Healy powers 'Hounds in home opener
The Midland RockHounds returned home for the first time in 2016, and Ryon Healy put on a show for the Midland faithful. The corner infielder cracked his first homerun of the season and drove-in five to pace the RockHounds in a 9-3 win over the Arkansas Travelers.
Healy had a double and a single as well as the homer, which cleared the fence in the left-centerfield alley by several feet. He brought his average up to .296. He has four extra-base hits in seven games and a 906 OPS.
Hitting ahead of Healy, Jaycob Brugman also had a productive night. He doubled, singled, walked and scored twice. Brugman also stole his second base of the year. Carson Blair had a hit and a walk and he drove home two. Josh Rodriguez and J.P. Sportman each walked twice. The RockHounds totaled nine walks in the game. Franklin Barreto went 0-for-3 and his average dipped to .096 on the year, but he did walk once and steal two bases.
Raul Alcantara got the start and he went four innings, allowing two runs on six hits and three walks. He struck-out three. Andres Avila got the win with two innings of relief. He allowed a run. Corey Walter had a scoreless two-inning outing, allowing a hit and a walk and striking out three. Kris Hall finished off the game with a scoreless ninth. He walked one and struck-out the final batter of the game.
Sky Sox late rally downs Sounds
The Colorado Springs SkySox scored four runs off Andrew Triggs in the top of the eighth to earn a come-from-behind victory over the Nashville Sounds, 7-5.
The late rally cancelled out a strong offensive performance from the top third of the Nashville offense. Tyler Ladendorf, Chad Pinder and Jake Smolinski went a combined 7-for-13 with two walks, four runs scored and two RBI. The rest of the Sounds' offense was quiet, however, with only number nine hitter Bruce Maxwell reaching base more than once. He had a hit and a walk. Maxwell is batting .333 with an 844 OPS in the early going this season.
It was an excellent game for Ladendorf, who broke out offensively with three hits and a walk. He had have an error at shortstop, but made three highlight reel plays in his second game at the position this season. Pinder made his first start at second base in a regular season game since 2014 with High-A Stockton. He had a two-hit game and an uneventful game defensively.
Dillon Overton got the start and once again had to work in-and-out of trouble. He allowed nine hits in five innings -- seven singles and two doubles. The lefty allowed three runs. He walked one and struck-out two. Overton has 10 strike-outs and two walks in nine innings pitched this season.
Ryan Brasier had two scoreless innings in relief of Overton, but Triggs was unable to hold the 5-3 lead in the eighth. With one out, Triggs allowed back-to-back singles and a fielding error on Ladendorf loaded the bases. After a single and a triple, the SkySox were suddenly ahead, 7-5. They would hold onto the lead, dropping the Sounds' record to 3-5 on the year.
Stagnant offense costs Beloit for third straight game
A ninth inning run snapped Beloit's scoreless streak, but it wasn't enough to get the Snappers in the win column. After being shutout the past two games, the Snappers dropped their third straight game, this time 3-1 to the Burlington Bees.
It had been 26 innings since the Snappers had scored when Nick Collins grounded a single to right to score Skye Bolt. The rally went no further, however, as Justin Higley grounded into a double-play with two on-base to end the game. Bolt had three hits in the game to raise his average to .318 on the season.
James Naile and Xavier Altamirano combined for a well-pitched game for Beloit. Naile got the official start and he lasted into the fifth inning, allowing two runs on six hits in 4.2 innings. Naile struck-out four, didn't walk a batter and recorded all nine outs he got on balls in play on the ground. Altamarino followed with 4.1 solid innings himself, allowing only one run on three hits. He struck-out six and walked two.
The Snappers moved to 4-4 on the season with the loss.
Stockton drops below .500 with loss to Nuts
Brett Graves struggled in his second start of the season and the Stockton Ports dropped their first game of their road series versus the Modesto Nuts, 5-2.
Graves threw two scoreless innings to start the game, but he ran into trouble in the third, allowing a two-out, three-run homer to Shane Hoelscher. The Nuts scratched two more runs across off Graves in the fourth and he was lifted with two-outs. Graves allowed five runs on five hits and five walks. He struck-out two.
The Ports' bullpen was excellent, but Stockton couldn't mount a rally. Lou Trivino worked a perfect 2.1 innings, striking out three. Kyle Finnegan and Carlos Navas each followed with a scoreless inning to keep the game close.
The Ports scored single runs in the sixth and seventh innings. Stockton had two on in the ninth, but James Harris struck-out to end the game. Stockton managed just six hits, although they did walk five times and one batter (Mikey White) was hit by a pitch. B.J. Boyd had two singles and a walk to lead the Stockton offense. He's batting .412 on the season. Joe Bennie walked twice and White had a single to go along with his hit by pitch. The single was his first hit since last Thursday (Opening Night).