Yep. This is your recap for 4/20. It’s happening. So take a deep breath...and hold it...because here we go.
AAA Fresno Grizzlies: 7-3 win over Las Vegas (NYM)
Fresno’s high-powered offense took giant rips early and often in this one.
Yeah, I know. Let’s just get through this. I highly recommend you keep an entire bag of Oreos in close proximity as you read.
Fesno erupted for five runs in the first and never really looked back. Derek Fisher walked, stole second, and scored on an AJ Reed single and it was all downhill from there for Las Vegas. Reed’s single was the first of five consecutive two-out singles for the Grizzlies, and even Edison Frias was able to work with an early lead like that. AJ Reed, who logged himself a three hit night to get off a short early-season skid, tacked on RBI singles in the bottom of the second and the bottom of the eighth. When the dust settled, the Grizzlies had seventeen hits and five walks on the night, and scored ten runs without the virtue of a single home run. Colin Moran and Tyler White each recorded doubles and Juan Centeno had a triple.
Edison Frias allowed a pair of runs in five innings of work to go with two walks and five strikeouts - all told, a solid start. Ryan Thompson allowed a run over his two innings of work with three strikeouts, and Tyson Perez closed the game out with two scoreless innings and a strikeout.
AA Corpus Christi Hooks: 7-6 win over the Frisco Rough Riders (TEX)
One could take a quick glance down the Corpus roster and claim the low-hanging fruit for a 4/20 joke, but instead, this writer is going to take...
...the high road.
Jamie Ritchie bonged...er...banged out a pair of doubles, Jon Singleton added another, Alejandro Garcia had himself a ball game thanks largely to his third home run of the season - a three run shot in the third inning - and JD Davis launched the game-winning home run in the top of the eleventh inning. There was a bout of weirdness in the top of the ninth after Frisco left-hander Adam Loewen lost the strike zone entirely, allowing a single, a hit-by-pitch, and four walks and coughing up a pair of runs in the process. The Hooks were able to take the lead, 6-4, thanks to Loewen’s struggles but gave the lead right back in the bottom of the ninth before Davis’ home run in the eleventh. Riley Ferrell continues to impress in his stint thus far in Double-A.
A+ Buies Creek Astros: 14-1 win over the Carolina Mudcats (MIL)
There were...high...expectations for a pitcher’s duel between Franklin Perez and Cody Ponce, but somebody forgot to tell Mr. Ponce. The Astros hung a crooked number in the third inning of a game that was already 1-0 in their favor, and the score just got higher and higher each inning from there.
Like the Fresno game, the Astros actually scored all of their runs without hitting a home run. They did, however, hit five doubles and a triple as team. Myles Straw had three hits, Kyle Tucker had two (including his sixth double of the young season already), and Franklin Perez was as good as advertised, allowing just two hits (both singles) and no walks against seven strikeouts in 5 shut out innings. Matt Bower followed with four innings of his own, allowing just a single run to go with three hits (a double and two singles) and a walk with five strikeouts.
A- Quad Cities River Bandits: 8-2 win over the Clinton LumberKings (SEA)
This defeat might have been...blunted...some for the LumberKings if not for the pair of home runs that came off the bats of Stephen Wrenn and Jake Rogers, the latter of whom also smoked a double on the day.
In addition to his third home run of the season, Stephen Wrenn also stole his fourth base on the young season and Daz Cameron stole his fifth.
Alright, enough silliness mixed in with news. Happy National Drug Test Day today, April 21st, and back to work, everyone!