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GAMES OF JULY 9
SCRANTON/WILKES-BARRE 2, ROCHESTER 1 IN SCRANTON/WILKES-BARRE
The Red Wings got their run in the first on a Jorge Polanco RBI single. The RailRiders scored two in the second without a hit, scoring on a walk, a wild pitch, a two-base error, a ground out, and a fielder's choice. And that was it. The only other threat the Red Wings had came in the sixth, when a single and a hit batsman put men on first and second with one out. Logan Darnell pitched a fine game, going seven innings and allowing two unearned runs on three hits and two walks with three strikeouts. Darin Mastroianni was 2-for-4. Daniel Palka was 0-for-3 with a walk and is batting .308.
CHATTANOOGA 1, TENNESSEE 0 IN TENNESSEE
It was scoreless until the ninth inning, when Travis Harrison led off with his sixth home run of the year to give the Lookouts a win. The homer came off ex-Twin Joe Nathan, who is on a rehab assignment. Each team had plenty of chances, as the Lookouts stranded eight runners and the Smokies ten. David Hurlbut pitched eight shutout innings, giving up eight hits and a walk with four strikeouts. Trevor Hildenberger pitched a scoreless inning, lowering his ERA to 0.89. In 30.1 innings he has struck out 33 and walked just five. Harrison was 2-for-4 on the day. Ryan Walker was also 2-for-4.
FORT MYERS 6, DUNEDIN 4 IN FORT MYERS
The Miracle took a 6-2 lead after four. It was still 6-2 through eight, but the Blue Jays scored two in the ninth and brought the tying run up to bat with one out. Sam Clay pitched five innings and gave up only two runs despite allowing nine hits and three walks with two strikeouts. Alex Perez was 1-for-2 with two walks and is batting .303. LaMonte Wade was 1-for-4 and is batting .355. Daniel Kihle was 1-for-4 with a home run and is batting .333 (3-for-9). Brad Hartong was 0-for-4 and is batting .300 (3-for-10).
KANE COUNTY 7, CEDAR RAPIDS 4 IN CEDAR RAPIDS
The Kernels led 4-2 after seven, but Austin Byler hit a three-run homer in the eighth and the Cougars added two more in the ninth to secure the victory. Dereck Rodriguez had a rare good game, striking out six in six innings and giving up two runs on five hits and three walks. Brian Olson and Christian Cavaness each went 2-for-4 while Casey Scoggins was 2-for-5. Luis Arraez was 0-for-4 and is batting .322.
ELIZABETHTON 4, GREENEVILLE 3 IN ELIZABETHTON
The Twins led 4-1 through seven, but the Braves scored single runs in the eighth and ninth and got the tying run into scoring position before a strikeout ended the game. Alex Schick pitched five innings, giving up one run on two hits and no walks with three strikeouts. Brandon Lopez was 2-for-3 with a walk and is batting .423. Alex Kirilloff was 0-for-4 and is batting .364. Trey Cabbage was 1-for-2 with a walk and is batting .333. Travis Blankenhorn hit a three-run homer, his sixth, and is batting .302.
GCL RED SOX 3, GCL TWINS 2 AT TWINS (12 INNINGS)
The Twins led 2-0 after seven, but the Red Sox got single runs in the eighth and ninth and got an RBI single from Raiwinson Lameda in the twelfth. The Twins put the tying run on third with one out in the bottom of the twelfth, but a strikeout and a line out ended the game. Huascar Ynoa struck out eight in five shutout innings, giving up just two hits and no walks. Matz Schutte retired all five men he faced and now has an ERA of 0.93 with a WHIP of 0.62 in 9.2 innings. The Twins had only five hits in the game.
