Helmis Rodriguez struck out five batters while working around eight hits and a walk to earn his second victory of the season in the Asheville Tourists' 9-6 win over Charleston on Wednesday.
Rodriguez (PuRP No. 23) was tagged for five runs, only three of which were earned as a result of five Asheville errors. Rodriguez committed two of those errors himself but did a surprisingly nice job limiting damage. Of the 15 outs he recorded, five were via strikeout and the remaining 10 were via ground balls. Rodriguez owns a 2.78 ERA through four starts.
Every hitter in Asheville's lineup had at least one hit with the exception of Wes Rogers, who went 0-for-5 with four strikeouts. Emerson Jimenez made up for his two errors by notching a pair of hits, including a home run.
Asheville hitters drew eight walks against Charleston pitching. Every player in the lineup except for Rogers and Luis Jean walked at least once.
Double-A New Britain: L 3-2 (13-7)
Noel Cuevas went 4-for-4 with a double and drove in a run. Matt Flemer tossed six scoreless innings, striking out five batters and walking three to lower his ERA to 1.88. The Rock Cats looked well on their way to victory No. 14 until Austin House completely melted down in the ninth inning, allowing three runs on three hits and three walks.
High-A Modesto: L 10-1 (8-13)
The Nuts struck out 12 times and finished with just five hits, one of which was a solo homer off the bat of Correlle Prime (PuRP No. 21) that represented Modesto's lone run. Prime now has a team-leading four home runs.
Sam Moll (PuRP No. 30) was lit up for six runs on seven hits in just 2⅓ innings. Four of those seven hits were home runs. Ouch.