Midland Rocked by Corpus
The Texas League's two best teams squared off for game one of their best-of-five semi-final series. The game did not go the Midland RockHounds' way, as they fell to the Corpus Christi Hooks, 9-2.
The Hooks had their hitting shoes on all night. They scored two runs in each of the first three innings to race out to a 6-2 lead and they didn't look back from there. Parker Frazier allowed seven runs on nine hits in five innings. The groundball pitcher gave up an uncharacteristic two homeruns. Andres Avila allowed two runs in two innings before Kris Hall struck-out two in a perfect eighth inning.
The RockHounds actually held a 1-0 lead after the top of the first inning. Chad Oberacker doubled to start the game and he came around to score on a two-out base hit by Renato Nunez. Down 2-1 in the top of the second inning, the RockHounds tied the game when Josh Whitaker connected on a two-out, solo homerun. Midland would be outscored 7-0 the rest of the game and they managed just four more hits.
Sean Manaea will take the hill for the RockHounds in game two. Midland will look to even the series and head back home with a chance to win the series at Citibank Field.
Ports Fall in Game One
The Stockton Ports fell behind 3-0 in the third inning and never got back into the game, losing game one of their best-of-three series against the San Jose Giants, 7-2.
A Giants' pitching staff led by Jason Forjet stifled the Ports' offense all night. San Jose pitchers struck-out 11 and held the Ports to eight hits and one walk. Franklin Barreto had an RBI double in the fifth and the Ports scored another run on a double-play.
Dylan Covey got the start and he allowed 10 hits and five runs (four earned) in four innings. The Ports' defense didn't help their pitchers much, as they committed three errors that led to three unearned runs. Lou Trivino threw two shutout innings before Sam Roberts was touched for two unearned runs. Carlos Navas struck-out two in 1.1 scoreless innings of relief.