Snappers hold off Bees
The Beloit Snappers jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first inning and held off the Burlington Bees for a 6-5 victory. The win moved the Snappers to 10-7 on the season.
Facing Los Angeles Angels' prospect Joe Gatto, Justin Higley tripled to lead-off the game. Nick Collins singled him home for the game's first run. With two-outs, the Snappers added on when Ryan Howell doubled home two runs. Trent Gilbert singled Howell in to close out the Snappers' scoring in the first.
Jesus Zambrano got the start and he got some defensive help in the first inning when Skye Bolt threw out Zach Welz at the plate. The assist was Bolt's fourth of the season. Zambrano allowed two runs in three innings. He allowed seven hits, but didn't walk a batter. Armando Ruiz allowed two runs in 0.2 of an inning in relief of Zambrano. Through four innings, the Snappers held a 5-4 lead.
Angel Duno took over with two-outs in the fourth and he put together another strong outing. In 4.1 innings, Duno allowed only an unearned run on four hits. He struck-out four, didn't walk a batter and lowered his ERA to 2.08. The unearned run came in the eighth to bring the score to 6-5. Corey Miller worked around a hit and a walk to save the game. He struck-out two, including the final batter of the game. Below is the last pitch of the game (video by Bill Seals).
Higley had three hits and a walk and he scored twice. Gilbert and Brett Siddall each had two hits. Trace Loehr left the game with an apparent lower body injury.
'Hounds fall to San Antonio
Down 4-3 into the bottom of the seventh, the Midland RockHounds bullpen struggled, turning a close game into a 10-3 blowout loss.
Dylan Covey got the start and he allowed just three hits and two walks in six innings. Four runs came across the plate while Covey was on the mound, however, but all four runs were unearned. He struck-out three and he recorded 11 outs on the ground. Trey Cochran-Gill took over in the seventh and he allowed four runs in the seventh. The runs came on a two-out grandslam and were the first runs he has allowed this season. Bobby Wahl pitched the eighth and he allowed two runs on three hits.
The RockHounds had 10 hits and five walks but went 1-for-13 with runners in scoring position. Franklin Barreto snapped an 0-for-13 skid with three hits in four at-bats, including his second double of the season. Jaycob Brugman also had three hits, including a double. Ryon Healy had two hits to raise his average to .339.
Midland is now 8-7 on the season.
Sounds offense quiet in return to First Tennessee Park
In their first game back home, the Nashville Sounds managed only three hits in a 7-4 loss to the New Orleans Zephyrs.
Chris Smith got the start and he allowed four runs in the top of the third. The Sounds came back in the bottom of the fourth with a four-run rally that was punctuated by a three-run double by Rangel Ravelo.
The Zephyrs scored a run in the top of the fifth and added single runs in the sixth and ninth to finish off Nashville.
In addition to Ravelo's double, Max Muncy and Andrew Lambo each had singles. Josh Rodriguez, who was promoted to Nashville to replace Tyler Ladendorf on the Sounds' roster, went 0-for-3 in his Nashville debut.
The Sounds are now 7-9 on the season.
Gossett leaves early as Ports fall to Inland Empire
Stockton starter Daniel Gossett left his start mid-batter with an apparent injury during the third inning of the Ports' 8-6 loss to Inland Empire. Gossett had allowed three runs on four hits in two-plus innings when he was forced to leave the game. He struck-out four and walked none. His 26 strike-outs lead the California League.
The game was back-and-forth until the seventh, when the 66ers scored twice to put some distance between them and Stockton. The 66ers would build an 8-4 lead in the ninth inning and would hold back a Stockton rally to secure the 8-6 win.
Kyle Finnegan had a strong appearance in relief of Gossett, not allowing a run in 2.2 innings. He struck-out five and didn't walk a batter. Rob Huber, Lou Trivino and Koby Gauna struggled in their relief appearances, however.
The Ports had plenty of offense on Saturday. They had 12 hits, including three by James Harris, who extended his hitting streak to 16 games. He is now batting .387 on the season. Harris also stole his sixth base of the season in the game. B.J. Boyd saw his 11-game hitting streak end on Friday, but he got back into the hit column with a two-hit night on Saturday. He also drove-in two runs and one of his two hits was a triple. Joe Bennie also had two RBI. Every Ports' starter had at least one hit.
Stockton is now 8-8 on the season.