Player of the Game: Forrest Wall
Forrest Wall's RBI single in the bottom of the ninth inning Sunday afternoon capped one of the most exciting Asheville Tourists wins of the season. Trailing the Rome Braves 8-5 heading to their final turn at the plate and staring at the possibility of being swept, Asheville rallied to score four runs without a single out being recorded. Despite the nine-inning affair lasting nearly four hours, the Tourists were happy to come away with a 9-8 victory.
Wes Rogers led off Asheville's half of the ninth with a walk. Emerson Jimenez and Max White followed with back-to-back singles which loaded the bases. Shane Hoelscher promptly singled in two. After an intentional walk to Drew Weeks, Fuentes tied the game when he reached on an error. The following batter, Wall, hit a bouncing ball over J.J. Franco's head at second base and Hoelscher came in to score the winning run.
The Tourists worked a season-high 11 walks and matched a season-high with nine runs scored. The final run total could have been a bit higher, but 17 Tourists base-runners were left on throughout the game. The two teams combined to throw 11 pitchers.
Ryan Castellani started for the Tourists and is still on a strict pitch count so only went 2.2 innings. He walked two batters, struck out one, and gave up a run on two hits.
Player of the Game: Correlle Prime
Antonio Senzatela (W, 2-2) worked seven full innings for the third time in four May starts. The righty allowed just one run on a sac fly in the fourth while striking out four and walking one. Senzatela retired the first nine he faced but had to strand six baserunners in his final four innings of work. The Nuts (20-17) first got on the board in the second when Correlle Prime smacked his team-leading fifth home run of the year. After the Ports (16-21) tied it in the fourth, Dillon Thomas gave the Nuts the lead for good.
Major League lefty reliever Sean Doolittle made a rehab start in this one and was tagged for two runs by the Nuts.
Raimel Tapia went 0-4, lowering his batting average to .340.
Player of the Game: Kyle Parker
Sacramento scored in the first after a lead-off single, but Albuquerque answered with a solo homer from Kyle Parker in the second. After a one-out walk came around to score for the Rivers Cats in the fifth, the Isotopes responded with another solo home run, this one by Dustin Garneau, in the sixth. The tie game didn't last long though as Sacramento used a one-out, two-run long ball from Adam Duvall in the seventh to put the game away. The River Cats added another run in the eighth for good measure.
Left fielder Kyle Parker smashed a lead-off home run in the second inning to extend his hitting streak to six games and finished Sunday 1-for-3. During his streak, Parker is 9-for-24 with two doubles, two homers, and three RBI.
The hottest Isotopes hitter of late has been first baseman Matt McBride, and he continued his good work on Sunday. He turned in a 2-for-4 afternoon with a double, a home run, a run scored and an RBI. He now has five straight multi-hit games. Since Wednesday, McBride is 12-for-20 with seven runs scored, three doubles, three home runs, six RBI and a walk. He also has hits in nine of his last 10 games.
Starter David Hale pitched six full innings, striking out six, walking four, and giving up two runs on seven hits.
LaTroy Hawkins through a rehab inning. He gave up a run on two hits, struck out one, and didn't walk a batter.
Shane Carle pitched six innings, giving up three runs on six hits, walking two and striking out one.
Trevor Story, David Dahl, and Tommy Murphy went a combined 1-12, the lone hit belonging to Story who has seen his batting average plummet to .349.