Player of the Day
RHP Cristopher Molina put on a show for Double-A Rocket City Wednesday night, throwing eight scoreless innings in a 4-0 win over the Pensacola Blue Wahoos. He was incredibly effective in his start, only allowing one hit and two walks while striking out 11.
All 1⃣1⃣ strikeouts in a career-high effort from Cristopher Molina! ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/T5CJfWV5dv— Rocket City Trash Pandas (@trashpandas) September 16, 2021
In 41 innings for Rocket City this season, Molina has struck out 40 and has an ERA of 3.51. He has been in the Angels organization since 2017.
Double-A Rocket City
The Trash Pandas snapped an 8-game losing streak Wednesday night, beating the Pensacola Blue Wahoos, 4-0. As mentioned above, Molina was the star of the game.
RF Torii Hunter Jr. broke a scoreless tie in the bottom of the fifth inning, producing the go-ahead RBI double that was all Rocket City needed to seal the victory. In the inning, a fielder’s choice added another run and 2B Carson Matthews singled home Hunter Jr. to widen the score to 3-0. Hunter Jr. hit an infield single that brought in another run in the sixth via a throwing error.
AA South Player of August 3B Mitch Nay and Hunter Jr. both went 2-4 while Matthews went 2-3 with an RBI at the bottom of the order.
Rocket City moves to 54-56.
The Dust Devils played their first game since Sept. 3 on Wednesday night. Their previous nine games had been cancelled due to COVID-19-related issues. In their first game back, Tri-City was blanked by the Eugene Emeralds, 6-0. Five Dust Devils: Mason Erla, Chase Chaney, Kevin Watson Jr., Quentin Selma and William Rivera made their Tri-City debuts at Gesa Stadium.
2021 17th round pick RHP Erla was credited for the loss after going 2.1 IP and giving up two runs (one earned) on two hits, no walks and two Ks.
The offense went 0-7 with RISP and had 6 LOB. Speedster CF Jordyn Adams picked up his 17th stolen base in the loss.
Tri-City moves to 42-65.
Low-A Inland Empire
The 66ers were blown out, 17-3, by the Lake Elsinore Storm. Inland Empire took an early 2-0 lead in the second inning, but Lake Elsinore scored six in the bottom half and ran away from there.
The pitching box score was, well...see for yourself:
The only actual RBI came from C Myles Emmerson (the other two runs were the product of a throwing error). Emmerson went 2-4 with an RBI base hit.
Inland Empire moves to 55-58.
- Pensacola Blue Wahoos 0 | Rocket City Trash Pandas 4
- Tri-City Dust Devils 0 | Eugene Emeralds 6
- Inland Empire 66ers 3 | Lake Elsinore 17
- 4:35 p.m. PDT: Pensacola Blue Wahoos vs. Rocket City Trash Pandas
- 6:35 p.m. PDT: Triple-A Salt Lake Bees vs. Sacramento River Cats
- 7:05 p.m. PDT: Inland Empire 66ers at Lake Elsinore Storm
- 7:05 p.m. PDT: Eugene Emeralds vs. Tri-City Dust Devils