Triple-A: Albuquerque Isotopes (14-22)
Fresno 8, Albuquerque 3
W: Rodgers, B (2-2, 5.45) ; L: Gray (1-4, 7.75)
It was Gray day in Triple-A, and it was kind of a gray performance, too. The Rockies' top prospect gave up five runs, three earned, all on two home runs. Gray learned, as many other PCL pitchers have, that getting into a situation where you have to challenge Jon Singleton is a bad place to be. Singleton doesn't make a ton of contact, but when he does it goes a long way. His grand slam off of Gray in the third was his twelfth home run of the year.
The Topes actually had more hits than Fresno, but once again it was the all important sequencing that sunk their effort. On a brighter note, Cristhian Adames is back to his old tricks; he gathered three hits including, a double, in this contest. Adames is now sporting a .340/.398/.505 through his first 103 at bats
Double-A: New Britain Rock Cats (26-8)
Portland 13, New Britain 11
W: Light (1-1, 3.20) ; L: Sitton (0-1, 4.22)
All good things must come to an end, and this was the end of the Rock Cats' thirteen game winning streak. The Rock Cats didn't go down without a fight though, as the team accrued 17 hits and 11 runs over the ten inning game. New Britain got multi hit performances from five different players, including a four hit performance from top hitting PuRP David Dahl, who is hitting .500 over his last six games and is now up to .285 on the season.
Unfortunately for all the offensive fireworks, the pitching, particularly the bullpen, just wasn't up to the task. Perhaps they were a bit worn out from pitching the entire game yesterday.
High-A: Modesto Nuts (19-16)
Modesto 4, San Jose 2
W: Musgrave (4-1, , 4.15) ; L: Seddon (1-3, 3.72) ; SV: Estevez, C (5)
Carlos Estevez is having a great start to his CAL career. A day after picking up the win to go to 5-0, he picked up his fifth save. Estevez first came to my attention in a complimentary Fangraphs article, where author Nathaniel Stolz even suggested that Estevez ought to be starting. In his last ten games, the 22 year old right hander has a 0.61 ERA and a 21.3 strikeout to walk ratio in 14.2 innings.
PuRPs Raimel Tapia, Ryan McMahon and Jordan Patterson all had multi-hit games as the offense pushed across four runs. Lost in all that crazy Rock Cats talk is that the Modesto Nuts are 10-3 in May on the back of some excellent performances from both the hitting and pitching side of the roster.
Low-A: Asheville Tourists (14-19)
Rome 6, Asheville 0
W: Caicedo (1-0, 0.00) ; L: Jemiola (4-3, 3.02)
Zach Jemiola went six innings, striking out five and walking none, but was unusually hittable in this one. Jemiola surrendered eleven hits total, including four for extra bases. As has been the case too often, the offensive counterpunch was woefully under powered, as the team managed just four hits—only one for extra bases. Wes Rogers collected his 25th stolen base of the young season though; at this pace he could have forty 40 by the All-Star break.
Triple-A Albuquerque: TBD
Double-A New Britain: Ryan Carpenter
High-A Modesto: Grahamm Wiest
Single-A Asheville: Helmis Rodriguez