Short stop Trevor Story and catcher Tommy Murphy are locked in some kind of home-run war. Seems like every time I'm writing that one dude hit one out, the other has as well and in this game they both hit their tenth blast of the season.
Story would add a walk and score two runs while Murphy would throw out another RBI hit in the 13-run outburst for New Britain. Story brought his season OPS to .949 while Murphy sits at a cool .823. Both players could see time in the majors before 2015 is up.
Not to be left out, Noel Cuevas grabbed two hits including a three-run home run and Will Swanner was 3-4 with two doubles and two RBI.
Shane Carle threw a complete game (seven innings because of the double-header) giving up four runs on seven hits and striking out seven. He walked only one.
Game 2 saw much less scoring, the only run coming on an RBI double by someone named Yastrzemski ... Mike Yastrzemski.
Mike Tauchman ended up with 2/3 of the Rock Cats hits as the team managed only three singled in the game.
Shane Broyles struck out four batters in 2 2/3 innings in the spot start and gave up the run. Kraig Sitton and Gus Schlosser worked over two innings apiece without giving up any further damage.
Jordan Patterson hit his sixth home run of the season and Correlle Prime went 3-3 with three RBI to power the Nuts past San Jose. Patterson also scored three times and brought his season OPS to .975 in 55 games.
Cesar Galvez had a three hit day and Ryan McMahon scored twice and hit an RBI double bringing his OPS to .892.
Harrison Musgrave pitched seven innings of two-run baseball, striking out five and walking one.
Devin Burke worked a spotless final two innings.
This part is funny: Omar Carrizalez went 0-6 and his batting average plummeted to .340.
The RBI punch in this game came from Wes Rogers who had two on two hits and also stole his 43rd base of the season, which I believe still leads of of minor league baseball.
Dom Nunez also pulled out two hits in this game.
Ryan Castellani pitched four innings giving up two runs on seven hits and striking out four. He did not walk a batter.
Blake Shouse struck out five batters without walking anyone in three innings of relief.
Matt McBride and Dustin Garneau had two hits a piece, the latter knocking his sixth home run of the season in a game that got away from the Isotopes when Eddie Butler lost it in the fifth inning.
Butler's final line: 5 IP, 9 H, 5 ER, 3 BB, 2 K
Not good. But plenty of time to work things out. The good news is that Butler was not pulled during his struggles and as rough as those numbers look, they could have been much worse if he hadn't battled through. It was nice to see the organization force him to gut through it rather than removing him from the game. Those are the kinds of lessons he needs to learn now.