Fresno and Quad Cities made dramatic comebacks Saturday night but fell just short, ultimately. Corpus Christi and Quad Cities received excellent pitching and were able to win their games.
AAA Fresno Grizzlies: LOST 7-5 to the Las Vegas 51s (NYM)
The Fresno Grizzlies clawed their way back into this game with a four run bottom of the ninth inning only to see it slip away in bonus baseball time thanks to bad relief pitching and bad umpiring.
Asher Wojciechowski did Asher things and allowed four runs (three of them earned) on six walks and six hits over three and a third innings pitched. Dilson Herrera was a nightmare on the bases, stealing third in the first inning and scoring on a throwing error from Roberto Pena and later singling, advancing from first to third on a Matt Reynolds single, and later stealing home during a double steal that saw Roberto Pena make another throwing error. Pena would ultimately make a third throwing error in the game, all of them costly.
Danny Worth drove in the first Grizzlies run with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the first inning to score Tony Kemp, who’d tripled to lead off the game. Worth added a single in the eighth inning, keeping his hitting streak alive at eight games. In hitting safely in the first eight games of the season, Worth has also notched five multi-hit games with a team-leading three home runs. He also had a pair of walks in the game, raising his slash line on the young season to .424/.474/.818 and a massive 1.292 OPS.
Tony Kemp had himself a 3-6 ballgame, including an RBI single during the ninth inning rally. That rally began with a Colin Moran walk and a Jon Kemmer single. Roberto Pena singled on a ground ball which was deflected off third baseman T.J. Rivera, and then Moran and Pena advanced to third and second, respectively, on a throwing error by shortstop Gavin Cecchini. Andrew Aplin hit an infield single, Kemp followed with his single to left field, Danny Worth had one of his two walks, and then the big man, A.J. Reed, came to bat.
Reed, who had a rough day at the plate overall, put together a quality at bat and fouled off several tough pitches before being rung up looking on a pitch which was called strike three but was very, very clearly a ball. Reed finished the day 0-5 with a strikeout and six runners left on base.
Matt Duffy would pick him up, however. After surviving two very badly called strikes of his own, Duffy ripped a single on a line drive to center field to tie the game and bring slugger Jon Singleton to the plate with two outs, the winning run 180 feet away at second base in the person of pinch runner Eury Perez. Singleton slammed a pitch well outside (toward the third base side of the plate) deep into the 335’ right field confines of Chukchansi Park, only to have it land in the right fielder’s glove roughly 332 feet from home plate on the warning track.
After pitching a scoreless tenth that did feature some wildness and a walk, James Hoyt returned to the hill in the top of the eleventh with the score still knotted at five and promptly walked Roger Bernadina, who has three straight seasons with at least 59 stolen bases in the minor leagues. After a sacrifice bunt moved Bernadina to second, James Hoyt fell behind Marc Krauss with three balls before ultimately walking him intentionally. This precluded a natural walk to Gavin Cecchini to load the bases and end a very shaky outing for Hoyt. Cesar Valdez entered the game and promptly walking in the go-ahead run from third base. Ty Kelly followed with a single off Valdez to extend the lead to 7-5 before Valdez was able to induce a ground ball double play to mercifully end the frame.
The Grizzlies went in order in the bottom half of the inning, succumbing to an increasingly bad strike zone by home plate umpire Junior Valentine with a fly out and a pair of strike outs. Tony Kemp was the only Grizzly to record more than a single hit with two singles and a triple. Jon Kemmer added a double, and that was it in the way of extra base hits. Juan Minaya pitched an inning and two thirds’ scoreless relief.
|Las Vegas 51s|
2B: Herrera, D (2, Wojciechowski).
TB: Herrera, D 3; Kelly, T; Rivera, R; Rivera, T; Nimmo 2; Reynolds, M; Bernadina 2.
RBI: Rivera, R 2 (2); Rivera, T (7); Kelly, T (4).
2-out RBI: Rivera, R.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Cecchini 2; Reynolds, M; Nimmo 2; Kelly, T; Rivera, R.
SAC: Rivera, T.
