The mid-July storms turned most of Oklahoma City into a water park on Thursday night. But elsewhere, minor league ball was being played. Here are a couple of notables:
- Luis Cruz had a great start, allowing only a couple of hits over five innings.
- Even though Lancaster lost on Thursday night, Conrad Gregor hit a pair of homeruns and knocked in five runs
AAA: Postponed due to rain
It started raining in Oklahoma City around 5:00 pm on Wednesday evening. It hasn't stopped. Rain 1, baseball 0.
AA: Hooks hold off Frisco, winning 3-2
A quality starting performance from Luis Cruz and some offense from Andrew Aplin and MP Cokinos earned Corpus Christi a 3-2 win on the road in Frisco on Thursday night.
Cruz tossed five innings of one-run ball for the Hooks, allowing only a pair of hits and striking out three. Brady Rodgers followed that solid start up with 3.2 innings allowing only a run on a solo homer and striking out three.
Aplin put the Hooks on the board with a sac fly. Then in the fifth MP Cokinos squared to bunt but then lined a double to left for an RBI. A wild pitch then brought home the Hooks third and final run. And three was all it took to keep Corpus Christi on top for the win.
The Hooks face off against Frisco again tonight at 7:05pm.
- Tony Kemp, 2B: 1-5
- Delino DeShields, CF: 1-2, R, 2BB
- Andrew Aplin, RF: 1-3, RBI
- Telvin Nash, 1B: 1-4
- Rene Garcia, C: 1-4, R
- MP Cokinos, DH: 1-4, 2B, RBI
- Luis Cruz, P (W, 7-5): 5.0 IP, 2H, R, 3K
- Brady Rogers, P (H, 1): 3.2 IP, 2H, R, ER, BB, 3K, HR
- Tyson Perez, P (S, 6): 0.1 IP
A+: JetHawks lose in high-scoring affair, 14-9
There were plenty of fireworks on display at The Hangar on Thursday night, but after the dust cleared Visalia came out on top, 14-9.
While Lance McCullers left the hill relatively unscathed, the rest of the JetHawks pitching staff was then battered over the course of 4.4 innings. Zach Morton, who earned the loss, gave up seven runs over 2.2 innings, punctuated by a solo blast from Brandon Jacobs. Juan Minaya was then pummeled over his 2.2 innings, allowing five runs and three homers.
Lancaster's loss certainly wasn't for lack of offense. Tanner Mathis opened the scoring for the JetHawks with a three-run blast in the second inning. Conrad Gregor had a great night, going four for five with a triple, a pair of homeruns and 5 RBIs. Over his last ten games Gregor has gone 13-38 with a double, two triples, five homeruns and 14 RBIs.
Lancaster looks to salvage a win from the Visalia series tonight at 6:30pm.
- Rio Ruiz, 3B: 2-6
- Danry Vasquez, LF: 0-5, R, BB
- Tyler White, DH: 2-4, 2R, BB
- Conrad Gregor, 1B: 4-5, 3R, 3B, 2HR, 5RBI
- Roberto Pena, C: 2-4, R, 2B, RBI
- Tanner Mathis, CF: 1-4, R, HR, 3RBI, BB, K
- Lance McCullers, P: 3.2 IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 6K
- Zach Morton, P (L, 1-1): 2.2 IP, 4H, 7R, 6ER, 3BB, K, HR
- Juan Minaya, P: 2.2 IP, 7H, 5R, 5ER, 2K, 3HR
A-: Quad Cities falls to Fort Wayne, 7-4
Fort Wayne found offense early and often to put Quad Cities down, 7-4. The River Bandits losing streak has now been pushed to five games.
Thursday night didn't turn out so well for Bandits starter Andrew Thurman, who earned a loss giving up five runs on six hits over four innings. While the Bandits offense caught up, Chris Lee held Fort Wayne at bay, pitching three scoreless innings. But his effort was made vain by a 0.1 inning two run performance from Frederick Tiburcio.
At the plate, Chase McDonald had a solid night, going 2-4 with a homerun and two RBIs. McDonald has gone 10-21 over his last five appearances, contributing a pair of doubles, a pair of homers and 5 RBIs. Ronnie Mitchel and Jose Fernandez contributed an RBI each, but it wasn't enough to make up for a poor night of pitching.
The River Bandits look to end their losing streak against Fort Wayne tonight at 7:00pm.
- Brett Phillips, RF: 2-3, R, BB
- Ronnie Mitchell, DH: 1-4, R, RBI
- Chase McDonald, 1B: 2-4, R, HR, 2RBI
- Jose Fernandez, 2B: 2-3, RBI, BB
- Andrew Thurman, P (W, 4-6): 4.0 IP, 6H, 5R, 4ER, BB, 3K, 2HR
- Chris Lee, P: 3.0 IP, H, 2BB, K,
- Frederick Tiburcio, P: 0.1 IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, BB, HR
- Albert Minnis, P: 1.2 IP, H