Thursday’s highlights included a walk-off win, a late grand slam, and a complete-game shutout. Use this nightly recap to get caught up on those and the rest of the night’s action:
Équipe Québec shut out the Tri-City ValleyCats 4-0 after a complete game shutout by starter Miguel Cienfuegos. Raphael Gladu’s two-run blast in the fourth got Québec on the board in the fourth. An inning later, Jeffry Parra singled home Ruben Castro for the third run, and Gladu singled home David Glaude for the fourth and final run. That was all they needed, as Cienfuegos went the full nine shutout innings, allowing eight hits and striking out seven in the commanding win.
The Florence Y’alls took the lead late with a grand slam that catapulted them to an 8-5 win over the Schaumburg Boomers. Schaumburg got off to a hot start, as Angelo Gumbs connected on a three-run home run in the top of the first inning. Florence answered with two in the bottom half, with Trevor Craport driving one in on a groundout, and Joe Lytle singling home the second. Matt McGarry added a run for the Boomers in the second after an RBI single that made it 4-2. In the third, Rodney Tennie’s RBI single cut the deficit to 4-3 for the Y’alls, and an inning later, Lytle singled home a run to tie it at 4-4. The game stayed tied at 4-4 until the bottom of the eighth, when Trevor Craport stepped up to the plate with the bases loaded and launched a grand slam to put the Y’alls up four runs. The Boomers were able to add a run with a Chase Dawson home run in the ninth, but they were unable to tack on any more, as the game finished 8-5.
The Washington Wild Things scored in all but three innings to beat the Sussex County Miners 8-3. Joe Campagna opened the scoring for the Wild Things after his two-run home run in the second inning. Bralin Jackson followed in the third with an RBI single that made it 3-0 Washington. In the bottom of the third, Sussex County answered with an RBI double by Chuck Taylor and a run scoring after an error allowed Martin Figueroa to reach first safely. Washington scored again in the fourth when Andrew Sohn drew a walk with the bases loaded and Scotty Dubrule hit an RBI groundout to extend their lead to 5-2. The Miners added a run in the sixth on a Kaleo Johnson solo home run, but that was not nearly enough to keep up with the Wild Things’ offense, as they scored in three more innings. In the seventh, Grant Heyman doubled home a run; in the eighth, Dubrule drove a run in on a groundout; and in the ninth, Campagna singled home the eighth and final run. Starter Ryan Hennen struck out five and allowed two earned runs on four hits and two walks in the win.
After a good amount of offense in the middle innings, the New York Boulders defeated the New Jersey Jackals 12-6. New Jersey’s Demetrius Moorer got the scoring started with an RBI single in the second inning to give them an early lead. Ryan Ramiz answered with a two-run double the next inning to put the Boulders in front and give them a lead they would not relinquish. An inning later, New York unloaded for five runs. Jack Sundberg led off the scoring in the fourth with an RBI double. That was followed by a two-run triple by Ramiz, and a two-run home run by Marcus Mastrobuoni that gave New York a 7-1 advantage. The next inning, they added three after a three-run shot by Sundberg, and in the bottom half, Santiago Chirino added another run for New Jersey on a groundout. Justin Wylie scored on a passed ball in the sixth to make it 10-3 before the Boulders were able to tack onto their lead in the seventh. A Kevonte Mitchell sac fly and a single by Ramiz gave New York twelve runs before a three-run blast by Wylie in the bottom half cut the Jackals final deficit to 12-6.
The Windy City ThunderBolts used a walk-off home run by Dan Robinson to edge out the Evansville Otters 2-1. The game was a pitcher’s duel, with neither team scoring until the fifth inning. In the fifth, Evansville crossed the plate first after a sacrifice fly by Michael Gangwish put them ahead 1-0. The game stayed 1-0 until the eighth, when Windy City’s Payton Robertson hit an RBI triple that tied the game at 1-1. Then, in the bottom of the ninth, Dan Robinson ended the game with one swing of the bat, hitting a walk-off solo home run to win the game and the series for the ThunderBolts. Starter Tyler Thornton allowed just the one run on the night on just three hits and a walk, striking out ten batters over seven innings in the win. Meanwhile, for the Otters, Polo Portela tossed 7.2 innings, struck out nine, and allowed one run on four hits and two walks in the loss.
The Lake Erie Crushers plated three runs early and held on to beat the Joliet Slammers 6-3. The first runs came when Connor Oliver connected on a two-run homer in the first. Karl Ellison followed by doubling home a run and making it 3-0 Crushers after one. In the fourth inning, Eric Callahan hit a solo home run to extend the lead to four, and in the fifth, Ellison hit an RBI single to make it 5-0 Lake Erie. Joliet finally got on the board in the seventh, when Tyler Depreta-Johnson drew a bases-loaded walk to force in a run. Scott Holzwasser then advanced to first on a fielder’s choice that allowed the second run to cross the plate. The Crushers added a run in the top of the eighth after a Steve Passatempo solo home run, and Braxton Davidson scored on a passed ball for Joliet to make it a 6-3 final score. Lake Erie’s starting pitcher Jake Pilarski tossed six shutout innings, allowing just two hits and three walks while striking out seven in the victory.
The Southern Illinois Miners had a pair of four-run innings late that fueled them to a 10-5 win over the Gateway Grizzlies. Southern Illinois opened the scoring in the fourth after Ian Walters singled home a run. The Grizzlies answered with one of their own in the fifth from Jay Prather to tie the game at 1-1. Gateway then took the lead in the sixth, when Alonzo Jones drew a bases-loaded walk and a run scored after an error allowed Ty Moore to reach first base safely. With the Grizzlies up 3-1 heading into the seventh, the Miners proceeded to have two big innings. The scoring in the seventh started with an RBI single from Luke Mangieri followed by an RBI double by Yeltsin Gudiño. Nolan Earley followed that with a sacrifice fly that plated Mangieri, and Ariel Sandoval followed Earley with a double that scored Gudiño to make it 5-3 Miners. An inning later, the Miners kept their bats hot. Cody Erickson plated a run with a single, Mangieri drove in a run with a sacrifice fly, and Sandoval hit a two-run single to extend the lead to 9-3. The Miners tacked on one additional run in the ninth on a Jarrod Watkins solo home run to give them ten runs. Gateway got two back with an RBI single from Andres Regnault and a passed ball allowing Prather to score the fifth and final run.
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