Top 30 Purple Row Prospects (PuRPs)
Triple-A Albuquerque (12-18)
The Isotopes took a two run lead in the third inning and didn't look back. They gave up a run in the fourth but got that one back in the eighth for the 3-1 victory. Matt McBride drove in one of the Isotopes' three runs and No. 16 PuRP Ryan Casteel the other two. Starter Leuris Gomez went four innings and gave up the lone run; he struck out eight in his four innings. Chris Rusin, Justin Miller, and Jairo Diaz shut out Sacramento from the fifth inning on.
Double-A New Britain (21-7)
Yohan Flande was the star of this game. Flande needed just 98 pitches to shut out Portland. He allowed a lone single in the fourth inning and walked one batter in the eighth. One of those runners was erased on a double play; Flande faced just 28 batters on the day. Flande's season ERA now stands at a cool 1.36. Remember that he is quite old for this level though. The 29 year-old is on average four years older than the competition. Regardless, it's impossible not to like what we're seeing form the lefty starter.
Tommy Murphy (No. 12 PuRP) continued his mashing. He hit his sixth home run of the season in the sixth inning. The remaining runs were added by way of a couple RBI singles off of Pat Valaika's bat.
High-A Modesto (15-15)
After four innings of play, Modesto and Inland Empire were tied at five. But Inland Empire proceeded to put up five spots in both of the next two innings to take a commanding ten run lead. Rosell Herrera (No. 10 PuRP) and Correlle Prime (No. 21 PuRP) each hit home runs in the losing effort. No. 5 PuRP Raimel Tapia added a double, a single, and a walk. He's now hitting .336 on the season.
From the mound, Inland Empire did its damage against Harrison Musgrave, Matt Carasiti, and Shane Broils, who each gave up five runs. Rayan Gonzalez and Matt Pierpont pitched scoreless innings to finish off the game.
Single-A Asheville (13-16)
Righty Zach Jemiola pitched a six hit shutout in this one. Jemiola struck out nine batters and walked zir...zur...zz...zi...zero—apologies, but it's very strange to put those two words together. The 21 year old ninth round draft pick is putting up a fine season at a level where he's about a year younger than the competition.
Drew Weeks and No. 9 PuRP Forrest Wall each had a pair of hits in support of Jemiola. Both of Weeks's hits were doubles, as was one of Wall's. Wes Rogers didn't make it on base in this game, which is the only reason why he had neither a stolen base nor a caught stealing.
Triple-A Albuquerque: Jon Gray (really this time!)
Double-A New Britain: Matt Flemer
High-A Modesto: Grahamm Wiest
Single-A Asheville: Helmis Rodriguez