Player of the Game: Pedro Gonzalez
That is not a typo. The DSL Rockies scored 23 runs in their third game of the season on 27 hits -- seven doubles, and surprisingly only two home runs.
Pedro Gonzalez -- a 6'4 shortstop who was profiled by Ben Badler of Baseball America -- went 4-7 with a double and a home run and seven RBI out of the two spot in the lineup. Lead-off man Carlos Herrera had five hits, three runs, and three RBI. The corner outfielders, Ramon Marcelino and Anderson Jimenez, had three hits a piece the latter smashing a home run, the former tallying three RBI and a double.
With so much scoring coming late (the Rockies scored six runs in the top of the eighth and 13 in the top of the ninth) it may be easy to skim over the fact that the Rockies starting pitcher Breiling Eusebio went five strong innings without allowing an earned run. He struck out four and walked one.
Player of the Game: Antonio Senzatela/Raimel Tapia
Raimel Tapia started the game with a solo home run in the first, before adding a RBI single in the third against Rawhide (34-17) starter Zack Godley (L, 6-3). Ashley Graeter added a sac fly in the seventh that ended up being a big run.
Antonio Senzatela (W, 4-3) threw very well for the Nuts in his start. The righty struck out nine in 5.2 innings. He allowed only an unearned run in the sixth inning ... he allowed just two hits and walked only one. Godley finished after 6.1 innings pitched. He struck out seven and walked just one as well. Matt Carasiti (S, 2/2) earned his second save in at many nights. The righty tossed a perfect ninth frame to secure the Nuts victory.
Tapia has been mired in a bit of a slump as of late, hitting only .250 in his last 10 games so it was nice to see him contribute so heavily against a pitcher clearly on his game against everyone else. This ten game stretch has lowered his batting average to .318 and his OPS to .837.
Player of the Game: Casey Meisner (Savannah SP)
Asheville's starting pitcher, Carlos Polanco, seemed to have everything working on Tuesday night against the Savannah Sand Gnats. Polanco was locating pitches exactly where he wanted and the strikeouts started piling up. The right-hander accumulated nine of them in the first four innings. However, Polanco ran into some trouble in the fifth and was saddled with a loss as the Tourists fell 4-1.
Wuilmer Beccerra, the only player who Polanco did not strikeout, led off the fifth inning with a double to right. Two batters later, John Leroux singled in Beccerra. Vicente Lupo made it 3-0 later in the frame with a two-run Home Run down the left field line. Beccerra added a solo Home Run of his own a few innings later. Polanco finished with five innings pitched [and three earned runs.]
The Tourists had their own right-hander to deal with and it came in the form of Casey Meisner. The Sand Gnats starter didn't need the strikeout and the Tourists time after time hit into outs. Meisner had just three in 8.1 innings pitched.
When Asheville would put runners aboard, they left them there or ran into outs. Asheville was caught stealing twice, hit into two double plays, and Emerson Jimenez was thrown out trying to stretch a single into a double.
Player of the Game: Javier Baez
Iowa put up single runs in the first and third before Matt McBride smashed a solo home run in the fourth to put Albuquerque on the board. The Cubs wasted no time responding with a two-run blast in the fifth to take control of the game. Prospect Javy Baez added a pair of two run homers in the seventh and ninth innings to secure the victory for the Iowa. The Isotopes tried to mount a late rally in the bottom of the eighth after a two-RBI double by Dustin Garneau, but the Cubs turned a double play to kill the momentum.
Matt McBride went 3-4 and was just a triple shy of the cycle.
Player of the Game: Chad Kuhl (Altoona SP)
Chad Kuhl (4-1) won his fourth start of the year and beat New Britain for a second-straight start to guide the Curve in the series opener. Rock Cats' (31-19) second baseman, Juan Ciriaco tripled to right field and drove in a pair of runs in the first inning to open the scoring. After giving up two runs in the first inning, Kuhl retired 11 straight batters into the fifth inning. All told, Kuhl went 6.1 innings, allowing two runs, while walking two and striking out five batters.
Player of the Game: Matt McBride/Drew Stubbs
Entering Wednesday's game, the Isotopes had turned 16 double plays in their last six games, nine of which were of the 6-4-3 variety. Albuquerque then turned three more on Wednesday to overtake the Pacific Coast League lead with 65 twin killings on the year, two more than the New Orleans Zephyrs.
The most consistent hitter the last month for the Isotopes has been Matt McBride. He went 4-for-5 with three runs scored, a double, a triple and an RBI. He now has hits in 22 of his last 26 games, 17 of which are multi-hit performances. During that span, McBride is hitting .438 (46-for-105) with 23 runs scored, 11 doubles, a triple, five homers, 17 RBI and three walks. He has also raised his average from .178 to .360.
Center fielder Drew Stubbs turned in his second-straight 3-for-3 game Wednesday night and fourth multi-hit game since joining the Isotopes on May 20. He went 3-for-3 with a hit-by-pitch on Tuesday and 3-for-3 with a double, a walk and four RBI on Wednesday. Matt McBride lacked just one leg of cycle for the second-straight night.
Player of the Game: Matt Benedict (Altoona SP)
Rock Cats' starter Bryan Evans struck out 12 batters and took the loss. Baseball is funny.
In six innings pitched he surrendered seven hits which amounted to three runs and only allowed one walk to go along with the aforementioned dozen strikeouts. He did give up two home runs.
New Britain did manage eight hits -- including two from Micahel Tauchman and three from Tyler Massey -- but couldn't string them together, scoring only one run on a Pat Valaika triple.
Player of the Game: Casey Delgado (Savannah SP)
Savannah (26-27) scored four runs in the first three innings on Wednesday night. Luis Guillorme reached on a throwing error from 3B Shane Hoelscher in the first, the first of five for the Tourist in the game.
Asheville (22-31) plated their first run on Gnats starter Casey Delgado in the third inning. Dom Nunez led off the third with a single, stole second, and scored on a throwing error by JC Rodriguez. Hoelscher singled, stole second, and scored on a single from Drew Weeks in the fourth. Hoelscher scored the Tourists third run in the sixth after he doubled.
Sam Howard pitched five innings, giving up seven hits and three earned runs. He struck out five and didn't walk a batter.
The Tourists stole four bases in the game including Max White's 10th of the season.
Jorge Oviedo pitched six innings, giving up two earned runs on three hits, striking out seven and walking no one. Pedro Gonzalez went 2-6 with a double and is hitting .381 through the first four games.
The DSL Rockies committed four errors in the game. There were a combined 27 strike outs between the two teams in this game just a day after the two teams combined for 30 runs.