Team RISP: 2-for-16.
Team LOB: 15.
SB: Herrera, D 2 (2, 3rd base off Wojciechowski/Pena, R, home off Wojciechowski/Pena, R); Reynolds, M (2, 2nd base off Wojciechowski/Pena, R); Bernadina 2 (3, 2nd base off Jankowski/Pena, R, 3rd base off Jankowski/Pena, R).
CS: Nimmo (1, 2nd base by Minaya/Pena, R).
E: Cecchini (1, throw).
|1- Eury Perez||PR-LF||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||.375|
2B: Kemmer (2, Ynoa, G).
3B: Kemp (1, Ynoa, G).
TB: Kemmer 2; Worth; Aplin; Kemp 5; Duffy.
RBI: Worth (8); Aplin (1); Kemp (3); Duffy 2 (2).
2-out RBI: Duffy 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Reed; Kemp; Singleton 2.
Team RISP: 3-for-10.
Team LOB: 9.
E: Pena, R 3 (4, throw, throw, throw).
|Las Vegas 51s|
|Paul Sewald (BS, 1)(W, 1-0)||1.2||1||0||0||1||3||0||1.69|
|Jeff Walters (S, 1)||1.0||0||0||0||0||2||0||3.38|
|James Hoyt (L, 0-1)||1.1||0||2||2||4||1||0||3.38|
IBB: Krauss (by Hoyt).
Pitches-strikes: Ynoa, G 93-55; Thornton 33-19; Smoker 19-11; Sewald 33-20; Walters 15-10; Wojciechowski 87-47; Cabrera, E 29-18; Jankowski 45-24; Minaya 23-14; Hoyt 31-10; Valdez, C 9-5.
Groundouts-flyouts: Ynoa, G 7-6; Thornton 2-2; Smoker 1-0; Sewald 1-1; Walters 0-1; Wojciechowski 1-5; Cabrera, E 3-2; Jankowski 0-0; Minaya 2-0; Hoyt 3-0; Valdez, C 1-0.
Batters faced: Ynoa, G 25; Thornton 6; Smoker 6; Sewald 7; Walters 3; Wojciechowski 22; Cabrera, E 8; Jankowski 8; Minaya 6; Hoyt 8; Valdez, C 3.
Inherited runners-scored: Thornton 1-0; Smoker 1-0; Sewald 2-2; Cabrera, E 1-1; Minaya 1-0; Valdez, C 3-2.
Umpires: 1B: Seth Buckminster. 3B: Nate White.
Weather: 73 degrees, clear.
Wind: 8 mph, Out to RF.
First pitch: 7:08 PM.
Venue: Chukchansi Park.
April 16, 2016
AA Corpus Christi: WON 5-4 over the Tulsa Drillers (LAD)
Francis Martes rode quite an emotional wave in the first inning. He struck out the leadoff hitter for the Drillers, Devan Ahart, for the first of eight strikeouts over his four innings of work. Then he allowed a single to Willie Calhoun and walked Kyle Farmer before recording the second out of the inning with another swinging punch out, this time of Jacob Scavuzzo.
It appeared he might escape the inning unscathed until Alex Verdugo, the talented twenty-year-old center fielder who has just 89 career strikeouts in 736 professional at bats, launched a three-run line drive home run to right field on a 1-1 breaking ball that doomed Martes’ box score line to look more mediocre than it really was.
After another single, this one by Tyler Ogle, followed the home run, a pitching coach visit settled the young fireballer down and he struck out Yadir Drake swinging to end the first inning with as many strikeouts as runs allowed.
Martes would record another strike out in the bottom of the second inning – Devan Arhart again – and two more swinging strikeouts in the bottom of the third inning (Kyle Farmer and Tyler Ogle) before adding two more strikeouts in the fourth, one for Yadir Drake and a third, hat-trick strike out for Devan Arhart, to end his day.
Martes labored a bit in this game, overall, with 83 pitches and 54 of them for strikes while allowing four hits and four walks. The only scoring that he allowed was the aforementioned home run to Verdugo, and of the four outs he recorded by means other than punch out, three were on the ground. All in all, a solid (if unspectacular) day for the organization’s top pitching prospect.
