Nogowski plays hero for the Ports
Down 3-2 with the bases-loaded in the bottom of the ninth, the Stockton Ports needed a heroic moment. They got one in the form of pinch-hitter John Nogowski, who took the first pitch he saw and lined a double to left to score two and send the Ports home with a thrilling walk-off win.
The Stockton offense was missing most of the night, but the Ports found a spark in the bottom of the seventh. Trailing 3-0, the Ports scored twice to get back into the game. Joe Bennie walked to lead-off the inning and he came around to score on a Tyler Marincov double. B.J. Boyd followed with an RBI single to pull the Ports within a run. Stockton could do no further damage in the inning, however.
In the bottom of the ninth, Stockton still trailed by a run when Marincov reached to start the inning on an error. Boyd moved Marincov to second with a bunt. Argenis Raga flew out, but Seth Brown drew a walk to keep the game alive. Jose Brizuela then worked a six pitch walk to load the bases. Stockton manager Rick Magnante pegged Nogowski to pinch-hit for Sandber Pimentel and Nogowski quickly rewarded his skipper for the decision.
Daniel Gossett had another strong start in a no-decision. He allowed three runs (one earned) in seven innings. Gossett struck-out seven, walked only one and needed only 89 pitches to get through seven frames. He threw 60 strikes. Joey Wagman and Koby Gauna each threw scoreless innings in relief of Gossett to keep the game close. Gauna earned the win, his first in the Cal League. Stockton moved to 3-3 on the season.
McBride's late homer carries Sounds
The Nashville Sounds didn't manage much offense, but they got just enough to take home the win on Wednesday. Matt McBride hit a tie-breaking two-run homer in the bottom of the eighth to stake the Sounds to a lead they wouldn't relinquish.
Jesse Hahn made his second start for Nashville and he looked every bit the part of a major league starter. Hahn breezed through six innings, not allowing a run and striking out six. He walked just one, and that came on a borderline 3-2 pitch in the first inning. Hahn registered 96 on the radar gun and had all of his pitches working.
Nashville held a 1-0 lead until the top of the seventh inning thanks to a second-inning RBI double by Rangel Ravelo. A seventh-inning homer by Hernan Perez off J.B. Wendelken tied the game. McBride's game-winning homer came with one-out in the eighth. Matt Olson walked to lead-off the inning and came around to score on the blast. Patrick Schuster walked the lead-off man in the top of the ninth, but he struck-out the next batter and then induced an inning-ending double-play off the bat of Garin Cecchini to earn his first save of the season. Andrew Triggs earned his second win of the season with a scoreless eighth inning. The Sounds are now 3-4 on the year.
Beloit loses pitcher's duel
Altamarino got the start and he pitched in-and-out of trouble in his 3.2 innings. He allowed a run on five hits. Altamarino walked one and struck-out one. Biegalski took over in the fourth and worked the rest of the game. He had a much stronger second outing after a rough 2016 debut. The right-hander allowed a run on four hits and a walk in 4.1 innings. He struck-out four.
The Snappers managed just five hits and three walks. Brett Siddall had a hit and a walk and was the only Beloit hitter to reach base more than once. Beloit is now 4-3 on the season.