Believe it or not, Modesto was the only minor league affiliate to win yesterday. After starting 11-33 on the year, the Nuts have won five of their last six games. Is it the vaunted Patrick Valaika (PuRP 21) bump?
Unfortunately, Modesto will be without Trevor Story (PuRP 6) for the next two weeks or so. Here's the scoop from Modesto Nuts Director of Broadcasting Keaton Gillogly:
Trevor Story placed on 7-day DL after HBP on Thurs. in left pinky finger requiring stitches. Out 10-14 days. Could have been a lot worse— Keaton Gillogly (@Gillogly) May 24, 2014
Given that it was a HBP situation to the hand, it really could have been much worse. Now the Nuts will be without Story and Rosell Herrera (PuRP 4), who has been out of action for a month already, for the near future.
After a stretch that saw him allow only one run in 30 innings of work, Christian Bergman (PuRP 26) had a different result in this outing. The 26 year-old righty allowed eight runs (six earned) on 11 hits and three walks while striking out three in 3 2/3 innings pitched. One of those hits was a three run homer allowed to Patrick Valaika's brother Chris. Bergman had been so good in May though that his ERA for the month is still 1.87. I would say that at this point he's in consideration for a spot start, but I would put him below Tyler Matzek on the pecking order.
Manny Corpas (2 1/3 innings, four strikeouts) and Greg Burke (two innings, two strikeouts) both had scoreless outings in relief of Bergman, but it wasn't enough as the Sky Sox could only muster three runs - all of them on a 7th inning homer by Drew Garcia (4) on six hits.
The Drillers got both of their runs in this one via the long ball, as both Tyler Massey and Cristhian Adames (PuRP 13) hit solo shots in the 6th and 7th innings respectively for Tulsa. Outside of those homers, the Drillers only managed one other hit in the game. Richard Castillo went four innings for the Drillers, allowing three runs (two earned) on four hits and four walks, striking out one.
It was a wild game for the Nuts, who took a 7-2 lead into the 9th inning only to see Alving Mejias and Raul Fernandez combine to allow five runs in the inning to get to a tie ball game. Fortunately, Shane Broyles was able to come in and put out the fire by getting three outs, two of them via strikeout. In the bottom half of the inning, outfielder Sean Dwyer smacked a two out, two run walk-off homer (his first of the year) to win the game.
Matt Flemer was in line for the win before the 9th inning bullpen collapse, allowing two runs on six hits and two walks with five strikeouts in five innings of work, while Peter Tago added a scoreless relief inning. Patrick Valaika had two hits for the Nuts, as did Matt Wessinger and Juan Ciriaco. In six games with Modesto, Valaika is hitting .458/.480/.667 - and his full season line is .384/.418/.589. That'll do just fine.
The Tourists fell behind 6-0 in the third inning in this one and weren't able to claw their way back. Starter Konner Wade only lasted one inning due to an elevated pitch count, allowing three runs (two earned) on three hits and a walk. Andrew Brown allowed three runs in four innings of relief, while Matt Carasiti added two scoreless frames and Daniel Palo allowed a run in his lone inning.
The Tourists had eight hits in the game, but none of their runs were scored off of them - Asheville scored on a RBI groundout, wild pitch, and sac fly. Ashley Graeter and Raimel Tapia (PuRP 16) both had two hits for the Tourists. After a tough April, Tapia is hitting .318/.370/.470 in May.
AAA: Christian Friedrich
AA: Eddie Butler
High A: Ryan Carpenter
Low A: Johendi Jiminian