Off. But it was the Texas League All-Star Game, and the Hooks were well represented. Jordan Lyles threw a scoreless 4th inning, and got the win. Koby Clemens was 0x4 with 2Ks, Lou Santangelo was 0x1 with a K, and Jack Shuck was 0x3. Still, Shuck stole the spotlight with his glove:
With two outs in the top of the ninth inning and the South clinging to a one-run lead, Midland RockHounds closer Jared Lansford gave up consecutive hits to the Wilin Rosario of the Tulsa Drillers and Northwest Arkansas Naturals teammates Clint Robinson and Tim Smith.
When Smith singled to shallow left field, Rosario was waved around third and headed for home. Shuck fielded the ball on one hop and fired a strike to Hooks catcher Lou Santangelo who easily applied the tag to end the late-inning drama.
"I didn't expect him to be headed home, actually," Shuck said. "I knew I was playing shallow and I knew I had a shot at him when I saw him take off. I just let it go."
Jeez. The JetHawks were dominated by Modesto in an 8-1 loss. David Duncan threw 5IP, 9H/4ER, 3K:1BB, with a wild pitch and an HBP. Kyle Godfrey threw a perfect 6th inning, while Ashton Mowdy allowed 2H/2ER, 1BB in 1IP, and Mike Modica allowed 2H/2ER, 2BB in 1IP. The JetHawks only collected three hits (Barnes, Cruz, Parejo). Brandon Barnes also drew the only walk, and thus became the only JetHawk to get on base twice.
Man of the Match: Brandon Barnes.
Four in the 4th and two in the 5th led Hickory to a 7-4 win over the Legends. Tanner Bushue dropped to 4-4 after allowing 8H/7ER, 4K:1BB in 4.1IP, allowing two homers totaling five runs. Colton Pitkin closed it down with an impressive 3.2IP, 1H/0ER, 2K:0BB. Our Boy Aaron Bray was 2x4 with a double and an RBI, and Jake Goebbert also collected two hits, and an outfield assist. Jonathan Meyer was 1x4 with the other RBI. Jiovanni Mier was 1x4 with a double, but also committed his 22nd error of the season.
Man of the Match: Colton Pitkin.
The ValleyCats wrapped up a three-game set at Vermont, and managed to not score a single run. Vermont wins 8-0. Murillo Gouvea allowed 4H/6ER, 1K:3BB for the loss. Blakez, Sogard, and Stines threw scoreless outings, while Mike Ness gave up a 2-run homer in the 8th. Tri-City only got four hits on the night (Orloff, Heath, Tello, Burnett), with Tello hitting a double, and Heath also drawing the only walk of the night.
Man of the Match: Ben Heath.
Pitching battle in Kingsport as the Gastros defeat the Mets 2-0. Ruben Alaniz threw 5IP, 3H/0ER, 4K:1BB, while Brian Streilein, Phil Rorabaugh, and Travis Smink combined for 4IP, 5H/0ER, 4K:1BB. Telvin Nash was 2x4, and Bubby Williams hit a solo homer, with Jonathan Merritt adding an RBI double.
Man of the Match: Bubby Williams
Brutal game for the bullpen, as the GCL Mets and GCL Astros were locked up 6-6 going into the 9th. But the Mets scored four in the top of the 9th for the 10-6 win. Luis Ordosgoitti allowed 6H/3R (1ER), 5K:2BB; Austin Lucas gave up 2H/1ER, 3K:1BB in 1.1IP, and Pedro Gomez allowed 6H/6R (2ER), 1K:1BB in 2IP. That's six unearned runs, thanks to errors from Monzon, Gomez, and Fernandez. Continuing his rehab assignment, Collin DeLome was 2x4, and Jose Fernandez, Jose Vargas, and Roberto Pena each added two hits. Kyle Redinger was 1x3 with 3RBI.
Man of the Match: Kyle Redinger.