|Fresno||Won, 6-4||@ Tacoma, 10:05 p.m.||Copeland (2-2, 6.33) vs. Niese (2-1, 5.16)|
|Harrisburg||Lost, 6-2||vs. Reading, 7:00 p.m.||Sharp (4-3, 4.23) vs.Llovera (2-0, 4.06)|
|Potomac||Won, 4-3||vs. Frederick, 7:00 p.m.||Lee (1-2, 2.75) vs. Knight (0-0, 3.27)|
|Hagerstown||Won, 5-1||vs. Kannapolis, 7:05 p.m.||Alastre (3-3, 5.89) vs. Stiever (3-3, 4.59)|
Fresno 6 Tacoma 4
• McGowan (W, 1-0) 5IP, 3H, R, ER, 2BB, 2K
• Bacus (SV, 1) 1⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K, 2-2 IR-S
• Hernandez 3-4, 2R, 2HR, 4RBI
• Kieboom 1-4, R, 2B, 2K
The “other” McGowan (Kevin) stepped into the Grizzlies rotation and picked up a win in his first AAA start of 2019, stopping a two-game slide with a 6-4 win over the Rainiers. McGowan, the second alum from Franklin Pierce University to pitch in the majors, allowed one run on three hits and two walks while fanning two. Fresno got four runs off the bat of Yadiel Hernandez, including a two-run shot in the 8th after a Carter Kieboom double. Mario Sanchez and Dakota Bacus gave those runs back but stopped the bleeding in te he 9th for the hold and save, respectively.
Akron 6 Harrisburg 2
• Tetreault (L, 2-2) 6IP, 12H, 5R, 5ER, BB, 3K, WP
• Baez 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Davidson 2-4, R, 2B, HR, RBI
• C. Taylor 1-3, R, HR, BB, RBI
Harrisburg, on the other hand, continued its fall back to earth with a fifth straight loss, 6-2 to Akron to complete the three-game sweep – the second this month after winning its first nine series. Jackson Tetreault gave up five runs again, but this time on twelve hits and a walk over six innings to lose for the second time at AA. Austin Davidson went yard in the 4th while Chuck Taylor homered in the 5th to account for the two Sens runs. Harrisburg managed just six hits total.
Potomac 4 Down East 3
• Raquet 4⅓ IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 3K, 2HBP
• Teel (W, 2-0) 2⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 5K, 3-0 IR-S
• Harrison 1-2, 3BB, SB, CS
• Canning 2-4, 2B, CS
The middle innings struggles (a.k.a. the biggest sign that relief may be the better fit) of Nick Raquet continued as the 23-y.o. failed to pitch six full innings for the 20th time in 21 High-A starts in the P-Nats’ 4-3 win to split the four-game series with the Wood Ducks. Raquet gave up all three runs while getting just one out in the 5th (a 3-2 putout at HP) and six hits total to blow a 3-0 lead. Carson Teel preserved the tie by leaving the bases loaded with a pair of strikeouts then struck out three more over the next two innings. Jakson Reetz and Anderson Franco went single-double in the 6th for the go-ahead run while Frankie Bartow and Bryan Bonnell kept the infielders cool with four more whiffs in the 8th and 9th innings to earn the hold and save respectively.
Hagerstown 5 Kannapolis 1
• Tapani 4IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• Day (W, 1-1) 4IP, 2H, 1R, 0ER, BB, 2K
• Rhinesmith 2-3, R, 3B, BB
• C. Wilson 1-4, R, HR, RBI
Starting with Cody Wilson’s best imitation of Rickey Henderson—the leadoff HR—Hagerstown dropped a five-spot on Kannapolis in the 1st and cruised to a 5-1 win to take a 2-1 series lead. Ryan Tapani made the spot start with four scoreless innings with three hits and no walks and four whiffs. Chandler Day went the next four, giving up an unearned run on two hits and a walk to register the “W.” Jacob Rhinesmith singled, walked, tripled, and a scored a run to lead the Suns offense.