Las Vegas 4 @ Tucson 0
Three Las Vegas pitchers combined to shut out the Sidewinders Friday, wasting a solid effort from Michael Gosling, who gave up just two earned runs in seven innings of work. Though Gosling took the loss it was argueably his best outing of the year. He scattered nine hits and walked only one, striking out five.
The Sidewinders managed only six hits on the night, and those who collected them were the usual suspects. Conor Jackson was back at first base and went 1-3 on the night with a double and a walk. The double gave Jackson the top spot in the Pacific Coast League with 20 two-baggers on the season, and the walk helped keep him on top of the PCL in On Base Percentage at .497, just five points ahead of teammate Carlos Quentin, who was 0-4 on the evening.
Second baseman Andy Green was the only Sidewinder to collect two hits Friday, going 2-4 with a walk and extending his hitting streak to 10 games.
Tennessee 8 @ Huntsville 6
Matt Chico lasted only four innings, but was victimized by two errors that allowed three unearned runs to score Friday. He picked up his second straight no decision.
The bullpen picked Chico up though, going five innings and allowing only four hits, and no runs. Pete Sikaras picked up the win with two innings of perfect relief, and Casey Daigle got his first save of the season.
Jesus Cota has been sidelined for the past four games, and wasn't available to start on Friday, but it hardly mattered. His pinch hit three run home run in the eighth gave the Smokies the lead for good. In his last six games Cota has driven in 10 runs.
Left fielder Noochie Varner continued his tear by going 2-4 with two runs scored and two stolen bases.
Rancho Cucamonga 9 @ Lancaster 11
Starter Sam Smith was shelled to the tune of nine hits and eight runs (seven earned) in just 3.1 innings, but the JetHawks used four home runs to fight back and win. Smith has now given up 13 homers in 10 starts this season.
Three JetHawk players made errors during the game, but in the final analysis, all three made up for their fielding mistakes at the plate. Derek Bruce booted a ball in field, but proceeded to go 2-3 at the plate with his second home run in as many days. Danny Richar made his league leading 17th error at shortstop, but was 3-4 with a walk and three runs scored, and catcher Miguel Montero made his sixth error of the season on an errant throw, but would be forgiven after he hit his second home run of the game with two out in the bottom of the ninth to give the JetHawks the win. Montero was 3-5 on the day, driving in four and scoring three runs.
The bullpen was fantastic, throwing 5.2 innings and giving up only one unearned run. Alex Cremidan came on for Smith in the fourth and pitched 1.2 innings, allowing the unearned run to cross the plate. It was the fifth unearned run Cremidan has allowed in his last two appearances, with no earned runs on his watch. Next out of the pen was Jered Liebeck, who threw three innings of two hit, four strikeout ball, keeping the JetHawks close, and when Ryan Coffin tossed a perfect ninth he was rewarded with the win after the Montero walk off.
South Bend 4 @ Cedar Rapids 7
Koley Kolberg got his second start of the season in South Bend but it was a far cry from the five innings of shutout ball his tossed in start #1. Kolberg lasted only 4.1 innings, allowing three walks and seven hits, including two homers, as he took his first loss of the year.
Allen Mottram started at first base Friday and delivered his sixth homer of the season, going 2-4 on the day and scoring two runs.
Third baseman Augie Murillo added to his Midwest League leading RBI total with a 1-3, RBI performance, his eighth inning double also put him in fourth in the League in that category, with 13.
Reliever Josh Perrault pitched 2.2 innings on Friday, and gave up only his second earned run of the season. Perrault's ERA skyrocketed to 0.78.