Chase McDonald and Friends Decide to be Spectators
I'll let Chase McDonald's twitter tell the story.
Off day with some buds @ajreed18UK @jackmayfield8 @Holbie10 watching the @astros playing the Padres. #wayupthere pic.twitter.com/2AaY8LxiKc— Chase McDonald (@Hosschase_42) April 28, 2015
And just like normal cheap seat patrons, they manage to meander their way on down to a much better viewing angle.
We did it! @ajreed18UK @jackmayfield8 @Holbie10 #bottomsection pic.twitter.com/ldjktuVVfX— Chase McDonald (@Hosschase_42) April 28, 2015
Come on Astros! Can't we hook up the Baby 'Stros with some better seats!
Reno Aces (ARI) at the Fresno Grizzlies
Preston Tucker homered. Again. Preston Tucker with three hits. Again. This dude is really making a case to get the call. He's hit 5 homeruns in his last 10 games. I know we don't fawn over RBIs on TCB, but Tucker has 26 in 18 games. Preston is just showing "mastery" at this moment.
Jonathan Villar added a hit (batting .385 in his short stint so far). Alex Presley, Domingo Santana, and Andrew Aplin also notched a hit. Sneakily, Andrew Aplin has decided to get it rolling. He's slashing .300/.432/.434 coming into this game with 4 SBs to only 1 CS.
Jake Buchanan got hit around a little bit, but managed to limit the damage to only 2 runs. Uncharacteristically, he had only 5 ground outs to 6 air outs. This makes me wonder if he may have been working on a pitch or working on throwing up in the zone a little bit. The box score doesn't always tell the whole story, especially in minor league baseball.
Darin Downs, Jordan Jankowski, and Kevin Chapman combined to throw 4.0 IP, striking out 5 and only allowing 1 hit.
Grizzlies win 4-2. They improve their record to 11-7.
|Jake Buchanan (W, 2-0)||5.0||9||2||2||0||2||1||3.68|
|Darin Downs (H, 3)||1.2||0||0||0||0||2||0||4.66|
|Jordan Jankowski (H, 1)||0.2||1||0||0||1||1||0||1.74|
|Kevin Chapman (S, 1)||1.2||0||0||0||1||2||0||3.27|
Tweet of the Game (it's nice in #Growlifornia):
Ballpark Forecast for tonight! Go @FresnoGrizzlies :) #Growlifornia #cawx pic.twitter.com/TN0ZduWVRL— Shelby Latino (@ShelbyABC30) April 27, 2015
Corpus Christi Hooks at the Midland RockHounds (OAK)
The Hooks were out-bludgeoned in an offense-packed game that saw the hated RockHounds hit 4 homeruns and win the game on a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 9th.
Colin "get a brain" Moran led the charge for the Hooks with 3 hits including 2 doubles. Colin has batted .333 over his last 10 games to raise his average up to .274. He's still looking for that first homerun, but the double I saw him hit on MiLB.tv was encouraging. It was smoked off the wall to the opposite field gap. Captain Carlos Correa, Tyler White, and Telvin Nash each had a multi-hit game. Tony Kemp reached base twice, but was caught stealing. That's 3 times he's been caught stealing to only 2 stolen bases. Hopefully, he will get it rolling on the base paths soon.
Correa managed to raise his batting average to .382 on the year. Three - eighty - two. He did smash a triple in the first, so his stupid high OPS will also increase. He got thrown out taking a big turn looking to turn his triple in to an inside the park homerun.
Nothing too positive coming out of the pitching staff. Aaron West struggled with the long ball, although to his defense the wind was blowing out to center field at 22 mph.
Hooks lose 9-8. Their record drops to 12-5.
|1- ---> 1- Teoscar Hernandez||PR-RF||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0.118|
|Kent Emanuel (L, 1-1)||3.0||6||4||2||2||1||1||3.68|
Tweet of the (Pre) Game (sometimes there is some scary weather that the buses have to drive through)
The bus doesn't even need headlights with all this lightning going on.— Aaron West (@Snacks_31) April 27, 2015