DSL TWINS 5, DSL GIANTS 0 AT TWINS
The Twins opened the sixth by going single, double, triple, scoring three runs and breaking a scoreless tie. Pedro Garcia struck out five in four shutout innings, giving up five hits and a walk. He lowered his ERA to 1.55 and his WHIP to 0.97 with 29 strikeouts and 9 walks in 29 innings (7 starts). Victor Tademo was 2-for-4 with a double and is batting .321. Jorge Parra was 0-for-4 and is batting .356. Darling Cuesto was 1-for-2 with two walks and is batting .306. Edgar Herrera was 1-for-4 and is batting .303. Yeltsin Encarnacion was 1-for-3 with a walk and is batting .300.
GAMES OF JULY 10
ROCHESTER 3, SCRANTON/WILKES-BARRE 2 IN SCRANTON/WILKES-BARRE
The Red Wings scored all three of their runs in the seventh, overcoming a 2-0 deficit. Wilfredo Tovar's RBI double brought home the go-ahead run. Andrew Albers struck out six in six innings, giving up two runs on seven hits and two walks. Daniel Palka was 2-for-2 with a double and two walks, raising his average to .400. Jorge Polanco started the seventh-inning rally with a home run, his seventh.
TENNESSEE 5, CHATTANOOGA 4 IN TENNESSEE
The Lookouts led 3-0, fell behind 4-3, tied it 4-4, but ultimately lost. Bijan Rademacher's homer in the sixth put the Smokies in the lead to stay. The Lookouts loaded the bases with one out in the ninth, but a double play ended the game. Tyler Jay made his AA debut and pitched well except for one bad inning, and from the printed play-by-play it looks like that bad inning was just a bunch of ground balls that found holes. He pitched five innings, allowing four runs on six hits and two walks with four strikeouts. Zach Granite was 2-for-3 with two walks and is batting .309. Niko Goodrum was 2-for-4 with a double and is batting .308. Leonardo Reginatto was also 2-for-4 with a double.
DUNEDIN 6, FORT MYERS 1 FORT MYERS
The Blue Jays took the lead in the first inning and never trailed. Fernando Romero again pitched well, going five innings and giving up two runs (one earned) on six hits and no walks with three strikeouts. Nick Gordon was 2-for-4 with a double. Joe Maloney was 2-for-4. Alex Perez was 1-for-4 and is batting .300.
KANE COUNTY 11, CEDAR RAPIDS 9 IN CEDAR RAPIDS
The Kernels lost leads of 3-0 and 7-6. Sam Gibbons came out of the bullpen to make a spot start and couldn't get much accomplished, lasting 3.2 innings and surrendering six runs on seven hits and two walks with four strikeouts. Andrew Vasquez made his Class A debut and pitched 2.2 scoreless innings, striking out two and only giving up a walk. J. J. Fernandez was 3-for-5 with a two-run homer, his sixth. Jermaine Palacios was also 3-for-5. Jaylin Davis was 2-for-3 with two walks and is batting .333.
GREENEVILLE 4, ELIZABETHTON 1 IN ELIZABETHTON
Already leading 2-1, a two-run Astros eighth put the game out of reach. Starter Sean Poppen pitched well, striking out six in five innings while allowing just one run on four hits and a walk. Patrick McGuff made a successful Appalachian League debut, going 1.1 scoreless innings with two strikeouts and one walk. Amaurys Minier provided the Twins' offense getting three of their six hits with a home run (his third) and a double. Alex Kirilloff was 1-for-4 and is batting .351. Brandon Lopez was 0-for-4 and is batting .367.
9:30 DSL Twins at DSL Giants
10:35 Dunedin (Conor Fisk, 3-2, 4.17) at Fort Myers (Miles Nordgren, no record)
11:00 GCL Orioles at GCL Twins
12:05 Kane County (Jose Almonte, no record) at Cedar Rapids (Eduardo Del Rosario, 0-2, 6.25)
6:00 Greeneville (Abdiel Saldana, 0-0, 1.93) at Elizabethton (TBA)
6:05 Chattanooga (Felix Jorge, no record) at Tennessee (Jen-Ho Tseng, 5-3, 2.98)