Fresno 5, Tacoma (AAA) 1
TACOMA, Wash. – Jon Kemmer hit a two-run triple in the fifth inning, leading the Fresno Grizzlies (50-41) to a 5-1 win over the Tacoma Rainiers (46-44) on Thursday.
The triple by Kemmer came in the midst of a four-run inning and gave the Grizzlies a 3-1 lead. Later in the inning, Kemmer scored on an error.
The Grizzlies tacked on another run in the sixth when Teoscar Hernandez hit a solo home run.
Hernandez hit two solo homers for Fresno.
Fresno right-hander Trent Thornton (6-2) picked up the win after allowing one run on six hits over five innings. Opposing starter Sam Gaviglio (2-4) took the loss in the Pacific Coast League game after he allowed four runs on just three hits over five innings.
Tacoma reliever Cody Martin (Gonzaga) struck out seven in three innings of no-hit, no-walk relief.
With the win, Fresno improved to 6-3 against Tacoma this season.
Springfield 4, Arkansas (AA) 1
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Oscar Mercado drove in Randy Arozarena with a sacrifice fly in the first inning, leading the Springfield Cardinals (46-44) to a 4-1 win over the Arkansas Travelers (41-49) on Thursday.
The sacrifice fly by Mercado, part of a two-run inning, gave the Cardinals a 1-0 lead before John Nogowski hit an RBI double later in the inning.
After Springfield added a run in the third on a single by Mercado, the Travelers cut into the deficit in the fourth inning when Seth Mejias-Brean hit a solo home run.
The Cardinals tacked on another run in the ninth when Jacob Wilson scored on a forceout.
Springfield right-hander Sandy Alcantara (4-5) picked up a quality start and the win after allowing one run on just two hits over six innings. Opposing starter Anthony Misiewicz (1-1) took the loss in the Texas League game after giving up three runs and seven hits over five innings. Rowan Wick recorded his first save of the season.
Visalia 6, Modesto (High-A) 1
MODESTO, Calif. – Jason Morozowski doubled and singled twice, scoring a run and also driving one home as the Visalia Rawhide (44-47) beat the Modesto Nuts (53-38) 6-1 on Thursday.
Grant Heyman homered and singled with two RBIs for Visalia.
Visalia took the lead in the first when Sergio Alcantara hit an RBI single and then scored on a two-run home run by Heyman.
After Visalia added a run in the third on a single by Matt McPhearson, the Nuts cut into the deficit in the fourth inning when Willie Argo hit a sacrifice fly, scoring Chris Mariscal.
The Rawhide later tacked on a run in both the sixth and eighth innings. Fernery Ozuna scored on a single in both the sixth and eighth innings.
Visalia southpaw Cody Reed (2-4) picked up the win after allowing one run on four hits over five innings. Opposing starter Pablo Lopez (5-8) took the loss in the California League game after allowing four runs and nine hits over five innings.
Despite the loss, Modesto is 11-4 against Visalia this season.
Dayton 8, Clinton (Low-A) 4
CLINTON, Iowa – Jose Siri hit a two-run home run and had two hits, driving in three as the Dayton Dragons (48-43) beat the Clinton LumberKings (38-50) 8-4 on Thursday.
Trailing 2-0, the Dragons took the lead for good with four runs in the third inning. Siri hit a two-run home run en route to the two-run lead.
The Dragons later added a run in the fourth and three in the sixth. In the fourth, Malik Collymore scored on a ground out, while Taylor Trammell drove in two runs and Bruce Yari drove in one in the sixth.
Dayton right-hander Andrew Jordan (4-6) picked up the win after allowing two runs on just three hits over five innings. Opposing starter Danny Garcia (6-6) took the loss in the Midwest League game after a rough outing in which he allowed five runs and seven hits over four innings. Jesse Adams recorded his second save of the season.
Gareth Morgan was a triple short of the cycle, driving in three runs and scoring a pair for the LumberKings. Joe Rizzo singled twice, also stealing a base.
Everett (Short-A) 5, Tri-City 1
PASCO, Wash. – Chris Torres tripled and singled twice, and Andres Torres hurled six scoreless innings as the Everett AquaSox (12-16) topped the Tri-City Dust Devils (14-14) 5-1 on Thursday.
A. Torres (4-0) picked up the win after he struck out six and walked two.
Everett took the lead in the first when it put up four runs, including a two-run double by Eugene Helder.
The AquaSox tacked on another run in the fifth when Brayan Hernandez hit an RBI single, bringing home Austin Grebeck.
Ben Sheckler (0-1) went five innings, allowing five runs and 10 hits in the Northwest League game. He also struck out three and walked two.
With the win, Everett improved to 5-2 against Tri-City this season.
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