Minor Details: Games of April 26

David Hurlbut gives up his first earned runs of the season.  The Lookouts get on the board, but still lose.  The Miracle give up two big innings.  Tyler Wells has a fine game as the Kernels get the only win.


The Braves scored two in the third to go up 3-0 and held on.  The Red Wings pulled within one in the seventh and had men on first and second with one out, but their last eight batters were retired.

David Hurlbut pitched 6.1 innings, giving up three runs (two earned) on seven hits and a walk with three strikeouts.  They were the first earned runs he has given up in three starts, making his ERA 1.04 in 17.1 innings.  He has given up 15 hits and 6 walks with 14 strikeouts.  Drew Rucinski retired all four batters he faced and Alex Wimmers retired all three.  Ehire Adrianza was 2-for-5 and is batting .444 (4-for-9).  John Ryan Murphy was 2-for-4 with two doubles.  Leonardo Reginatto was 0-for-4 and is batting .319.  Matt Hague was 0-for-3 with a walk and is batting .308.


The Lookouts scored a few runs, but had the same ultimate result.  The Smokies scored two in the top of the first and led all the way.  Chattanooga got within one twice, trailing 2-1 after one and 4-3 after four, but could never get caught up.  Tennessee scored two in the first, third, fifth, and seventh, breaking the odd/even pattern by being held scoreless in the ninth.

Felix Jorge, who had done well in three starts, did not do well in this one, pitching five innings and giving up six runs on ten hits and a walk with four strikeouts.  Mason Melotakis and Nick Burdi each pitched a scoreless inning, keeping their ERAs at zero.  Melotakis has 8 strikeouts in 7.2 innings and has given up 3 hits and 1 walk.  Burdi has 10 strikeouts in 7.1 innings and has given up 4 hits and 3 walks.  Travis Harrison was 2-for-2 with two walks.  Nick Gordon was 1-for-4 with a walk and is batting .338.  Engelb Vielma was 1-for-5 and is batting  .317.  Edgar Corcino was 1-for-2 with two walks and is batting .302.  Jonathan Rodriguez hit a two-run homer, his third.


Zander Weil doubled home a run in the first to give the Miracle a 1-0 lead, but that was as good as it got.  The Marauders only led 2-1 through four, but a five-run fifth and a six-run sixth put the game well out of reach.

Cody Stashak, who had done fairly well in his first three starts, did fairly well in his first four innings in this game.  His line, however, is five innings, seven runs (five earned), five hits and a walk with four strikeouts.  The only reliever to do well was Jonny Drozd, who pitched a scoreless ninth to drop his ERA to 1.13 over eight innings.  The Miracle had only four hits.  Chris Paul was 0-for-4 to drop his average to .321.  Trey Vavra was 0-for-4 to drop his average to .098 (5-for-51).


A five-run second inning carried the Kernels.  Shane Carrier doubled in the first run.  Later in the inning, Jermaine Palacios hit a three-run triple, later scoring on a single by Mitchell Kranson.  Tyler Wells and two relievers took it from there.

Wells struck out seven in seven innings, giving up one run on five hits and a walk.  His ERA is 1.88, his WHIP is 1.00, and he has 32 strikeouts and 7 walks in 24 innings (4 starts).  Max Cordy and Colton Davis each pitched a perfect inning.  Lewin Diaz was 3-for-4 with a double.  Kranson is 2-for-4 and is batting .344.  Jermaine Palacios was 1-for-4 and is batting .397.  Two Cedar Rapids starters had batting averages below .100.  Ben Rortvedt is batting .087 (4-for-46) and Ariel Montesino is batting .077 (3-for-39).


10:05  Gwinnett (Lucas Sims, 2-0, 2.70) at Rochester (Jason Wheeler, 2-1, 4.67)
5:35  Bradenton (Gage Hinsz, 0-2, 10.64) at Fort Myers (Keaton Steele, 1-2, 6.19)
6:05  Chattanooga at Jacksonville (Alex Young, 1-0, 1.84)
6:30  Cedar Rapids (Sean Poppen, 0-0, 1.74) at Peoria (Ian Oxnevad, 0-2, 5.93)