On the other side of the baseball, the Hooks were held scoreless by Drillers starter Scott Barlow until the top of the fifth inning, his last inning of work, when Trent Woodward led off the inning with a double to right field and came around to score when Alex Bregman followed one out later with a double of his own to left field.
After Alex Verdugo logged his third hit of the day – an RBI single stung to left just over Alex Bregman’s head that plated Kyle Farmer – in the bottom of the fifth inning, the Hooks roared back with three of their own runs in the top of the sixth to tie the ballgame at four apiece.
Jack Mayfield opened the frame by drawing a walk, and Ronnie Mitchell followed with a single dumped to left. After a Mott Hyde lineout to third, Trent Woodward – who accounted for a full quarter of the Hooks’ twelve hits on his own – collected an RBI single to left. Ronnie Mitchell moved to third on Woodward’s single and came home when Teoscar Hernandez dribbled a ball up the first base line. After the RBI groundout, Alex Bregman came to the plate again and collected another hit, this time an RBI single after which Bregman was thrown out at second trying to stretch the hit to a double. Bregman finished the day 2-4 with a double, two RBI, and a walk. He only just missed a third hit, and it took a wonderful play by Drew Maggi to deprive Bregman of a .750 batting average for the game:
The tiebreaking nail in the coffin came in the top of the seventh inning, when Chase McDonald launched his third home run of the season on a bomb to right field off Tulsa pitcher Ralston Cash.
After Martes allowed three runs in the first on Verdugo’s home run and David Schmidt allowed a run on three hits in his two innings of work, Reymin Guduan fired off two flawless innings with a pair of punch outs and Brendan McCurry, acquired in the offseason from the Oakland Athletics in exchange for veteran infielder Jed Lowrie, snapped off a one hit, no run performance of his own to earn his first save of the season.
Trent Woodward went 3-3 with a single and two doubles from the catcher position and at the bottom of the lineup. He also added a walk, just so you knew he wasn’t kidding around. Teoscar Hernandez had a double in four trips, and hero Chase McDonald had himself a 3-4 day with the home run, a pair of singles, and a walk as the cherry on top.
|Corpus Christi Hooks|
2B: Hernandez, T (4, Barlow); Woodward (1, Barlow); Bregman (1, Barlow).
HR: McDonald (3, 7th inning off Cash, 0 on, 1 out).
TB: Mayfield; Mitchell; Woodward 4; Hernandez, T 2; McDonald 6; Bregman 3; Vasquez, D.
RBI: Bregman 2 (11); Woodward (1); Hernandez, T (1); McDonald (4).
2-out RBI: Bregman.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Fisher 3; Hyde; Vasquez, D.
Team RISP: 3-for-13.
Team LOB: 11.
3B: Farmer (2, Schmidt).
HR: Verdugo (1, 1st inning off Martes, 2 on, 2 out).
TB: Calhoun; Maggi 2; Ogle; Verdugo 6; Farmer 3.
RBI: Verdugo 4 (5).
2-out RBI: Verdugo 3.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Calhoun 2.
Team RISP: 2-for-7.
Team LOB: 7.
E: Farmer (3, catcher interference).
Outfield assists: Scavuzzo (Bregman at 2nd base); Verdugo (McDonald at 2nd base).
|Corpus Christi Hooks|
|David Schmidt (W, 1-0)||2.0||3||1||1||0||0||0||7.36|
|Reymin Guduan (H, 1)||2.0||0||0||0||0||2||0||0.00|
|Brendan McCurry (S, 1)||1.0||1||0||0||0||0||0||2.45|
|Ralston Cash (L, 0-1)||2.1||5||4||4||1||0||1||5.68|
Pitches-strikes: Martes 83-54; Schmidt 23-17; Guduan 21-15; McCurry 10-8; Barlow 88-50; Cash 37-23; Schafer, J 31-22.
Groundouts-flyouts: Martes 3-1; Schmidt 4-1; Guduan 1-1; McCurry 3-0; Barlow 4-8; Cash 3-2; Schafer, J 0-2.
