Asheville Tourists 5, West Virginia Power 0
Apparently, David Dahl was happy to see his old teammates and they him. The Asheville Tourists laid down 17 hits, Dahl going 4-5 with two runs scored, shaking off any travel lag he may have been feeling.
For those who aren't aware, Dahl has not been demoted, just moved back to Asheville so he can play in the playoffs.
Correlle Prime continued his blitzkrieg season against baseballs, grabbing three hits and his 101st and 102nd RBI of the season.
Big outfielder, Jordan Patterson had two hits and two RBI (66), while Raimel Tapia notched two hits and two runs.
Maybe the most amazing thing about this game is that of the 17 hits the Tourists recorded, not a single one went for extra bases, which is how they only ended up with five runs.
Luckily, the pitching was stellar as well. Three different starters each picked up three innings of work in preparation for the start of the playoffs.
Konner Wade struck out seven and didn't walk anybody, allowing just one hit. Johendi Jiminian took the next three innings and struck out five, walking one batter and giving up just one hit. Alex Balog got his first save of the season, taking the last three innings, allowing one hit, walking nobody, and striking out two.
All told; 9IP, 3H, 1BB, 14K, 0R.
Maybe this is good evidence for piggyback systems, maybe it's good evidence that any of these three guys could have a decent career as a bullpen arm in the future if things don't work out as starters, or it could just be one game.
If you get seventeen hits and hold the other team to three, you are going to win.
Modesto Nuts 8, Stockton Ports 0
Matt Flemer was brilliant in this game. Outfielder, Boog Powell, who boasts a .377 batting average this season, was responsible for half the hits his team got against Flemer who pitched a complete game shutout.
Powell's two singles, and a single apiece from two others, were dwarfed by Flemer's nine strikeouts and zero walks.
Francisco Sosa provided all the offensive back up Flemmer would need, going 3-4 with two doubles, two RBI and a run scored. That was not akll, though. Juan Ciriaco hit two triples in five at-bats, Jordan Ribera had two doubles, and Dean Espy added two hits and two runs scored.
Save the best for last, eh Modesto?
Grand Junction Rockies 11, Orem Owlz 10
Every player in the starting lineup for Grand Junction except Luis Jean recorded a hit in this one. Hamlet Marte and Forrest Wall were the only guys held to just one hit. Marte's scored a run for his 33rd RBI in 43 games played. Wall walked once and scored twice in addition to his hit.
Position players with a paltry two hits were Wes Rogers, Omar Carrizales, and Luis Castro who crossed home plate three times.
Terry McClure and Kevin Padlo were your three-hit performers. Padlo doubled twice and collected two RBI, McClure doubled once and also tallied two RBI.
On the season, Kevin Padlo was walking more than striking out until very recently (now his BB% is 15.8 and his K% is 16.8) while also having more extra base hits (27) than singles (21) and hitting .314/.434/.621.
It was Wesley Jones, though, who was the biggest contributor on offense (even after all that) going 4-5 with a double, three RBI, and a run scored.
Carlos Polanco had a rough night and failed to get out of the fifth inning after giving up eight earned runs. Craig Schlitter (a converted position guy) was excellent in relief, working 2.1 innings and striking out five without allowing a run.
Tulsa Drillers 8, Springfield Cardinals 9
Tyler Massey was 2-4 with a walk and hit is eighth home run of the year. Will Swanner added a 3-5 performance and Brian Humphries and Jayson Langfels each had multi-hit days with a double and a triple respectively, but it was not enough to top the Cardinals.
Richard Castillo gave up five runs in six innings and Nate Striz gave up four more runs in two innings out of the pen.
Colorado Springs Sky Sox 4, Omaha Storm Chasers 6
Omaha! Omaha! The Storm Chaser outlasted the Sky Sox despite an excellent day at the plate from soon-to-be-called-up (hopefully) Kyle Parker. Parker went 3-4 with a double and a run scored and Tim Wheeler hit is 11th home run of the season but Leuris Gomez gave up two runs in the first and Josh Roenicke gave up four more (three earned) in the next three innings and that would be all the Storm Chasers would need.