Sadly, that means you are stuck with me. Again. Pity. For you.
* Affiliates go 2-2 on the day. Combined record 63-62.
* OKC win with a dominant pitching performance.
* Corpus also win, but get outhomered 3-1
* Lancaster lose, but Carlos Correa triples.
* Quad Cities lose after the Kernels score 3 in the 8th.
Oklahoma City (17-15)
A welcome change in fortune for the RedHawks, who are coming off a 4-7 stretch. They won 5-1. Bad MF broke out the Nasty, and held the Omaha Strom Chasers (13-17) to one measly hit.
On the Bump: As mentioned above, Mike Foltynewicz went NATO on the Storm Chasers, throwing 6IP, yielding 1H, 1R/ER, and 2BB. Against 12 strikeouts. In six innings. 4-2 GO v FO. 93 pitches.
And Paul Clemens was not exactly nice, either. 3IP, 1K. No H. No BB. And he earns the save. And no hit batters. Wow.
With the Bats: Multi-hit games from Ronald Torreyes (2-4, 2x 2B, R, RBI), Kiko Hernandez (2-4, 2B, 2RBI) and Andy Sinumic (ZOMG... him again! 2-3, BB, 2B, RBI). Both Bob G and Jon S went 1-4, BB with 1 and 2 runs scored respectively.
Man of the Match: This one clearly goes to the pitching staff. Hope to see both of these guys doing this in the Majors by the end of the year.
Corpus Christi (16-15)
Corpus also got their heads back over .500 after a 6-3 win over the Missions (13-17) from San Antonio. The Hooks scored 2 early, then the game was levelled at 2, with the Hooks scoring another pair in the bottom of the 4th and 6th. Hooks hit one HR versus 3 Missions HR's.
On the Bump: Thomas Shirley started, got the win, and threw 5.1 innings of quietly effective ball. To wit: 5.1IP, 6H, 2R/ER, 3BB, 3K, 2HR. Wind was blowing Right to Left, and fairly strong. Travis Bellow relieved - 1.2IP, 1HR, 1R, 2K. And Pat Urckfitz and Jorge De Leon combined for 2 innings of 1 hit, 2K ball to close it out.
With the Bats: Everyone got a hit except Andrew Aplin, who somehow scored a run (and didn't walk, so reached on an error). Nolan Fontana went 2-3 Sac, and Preston Tucker went 2-4. Marc Wik hit a 3 run home-run, which proved to be the difference and Rene Garcia went 1-4, 2B, 2R (after again, reaching on an error).
Man of the Match: Marc Wik. Nice work.
Lancaster JetHawks (18-14)
Lancaster lost 7-4 to Lake Elsinore (20-12). They got behind early, giving up 1 in the first, and five in the second, and were unable to peg it all back despite scoring runs in the 4th, 5th and 6th.
On the Bump: The game was started by Lance McCullers Jr. And he had a bad one. 1.2IP, 4H, 6R/5ER, 3BB, 0K. Juan Minaya then relieved, and threw 4.1 dominant innings (0H, 1BB, 7K), then Jamaine Cotton relieved him and threw 2 innings (3H, 1R/ER, 2BB, K).
With the Bats: Carlos Correa is back, everyone. 3-4, R, 3B, RBI. Teoscar Hernandez would have been back if he had gone somewhere (2-4, 2R), and Danry Vasquez never left (2-4, 2x 2B). The others were all disappointing. Except Rio Ruiz (1-4, 2B).
Man of the Match: Reliever, Juan Minaya.
Quad Cities (12-18)
QC continued their slide into irrelevance with a 5-2 loss over the Ceder Rapids
On the Bump: Andrew Thurman started, and pitched 5 reasonable innings (6H, 2R/ER, 2BB, 4K) Relieved by Chris Lee, who too the loss (3IP, 3H, 3R, 3ER, 3BB. No K). Andrew Walter pitched the ninth and tried to give up a run (1IP, 2H, BB, 2K), but didn't.
With the Bats: Not much going on, with only 4 hits and 4 walks. Chan Moon went 1-2, BB and Tyler White went 1-3BB. Chase McDonald hit the only XBH (1-3, solo HR, BB)
Man of the Match: My attempted curse on Jobduan Morales failed to provide an answer, because he didn't play. But, we need to find out whether this MOTM curse is real or not. So, MOTM: Jobduan Morales.
Thanks for reading, apologies for inadvertent spelling mistakes. Long day at the computing machine.