Pinder Homers Again as 'Hounds Hang On
Pinder's homer was a second-inning grandslam off lefty Wade LeBlanc that was part of a six-run inning. It was Pinder's 13th homerun of the season in his 94th game, matching both of his season totals from 2014 with High-A Stockton. Over his past two games, Pinder has three homeruns, six RBI and a walk. He is batting .320, which is a career-best.
Catcher Bruce Maxwell added a two-run homerun in the third inning that gave Midland an 8-2 lead. The homer was Maxwell's second of the season and wound-up capping the scoring for the RockHounds for the game.
Lefty Sean Manaea made his second start for the RockHounds. He wasn't as dominant as he was in his first outing, but he was still solid. In six innings, he allowed four runs, two walks and 10 hits, but he struck-out seven. Two of the 10 hits were homeruns. Manaea was named the Texas League Pitcher of the Week for last week's performance.
Kris Hall and Jonathan Joseph each threw a scoreless inning in relief of Manaea and Midland entered the ninth with a comfortable 8-4 lead and relief ace Tucker Healy on the mound. Healy had a rare off-night, allowing three runs on four hits. However, he struck-out Zach Cone to end the threat and send the RockHounds home winners. Those were the first runs allowed by Healy since May 25th.
Driver Shines as Vermont Powers Way to Win
The first six batters of the game reached base and scored for the Lake Monsters. Nick Collins' three-run homerun capped off the rally. It was his second homerun of the season and his second in three games. He raised his average to .293 with the two-hit game.
Lefty Kevin Duchene got the start and he allowed two runs (one earned) in three innings. He didn't walk or strike-out a batter. Driver, who was piggy-back starting with Duchene, took over in the sixth. He breezed through his outing. The hard-throwing right-hander didn't allow a hit and he walked just one in four innings. He struck-out five and was credited with his first pro win since 2013 (Driver missed all of the 2014 season with a back injury).
Snappers Toss Gem and Win Third Straight
Wagman earned his fifth win by allowing a run in six innings. He struck-out two and walked two and allowed just three hits. His ERA for the year is 3.04.
Torres took over in the seventh and threw two scoreless frames. The lefty has been outstanding all season, but he hit a bump in the road recently. Before this outing, Torres had allowed runs in four straight outings. He was very good on Wednesday, striking out four and walking none. He has 60 strike-outs in 59.1 innings this season.
Gauna came on in the ninth and picked up his third save of the year. He allowed a hit but struck-out two and walked none. Gauna's ERA is 1.25 and he has walked just two in 36 innings this season.
The Snappers managed just two hits and one walk in the game, but they took advantage of an error to score twice in the third inning. Max Kuhn had the game-winning RBI, his 43rd RBI of the year.
Rehabbing Sportman Leads Way in AZL A's Win
Rehabbing outfielder J.P. Sportman had two hits and two stolen bases to help the AZL A's earn a 6-3 win over the AZL Royals. Sportman also walked once. He has four hits and two walks in three rehab games.
Boomer Biegalski made his second pro appearance. He allowed a solo homerun and nothing else in two innings. The right-hander from Florida State struck-out three. Jordan Schwartz followed with a 1-2-3 inning and Tanner Peters allowed a run in the fourth inning. He struck-out two in his first rehab appearance.
Righties Jesus Zambrano and Xavier Altamarino combined to go the rest of the way for the AZL A's. Zambrano scattered four hits in three innings. He didn't walk a batter and he struck-out three. Zambrano has allowed three runs over his last five outings (18.2 innings).
Luis Barrera joined Sportman in putting together a big game at the plate. The 19-year-old had a double and a triple and two RBI. Barrera is batting .301 in a breakout season. Eric Marinez and Robert Martinez also had two-hit games.
Mengden, Ports Fall to Visalia
Daniel Mengden had his first rough start for the Ports. He allowed seven runs in 3.2 innings (five were earned). He didn't walk a batter and he struck-out six, but he allowed a homerun. Eight of the 10 hits Mengden did allow were singles.
The Ports had 10 hits but could manage just two runs. Melvin Mercedes had two hits and a walk, while Brett Vertigan had a double and a single. The Ports hit into two double-plays. Ports' third baseman Matt Chapman didn't play in the Visalia series after suffering a left wrist injury. The Ports have dropped 10 of 11 since losing shortstop Franklin Barreto to a wrist injury and they were swept by the Rawhide.