Bud Norris had seriously better be nervous. Josh Banks throws yet another quality start and Chris Johnson brings the lumber, and the Express win 9-4 over Reno. Banks threw 6IP, 7H/2ER (3 total), 3K:3BB, while Roy Corcoran allowed a run in 2IP, while Erick Abreu struck out two in his Round Rock debut. That means Josh Banks has thrown quality starts in seven of his nine outings, and his only bad outing was against Omaha (5.1IP, 6ER), and Banks has allowed 6ER in his last 25.1IP. Chris Johnson, hitting 5th, was 4x4 with a triple, homer, and 4RBI. Every starter got at least one hit while Kata, DeLome, and Cabral (making his debut at SS) had two hits. Castro was 1x4 with an RBI.
Man of the Match: Chris Johnson
The Hooks took a 2-0 lead, and then nutted it in a 7-3 loss at San Antonio. Jared Wells threw 5IP, 5H/2ER, 5K:2BB while a bullpen of Wabick, Villar, and Payano allowed 6H/5ER, 1K:4BB in the final 3IP. Henry Villar, who had been untouchable, has allowed five earned runs in his last three outings (5IP). Jon Gaston hit his first homer of the season - accounting for the 2-0 lead - and got another hit while Clemens, Van Ostrand, Santangelo, and Fixler accounted for the other four hits. Gaston's starting to heat up, with an eight game hit streak, and has eleven hits in his last 30 ABs.
Man of the Match: Jon Gaston
A day after beating Rancho Cucamonga 9-2, it got flipped on Lancaster with a 10-2 loss. Kyle Greenwalt, fresh off the DL, allowed 6H/5ER (6 total), 3K:2BB, and a balk in 4.2IP. Mike Schurz had an unearned run in 1.1IP, and Leandro Cespedes gave up 3ER in 3IP. Mark Ori and Brandon Barnes had two hits (Barnes with a double and a homer), while Brandon Wikoff and Albert Cartwright had the errors.
Man of the Match: Brandon Barnes
The Legends outhit Greensboro 12-11, but still lost 7-4. Jose Cisnero allowed 6H/6ER, 6K:3BB in 5IP for the loss, and Wander Alvino gave up 5H/1ER, 2K:0BB in 3IP. Six of the Legends' 12 hits came from J.D. Martinez (3x4) and Brian Kemp (3x5), while the Legends were 3x14 w/RISP, leaving 16 on base. Jose Altuve drew four walks.
Man of the Match: J.D. Martinez