Reno Aces 2, Albuquerque Isotopes 6: Eric Jokisch was the victim of the BABIP gods, allowing 10 hits in 5 innings, only 2 for extra bases although he was unable to make the pitches with runners on base. Overall, Jokisch struck out 5 and allowed 5 runs in 5 innings. The offense wasn’t able to overcome the deficit after a 2-run first inning. Oswaldo Arcia and Zach Borenstein drove in a run each in that inning.
Jackson Generals 5, Chattanooga Lookouts 4: The Generals got a mediocre start from Frank Duncan, who allowed 4 runs in 6 innings. However, the bullpen was sharp with 3 perfect innings to give the offense a chance to win it. Solid situational hitting put the Generals on top with a 4 for 12 clip with runners in scoring position. Tied at 4 in the bottom of the 9th, Kevin Cron drove in the winning run home with a single.
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Kane County Cougars 1, Peoria Chiefs 2: The Cougars offense was shut down, managing only 3 hits (all singles), 1 walk, and 2 runners reaching via error for the entire game. The bad offensive effort wasted a pretty decent pitching performance overall from the Cougars bullpen in a bullpen start. Carlos Bustamente allowed 1 run in 4 innings and was saddled with the tough-luck loss.
Hillsboro Hops 3, Tri-City Dust Devils 4: Tyler Keele allowed 3 runs in 6 innings for a quality start, striking out 5 and walking 1. His battery mate provided a great deal of the run support as Daulton Varsho clubbed another homer, his 7th of the year to tie the game at 3 in the 5th. The Hops also had 2 runners thrown out attempting to steal, which is why the RISP and LOB numbers look better than they are. Kevin Ginkel came in a tie game and allowed the go-ahead run to score in the 7th inning.
Missoula Osprey 2, Great Falls Voyagers 6: The Osprey fell behind early, but were able to cut the deficit down to 3-2 in the 4th. However, the big hit eluded them as they went 0 for 8 with RISP and left 6 on base. Gabriel Maciel had 3 hits and Terence Connolly ripped a pair of doubles, but the lack of situational hitting really hurt the Osprey and their chances of winning. The bullpen allowed 3 tack on runs late to push the game towards its final score.