I thought I would get on to the PreStros this morning, to give El Constable an opportunity to continue his excellent draft coverage.
* Good day for the organisation, bad day for the Affiliates (1-3, 130-111)
* Oklahoma City got overpowered on the road, giving up three home runs
* Corpus lost a tight one, and haven't won in Midland this season
* Lancaster won a laugher. Who hit for the cycle??
* Quad Cities lost a very tight one on an unearned run, but didn't hit a lick, so wadaya expect.
Oklahoma City (32-29)
The good news - the Oklahoma City bus arrived at Omaha (32-28). The bad news?? OKC conceded runs early and often to lose by a score of 6-3. This loss means that the RedHawks give up first place in the American Northern Division, PCL to the Storm Chasers.
Rubber: Brett Oberholtzer got the start, and had a rough night, giving up three home runs which resulted in an ugly line: 6IP, 8H, 5R/ER, BB, 6K. His AAA ERA stands at 5.00. Promote him now! Jorge DeLeon (in his second PCL game) gave up a run on 2 hits, striking out one. Kevin Chapman threw one inning, but without incident (K).
Obie can take solace in the fact that it was Former-Astro-Revenge-Night in Omaha - he gave up home runs to Justin Maxwell and human-wrecking-ball Jimmy Parades.
Plate: Nothing much of anything happened, unless you are Erik Castro, who has had a rough, rough season to date. He went 2-4, 2B, HR, R, RBI from the nine-slot. Austin Wates was on base twice (1-3, BB, R, SB), as was Marc Krauss (1-3, BB, RBI). Domingo Santana had the only non-Castro extra-base hit (1-4, 2B, RBI) and Max Stassi also had a hit (1-4).
Man of the Match: Erik Castro, whose season line stands at an April-Astro-esque .174/.283/.302 (but a May-Astros-esque .286/.375/.464 over his last 10 games)
Corpus Christi (29-30)
Corpus lost another tight one to Midland (32-27) by a score of 3-2. Midland got their three runs by the bottom of the 4th, and Corpus pulled one back to draw back to one-run-in-arrears in the top of the sixth, but didn't manage to trouble the scorers for the rest of the game. They run their record to 0-7 in away games against the Midland RockHounds.
Rubber: Mike Hauschild got the start, and went five innings, giving up 9 hits (no walks), and striking out five, while giving up all three earned runs. Alex Sogard finished, striking out three in three hitless innings.
Plate: It's a whole lot of ugly for the batting lines, with the exception of Preston Tucker (1-1, 3BB, HR, R, RBI) and Delino DeShields (2-4, RBI). No other player walked, and base hits (all singles) to Leo Heras (1-4), Jonathan Meyer (1-4) and Rene Garcia (1-3).
Man of the Match: Alex Sogard didn't allow a baserunner in three innings, whilst striking out three. The season ERA stands at 2.27 for the tall left hander.
The Lancaster and Inland Empire (21-41) teams dumped their gloves and decided to play football instead, with Lancaster winning 16-7. This resulted in a three game sweep of Inland Empire, during which Lancaster scored 34 runs at home. Lancaster's 16 runs was a season high.
Rubber: Brian Holmes started, throwing seven good innings which were spoiled by two home runs. His line: 7IP, 5H, 4R/ER, 2BB, 3K. The home runs accounted for three of the four runs. J.D. Osborne... ummm... "relieved", going 1.1 innings, giving up three runs/earned runs, 2 hits, 2 walks and one strikeout. Mitchell Lambson bailed him out (0.2IP), allowing neither of Osborne's runners to score.
Plate: Dan Gulbransen had himself a ball-game, hitting for the cycle, and driving in six RBI. His line: 4-5, 2B, 3B, HR, 2R, 6RBI. The home run was of the three-run variety, and the triple also drove in three.
Also having a good night: Rio Ruiz drive in four (2-5, HR, 2R, 4RBI), Carlos Correa was on base four times and scored four runs (1-1, 3BB, 3B, 4R, RBI, SB), Teoscar Hernandez was on base four times (3-4, BB, HR, 3R, RBI, SB, CS), Anthony Kemp showed some pop (2-6, HR, R, RBI), Conrad Gregor walked a couple of times (1-3, 2BB, 3R) and Roberto Pena had an otherwise nice night (2-4, BB, R, RBI).
Man of the Match: Dan Gulbransen hit the sixth cycle in JetHawks history, and managed a robust 6RBI. Interesting, the last two JetHawks cycles were on back-to-back days, and were hit by Brandon Barnes and Freddy Parejo nearly exactly 4 years ago (8-9 June 2010).
Quad Cities (30-29)
Burlington (30-28) scored one in the first and one in the eighth to win 2-1 over the River Bandits. Quad Cities got just five hits, and committed three errors.
Rubber: Michael Feliz got the start and worked around at least seven base runners, throwing 4IP, giving up 3H, 4BB, but getting 6K's. He gave up a lead off home run to Kody Eaves. He kept the ball on the ground (6:1), as did the two relief pitchers (also a combined 6:1).
Chris Cotton relieved, and threw 2 innings, giving up one hit and striking out one. Tyler Brunnemann took the loss: 2IP, 2H, 1R, 0ER, BB, K, but allowed the winning run to score on a wild pitch, after a 2-base error, and a bunt.
Plate: Tanner Mathis led off (2-3, R) and was followed by Chan Moon (2-4, CS), but sadly the 3-9 slots were filled by tumbleweeds, and nothing more happened.
Actually, in between tumbleweed at-bats, Brian Holberton (0-4, RBI) drove in Tanner Mathis with a groundout, Ronnie Mitchell was on base twice (1-2, BB, CS). Thomas Lindauer walked (0-2, BB).
Man of the Match: Tanner Mathis wins this one, because of his robust hitting night (in the context of the game), and his outfield assist, gunning down a Bee at home.
Thanks for reading, and I look forward to typing Brady Aiken's, Derek Fisher's and A.J. Reed's names in the PreStros column soon. Thanks to the Constable for his excellent draft coverage.