Fresno Grizzlies 5, El Paso Chihuahuas 2
|Richard Rodriguez (W, 3-0)||2.1||1||0||0||0||2||0||2.25|
|Darin Downs (H, 4)||1.1||2||1||1||0||2||1||5.28|
|Jordan Jankowski (S, 1)||0.2||0||0||0||0||1||0||2.37|
A big seventh inning (three runs) won this game for the Grizzlies. This lineup, which is made up five players who played on the Astros last year, has definitely gotten a lift from Carlos Correa, who possesses a nine-game hitting streak and has only one game this year in which he hasn't gotten on base. That's 33 out of 34 games. Oh yeah, he also stole his 16th base of the season and scored the game-winning run (in the 7th, mind you) from 1st on a throwing error by the pitcher. Is there anything else to say about him?
Tommy Shirley seems to be setlling back down. Eight K's in 4.2 innings was quite refreshing, even if it was coupled with 3 walks. His peripherals are still very good: 8.4 K/9 and a 2.2 BB/9. He should get a shot sometime this season, but it won't be before the trade deadline, in my opinion.
Domingo Santana homered tonight for the first time since his two-homer game on May 3rd. He also has a 12-game hitting streak dating back to May 5th. He's hitting .389 with 8 walks and 8 strikeouts in his last ten games. If he is indeed heating up, he could be in line for a call-up sooner rather than later, although it still looks like he won't be up until September.
Corpus Christi Hooks 15, Frisco Roughriders 14
|Juan Minaya (BS, 2)||1||3||2||2||1||1||0||11.25|
|Travis Ballew (W, 3-1)||3||0||0||0||0||3||0||1.47|
|Jandel Gustave (S, 5)||1||1||1||1||2||0||0||2.25|
This game was CRAZY. Hooks score 6 in the sixth inning? The Roughriders respond with six of their own. The Hooks scored one in both the seventh and eighth innings to send it to extras, and they scored two in the top of the 12th thanks to RBI singles by Tyler White and Telvin Nash. Speaking of Tyler White, he played great baseball. His other two hits were a double and a solo homer, and he added in a walk just because. He's hitting .343 on the season and has a 22:11 BB:K ratio as well.
Travis Ballew pitched the 9th, 10th, and 11th, and was absolutely perfect in a game in which 29 runs were scored. He's got a 1.47 ERA and 0.97 WHIP this year, as well as a 6.9 K/9 and 2.5 BB/9. With a 90.4% LOB%, it's probably not sustainable, but he's definitely pitching well right now.
Inland Empire 66ers 3, Lancaster Jethawks 2
|Evan Grills (BS, 2)(L, 1-4)||3.1||3||3||3||1||3||0||7.3|
Ugh. The shutout was erased in the 9th by a 3-run double by Mark Shannon of the 66ers. Evan Grills had only allowed one hit and had struck out three prior to the ninth. That was Mark Shannon's first extra-base hit since April 14th, by the way. Walk-offs are always a terrible way to lose a game, and it sucks that a game with (mostly) excellent pitching ended in such a manner. (Where was The Brunneman?)
The Jethawks really didn't get much hitting done, but 9th-rounder Bryan Radziewski outpitched last year's No. 15 overall pick Sean Newcomb in Newcomb's High-A debut. Radziewski's first two Lancaster starts have gone on without much of hitch (besides the 3 walks last night) and he's got a 1.67 ERA, 9.3 K/9, and 2.5 BB/9 to show for it. He should be in Corpus by the All-Star Break if eveything keeps going well for him.
Cedar Rapids Kernels 4, Quad Cities River Bandits 3
|1- Nick Tanielu||PR-1B||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0.294|
|Jordan Mills (L, 0-1)||0.1||2||1||1||0||0||0||3.86|
Well, this sucks. The River Bandits had another win streak snapped--their 10-game road winning streak dissolved in the 13th inning as the Kernels' T.J. White hit a walk-off single off Jordan Mills. The game was still a good one, as most extra-inning affairs are. Daniel Mengden pitched well again, as expected. He hasn't allowed a run in his past five games, and he has an 8.6 K/9 and 1.9 B/9 on the season. Oh, and he also has a BABIP over .290 on the season as well as a LOB% over 80.0%. He's very good.
Of course Jamie Ritchie and Jacob Nottingham both tallied two hits. Of course they both doubled. What else did you expect from the Catch Bros.? Something to watch out for, however, is the BABIP difference. Ritchie's is sky-high (like last year's) and you have to wonder how long he can sustain this. With a dead-even BB-K ratio (27:27), he'll continue to be productive no matter his average, but you have to wonder how long he can sustain this. He doesn't seem to be much of a power hitter (just 7 extra-base hits on the year & .126 ISO) while Nottingham definitely is (6 homers on the year, .263 ISO). Which one of these catchers will make it big?