I hate losing to any level of the Cardinals. Memphis beats Round Rock, 9-0. Josh Banks had a rare disaster start, allowing 8H/7ER, 5K:2BB in 5.1IP, and Gary Majewski allowed two unearned runs on four hits in 2.2IP. The Express had a rough night behind the plate, collecting just three hits: one from Downs, one from Matt Kata, and a pinch-hit from Edwin Maysonet. Downs also was caught stealing and committed an error.
Man of the Match: Nope.
Corpus enjoyed a 5-run 6th inning to overcome a 2-1 deficit for the 8-3 win over Midland. Erick Abreu threw well, allowing 4H/2ER, 9K:4BB in 5.1IP. Shane Wolf struck out three and allowed an unearned run in his Double-A debut (2.2IP). Jose Valdez struck out one in 1IP. Mike Affronti (and Spearhead!) had four of the Hooks' 13 hits and 4RBI, with Jimmy Van Ostrand (2RBI) and Wladimir Sutil (2RBI) getting two hits each. Koby Clemens hit his 21st double of the year. David Cook was the only Hook without a hit (0x5).
Man of the Match: Mike Affronti
Lancaster got two runs back late, but it wasn't enough to overcome the Rancho Cucamonga lead, and Lancaster loses 4-2. Pat Urckfitz threw 6IP, 8H/4ER, 2K:3BB in the loss, and Mike Modica closed it out with 3H/0ER, 1K:1BB in 2IP. Jay Aystin hit his 10th homer of the year, providing the lone RBI. Brian Pellegrini (also a BB), David Flores, and Mark Ori (BB) also added hits.
Man of the Match: Jay Austin
Hey-O! Lexington comes through with two runs in the top of the 9th, helping everyone forget that they were up 3-1 in the middle of the 6th, for a 5-3 win over Kannapolis. Tanner Bushue threw 7IP, 5H/2R (1ER), 5K:1BB. Colton Pitkin loaded up the bases with two hits and a walk, with Kirk Clark allowing a run charged to Pitkin, but otherwise throwing two hitless innings (Kannapolis had the bases loaded in the 8th with no outs. Clark got the double play, but Kannapolis scored a run on the play - charged to Pitkin. Follow?) Grant Hogue was 4x5 with a double, Jake Goebbert was 3x5 with an RBI, and Jimmy Paredes had two hits and an RBI (with his 41st error, and 44th stolen base). Our Boy Aaron Bray was 1x2 with 3BB. Jiovanni Mier hit a two-out, two-run single to push across the game-winning runs. Then he got picked off first.
Man of the Match: How about Mier?
Rough night at the plate for the ValleyCats as they get shutout by Hudson Valley, 3-0. Andrew Robinson threw 5H/2ER, 8K:1BB, WP, balk in 5IP; Mike Ness allowed 2H/1ER, 3K:0BB, and Alex Sogard threw a perfect 8th. Enrique Hernandez got a double, and Marcus Nidiffer (BB) and Mike Kvasnicka got a hit each.
Man of the Match: Andrew Robinson
Greeneville put five runs across in five different innings, and that was good enough for a 5-2 win over Danville. Ruben Alaniz threw 5H/1ER, 5K:1BB in 6.2IP; Travis Smink allowed a solo homer in 0.1IP, and Brian Streilein got the save, striking out four (And allowing three hits) in 2IP. Nobody got more than one hit, but Jonathan Merritt got his 3rd homer of the season and added two walks, Delino DeShields collected an RBI triple, and Chris Lovett got a double. Danville pitchers threw five wild pitches. So there you go.
Man of the Match: Jonathan Merritt