Player of the Game: Antonio Senzatela/Correlle Prime
Antonio Senzatela was locked in a battle with Giants' starter Chase Johnson. Senzatela tossed 6.2 innings allowing just five hits and one run. The righty struck out six and walked one. He struck out four in a row at one point during a stretch of eight consecutive batters retired. Senzatela cut down the first seven batter of the ball game.
In the eighth, Shane Hoelscher tied the game with a suicide squeeze against Mason McVay (L, 1-2). Hoelscher reached on what turned out to be a bunt single. Hoelscher scored on Correlle Prime's RBI single. For the second straight game, Prime has driven in the game-winning run. Prime would score on Wilfredo Rodriguez's RBI knock. Carlos Estevez (S, 4/4) worked around a walk in a scoreless ninth inning with a pair of strikeouts.
Raimel Tapia went 2-for-3 (because of course he did) raising his average to .349.
Carlos Esteves (not Charlie Sheen) is perfect in his four save opportunities and lowered his ERA to 1.02.
Senzatela's ERA stand at 2.39 in 37.2 innings pitched.
Player of the Game: Juan Ciriaco/Shane Carle
The Rock cats only got one extra base hit -- a triple from Juan Ciriaco who was also the only New Britain player with a multi-hit day -- but they just can't lose right now.
Shane Carle tossed seven effective innings, giving up six hits but only one run. He walked three and struck out three.
Austin House picked up his 12th save of the season so far which is a perfect symbol both for how many close games the Rock Cats have played in this season and also how good they have been in those close games. For perspective: House is on pace to record 60 saves which would nearly double the league record.
Player of the Game: Jon Singleton (Fresno 1B)
Isotopes right-hander David Hale faced the minimum through four innings, allowing only a single with one out in the third. In fact, he faced just one batter over the minimum in five of his seven innings. The fifth and sixth innings proved costly though as the Grizzlies pounced for six runs between the two frames. After a one-out walk in the fifth, left fielder L.J. Hoes smashed a two-run homer to tie the game. The sixth seemed to be more of the same as first baseman Jon Singleton mashed a three-run bomb to put Fresno on top for good.
Infielder Cristhian Adames played in his third game since being activated from the disabled list on Sunday. He posted a 1-for-5 evening that included his fourth home run of the season, which ranks second-most in his career. Adames now has hits in three straight games and in 13 of his last 15 outings. The 23-year-old has only failed to pick up a hit in five of the 23 games he's played in this season.
Jose Rivera added a two-hit day with a home run, and Tim Wheeler went 2-for-3 with a walk.
Ben Paulsen was 2-for-5 with an RBI.
Hale's Triple-A ERA is an ugly 8.20.
Fresno was led to victory by ex-Rockies farmhand (and Ubaldo Jimenez trade return) Alex White.
Player of the Game: Max White
Young starting pitcher, Carlos Polanco, got knocked around in a tough four innings, surrendering eight runs on ten hits, including two home runs. He is the one pitcher on the Asheville staff that is yet to find his rhythm.
Max White grabbed three hits and was a home run away from the cycle in his first game of action this season.
Wes Rogers was 1-for-5 but stole two bases on the day bringing his season total to 23.
Kevin Padlo smacked a double in a 1-for-4 performance and scored a run. He has been struggling to start the year, but he has maintained a good walk rate and has two doubles in his last three games.