himself a 3 hit game and scored 2 runs. Jason Martin bounced back with a hit and 2 walks. Big, strong Devonte German had a solid outing, only allowing 1 earned run.
Greenville's record is now at 0-2
- CF, Jason Martin - 1/3, R, 2 BB, SB
- LF, Sean McMullen - 3/5, 2 R, RBI, K
- 3B, Conner Goedert - 1/4, K
- C, Jacob Nottingham - 1/3, 2B, RBI, BB
- SS, Antonio Nunez - 2/4
- SP, Devonte German - 4.0 IP, 5 H, R, ER, 2 BB, 2 K
GCL Braves at the GCL Astros
The Gulf Coast 'Stros win 8-4 led by the bat of SS, Kristian Trompiz as he provided a double and a homer. Ruben Alaniz and Harold Arauz both performed well on the mound.
GCL Astros win their opener 8-4. Record is now at 1-0.
- CF, Edwin Medina - 2/4, R, BB
- 3B, Randy Cesar - 2/5, R, K
- DH, Hector Roa - 1/5, R, 2B, 2 K
- SS, Kristian Trompiz - 2/3, 4 R, 2B, HR, 3 RBI, BB
- 1B, Dexter McCall - 2/4, 3B, 2 RBI
- SP, Ruben Alaniz - 4.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 0 ER, 4 K
- RP, Harold Arauz - 4.0 IP, H, 3 BB, 5 K