Player of the Game: Johendi Jiminian
Jiminian (W, 1-3) tossed seven innings and allowed just a solo home run while striking out seven and walking just two. He was the third straight Nuts' (11-13) starter to work seven innings to help extend the Nuts' season-long winning streak to three. The Nuts took advantage of two errors in the third to plate five runs against the Jethawks (11-13). Troy Scribner (L, 1-1) worked 2.1 innings but all five runs he allowed in the third were unearned. Michael Benjamin, Jr. bounced a ball off third baseman J.D. Davis' glove to score two runs. Ryan McMahon followed with the Nuts' first hit of the game, a two-run single.
Raimel Tapia (PuRP No. 5) hit his third home run of the season, second in as many games, and Jordan Patterson (PuRP No. 27) continued his torrid streak with two hits, including a double.
Patterson now has 20 hits in his last 11 games, which includes eight doubles and two home runs. This streak has improved his slashline to .341/.423/.637, which is good for a 1.060 OPS. Patterson also has four triples and four stolen bases (to one caught stealing) on the season.
Jiminian's performance on the mound was arguably the Nuts best of the season, making only one mistake pitch that left the yard, he was otherwise dominant.
Player of the Game: Trevor Story
Trevor Story (PuRP No. 8) came to the plate in the bottom of the eighth inning having reached base in all four of his at-bats, only a triple away from the cycle. Upon swing and contact, it appeared he had ruined his chances at the rare feat by smashing another home run, but a high wall in left field kept the ball in the park (barely) and an unkind bounce kept Story at second base.
Bummer, he'll just have to settle for 4-4, 2 2B, HR, HBP, 3 R.
New Britain hung five runs on Richmond in the bottom of the seventh inning in a rally kicked off by a Trevor Story double. David Dahl (PuRP No. 2) had a two-run RBI double in the inning that was just inches away from leaving the yard -- part of a two hit day for Dahl.
Carlos Hernandez worked five innings giving up five runs, and Tyler Ybarra picked up his third save of the season.
Player of the Game: Chad Bettis
Right-hander Chad Bettis turned in six impressive innings, allowing just one earned run. Neither team could gain momentum in Sunday afternoon's game until the late innings. Albuquerque scored a pair of runs in the first after two doubles from Tim Smalling and Matt McBride, but Salt Lake plated two of their own in the third to tie the game.
The Isotopes regained the advantage in the fourth after Dustin Garneau came around to score following a one-out single. After the Bees seemed to take control with a two-run seventh inning, the Topes answered with two of their own to put the nail in the coffin. Kyle Parker singled to leadoff the inning and scored on a Joey Wong two-out RBI triple. Wong would later score on a Brandon Barnes single to give the Isotopes the lead for good.
Player of the Game: Wes Rogers
Wes Rogers went 4-4 with two doubles, and not surprisingly stole a base -- he already has 19 swipes this season.
Emmerson Jimenez and Randy Reyes both had multi-hit days as well, but no other Tourists could join them in the hit column.
The lack of offense outside of Rogers meant that starter Zach Jemiola was saddled with the loss despite pitching six innings and giving up only three runs. He struck out three and walked four. Blake Shouse was hit for three runs in two innings of relief.
Player(s) of the Game: Harrison Musgrave, Raimel Tapia
Musgrave gave up a solo home run in the first and that was it. The lefty retired eight in a row at one point, allowed just two hits after the home run and struck out five. Carlos Estevez (S, 3/3) used a double play to get around a ninth-inning leadoff single to secure the four-game, series-opening victory.
Raimel Tapia went 3-4 with a double and two runs scored, which was enough to beat the Bakersfield Blaze on it's own considering the domination by the Nuts pitching staff.
Tapia has 33 hits in 23 games, which amounts to a .340 batting average and a .948 OPS.
Ryan McMahon (PuRP No. 7) smacked two doubles and picked up two RBI and appears to be coming out of a mini-slump after starting the year hot.
Correlle Prime (PuRP No. 21) added a two RBI single.
Harrison Musgrave pitched 6.2 innings, giving up only four hits and one run lowering his ERA in 25.1 IP to 3.20. He was picked up by Matt Carisiti, and Carlos Estevez who tallied his third save of the season.
Player of the Game: Yohan Flande
The Rock Cats scored all four of their runs in the sixth inning, which featured hits from Trevor Story, Tommy Murphy, and David Dahl, all of whom went 1-4 with a run scored in the game.
Yohan Flande pitched six innings, striking out six, walking nobody, and allowing no earned runs. He is 4-0 on the season. Austin House picked up already his ninth save of the year.
It was an ugly day for the Asheville offense except from Kevin Padlo who recorded a desperately needed 3-3 day at the plate. Drew Weeks grabbed two hits and an RBI and Wes Rogers doubled as well.
Asheville was still in the game, however, as Lexington was only able to scratch one earned run against Helmis Rodriguez, who pitched six innings and struck out six. Rodriguez has a 2.51 ERA in 28.1 innings pitched in 2015.
Unfortunately, Josh Milchalec had a tough night at the office, giving up six runs out of the pen and only retiring two batters.