The Rockies farm went 3-1 yesterday including some offensive sparks from PuRPs Correlle Prime and Raimel Tapia.
Player of the Game: Correlle Prime
The Nuts (8-12) stuck for four in the first two innings. The Mavs (9-11) pulled to within one in the second. Correlle Prime came right back in the third with a two-run blast as part of a 3-for-5 day that included two doubles and three runs scored. Jordan Patterson drove in three runs during his 3-for-5 day. Raimel Tapia also crushed his second homer in as many nights. Tapia finished 2-for-4 with a triple as well.
Prime now has seven hits, including two home runs, in his last five games.
Tapia, who is barely 21 years old -- and whose success was met by many with the caveat of his home ballpark in Asheville and a desire to see him succeed in less friendly offensive environments -- now has 25 hits in his first 18 games in Modesto, which might as well be old Petco park.
Player of the Game: Zach Jemiola
It all started in the bottom of the first inning. Wes Rogers led off the frame with a double and scored two batters later on a single from Drew Weeks. Sean Dwyer promptly plated Weeks with a double off the centerfield wall. Later in the inning, Dom Nunez laced a single into right-center scoring Dwyer. The Tourists held a 3-0 advantage after one. Both teams struggled to score during the middle innings.
Charleston had a number of opportunities but never could crack the Tourists starter Zach Jemiola. Their best chance came in the top of the fifth. The RiverDogs put runners at second and third with no outs and the top of the order set to come to the plate. Jemiola responded with three consecutive strikeouts to end the threat.
Player of the Game: Yohan Flande
It was a slow day for PuRPs in a Rock Cats 4-2 win over Harrisburg. Trevor Story went 1-4 though he did draw a walk and drive in a run. David Dahl went 0-5, striking out twice.
Mike Tauchmen got two hits from the lead-off spot including a triple, and also drew a walk.
The Rock Cats got a strong start from familiar face Yohan Flande, who pitched six frames, striking out five, walking none, and allowing only one run on four hits.
Austin House picked up already his sixth save of the season.
Player of the Game: Angelys Nina
The Isotopes jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead in the second inning after back-to-back home runs from Angelys Nina and Tim Smalling. Dustin Garneau singled to get the offense started before Tim Wheeler drew a walk. Nina lined a 1-1 pitch over the center field wall, and Smalling followed with a solo shot of his own.
The 51s chipped away to cut the Topes lead to 5-4 in the seventh. After escaping a bases loaded, no one out jam in the bottom of the eighth, Albuquerque needed just three outs to take the final game of the series. Las Vegas had other ideas as Johnny Monell led off the ninth with a double. Following back-to-back outs, a walk put runners on the corners with two down. Wilfredo Tovar then doubled in both runs to give the 51s the walk-off win.
New Britain: Matt Flemer
Modesto: Grahamm Wiest
Asheville: Helmis Rodriguez