Fresno Grizzlies: 5-3 win over the Tacoma Rainiers
The Grizzlies mirrored the Astros by jumping out to a three run lead in the first inning, and like the Astros they held on for a victory. Starter Cesar Valdez pitched six strong innings for the win, allowing three runs (two earned) with four strikeouts.
Tony Kemp, in his return to Fresno, led off the bottom of the first with a double. He was promptly knocked in by a Colin Moran triple. Preston Tucker doubled in Moran, and Jon Kemmer finished the scoring in the first with an RBI single.
Kemp finished the night 2-5 with a run scored, double and stolen base. Moran and Kemmer were also 2-5 on the night. Tyler Heineman went 1-2 with a solo home run and a walk.
The bullpen was lights out after Valdez left the game after six innings. Brendan McCurry had two strikeouts in two scoreless innings (he's yet to allow a run in four appearances since his promotion to Fresno). James Hoyt finished the game by striking out the side in the ninth for his 19th save.
Corpus Christi Hooks: All Star Game
Alex Bregman highlighted a strong night for the Hooks contingent in the Texas League All Star Game. Bregatron hit a two-run homer in the first inning and went 2-3 on the night. All the position players for the Hooks had at least one hit in the game. Teoscar Hernandez went 1-4 with two runs scored, a walk and a stolen base. Derek Fisher went 1-3 with an RBI. J.D. Davis came off the bench and went 1-2 with a run scored.
Hooks starting pitcher Keegan Yuhl started the game and allowed only a hit in his one inning. He was named the winning pitcher.
High A Lancaster JetHawks: 6-3 win over the High Desert Mavericks
Two JetHawks pitchers turned in solid four inning outings to propel the team over the Mavericks. Starter Akeem Bostick allowed two runs with two strikeouts. Dean Deetz allowed one unearned run over four innings, also with two strikeouts.
First baseman Bryan Muniz went 4-4 at the plate with a run scored and an RBI. Johnny Sewald and Ramon Laureano each had two hit nights. Third baseman Keach Ballard hit a two-run home run.
Low A Quad Cities River Bandits: 8-5 loss to the Cedar Rapids Kernels
A rough outing for starter Elieser Hernandez (1 2/3 innings five runs) put the River Bandits behind early and they couldn't quite recover in their 8-5 loss.
Myles Straw had three hits out of the leadoff spot with two stolen bases and two runs. Kyle Tucker has picked up where he left off after returning from the disabled list, and he had two hits and two RBIs. Catcher Anthony Hermelyn also had two hits and added an RBI.
SS Tri-City ValleyCats: Rained Out
RK Greeneville Astros: 8-7 loss to the Bristol Pirates
The rookie Astros were crusing with a 6-0 lead until a six run 7th inning tied the score. They regained the lead with a run in the eighth, but allowed two more in the bottom of the inning for a 8-7 defeat.
Greeneville starter Carlos Sanabria dominated over five innings, striking out six and allowing only one hit.
Greeneville DH Frankeny Fernandez filled up the boxscore going 2-3 with two stolen bases, two runs, a double, a walk and two RBI. Shortstop prospect Miguelangel Sierra had an RBI double and scored a run.