[NOTE FROM WTH: Buca is still going to be writing recaps with me, primarily on the weekends. You'll still have to settle for me during the week for right now.]
DSL Athletics at DSL Astros at 9:30 CST
GCL Cardinals at GCL Astros at 11:00 CST
Tri-City at Vermont at 6:05 CST
Probable Pitchers: RHP Vincent Velasquez (0-0, -.--) and RHP Deyvi Jimenez (0-0, -.--)
Corpus Christi at San Antonio at 7:05 CST
Probable Pitchers: TBD
Available on MiLB.tv
Corpus Christi over Frisco 14-5
This game got a late start due to a rain delay and I had to get up early so I missed the 11th inning in which the Hooks scored nine runs off an outfielder and a shortstop. There was no indication in the game story as to why an outfielder who had pitched three times in his career and a shortstop who had never pitched in his career were summoned in to what had been a tied ballgame. So there's that.
But I'm getting ahead of myself. Brett Oberholtzer was pitching a beauty as he no-hit Frisco through 4.2 innings before giving up two runs (both unearned) in the fifth and a solo home run in the sixth. That was Oberholtzer's fourth quality start in a row. In his last four starts, he is 3-0 with a 1.40 ERA and a 1.090 WHIP. Henry Villar and Josh Zeid combined for scoreless relief over the next two before Jason Stoffel had his first blown save in the ninth to force extra innings. Erick Abreu (W, 7-2) pitched the final two.
The Hooks hitters got it done against Barrett Loux who was 11-0 coming in to the game and had three wins against Corpus already this season, getting three runs off him in the third inning to take the early lead. In the top of the 11th, the Hooks batted around (and then some) as 12 batters came to the plate and Drew Muren (single, double) and Jonathan Villar (double, home run) both had two hits in the inning. In all, the Hooks had a walk, two doubles, three singles and three home runs (Villar, Kody Hinze and Jay Fernandez) in the frame. Jose Martinez, Adam Bailey, Fernandez and Muren all had three hits for the night. Villar, Martinez, Hinze and Fernandez all had three RBIs.
Round Rock over Oklahoma City 4-2
Paul Clemens (L, 8-5) found out what happens when he doesn't get a ton of offense behind him. He loses. Clemens got lucky in that he only gave up four runs because Round Rock had 13 hits off of him in six innings. He's going to have to start putting up some quality starts to get to the next level. (By contrast, Roy Oswalt in a rehab start gave up two runs on six hits and a walk over his six innings.) Enerio del Rosario allowed only one hit over his two innings, but the Redhawks offense wasn't able to get any traction against the Round Rock bullpen. Angel Sanchez got three of the Redhawks eight hits.
GAME OF THE DAY
Lexington over Asheville 2-0
Nick Tropeano had a no-hitter going through five innings and ultimately allowed only three singles over seven innings. Murilo Gouvea's one single allowed in relief and Dayan Diaz' perfect ninth capped off the day as the Legends threw a four-hit shutout to take them into the All-Star break. Lexington was shut out through eight as well in the pitcher's duel. A triple by Brandon Meredith driven in by Justin Gominsky and a double by Chan Moon driving in Gominsky accounted for all the scoring. One other highlight of the game was the ouster of Asheville Manager Joe Mikulik. Although his ejection was fairly calm, he is still known in Lexington for this extraordinary meltdown back in 2006.
What went right: Nick Tropeano's pitching and timely hitting. And amazingly enough in a shutout through seven innings, there was only one strikeout for Legend's hitters in the entire game.
What went wrong: Lexington was held to five hits, and Murilo Gouvea made an error on a pickoff throw but got out of the inning unscathed, and Nick Tropeano issued five walks.
Nick Tropeano - 7IP 3H 0R 5BB 7SO
Murilo Gouvea (W, 2-3) - 1IP 1H 0R 0BB 2SO
Dayan Diaz (S, 8) - 1IP 0H 0R 0BB 0SO
Matt Duffy - 1x3
Brandon Meredith - 2x3 3B R
Justin Gominsky - 1x3 RBI R
Jonathan Villar - 1x2 2B RBI BB
Pitcher of the Day: Nick Tropeano should have gotten a win for his seven shutout innings. He'll have to settle for some WTH love instead.
Player of the Day: This one is easy. Jay Fernandez was three-for-six with a home run, three RBIs and scored two runs. Over the last ten games, Fernandez is hitting .429/.474/.629.