Player of the Game: Tommy Murphy
Tommy Murphy (PuRP No. 12) is making up for lost time. Missing the majority of last season with a myriad of ailments, he became the forgotten man in the Rockies system. His performance through the first 10 games in Double-A this is jogging our memory, however. He went 3-4 with a double and a run scored in a 4-1 win over the New Hampshire Fisher Cats.
Murphy is hitting .405 early and has more extra base hits (six doubles, three home runs) than he does singles for an OPS of 1.299. Of course it's too early for declarations, but at the very least, it looks like he is feeling pretty good.
In other PuRP news, both David Dahl and Trevor Story went 0-4, though I did watch this game and Dahl could easily have had two walks. Wide strike zones need to be adjusted to at all levels, however.
On the pitching side of things, Matt Flemer worked a very solid six innings, giving up only three hits, one run, and striking out four to one walk.
Player of the Game: Mike Freeman (Reno, OF)
Brandon Barnes and Cristhian Adames occupied the top two spots in Albuquerque's lineup Sunday and combined to go 5-for-8 with two runs scored, two doubles, a homer, a walk and two RBI. It was also the duo's late-inning clutch hitting that aided the Isotopes comeback. It only took one batter in the bottom of the ninth to break the tie though, as the Aces' Mike Freeman ripped a leadoff walk-off homer over the center field wall.
Sometimes in life you walk-off. Sometimes life walks-off on you.
Player of the Game: Antonio Senzatela
Senzatela (W, 1-2) allowed just two hits in six innings of work. He allowed just two runners to get into scoring position and did not walk a batter. In the fourth, the Nuts (5-6) touched up Chris Ellis for five runs on six hits. The 66ers' (7-4) starter hadn't allowed a hit in the first three innings, but that changed when Michael Benjamin, Jr. recorded an infield single to start the frame. Ryan McMahon followed with a RBI triple and scored on Correlle Prime's RBI single. With two outs, the Nuts tacked on three more runs. Dillon Thomas looped a RBI single to left. Zach Osborne added a two-run double.
The radio team for Modesto was especially complimentary of Correlle Prime's at bat during this sequence and he simplified his approach on an 0-2 count, stayed back and punched a single on a curveball about three inches off the plate. Nice to see that ability from a great big guy.
Ryan McMahon's OPS now sits at 1.013 through 11 games.
Antonio Senzatela (PuRP No. 14) threw six shutout innings and allowed just two hits, improving his ERA to 0.66 through three starts. His WHIP sits at a cool .659.
AAA: Jon Gray
AA: Ryan Carpenter
A-: Carlos Polanco