Batters faced: Martes 20; Schmidt 8; Guduan 6; McCurry 4; Barlow 22; Cash 12; Schafer, J 9.
Inherited runners-scored: Cash 2-0.
Umpires: HP: Malachi Moore. 1B: Derek Eaton. 3B: Sean Allen.
Weather: 68 degrees, cloudy.
Wind: 14 mph, In from CF.
First pitch: 7:06 PM.
Venue: ONEOK Field.
April 16, 2016
High A Lancaster: WON 3-2 over the High Desert Mavericks (TEX)
The Jethawks pitching stymied the High Desert Mavericks for the second straight game Saturday night at the Hangar in Lancaster, California.
Akeem Bostick got the start and walked four with three strikeouts and just two hits, shutting out the Mavericks through his four and two thirds’ innings pitched. Kevin Comer entered with two outs in the fifth and pitched two and a third innings to earn the win and Angel Heredia pitched two solid innings, notching a pair of strikeouts, allowing a pair of walks and a single run, and earning the save.
At the plate, the ‘Hawks received multi-hit games from Ramon Laureano, Drew Ferguson, and Marc Wik, who had the team’s only extra base hit (a double) on the evening.
Bryan Muniz and Alejandro Garcia combined for six of the team’s nine strikeouts at the plate, while the Jethawks went three-for-four in stolen bases on the evening.
|High Desert Mavericks|
|Michael De Leon||SS||4||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||.188|
2B: Martin 2 (3, Bostick, A, Heredia, A).
TB: Tendler; Heineman; Demeritte; Martin 4.
RBI: Tendler (7); Martin (5).
2-out RBI: Martin.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: De Leon; Martin; Profar.
GIDP: Spivey; Profar.
Team RISP: 1-for-7.
Team LOB: 8.
E: Morgan (5, fielding); Lyon (1, throw).
DP: 3 (Martin; Lyon-Martin-Lyon; Lyon-De Leon).
2B: Wik (1, Ledbetter, D).
TB: Ferguson 2; Boyd; Stubbs; Wik 3; Laureano 2.
RBI: Wik (1); Laureano 2 (3).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Fernandez, J; Muniz.
Team RISP: 1-for-6.
Team LOB: 5.
SB: Boyd (4, 3rd base off Ledbetter, D/Lyon); Stubbs (3, 2nd base off Ledbetter, D/Lyon); Laureano (2, 2nd base off Ledbetter, D/Lyon).
CS: Wik (1, 2nd base by Ledbetter, R/Lyon).
DP: 2 (Wik-Muniz; Fernandez, J-Trompiz-Muniz).
|High Desert Mavericks|
|David Ledbetter (L, 1-1)||6.0||5||3||3||1||5||0||2.77|
|Kevin Comer (W, 1-1)||2.1||2||1||1||0||3||0||5.06|
|Angel Heredia (S, 1)||2.0||1||1||1||2||2||0||2.45|
HBP: Martin (by Comer); Stubbs (by Ledbetter, D).
Pitches-strikes: Ledbetter, D 38-32; Ledbetter, R 16-16; Bostick, A 37-21; Comer 15-14; Heredia, A 19-11.
Groundouts-flyouts: Ledbetter, D 9-2; Ledbetter, R 0-0; Bostick, A 4-2; Comer 2-1; Heredia, A 4-0.
Batters faced: Ledbetter, D 24; Ledbetter, R 8; Bostick, A 19; Comer 9; Heredia, A 9.
Umpires: HP: Richard Genera. 1B: Brandon Butler.
Weather: 77 degrees, clear.
Wind: 5 mph, Varies.
First pitch: 6:07 PM.
Venue: The Hangar.
April 16, 2016
Low A Quad Cities: LOST 5-4 to the Kane County Cougars
A short summary of this game would say that Kyle Tucker wasn’t in the lineup, Daz Cameron had his first multi-hit game of the season, Sebastian Kessay was shelled in his first start (second game) of the season, and the team fell just short in a comeback bid in the bottom of the eighth inning.
