AAA Fresno Grizzlies: 5-3 loss to the Albuquerque Isotopes
Joe Musgrove had a rare off night, losing this one in a bizarre pitching matchup featuring starting pitchers whose last names were only one letter off. Musgrove faced off against Isotopes starter Harrison Musgrave, and unfortunately 'A' trumped 'O'.
Musgrove allowed four earned runs on nine hits over five innings. He was down three runs almost immediately, as he gave up single-single-home run in the bottom of the first.
The Fresno offense put runners on base all night (11 hits and 6 walks) but could only plate three. Andrew Aplin and Danny Worth got on base seven times at the top of the lineup but only scored one run. All told Fresno left 11 runners on base.
Aplin went 3-5 on the night. A.J. Reed had a double and scored a run. Jon Singleton had two hits, a double and two RBI.
Musgrove put a positive spin on his night on his Twitter account after his atypical rough start:
Bend... Don't break— Joe Musgrove (@musgrove23Stros) June 1, 2016
AA Corpus Christi Hooks: 4-3 win over the Arkansas Travelers
The Hooks scored three runs in the top of the ninth to stun the Travelers and set a Corpus Christi franchise record for wins in a month with 21. Alex Bregman walked to start the rally in the ninth. Consecutive singles from Derek Fisher and J.D. Davis plated Bregman. A wild pitch moved Fisher and Davis into scoring postion. Chase McDonald played hero, knocking in two with a single to center.
Brendan McCurry pitched a clean bottom of the night, striking out two and recording his 10th save of the season to preserve the victory.
Although he didn't feature in the game-winning rally, Teoscar Hernandez had another strong night at the plate, going 3-4 with a run scored and a double. Derek Fisher was 2-3 with a walk and a run scored.
Hooks starter Cy Sneed struggled with his control, walking four batters over four innings. He did limit the damage to one earned run, and struck out three. McCurry continues to dominate, and now has 41 strikeouts in 30 innings with only 5 walks.
High A Lancaster JetHawks: 9-4 win, 4-1 loss versus the San Jose Giants
Lancaster traveled to San Jose to play an abbreviated double-header. The first was the completion of a suspended game from April 8th. Lancaster held a 4-1 lead in the suspended game, which began with the top of the 5th inning. Matt Bower earned the win, pitching 4 2/3 innings and striking out eight.
Jason Martin and Aaron Mizell each hit solo homers after the game restarted. Bobby Boyd added a triple and a stolen base.
Lancaster dropped the second game 4-1 in seven innings. JetHawks starter Alex Winkelman allowed all four runs in the fourth inning after a two-out error allowed the inning to continue. Winkelman couldn't limit the damage after the error, eventually allowing a grand slam.
Lancaster couldn't muster much offense against San Jose starter D.J. Snelten, who pitched all seven innings for the win. Drew Ferguson had the best night for the JetHawks, going 2-3 with a double and an RBI.
Low A Quad Cities River Bandits: Postponed (rain)
Quad Cities will play a double-header with the Clinton LumberKings on 6/1.