AAA Fresno Grizzlies: 12-5 loss to the Omaha Storm Chasers
A big night for Yulieski Gurriel in his first Triple A game with Fresno. The Cuban star went 3-4 on the night with a home run, a double, a walk, two runs scored and two RBI. Gurriel DH'd in the game for the Grizzlies. Here's the video of his home run:
As for the game, it didn't go as well as Gurriel's debut. Grizzlies starter Keegan Yuhl struggled, giving up nine runs (seven earned) on seven hits and two walks over three and a third innings.
The top of the lineup provided the offensive firepower for Fresno, with Colin Moran and Jon Kemmer adding two hits a piece to go along with Gurriel's three. Moran scored twice and Kemmer had two doubles and two RBI.
AA Corpus Christi Hooks: 7-2 win over the NW Arkansas Naturals
The Hooks offense staked starter Evan Grills to a 6-0 lead, and he responded with seven solid innings for the win. He allowed two runs and four hits on the night while striking out three.
J.D. Davis led the Hooks offense, going 2-4 with two home runs and a walk. Catcher Garrett Stubbs went 1-3 with home run, two walks, two runs scored, two RBI and a stolen base.
High A Lancaster JetHawks: 11-8 win over the High Desert Mavericks
Let's talk about Myles Straw. The Astros selected him in the 12th round of the 2015 draft out of St. Johns River State College in Florida. He had a fairly quiet debut at Greeneville last year, slashing .268/.355/.344 in 58 games. Got on base but didn't really hit for average or power.
This year he laid waste to Quad Cities, hitting .374 with a .432 OBP in 68 games. In four games since joining Lancaster, he's been on base 12 times (8 hits 4 walks). He still hasn't shown a ton of power (23 extra base hits in 72 games), but an OBP over .400 will get you noticed.
In Lancaster's game last night he went 1-3 with three walks, two runs scored and an RBI. Drew Ferguson was 2-5 with a run scored and three RBI, and first baseman Jamie Ritchie went 3-3 with a walk, two runs scored and an RBI.
JetHawks starter Rogelio Armenteros struggled, but relievers Kevin McCanna and Andrew Thome were able to limit the damage and preserve the victory. McCanna picked up the win after allowing a run over three innings, and Thome earned his second save.
Low A Quad Cities River Bandits: 6-2 loss to the Clinton LumberKings
Pretty quiet night for the River Bandits offense who tallied six singles in the game. Dexture McCall led the way going 2-3 with a walk.
Starter Agapito Barrios pitched two and a third solid innings, allowing only a walk and striking out two.
SS Tri-City ValleyCats: Off for All-Star break
Rookie Greeneville Astros: 8-4 win over the Kingsport Mets
Greeneville jumped out to a four run lead in the first inning, then tacked on single runs in the 4th-7th. Shorstop Stijn van der Meer went 2-4 with a walk, run scored and RBI out of the leadoff spot. First baseman Connor MacDonald hit his sixth home run of the season.
Starter Patrick Sandoval allowed four runs through four innings, but also struckout seven batters. Luis Ramirez pitched a scoreless inning to pick up the win, and Diogenes Almengo earned a save by finishing the game with four scoreless innings of his own.