Each team did the entirety of their offensive damage in a single inning in this game. For the Cougars, that inning was the third. Kessay walked a pair of hitters sandwiched around two ground ball singles. The second of the walks, to Robelys Reyes and directly following a coaching visit to the mound, scored the first run of the game.
The next batter, Zach Nehrir, doubled on a ground ball to left field and drove in another pair of runs. Trevor Mitsui then drove in a pair with a ground ball single to right field, and Kessay’s day was done. You’ll likely notice that all of these hits in this inning were on the ground – it is difficult to tell just from the box score/summary of the game whether Kessay was getting hit hard or just suffering from poor BABIP luck.
Ryan Deemes entered in relief and pitched beautifully, allowing just a pair of hits (both singles) and no walks while striking out three over four sparkling relief innings. Ralph Garza did him one better, allowing just one hit and no walks with three strikeouts in his own sparkling three innings of relief.
The Quad Cities bats finally came to life in the bottom of the eighth inning, when Daz Cameron notched his second hit of the game with a scalded laser beam down the right field line for a double and an RBI:
The double was Cameron’s second of the game, and just his fourth hit of the season. Every single other hitter in the lineup had at least one hit except for Antonio Nunez, the shortstop, with second baseman Brooks Marlow having the only other multi-hit game. Osvaldo Duarte picked a good spot for his only hit, following Cameron’s double with a single that plated two runs and then scoring on an Anthony Hermelyn double.
|Kane County Cougars|
2B: Nehrir (3, Kessay).
TB: Flores, R 2; Anderson; Mitsui 2; Nehrir 2; Queliz.
RBI: Reyes, Ro (4); Nehrir 2 (6); Mitsui 2 (6).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Morozowski; McPhearson.
Team RISP: 3-for-6.
Team LOB: 4.
SB: Munoz (1, 2nd base off Deemes/Hermelyn).
PO: Anderson (1st base by Garza).
|Quad Cities River Bandits|
2B: Cameron (1, Solis); Hermelyn (2, Moya); Marlow (1, Gann).
TB: McCall; Hermelyn 2; Sewald; Wernes; Marlow 3; Cameron 3; Mizell; Duarte.
RBI: Cameron (4); Duarte 2 (3); Hermelyn (3).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Mizell; Sewald 2; Wernes.
Team RISP: 2-for-10.
Team LOB: 6.
SB: Duarte (2, 2nd base off Donatella/Queliz).
CS: Mizell (1, 2nd base by Donatella/Queliz).
E: Nunez, A (6, fielding).
Pickoffs: Garza (Anderson at 1st base).
|Kane County Cougars|
|Justin Donatella (W, 2-0)||6.0||5||0||0||0||6||0||0.00|
|Gabriel Moya (H, 2)||0.2||2||1||1||0||2||0||2.25|
|Cameron Gann (S, 2)||1.0||1||0||0||0||2||0||0.00|
|Quad Cities River Bandits|
|Sebastian Kessay (L, 0-2)||2.0||4||5||5||2||1||0||38.57|
Game Scores: Donatella 68; Kessay 27.
Pitches-strikes: Donatella 83-57; Solis 32-20; Moya 19-13; Gann 15-9; Kessay 42-26; Deemes 39-29; Garza 32-23.
Groundouts-flyouts: Donatella 8-0; Solis 2-0; Moya 0-0; Gann 1-0; Kessay 2-1; Deemes 8-0; Garza 2-0.
Batters faced: Donatella 22; Solis 7; Moya 4; Gann 4; Kessay 12; Deemes 15; Garza 9.
Inherited runners-scored: Moya 2-2; Deemes 1-0.
Ejections: Kane County Cougars Manager Mike Benjamin ejected by 1B umpire Ryan Wilhelms (8th)
Umpires: HP: Vince Jackson. 1B: Ryan Wilhelms.
Weather: 78 degrees, sunny.
Wind: 11 mph, In from RF.
First pitch: 1:16 PM.
Venue: Modern Woodmen Park.
April 16, 2016