A+ Modesto: W 6-5 (57-56, 3rd, 3 GB)
Tyler Matzek was pretty unhittable, allowing just three hits in five innings of work. However, he also walked six batters and produced only one ground ball out compared to seven fly outs. He danced around all of that to allow just one run, so at least the luck-driven result was a positive one. Nick Schnaitmann came on in relief of Matzek and was the unsung hero of the Nuts' staff, allowing just a run on three hits in 2.1 innings while striking out four.
Kurt Yacko and Isaiah Froneberger did their best to lose the game for Modesto, but behind Juan Crousset (3-for-5, 2 2B) and Jayson Langfels (3-for-5), the Nuts' offense kept fighting back and eventually won on a walk-off single by Langfels. Cristhian Adames and Kyle Parker each had two hits, with one of Parker's representing his 16th double of the season.
RK Grand Junction: L 15-11 (23-23, t-2nd, 2 GB)
It was a wild one at Suplizio Field yesterday, as the Rockies found themselves down 14-0 heading into the bottom of the sixth, only to storm back with ten runs in that frame to make things interesting again. In that inning, the Rockies drew three walks and hit five singles, a double, a triple, and a home run. Both Max White and David Dahl had two hits in the inning, with the latter hitting a two-run triple late in the frame. Dahl had three hits overall, while Steven Graeter and Chris Cowell matched his effort. Julian Yan only had one hit, but it was a homer, his tenth on the season.
Matthew Carasiti allowed six runs on seven hits and a walk in three innings, including two homers in the top of the first. Shawn Stuart turned in the best of a bunch of poor relief performances, allowing only one run in 2.1 innings while striking out two.
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AAA Colorado Springs: W 10-3 (61-55, 2nd, 7 GB)
Nick Schmidt had his best outing since being promoted to Triple-A, as he held a pretty good Omaha team to one earned run on eight hits in seven innings. He didn't walk anybody, and struck out seven batters. 76 of his 117 pitches went for strikes, which is a pretty solid ratio. Eric Junge (pronounced Eric Young) and Will Harris combned for two perfect innings of relief.
Hernan Iribarren singled three times, while Brandon Roberts singled and doubled. Andrew Brown walked twice and hit his 21st homer of the season, a solo shot with two outs in the first inning. Everyone in the Sky Sox lineup had at least one hit except for Tommy Field, though he did reach base on a walk, and eventually came around to score.
AA Tulsa: L 4-1 (58-55, 2nd, 6.5 GB)
The bad news is that Tulsa failed to amount to much of anything offensively yet again, but the good news is that Nolan Arenado accounted for most of the little offense they did produce. Arenado doubled twice as part of his 3-for-4 day, and also scored the Drillers' only run.
A Asheville: W 5-4 (71-43, 1st)
It was a balanced effort offensively for the Tourists, as no player had more than two hits, but everybody in the lineup had at least one, sans Jose Rivera. Jordan Ribera and Ryan Casteel led the charge with two hits apiece. Samuel Mende drove in two with his 30th double of the season. Back-to-back doubles by David Kandilas and Casteel won the game for Asheville in the bottom of the 11th.
A strong performance by the bullpen shouldn't go unnoticed, as three relievers combined for 4.1 scoreless innings, keeping the Tourists in the game. Starter Chris Jensen went 6.2 innings, allowing just four hits while striking out six. However, he walked two and gave up two homers, leading to four runs allowed.
A- (SS) Tri-City: W 3-2 (23-27, 2nd, 3 GB)
T.J. Oakes delivered another strong outing, allowing just one earned run in six innings while striking out five and walking nobody. Ryan Arrowood and Seth Willoughby combined for three innings of scoreless relief, with Arrowood particularly standing out by striking out five in two frames. The 21-year-old out of Appalachian St. has struck out 34 batters in 31 innings while walking just eight.
Tom Murphy, Francisco Sosa, and Zach Osborne had three hits apiece to lead the offense. Anthony Aguilera had the Dust Devils' only extra-base hit out of their 11 total knocks, as he doubled, drove in a run, and scored in the second inning.
DSL Rockies: Off day