El Paso 5, Tacoma (AAA) 1
EL PASO, Texas – Ryan Schimpf homered and singled as the El Paso Chihuahuas (33-34) beat the Tacoma Rainiers (35-30) 5-1 on Thursday.
Rafael Ortega singled twice, also stealing a base for El Paso.
El Paso started the scoring in the second when it put up three runs, including a solo home run by Schimpf.
Tacoma answered in the top of the next frame when Gordon Beckham hit an RBI single, bringing home Leonys Martin to get within two.
The Chihuahuas later tacked on a run in both the third and seventh innings. In the third, Hector Sanchez hit an RBI single, while Nick Schulz scored on a ground out in the seventh.
Cesar Vargas (1-0) got the win with 1 2/3 innings of scoreless relief while Tacoma starter Andrew Moore (3-1) took the loss in the Pacific Coast League game.
Springfield 6, Arkansas (AA) 3
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Jose Adolis Garcia homered and had two hits, driving in two, and Sandy Alcantara hurled six scoreless innings as the Springfield Cardinals (32-34) defeated the Arkansas Travelers (32-34) 6-3 on Thursday.
Alcantara (3-4) allowed two hits while striking out four and walking four to pick up the win.
Springfield started the scoring in the first inning when Magneuris Sierra scored on a wild pitch and Garcia hit an RBI double.
After Springfield added three runs, the Travelers cut into the deficit in the eighth inning when Tyler Marlette hit an RBI single and Dario Pizzano scored on a forceout.
The Cardinals tacked on another run in the eighth when Dickie Joe Thon hit an RBI single, driving in Garcia.
Tyler Herb (5-3) went six innings, allowing five runs and six hits in the Texas League game. He also struck out seven and walked one.
For the Travelers, Nelson Ward doubled and singled.
Modesto (High-A) 12, Inland Empire 6
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. – Rayder Ascanio was a triple short of the cycle, scoring three runs while driving in two as the Modesto Nuts topped the Inland Empire 66ers 12-6 on Thursday.
Joey Curletta singled three times with three runs for Modesto.
Modesto scored in six different innings in the victory, including the fifth, when it scored four runs, including a single by Logan Taylor that scored Curletta.
Modesto starter Anthony Misiewicz (5-2) picked up the win despite allowing five runs and nine hits over five innings. Opposing starter Austin Robichaux (1-3) took the loss in the California League game after a rough outing in which he allowed eight runs and nine hits over 4 1/3 innings.
Clinton (Low-A) 4, Beloit 3 (11)
CLINTON, Iowa – Dimas Ojeda hit a walk-off single with two outs in the 11th inning, as the Clinton LumberKings (30-34) defeated the Beloit Snappers (31-35) 4-3 on Thursday. The LumberKings swept the three-game series with the win.
Anthony Jimenez scored the game-winning run after he entered the game as a pinch runner on third base and advanced to third on an error.
Trace Loehr hit an RBI single, bringing home J.C. Rodriguez in the third inning to give the Snappers a 1-0 lead. The LumberKings came back to take the lead in the fifth inning when Nick Thurman hit a solo home run and Yojhan Quevedo hit a two-run double.
Beloit tied the game 3-3 in the eighth when Miguel Mercedes hit an RBI single, driving in Luis Barrera.
Reliever Jeffeson Medina (2-0) picked up the win after he struck out one over two scoreless innings. Jesus Zambrano (0-2) went 1 2/3 innings, allowing one run and two hits in the Midwest League game. He also struck out two and walked one.
Hillsboro 10, Everett (short-A) 3
EVERETT, Wash. – Billy Endris, Eudy Ramos and Domingo Leyba all homered and the Hillsboro Hops (1-0) beat the Everett AquaSox (0-1) 10-3 in the season opener for both teams in the Northwest League.
Brayan Hernandez and Joseph Rosa had two hits apiece for Everett. AquaSox starter Ryne Inman (L, 0-1) allowed six runs on six hits and and two walks with five strikeouts in 4 1/3 innings.
The teams continue their five-game series on Friday at 7:05 p.m.