Triple-A Albuquerque Isotopes
Reno 7, Albuquerque 3
The Isotopes fell to the Reno Aces, as the bats could not pick up the pitching. PuRP No. 16 Ryan Casteel made his Triple-A debut. He had three singles in four plate appearances. Chad Bettis got the start for the Isotopes, and it didn't go so well. Bettis gave up two runs through four innings and entered the fifth with a 3-2 lead. He recorded two outs in the fifth, but he also gave up a two-run homer and allowed a double before being pulled. In all, he gave up five runs on five hits with two walks and four strikeouts.
Double-A New Britain Rock Cats
New Hampshire 5, New Britain 4
The Rock Cats lost yesterday, but it was not without a bunch of hits from a couple of prominent PuRPs. PuRP No. 2 David Dahl went 2-6 with a couple of base hits. The hitting narrative of the game, however, was PuRP No. 8 Trevor Story. Story went 4-4 with a double. No. 12 PuRP Tommy Murphy also added a double, as did PuRP No. 22 Pat Valaika.
High-A Modesto Nuts
Lake Elsinore 6, Modesto 5
Modesto is the PuRPiest of Rockies affiliates, and there's a bit to note from yesterday's loss to Lake Elsinore. No. 7 PuRP Ryan McMahon went 2-3 with a double. PuRP 21 Correlle Prime also had a double. Raimel Tapia, No. 5 PuRP, had a base hit. I'll be disappointed if Tapia doesn't get a hit in every game this season. PuRPs No. 10 and 27, Rossell Herrera, and Jordan Patterson, each added a base hit. This run production, however, was not enough to rescue Johendi Jiminian from a lackluster High-A debut. The No. 29 PuRP pitched six innings during which he gave up six hits and four runs while walking three and striking out four.
Single-A Asheville Tourists
Asheville 5, Rome 3
The Tourists fended of an organization sweep with another win. In fact, the Tourists have yet to trail so far this season. PuRP No. 19 Ryan Castellani had an nice full season debut, as he retired the first nine batters he faced (seriously, go read Charlie Drysdale's interview with Castellani). He only lasted one more inning after that, however. In the fourth, Castellani allowed a walk, three hits, and two runs to score. He threw 50 pitches, 30 of which were strikes. Seven hits powered the Tourists five runs en route to the win. Wes Rogers, after stealing five bases on Friday, didn't have a great day on the base path last night. He reached base twice but was caught stealing in one of those instances and picked off at first base in the other.
Triple-A: Chris Rusin vs. Allen Webster
Double-A: Yohan Flande vs. TBD
High-A: Harrison Musgrave vs. Rafael De Paula
Single-A: Carlos Polanco vs. Alec Grosser