No extra credit: Sounds power way to second win of season
After two extra-innings games to start the season, the Nashville Sounds scored seven times over the first three innings to ensure little drama in game three of the 2017 season. Cesar Valdez threw five solid innings and Tyler Sturdevant and Tucker Healy each worked two frames to finish off the 8-3 victory over Round Rock.
The Sounds got the ball rolling immediately against Dillon Gee. Gee hit Franklin Barreto with a pitch and Jaff Decker followed with a double to move Barreto to third. Renato Nunez and Chris Parmelee added back-to-back RBI singles. After a Chad Pinder infield hit loaded the bases, Bruce Maxwell walked to drive-in a run. The Sounds finished their four-run first inning on a Matt McBride sacrifice fly one out later.
Barreto and Decker began the second inning with back-to-back singles and Nunez gave Nashville a 5-0 lead with a sacrifice fly. The Sounds would stretch their lead to 7-0 in the third inning on Barreto's second homer of the season, a two-run shot.
Nashville pounded out 14 hits and four walks. Barreto reached base four times (three hits and a HBP) and he has eight hits in his first 14 at-bats this season. Decker had three hits and he has eight hits in 13 at-bats to start the season. Pinder also had a three-hit game and he has six hits in 15 at-bats to start the year.
Valdez was efficient in his five innings, striking out five and walking none. He allowed two runs on five hits and he threw 66 pitches in those five frames, 46 for strikes. Sturdevant allowed a run on two hits and one walk in his 2017 debut. Healy, who was stuck with a tough Opening Day loss, had a strong rebound outing, tossing two scoreless innings. He allowed just one hit and one walk and he struck-out one.
Matt Chapman, who left Friday's game early, was diagnosed with a sprained wrist. He will be re-evaluated when the team gets back to Nashville.
Midland loses see-saw affair
The RockHounds won't go undefeated in 2017 after all. The RockHounds overcame a 5-3 deficit but lost a back-and-forth game, 7-6, to the Tulsa Drillers.
Errors in the first and second inning by Melvin Mercedes led to five unearned runs against Heath Fillmyer and put the RockHounds into an early 5-3 hole. The RockHounds evened the game at 5 in the fifth inning on a Tyler Marincov homerun. The Drillers took the lead again in the seventh inning on a Jacob Scavuzzo solo homer, but the RockHounds answered with a run on an Argenis Raga ground-rule double. The Drillers grabbed the lead again in the eighth and this time the RockHounds were unable to answer.
Marincov had a big game at the plate, collecting three hits including his first homer of the season. Raga drove home three on two hits, and B.J. Boyd and Brett Vertigan each added two-hit games. Vertigan also worked a walk.
Fillmyer allowed five runs on five hits and a walk in 2.2 innings, but all five runs were unearned. He struck-out two. Cody Stull bridged the tandem between Fillmyer and Joel Seddon with 1.1 scoreless innings in his 2017 debut. Seddon was touched for two runs on four hits and three walks in 3.2 innings. He struck-out three and allowed a solo homerun. Sam Bragg finished the game with 1.1 scoreless innings. He struck-out one and allowed two hits.
Shore and Duno dominate in Ports win
Logan Shore, Angel Duno and Nolan Blackwood combined to hold the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes to four hits and one run in the Ports' 3-1 win. A day after being no-hit in game two of a double-header, the Ports didn't score any earned runs, but they took advantage of some porous Quakes' defense to score three unearned runs.
Shore, the A's third overall pick in 2016, had a strong Ports' debut. He allowed four hits and one run in four innings. The right-hander struck-out five, walked one and recorded five outs on the ground. Shore's tandem starter partner Duno took over in the fifth and picked up where Shore left off. Duno didn't allow a hit in four efficient frames. He struck-out four and walked only one. Blackwood worked around two one-out walks to earn the save, closing out the game on a double-play.
Beloit's late comeback leads to a thrilling win
Down 6-3 going into the eighth inning, the Beloit Snappers scored once in the eighth and three times in the ninth to stun the Cedar Rapids Kernals, 7-6. Eric Marinez hit a sacrifice fly to tie the game and Nate Mondou connected on a two-out triple to drive home Luis Barrera to give the Snappers the lead. Andrew Tomasovich threw three scoreless innings in relief to earn the win and close out the game.
The Snappers had 11 hits, led by Mondou, who fell a homer short of the cycle. Barrera and Miguel Mercedes each had two-hit games and Cole Gruber reached twice with a hit and a walk. Kyle Nowlin launched the Snappers' first homerun of the season, a solo blast in the fourth.
Michael Murray and Dakota Chalmers were the tandem starters for the day. Murray struggled in two innings, allowing three runs on four hits. Chalmers made his full-season debut in the third and had a solid outing. He allowed a three-run homer in the fourth but that was all in four frames. He allowed two hits and struck-out four while walking none. Tomasovich was the pitching hero of the day, keeping the Snappers close enough to mount the comeback and then nailing the door shut in the ninth. In his three innings, the lefty allowed just one hit and he struck-out five.