- Three Stars: Ryan Atkinson, Jackson: 6 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 10 SO
- Two Stars: Daulton Varsho, Visalia: 3-for-4, R, two DBL, three RBI
- One Star: Jhoan Duran, Kane County: 5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 SO
- Zero Stars: Bradin Hagens: 4 IP, 7 H, 8 R, 8 ER, 3 BB, 4 SO, L (1-1)
Bradin Hagins and Michael Dimock had a very rough 5th inning, with ten runs crossing home plate. Hagins went 4.0 innings, already given up three runs before he took the mound and gave up five runs without getting an out. Dimock worked an inning, and gave up five runs (four earned) on four hits and a walk, and struck out two. Neftali Feliz worked a perfect inning, striking out two. Jarred Miller also provided a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, but striking out two and walking none.
Some light amusement in this blowout defeat was provided by third baseman Cody Decker, who took the mound for the second time this year in the eighth, and gave up two hits and a walk, but had a scoreless inning of work. Socrates Brito and Yasmany Tomas were both 2-5, Kevin Cron was 3-4, and Anthony Recker was 2-5 with a home run.
Ryan Atkinson had a terrific start, pitching 6 scoreless innings, allowing just 5 hits and no walks, while striking out 10. Sam Lewis followed with two scoreless innings of his own, giving up a hit and a walk, and struck out three. Bud Jeter struck out one and allowed no hits or walks in a perfect ninth.
Jamie Westbrook was 2-5 with a triple in the first. Rudy Flores was 2-4, and got two runs on the board in the first inning with a two run home, scoring Westbrook. The rest of the runs scored on singles by Kevin Medrano, Daniel Robertson, and Jason Morozowski, as well as sac fly by Juniel Querecuto, who also singled and had a run scored.
Kevin McCanna pitched seven innings, giving up a run on four hits and walk, with the lone run coming on a solo home run, and struck out 7. Austin Mason gave up two runs, and Robbie Sexton was ejected after hitting a Nuts batter with his first pitch. That might perhaps have had something to do with the seven Rawhide batters hit previously! Their starter, Danny Garcia, plunked four batters in only two innings.
However, Visalia made him pay, in particular LF Ramon Hernandez, who cranked a second-inning grand-slam off Garcia, after 3B Drew Elllis had a two-run shot in the first. CF Marcus Wilson and C Daulton Varsho had three-hit games, while Ellis and Hernandez each drove in four runs. RF Stephen Smith reached base four times, on two hits and two walks. The 16 hits and 15 runs were both season highs for the Rawhide. As well as, I suspect, the seven HBP!
The Cougars lost despite a stellar outing from Jhoan Duran, who pitched five innings of one-hit ball; he walked one and struck out four. They led going into the bottom of the ninth, courtesy of SS Jasrado Chisholm’s seventh homer of the season, but Carlos Bustamante wasn’t able to complete the six-out save, a sacrifice flying tying up the score.
The teams then traded runs in the 10th (with a runner starting on second, remember), the Cougars going ahead on a sacrifice fly, and the Chiefs matching them with a one-out single. Kane County couldn’t get the runner home in the 11th, and another sac-bunt/sac-fly combo allowed Peoria to walk it off. LF Ernie De La Trinidad doubled and singled, getting half of the Cougars’ four hits.