* 0-5 for the Affiliates, overall record 149-129
* Oklahoma City took and early lead, then got pounded
* Corpus Christi took and early lead, then got pounded
* Lancaster forwent the whole "early lead" thing, and just got pounded
* Quad Cities = pounded
* Tri-City committed seven errors, leading to six unearned runs, and got pounded
Oklahoma City (37-33)
Oklahoma City started well, taking a 1-0 lead over Las Vegas (40-29) in the first. Sadly, the next seven runs, which were also the only remaining runs scored in the ballgame, were added to the Las Vegas teams' tally. Las Vegas scored 2, 1 and 3 runs respectively in innings 3 to 5, and added one in the eighth. This meant that the RedHawks lost by a score of 7-1.
Stitched Leather: Folty aka Big Mike aka Bad MF got the start, and struggled. He went 4.2 innings, game up 7 hits and 3 walks, which resulted in 6 runs/earned runs. He struck out five. Bad MF also conceded a home run. Bobby Doran relieved, and was much stronger: 4.1IP, 2H, 1R/ER, 2BB, 2K.
Both Bad MF and Bobby Doran kept the ball on the ground with 6-2 and 7-2 groundouts to flyouts respectively.
Smooth Wood: Both Oklahoma and Las Vegas had the same number of hits (9) and a similar number of walks (4 and 5 respectively). However, Oklahoma was not as efficient at getting runners across the plate. Domingo Santana had a strong game (2-3, BB, HR, R, RBI) and accounted for the only run on the Oklahoma side of the ledger. Little Jerome Hoes also had 2 hits and a walk (2-3, BB). Gergorio Petit hit a double in a 1-4 performance.
Man of the Match: Domingo Santana, who, with a strong couple of months, could get a cup of coffee at the end of the year.
Corpus Christi (33-35)
Corpus Christi suffered a... er... rough ride... at the hands of the Frisco AA Squad (40-27). Like Oklahoma, Corpus took an early lead (2-0 after 3) then conceded the next ten runs of the game, to lose 10-2. However, Corpus was far more efficient at scoring runs than Oklahoma, as they only had one hit.
Stitched Leather: Brady
Smooth Wood: Well, the hit was from Rene Garcia (1-3, RBI). It was a single, and scored Carlos Perdomo, who had walked, then been moved to second with a Jiovanni Mier walk. The run in the third consisted of a leadoff walk (Delino DeShields, 0-3, BB), a sac bunt moving the runner to third, then a sac fly.
Man of the Match: Uh, Rene Garcia? For his hit??
Lancaster got plain rolled by Rancho Cucamonga (32-38). Lancaster scored one in the second, third and ninth, but they were no match for the Quakes. who scored early and often. This doomed the JetHawks to a first-half ending 9-3 loss.
Stitched Leather: Kyle Westwood started, and lasted 3 innings: 7H, 4R/ER, BB, K. He was relieved by Matt Heidenreich, who curiously only went one inning (2H, 2K). Kent Emanuel pitched two innings (1H, 1R/ER, 1HR), J.D. Osborne pitched two (2H, 3R, 0ER, BB, K, HR) and Daniel Minor pitched one (3H, R/ER, K, HR).
Smooth Wood: 5 hits (all singles) and 5 walks was all the JetHawk juggernaut could manage. Carlos Correa went 1-3, BB, R, Jack Mayfield went 1-2, 2BB and Jobduan Morales went 1-3, BB, 2R, SB.
Man of the Match: Lets go with Jack Mayfield, in lieu of other viable candidates.
The Cal League now takes a four-day break for the All Star festivities.
Quad Cities (34-34)
Quad Cities capped a miserable day for the long-season affiliates, losing 6-3 to Wisconsin (36-32). Wisconsin erected a little picket fence between the second and fourth innings, then scored three more in the last two. The River Bandits only managed 2 in the third, and 1 in the eighth to lose by a score of 6-3.
Stitched Leather: Chris Lee went seven reasonable innings, giving up 9 hits and one walk, but yielding 5 runs, 3 earned. He struck out three. Patrick Christensen relieved and recorded a scoreless inning despite giving up one hit and one walk. Chris Cotton gave up a solo home run, but stuck out one, in a one run inning.
Smooth Wood: Chan Moon had a great day at the plate, going 2-3, 2BB, 2B, R. Jon Kemmer was nearly as good, going 3-4, 2RBI. Brett Phillips hit a solo home run (1-5, HR, R, RBI).
Man of the Match: Lets go with Chan Moon and Jon Kemmer - combined seven times on base (scoring only once)
Apologies for missing the ValleyCats game in yesterday's PreStros, which they won. Not so lucky today, losing to a 1-1 Connecticut team by a score of 9-3.
Stitched Leather: Joe Musgrove started, and gave up 4 runs (3 earned) in 3.2 innings. Krishawn Holley gave up five runs (all unearned) in 1.1 innings pitched. Randall Fant and Kevin Ferguson had scoreless outings.
Yes, the ValleyCats gave up six unearned runs on seven errors.
Smooth Wood: Ricky Gingras went 2-3, R. Adam Nelubowich went 1-4, 2B, 2RBI. Alex Hernandez, the man for whom I couldn't find any stats, went 1-1 with a pinch hit double, which drove in one.
Man of the Match: Lets go with Ricky Gingras.
Bad day overall for the affiliates, but the big team won, creeping within six games of .500.