Eddie Butler turned in a second stellar outing to start the season, but a leaky bullpen in the eighth inning tied a game that wound up lasting 13 innings. Butler allowed just two hits and walked four in six innings while striking out seven. He kept the ball down all night, posting a 9-1 GO-FO.
Butler found symmetry in the first two innings: starting the game with a strikeout, inducing four ground outs, and, finally, closing things with another strikeout.
The third inning, however, presented trouble for Butler when he had Evan Chapman, who reached on a walk, at first base and two outs on the board. Chapman stole second base and advanced to third on a wild pitch while Raul Mondesi was the plate. Mondesi walked and stole second, but Butler ended the inning with a Terrance Gore swinging strikeout.
Butler surrendered his first hit of the game with two outs in the fourth inning, watching a ball go down the third-base line for a double. He, however, came right back with a strikeout to end the inning. He ended each of his next two innings with a strikeout.
Asheville scored its first run in the second inning on a passed ball and added two more in the sixth inning on back-to-back home runs by Rosell Herrera and Tom Murphy to start the frame. In the eighth, Rayan Gonzalez saw that 3-0 lead evaporate. Though charged with all three runs -- allowing two directly on a single and a double -- Gonzalez he was not on the mound when the tying run scored, leaving with two outs and men on second and third. Raul Fernandez walked the bases loaded and then allowed an inherited runner to score on a single to Herrera.
Roberto Padilla pitched the first three extra innings, striking out five. He became the pitcher of record when Matt Wessinger scored on a fielding error in the top of the 13th. Wessinger started the inning with a walk, moved to second on a sac bunt, and took third on a wild pitch. Jesse Meaux picked up the save and, for the final out, struck out Raul Mondesi, who started things in the 1st for Lexington with a strikeout.
The Drillers (1-5) failed to crack Hooks starter Bobby Doran, picking up just one hit off the right-hander and striking out four times in five innings. Nick Tropeano was more hittable, surrendering five hits -- including Kent Matthes' double, the only Drillers' extra-base hit of the night -- but K'ing six Drillers.
Two singles and a sac bunt produced the only run of this game, and that was a few innings after Modesto starter Tyler Anderson left the game. Anderson struck out five in 5⅓ innings, allowing four hits and walking two. He K'd five and walked two for the second straight start.
Offensively, the Nuts struck out 11 times and collected four hits. Brian Humphries hit a triple in the sixth inning, but Timothy Smalling and David Kandilas were unable to push him across home plate.
Modesto (3-3) saw its three-game winning streak snapped.