I know I'm ridiculously behind on these. If the season wasn't so near to be over, I'd quit. As it is, though, my OCD demands that I finish it out, no matter how far behind I get. Thanks for understanding.
Logan Darnell throws a complete game shutout. Adam Brett Walker II hits his twenty-eighth. Tyler Jay has been pitching well lately. More than three touchdowns for Cedar Rapids. The E-Twins lose late. The GCL Twins get a total of one run in two games.
ROCHESTER 9, SYRACUSE 0 IN SYRACUSE
Batting stars: Danny Ortiz was 3-for-5 with a two-run homer (his fourteenth) and a double, scoring twice. Eric Fryer was 3-for-3 with two walks and two runs. Xavier Avery was 3-for-6 with three RBIs.
Pitching star: Logan Darnell struck out nine in a complete game shutout, giving up five hits and no walks.
Opposition star: Scott McGregor pitched 2.1 scoreless innings, allowing three hits with one strikeout.
The game: Six singles led to three runs in the second and a 3-0 Red Wings lead. Avery had a two-run single in the inning. Argenis Diaz had a two-run double in a three-run fifth that made it 6-0. Ortiz had a two-run homer in the eighth and Avery added an RBI single in the ninth. The Chiefs did not get a hit until the seventh. Their best scoring threat was in the ninth, when they put men on first and third with one out, but a pair of strikeouts ended the game.
Of note: Danny Santana was 3-for-6 with a run and an RBI. Jose Martinez was 3-for-6. Kennys Vargas was 0-for-6. Josmil Pinto was 2-for-4 with two runs. Oswaldo Arcia was 1-for-4 with a run and an RBI. Each of the first three men in the Red Wings batting order went 3-for-6.
CHATTANOOGA 4, TENNESSEE 2 IN CHATTANOOGA (GAME 1--7 INNINGS)
Batting stars: Adam Brett Walker II was 1-for-3 with a two-run homer (his twenty-eighth). Max Kepler was 1-for-2 with a walk, scoring once and driving in one. Stuart Turner was 1-for-2 with a double and an RBI.
Pitching stars: David Hurlbut pitched six innings, giving up two runs on seven hits and three walks with four strikeouts. J. T. Chargois pitched a perfect inning with one strikeout.
Opposition stars: Willson Contreras was 2-for-2 with a home run (his eighth). Jonathan Mota was 2-for-3.
The game: Contreras homered in the fourth and the Smokies added one in the fifth to go ahead 2-0. Turner's RBI double made it 2-1 after five. In the sixth, Kepler singled in the tying run and Walker II hit a two-run homer to give the Lookouts their first lead. The Smokies went down in order in the seventh.
Of note: Stephen Wickens was 0-for-3. Jorge Polanco was 1-for-3 with a run. D. J. Hicks was 0-for-3.
TENNESSEE 4, CHATTANOOGA 1 IN CHATTANOOGA (GAME 2--7 INNINGS)
Batting stars: Niko Goodrum was 2-for-3 with a run. Levi Michael was 1-for-3 with a double. D. J. Hicks was 1-for-3 with an RBI.
Pitching star: Corey Williams pitched 1.2 scoreless innings, giving up one hit and two walks with one strikeout.
Opposition stars: Jonathan Mota was 1-for-5 with a home run and two RBIs. Willson Contreras was 2-for-4 with a double and a run. Frank Batista struck out four in four innings, allowing one run on two hits and two walks.
The game: It was 1-1 after four, but Mota homered in the fifth and Anthony Giansanti delivered a two-run double in the sixth to give the Smokies the lead. The Lookouts brought the tying run up to bat in the bottom of the sixth, but that was as much as they could do.
Of note: Stephen Wickens was 0-for-2 with a walk. Max Kepler was 0-for-2 with a walk. Adam Brett Walker II was 0-for-2 with a walk. Greg Peavey pitched 5.1 innings, giving up four runs (three earned) on five hits and three walks with three strikeouts.
JUPITER 10, FORT MYERS 3 IN FORT MYERS
Batting stars: Mitch Garver was 1-for-3 with three RBIs. Zach Granite was 0-for-2 with two walks and two runs. Engelb Vielma was 1-for-3 with a walk and a run.
Pitching stars: Brian Gilbert pitched 1.1 scoreless innings, giving up a walk. Tyler Jay struck out two in a scoreless inning, giving up two hits.
Opposition stars: Cameron Flynn was 1-for-2 with three walks, scoring three times and driving in one. Blake Barber was 4-for-5 with two runs and an RBI. Drew Steckenrider pitched six shutout innings of relief, allowing three hits and no walks with four strikeouts.
