Triple A Fresno Tacos: 3-2 loss to the Reno Aces
Fresno had their second 'Fresno Tacos' game of the season last night, and it was their first loss of the season as the Tacos. Starter Asher Wojciechowski pitched well, allowing two earned runs in the outing. He took the loss as DBacks prospect Archie Bradley struckout 11 Fresno batters over seven innings.
Nolan Fontana drove in the two runs for the Tacos, plating Colin Moran and Jon Singleton with a two out single in the fourth inning. Moran extended his new hit streak to four games, going 2-4 on the night with the run scored. Tony Kemp added a single and stolen base, but it was a pretty quiet night offensively for Fresno.
Moran continues to be the biggest bright spot, as he's now hit safely in 18 of 21 games with a .310 average on the season. After his strong spring training and his performance to date, he's a major candidate for promotion at this point.
Double A Corpus Christi Hooks: 3-1 loss to the Midland RockHounds
Hooks starter David Paulino pitched well, but the offense could only manage one run against RockHound's starter Dylan Covey. Paulino allowed two runs over his five innings and punched out four batters. Kyle Smith added three innings of effective relief, allowing a run and striking out four.
The Hooks could only manage three hits on the night, with the lone run coming on a solo home run from Chase McDonald. He's been on a major tear lately, with four homers and 12 RBI in his last five games. He's not hitting for much average, but he's showing great power with seven home runs in 19 games this season. He's raised his average from .179 to .239 over the last 10 games.
High A Lancaster JetHawks: 4-2 win over the Inland Empire 66ers
JetHawks pitcher Dean Deetz turned in a solid five inning start to earn the victory, his second of the season. He only allowed one hit and struckout four. He has performed well in the difficult California League pitching environment, with a 2.63 ERA and 1.08 WHIP over 24 innings.
The offensive stars on the night were second baseman Nick Tanielu and catcher Richard Gonzalez. Both went 3-4 on the night with an RBI. Tanielu had three singles, while Gonzalez showed a bit more pop with a solo home run and a double.
Low A Quad Cities River Bandits: 3-2 loss to the Great Lakes Loons
This one went 13 innings after the River Bandits tied the game at 2-2 with two runs in the fifth inning. Both pitching staffs then locked things down until the 13th, when the Loons walked it off against River Bandits pitcher Ralph Garza.
Kyle Tucker continued his hot hitting, going 3-6 on the night with a triple, a stolen base and an RBI. Catcher Anthony Hermelyn and DH Christian Correa added two hits.
Starter Jose Hernandez was solid, allowing two runs in five innings with six Ks. Relievers Alex Winkelman and Ryan Deemes dominated in 3+ inning stints. Winkelman struckout eight batters in 3 2/3 innings, and Deemes struckout five in 3 1/3 innings without allowing a hit.