Player of the Game: Dustin Garneau
Catcher Dustin Garneau mashed a pair of home runs Sunday afternoon, a solo blast in the second inning and a two-run bomb in the eighth. It was his team-leading ninth and 10th homers of the season, and it marks the second time he's hit two long balls in one game this year (April 13 vs. Reno). It is also the seventh multi-home run game by an Isotope this season. Over his last 10 games, Garneau is batting .385 (15-for-39) with nine runs scored, three doubles, five homers, 14 RBI and four walks.
While Dustin Garneau provided the power of the afternoon, shortstop Cristhian Adames was just as impressive with his 3-for-4 day. He finished with a double and two RBI. Adames is finally heating back up since his ankle injury earlier this season, and during his last eight games, Adames is batting .412 (14-for-34) with five runs scored, two doubles, a homer, six RBI and two walks. He also has hits in eight of his last nine games and in 10 of his last 12.
Eddie Butler was tagged for three runs on four hits in the first inning and it looked like he may just be ready to implode after his struggles in his last start. And then something happened ... he didn't. Instead of being overwhelmed by his miserable last outing and his godawful first inning, Butler rebounded and took to the mound for the final five innings of his six inning start, allowing only one hit and no runs for the rest of the game.
Final line: 6 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 K
It would have been easy for Butler to fold after that inning, especially combining it with his last outing, but he did the opposite which should tell us a little something about his fortitude.
Matt McBride added a 3-5 day with two doubles to raise his team leading batting average to an impressive .343.
More love for Dustin Garneau, please. Dude is killin' it.
Player of the Game: Correlle Prime
In the second, the Nuts (36-38; 3-1) put up a five-spot on the Giants' (31-43; 1-3) starter Jose Reyes (L, 0-3). After the Nuts had scored two runs, they loaded the bases with two outs for Ryan McMahon who whacked a three-run triple.
In the fourth, the Nuts loaded the bases again and knocked the starter Reyes out of the game. Tyler Rogers entered and gave up a grand slam to Correlle Prime on a 3-0 pitch to give the Nuts a 9-1 lead.
Zach Jemiola (W, 1-2) tossed six innings and allowed two home runs to drive in all four runs he allowed. The righty walked three and struck out two while allowing six hits in his start for the Nuts.
Prime upped his OPS to .681, the grand slam was his eighth home run of the season to go with 40 RBI and 18 doubles in 72 games. He has struggled in Modesto but is still showing sparks of the power that made him so successful last year in Asheville.
Raimel Tapia added a base hit and a walk and scored two runs to keep his batting average over .300 (.305) and Rossell Herrera went 2-5 with a double. Tapia has 93 hits in 71 games played.
Herrera was batting as the DH, perhaps in an attempt to take everything else off his plate and have him focus on getting the hitting stroke back.
Jordan Patterson raised his OPS to .939 with a double and a walk.
Player of the Game: Shane Hoelscher/Sam Howard
Trailing 1-0 entering the visitors half of the third, Dom Nunez led off the inning with a walk. After Emerson Jimenez sacrificed Nunez over to second, Omar Carrizales delivered with a single up the middle to tie the score. Forrest Wall then walked putting two runners aboard for Shane Hoelscher. The Tourists third-baseman roped a double into the left field corner plating two. Immediately following Hoelscher's double, Drew Weeks squared up a Yency Almonte offering and planted it over the center field wall for a two-run home run.
The Tourists tacked on two more hits in the inning; a single by Josh Fuentes and a double by Luis Jean. When the third out was finally recorded, Asheville held a 5-1 lead which was more than enough of a cushion.
Carrizales grabbed two hits, scored two runs, drove one run in, and stole his 16th base of the season.
Wall has eight hits, seven walks, five stolen bases, and seven RBI in his last ten games.
Sam Howard threw six innings, giving up two runs on seven hits, striking out four without walking a batter.
Player of the Game: Hamlet Marte
Hamlet Marte got the second inning rolling with a double to left field which was followed by a Brian Mundell walk. Eric Toole laid down a sacrifice bunt to move up the runners before Wong hit into a fielders choice that scored the first run of the game. A passed ball and a Carlos Herrera RBI single pushed the lead to 3-0.
The Hawks came right back in the third inning, adding two runs after four consecutive hits to begin the inning. After back-to-back singles, Marte ripped an RBI double to make the score 4-0. Mundell and Brian Carroll each added an RBI single and the Hawks ballooned the lead to 6-0.
Hererra and Yonathan Daza joined Marte in Boise's multi-hit club for the day. Marte has 10 hits, including six doubles, in his first nine games with Boise. He also has two stolen bases.
Okay? Starter James McMahon was hit for seven earned runs in just three innings and things somehow got worse from there. Click on the link to the boxscore for all the gory details.
On the (extremely limited) bright side, Jensen Park went 3-4 with a double, a run scored and an RBI. He has twelve hits in his first six games putting his early average at a solid .500.
Brendan Rodgers and Tyler Nevin did not play.
The rest of this game, from a Rockies perspective, is worth forgetting entirely.