The game: In the third inning, three walks and a two-run single by Garver put the Miracle ahead 3-2. The Hammerheads took over from there. Justin Bohn doubled in two in the fifth to put Jupiter ahead. Two errors led to three runs in the sixth and three more in the seventh put the game out of reach.
Of note: Aderlin Mejia was 1-for-3 with a walk. Kohl Stewart pitched 5.2 innings, giving up seven runs (four earned) on five hits and three walks with three strikeouts.
CEDAR RAPIDS 23, PEORIA 3 IN CEDAR RAPIDS
Batting stars: Almost everybody. Austin Diemer was 4-for-4 with two doubles and a walk, scoring four times and driving in three. T. J. White was 4-for-7 with a triple and a double, scoring twice and driving in five. Edgar Corcino was 3-for-7 with a home run (his fourth) and a double, scoring twice and driving in five.
Pitching stars: Keaton Steele pitched six innings, giving up two runs on six hits and a walk with five strikeouts. Nick Anderson pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit with one strikeout.
Opposition stars: Jake Gronsky was 4-for-4 with two doubles and a run. He also pitched two-thirds of an inning, allowing no runs on a hit and a walk. Harrison Bader was 1-for-3 with a two-run homer, his sixth.
The game: Max Murphy had a two-run triple in a five-run first. It was 5-2 going to the bottom of the fourth, when the Kernels scored eleven runs. They batted sixteen in the inning, getting a triple, two doubles, seven singles, and three walks.
Of note: Sean Miller was 5-for-6 with a walk, scoring four times and driving in one. Nick Gordon was 3-for-6 with a double and a walk, scoring four times and driving in two.
GREENEVILLE 3, ELIZABETHTON 2 IN GREENEVILLE
Batting stars: Alex Perez was 2-for-4 with a run. Jermaine Palacios was 1-for-4 with a double and a run. LaMonte Wade was 1-for-3 with a walk.
Pitching star: Andro Cutura struck out five in 5.2 innings, giving up two runs (one earned) on five hits and two walks.
Opposition stars: Kyle Tucker was 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI. Rodrigo Ayarza was 2-for-3 with an RBI. Edgardo Sandoval struck out six in five innings, allowing one run on two hits and two walks.
The game: A double play scored a run in the fourth and a sacrifice fly brought one home in the sixth to give the Twins a 2-0 lead. The Astros scored two in the sixth to tie it. In the eighth the Astros loaded the bases with none out and a sacrifice fly scored the go-ahead run. The Twins went down in order in the ninth.
Of note: Zander Wiel was 0-for-3 with an RBI.
GCL RAYS 2, GCL TWINS 0 AT RAYS (GAME 1--7 INNINGS)
Batting stars: Ruar Verkerk was 2-for-3. Bryan Haar was 1-for-3. The Twins had three hits in the game.
Pitching star: Williams Ramirez pitched 4.2 innings, giving up an unearned run on two hits and two walks with four strikeouts.
Opposition stars: Garrett Whitley was 1-for-2 with a double and a walk, driving in one. Rafelin Lorenzo was 1-for-2 with a double and a walk, scoring once. Reign Letkeman pitched five shutout innings, allowing one hit and two walks with four strikeouts.
The game: Two errors and Whitley's double put the Rays on the board in the first inning. They added a run in the sixth on Cody Semler's RBI single. The Twins did not get a man to third until two were out in the seventh.
Of note: Christian Cavaness was 0-for-3 with a walk. Luis Arraez was 0-for-2 with a walk. Kolton Kendrick was 0-for-2 with a walk.
GCL RAYS 2, GCL TWINS 1 AT TWINS (GAME 2--8 INNINGS--SCHEDULED 7 INNINGS)
Batting stars: Luis Arraez was 2-for-3 with a walk. Ariel Montesino was 1-for-2 with a walk and a run. Roberto Gonzalez was 2-for-3.
Pitching stars: Miguel Gonzalez pitched three innings, giving up one run on two hits and no walks with one strikeout. Brandon Poulson struck out five in 2.2 scoreless innings, giving up two walks. Matz Schutte pitched 1.1 scoreless innings, giving up two hits.
Opposition stars: Blake Grant-Parks was 2-for-4 with a double and a run. Samm Wiggins was 1-for-3 with a double and a walk. Adrian Navas pitched four innings, allowing an unearned run on three hits and two walks with three strikeouts.
The game: Two walks and an error produced a run in the first for the Twins. Doubles by Grant-Parks and Gilbert Marrero produced the tying run in the second. It stayed 1-1 until the eighth, when Juan Carlos Arias singled in the go-ahead run with two out. The Twins got a man to second with two out in the bottom of the eighth.
Of note: Robert Molina was 0-for-3. Bryan Haar was 0-for-4.