Triple-A : Reno Aces 6, Albuquerque Isotopes 2
The good news for Isotopes pitcher Jon Gray (No. 1 PuRP) was that 57 of his 80 pitches were in the strike zone, the bad news was that 10 of them went for hits in his five innings of work as Albuquerque dropped a 6-2 decision in Reno. For the third straight outing, Gray gave up four runs in his first inning of work, en route to a five inning performance in which he allowed five runs on 10 hits with a walk and six strikeouts.
Aside from the three four-run innings, Gray has allowed just three runs, two earned in his other 11 innings this season, good for the 1.64 ERA you would expect from a top prospect. On the season, he has six walks against 14 strikeouts, both perfectly acceptable, even if you'd like the walk number to be a bit smaller. Gray has also recorded 22 ground ball outs against just three fly outs this season. The underlying numbers are there, it seems to just be a matter of getting Gray through first innings that is keeping him from kicking down the door to the big leagues.
Double-A: Portland Sea Dogs at New Britain Rock Cats (PPD, rain)
The Rock Cats were rained out last night and will play a doubleheader with Portland today.
Right-hander David Hale made his first rehab start in his return from an oblique injury in spring training as Modesto lost to Visalia, 5-0. Hale went 2⅔ innings, allowing a pair of unearned runs and a pair of hits with a walk and three strikeouts.
Errors were a problem for the Nuts Monday, as they committed five of them in the loss, matching their hit total on the night. Four of Modesto's five hits went for extra bases, including doubles from Raimel Tapia (No. 5 PuRP) and Ryan McMahon (No. 7 PuRP) and a triple by Rosell Herrera (No. 10 PuRP). However, the Nuts failed to put a run on the board in the loss.
A three-run rally in the bottom of the ninth came up just short for the Tourists, who could not overcome an early deficit in a 5-4 loss to Hickory. Asheville starter Carlos Polanco gave up five runs on a dozen hits in his 5⅔ innings of work with four strikeouts.
Down 5-1 heading to the bottom of the ninth, Asheville scored three runs against Crawdads reliever John Fasola in a rally sparked by a ground-rule double from Dom Nunez (No. 13 PuRP), who was 2-for-4 on the day, but Hickory brought in closer Chris Dula, who shut down the comeback attempt.
New Britain: Gus Schlosser (Game 1) & Carlos Hernandez (Game 2)
Modesto: Konner Wade
Asheville: Sam Howard