AAA Fresno Grizzlies: 9-8 win over Salt Lake (LAA)
-> Matt Duffy: 5-for-6, 2B, R, 2 RBI
-> Ronald Torreyes: 3-for-5, RBI, R
-> L.J. Hoes: 2-for-4, 3B, 2 BB, 2 R
-> Joe Sclafani: 2-for-6, 3B, R, 2 RBI
-> Preston Tucker: 1-for-4, 2 BB
-> Max Stassi: 1-for-5, RBI, R
-> Andrew Aplin: 0-for-5, SB, R
-> Jon Singleton: 0-for-5, BB
-> Nolan Fontana: 0-for-0, R (pinch-runner)
SP Jake Buchanan: 7.0 IP, 3 ER, 4 H, 1 BB, 4 K
RP Jordan Jankowski: 1.0 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 0 BB, 2 K
RP James Hoyt: 0.0 IP, 5 ER, 4 H, 1 BB, 0 K
RP Kevin Chapman: 3.0 IP, 0 ER, 2 H, 1 BB, 6 K (blown save, win)
Sheesh. Leading by five runs heading into the ninth, kaboom goes Hoyt. Chapman pitched decently on the whole, but Hoyt left a huge mess for him to try to wade through, and Salt Lake tied it up. Duffy's fifth hit put the eventual winning run on second in the 11th, which scored on a throwing error. Hey, whatever works.
It all erased a really strong outing from Buchanan. Those three runs all came in the seventh inning as he was seemingly tiring; prior to that, it had been six innings of shutout ball. Through those six innings, he allowed just two singles, both of which were instantly erased by double plays. Easy to get those double plays when you get 11 ground outs (compared to just one fly out). Just a really strong showing.
Duffy is certainly the performance of the game though. Five hits tonight, and this is his third multi-hit game of the season.
As was mentioned on the Astros' broadcast last night, Sclafani has now reached in 49-straight games. It will be fun to see how long he keeps this up (of course, I've mentioned it now, so he's taking an 0-for-5 tomorrow night with no walks).
Preston Tucker has reached base twice, via hit and/or walk, in six of his first seven games. Three bombs and a double as well. Massive early season OPS. If he keeps this up and we continue to see struggles at the MLB-level on offense, how soon does he force the Astros to call him up...?
AA Corpus Christi Hooks: Off Night
Just to fill in a little space here, the Hooks are currently 5-1, and are second in the Texas League in team OPS (.791) and first in team ERA (2.21).
A+ Lancaster JetHawks: Doubleheader vs Stockton (OAK)
Game One: 5-1 win
-> J.D. Davis: 3-for-3, 2B, R, 2 RBI
-> Chase McDonald: 1-for-2, BB, 2B, SB, RBI
-> Jack Mayfield: 1-for-2
-> Chan Moon: 1-for-3, SB, R
-> Brett Phillips: 1-for-3, R
-> A.J. Reed: 0-for-2, BB, R
-> Danry Vasquez: 0-for-2, BB, R
-> Brian Holberton: 0-for-2, BB
SP Edison Frias: 5.0 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 2 BB, 5 K (win)
RP Adrian Houser: 0.1 IP, 1 ER, 2 H, 2 BB, 0 K
RP Tyler Brunnemann: 1.2 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 1 BB, 1 K (save)
Game Two: 7-3 loss
-> Jobduan Morales: 3-for-3, R
-> Jose Fernandez: 2-for-3, R
-> J.D. Davis: 1-for-3, SB, RBI, R
-> Chase McDonald: 1-for-3, RBI
-> Marc Wik: 1-for-3
-> Jack Mayfield: 1-for-3
-> Brett Phillips: 1-for-4
-> James Ramsay: 0-for-2, BB, RBI
SP Brian Holmes: 5.0 IP, 3 ER, 5 H, 1 BB, 6 K (loss)
RP Ambiorix De Leon: 1.0 IP, 4 ER, 5 H, 2 BB, 1 K
RP Chris Cotton: 1.0 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 0 BB, 2 K
For those who missed it, Wilson Karaman over at MinorLeagueBall did a little scouting recently and had some nice things to say about Frias, a mostly-unheralded guy that we haven't been able to hear much about yet. He was Lancaster's Opening Day starter last week, and didn't disappoint with four shutout frames, and has now continued his scoreless inning streak to nine. Just three hits and two walks, along with nine strike outs, in those nine innings.
Adrian Houser followed up, but unfortunately got knocked about pretty badly before The Brunnemann burst from the bullpen to save his comrade with an immediate double play. The Brunnemann has also not decided to allow a run yet this year.
Big night for Davis with three singles and a double on the night. He and McDonald have been the big offensive forces for the club so far. Meanwhile Reed whiffed three times in the nightcap, and Phillips is hitting .160, so there could be some more thunder on the way if the rest of the pistons get cranked up.
A- Quad Cities River Bandits: Suspended, resumed Thursday
So the lights went out in Beloit, causing the game to be suspended in the middle of the fifth inning, knotted at two runs a piece. The game will resume this afternoon, and will be followed by a seven inning contest tonight, essentially turning it into a double-header of sorts. So tune into tomorrow's recap to see how Derek Fisher and crew handle it. Shame, too; Chris Lee was in the middle of a solid outing that he won't be able to finish now.
Today's Scheduled Starters
AAA: Dan Straily vs. Nick Tropeano
AA: Mark Appel vs. Mike Mayers
A+: TBD vs. TBD
A-: Joe Musgrove vs. Jordan Schwartz