The Constable, apparently is nearly back on the grid. But not quite yet. Brace for his triumphant return to the PreStros, as I am on the game recaps until the ASB to relieve Cockroach.
* Mixed day - 3-3, running the overall affiliate record to 197-182
* Oklahoma City gave up four runs in the bottom of the seventh, and lost.
* Corpus got all their scoring done early, and hung on to win a tight one.
* Lancaster dominated on offence and with the pitching to cruise to a big win.
* Quad Cities won a rain-shorted affair.
* Tri-City tried to come back late, but fell short and lost a tight one
* GCL-Astros lost to the wonderfully named GCL-Yankees1
Oklahoma City (45-42)
Oklahoma had a roller coaster night against Colorado Springs. They fell into an early 3-0 hole, then scored the next five to go up 5-3 heading into the bottom of the seventh. Then Colorado Springs put the game out of reach with a four-run frame. Oklahoma City lost, 7-4, and were outhit 13-7.
Pitching: Michael Foltynewicz got the start and was fairly solid, going 6IP, allowing 8 hits, 3R/1ER, 1BB, 5K. Alex White was awful and wore the loss (0.2IP, 4H, 3R/ER), and Pat Urckfitz gave up a run without retiring a batter (BB). Jorge De Leon threw the last 1.1IP, allowing one hit and striking out two, but allowing all three inherited runners to score on a double.
Hitting: Mike-Bob Grossman - promote him already! - batted leadoff: 3-3, 2BB, 2R, 3SB. Jonathan Villar, another RedHawk worthy of a shot in the Bigs: 1-4, BB, R, 2RBI. Marc Krauss - how about giving him a shot?? went - 1-5, HR, R, 3RBI. Austin Wates walked three times (0-1, 3BB), and Preston Tucker had a double (1-4, 2B).
MoTM: Robbie Grossman, doing what he does - hitting singles and walking. Also stealing bases. I didn't think he did a whole lot of that, but he did tonight, perhaps because of the rarefied air of Colorado Springs.
Corpus Christi (39-44)
Corpus got out to an early lead, scoring three in the first inning against Springfield (39-44). They needed every one of those three runs, as Springfield got one back in the fourth, and another back in the sixth. Corpus hung on to win by a score of 3-2.
Pitching: David Rollins was the solid starter tonight: 6IP, 5H, 2R/ER, BB, 8K, one HR allowed. Alex Sogard and Tyson Perez combined to throw three hitless, allowing one walk and striking out one between them
Hitting: Corpus got their scoring done early, with a run scored on a double steal, an RBI double and a sac fly. Tony Kemp had a good game (2-3, BB, 2B), as did Andrew Aplin (1-2, 2BB, R), and Jonathan Meyer hit the first inning double (1-4, 2B, R, RBI). Leo Heras also had a solid night (1-3, BB)
MoTM: Hard to go too far past Tony Kemp and Andrew Aplin for the MoTM. Tip o' the cap to David Rollins.
Perhaps normal transmission has resumed in Lancaster after all. They had a dominant win over Stockton (46-37) by a score of 10-0. Lancaster went up by two in the first, and lead 8-0 after five.
Pitching: Chris Devenski got the start, and went seven absolutely dominant innings: 7IP, 2H, 8K. Patrick Christensen didn't make it any easier for the Ports: 2IP, 2H, 2K. No walks for either pitcher, 15-2 combined groundout to flyout ratio.
Hitting: Rio Ruiz continued his step up in the absence of Carlos Correa: 2-3, 2BB, 2B, 2R. Jordan Scott was on base three times (2-4, BB, 2B, 3R), as was Jobduan Morales (2-4, BB, 2B, R, 2RBI). Danry Vasquez (0-2, 2BB, RBI, R) and Austin Elkins (2-4, HR, 2RBI, R) were on base twice.
MoTM: Chris Devenski was pretty dominant today, as was Rio Ruiz.
Quad Cities (42-40)
Quad Cities continued their dominance of Beloit (32-50), as they extended their win streak to 8 games over them with an 8-1 win in a rain shortened match. Quad Cities scored two in the first, didn't trouble the scorers for the next two, then scored 2 in the fourth and 4 in the fifth.
Pitching: Evan Grills pitched a five-inning complete game, allowing only one run. He gave up five hits, walked none, and struck out two. He had a 7:3 groundout : flyout ratio.
Hitting: Jose Fernandez drive in 4 in an impressive night. His line should be appreciated for its beauty: 2-3, 3B, HR, 2R, 4RBI. Ronnie Mitchell also hit a home run (1-2, BB, HR, R, RBI), as did Marc Wik (2-2, BB, HR, 2R, 2RBI). Those three accounted for seven of the eight RBI's.
MoTM: Jose Fernandez, Ronnie Mitchell, Marc Wik and Evan Grills. Four MoTM-ies.
Ding-Dong battle between Tri-City and Vermont (8-12), with Tri-City ending up on the wrong side of a one run deficit. Tri-City loses, 7-6, and were unable to cash in on Vermont's five (!) errors.
Pitching: Sebastian Kessay got the start, and struggled, giving up 4ER in 2.1 innings pitched, walking three, allowing four hits, and striking out 4. Raul Rivera stemmed the bleeding with 2.2 scoreless innings (2H, BB, K) then Francis Ramirez opened up the wound again and allowed more haemorrhaging (2IP, 3H, 3R/ER, BB, K). Ryan Thompson finished off with a scoreless inning, allowing one hit.
Hitting: Jamie Ritchie had three hits (3-5, R, 2RBI). Bobby Boyd was also on base three times (2-4, BB, 2B, R). Ryan Bottger had two hits (2-5, R, RBI) as did yesterday's hero, Nick Tanielu (2-5, 2B, R, RBI). Mott Hyde (2-5) grounded out in the ninth with the game-tying run on third.
MoTM: Jamie Ritchie had three singles and drove in two. Raul Rivera gets a mention here for his scoreless outing, although he did let one of the two inherited runners score. Please leave your comments of displeasure about Bobby Boyd and Nick Tanielu missing out on the MoTM below.
GCL Astros (5-6)
The GCL-Astros squared off against an impressive GCL-Yankees1 team (10-1). As the relative record suggested have have happened, the GCL-Astros got smoked, giving up 10 runs on 11 hits, while getting shut out. Astros: 0, Yankees1: 8
Pitching: Elieser Hernandez held the Yankees1 at bay for two innings, then the carnage began. His line: 5IP, 7H, 5R, 4ER, BB, 4K, 2HR allowed. J.D. Osborne relieved and frantically added to the depth of the hole: 1IP, 3H, 3R/ER, 3BB. Albert Minnis finished off the Yankees1 with two scoreless innings.
Hitting: Four hits, no walks. Hector Roa (1-4), Brady Mejia (1-4), Richard Gonzalez (1-4), Edwin Medina (1-2, SB). Sigh.
MoTM: Albert Minnis, mostly due to a lack of other viable candidates.
Please feel free to leave comments below - hoping for a better night for the young trio of Springletana tomorrow.