AAA Fresno Grizzlies/Tacos: 7-6 loss to the Taco-ma Rainiers
A tough loss in this one for the Tacos. They erased a 4-1 deficit in the bottom of the seventh to take a 5-4 lead on a three run homer by Nolan Fontana. Unfortunately the bullpen allowed two runs in the eighth to give the lead right back. Then Fontana played the hero role again, singling in Andrew Aplin in the bottom of the ninth to send the game to extra innings. It was all for naught, as the Rainiers plated a run in the top of the 10th on a sacrifice fly and Fresno couldn't respond.
Fontana had a big night, going 2-4 with the home run (his first of the season) and four RBI. Catcher Tyler Heineman also hit his first home run of the season, a solo shot. Matt Duffy added two hits and an RBI.
On the pitching side, Brady Rodgers turned in a quality start, allowing three runs in six innings with four strikeouts. The bullpen struggled, as Kevin Chapman, Edwar Cabrera and Jandel Gustave all allowed earned runs, and James Hoyt was charged with a blown save.
This was another Taco Tuesday (#TacoTuesday) night for Fresno, and the Fresno Twitter account got in on the fun by referring to Tacoma as Taco-ma throughout the game.
AA Corpus Christi Hooks: 5-3 win over the San Antonio Missions
You can't stop Alex Bregman, you can only hope to contain him. Bregatron hit his seventh home run in 19 games, a fantastic run of power for the Astros prospect. He's now at .314/.422/.671 (1.093 OPS) for the season and has absolutely raked when healthy.
Derek Fisher homered as well, although his was the inside-the-park variety. Evan Gattis had one hit and scored a run out of the DH position. He and Alfredo Gonzalez seem to be alternating the catching duties game to game.
Francis Martes earned the win for the Hooks, with a five inning appearance where he allowed six hits and three earned runs. Martes walked two and struckout three. Brendan McCurry closed the door for his fourth save. Batters are now hitting a lowly .188 against McCurry, and he's struckout 26 batters in 17 1/3 innings.
High A Lancaster JetHawks: 12-1 loss to the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes
I'll skip the bad earthquake puns but it wasn't a good night for the JetHawks.
Ramon Laureano led the offense, going 2-2 with a double, a walk, and a stolen base as he continues a strong season at the plate. The JetHawks couldn't muster much against Cuban prospect Yaisel Sierra, who went six innings without allowing a run.
Lancaster used three pitchers on the night, and all three allowed four runs. Starter Rogelio Armenteros gave up four earned in five innings, and Dean Deetz and Jacob Dorris each allowed four in mop-up roles. We'll chalk this up to a bad night in the high offense California League and move on.