Kyle Parker is absolutely on fire over his last 24 games, culminating in a game-winning home run last night in the 10th inning. Every Rockies affiliate who played Sunday won.
Player of the Game: Kyle Parker
The Bees took a quick lead with two runs in the first, but the Isotopes responded with a five-run third. Kyle Parker singled in a pair ahead of Dustin Garneau's three-run bomb. Salt Lake managed to scratch back into the game with one run in the fifth and two in the seventh, but Albuquerque would have the last laugh.
Parker blasted the first pitch of the 10th inning high over the center field wall to put the Isotopes ahead 6-5 for good. Parker turned in a 3-for-4 day that included a two-run single and a solo home run. He also drew a walk. It is his second-straight multi-hit game and third in his last four outings. In Parker's last 24 games, he is hitting .396 (38-for-96) with 21 runs scored, four doubles, a triple, five homers and 23 RBI.
Catcher Dustin Garneau went 2-5 with a run scored and hit a home run as well, a three-run blast in the third, his fifth home run of the season.
Another interesting note from this game and this team has been the quality of their infield defense. Cristhian Adames -- who is still batting over .300 and got another hit in this one -- has been amazing with the leather all season and since coming back from injury Charlie Culberson has been fantastic in that department as well. A continuation of the above story:
Albuquerque turned a pair of double plays on Sunday, including a clutch twin killing in the bottom of the ninth to erase a leadoff single and send the game to extra innings. The Isotopes have now turned a Pacific Coast League leading 70 double plays. In their last nine games, the Topes have turned 23 double plays, 10 of which were of the 6-4-3 variety.
John Lannan pitched six innings allowing two earned runs and striking out four. if you take away the 4.2 innings pitched in his first two appearances (one in relief) back from the DL, Lannan has a 2.11ERA over eight starts. (H/t Thomas Wilson.)
LaTroy Hawkins blew a save, giving up two runs on three hits and striking out one in one inning pitched.
Player of the Game: Jordan Patrerson/Ryan McMahon
Troy Stein delivered the go-ahead RBI double in the seventh to give the Nuts (27-29) the lead for good. In the eighth, the Nuts tacked on three, two-out runs to secure the victory. Harrison Musgrave threw well in his start for the Nuts working 6.1 innings allowing one run while striking out six. The lone run was a bloop RBI single in the seventh to give the Ports a brief one-run lead. Matt Pierpont (W, 3-1) came in out of the 'pen in the seventh and stranded a pair of inherited runners while throwing 1.1 innings with a strike out.
A.J. Griffin made a Major League rehab appearance and tossed four scoreless innings with five strikeouts and allowed just one hit.
Jordan Patterson lead the Nuts' offense with two hits, a walk, two runs scored and an RBI. Patterson has an OPS of .964 in 46 games this season despite playing half his games at a pitchers park.
Ryan McMahon had a similar performance -- 2-4 with two runs and an RBI -- though both of his hits were doubles. His OPS through 54 games is .924.
Player of the Game: Grahamm Wiest
Asheville waited out the Charleston RiverDogs starting pitcher Jordan Foley. The first three batters of the game walked, two singles, a hit-by-pitch, and one more walk later, Foley's day was done. The right-hander departed with four runs allowed, the bases still loaded, and no outs recorded.
Asheville's hits came from Josh Fuentes, a two-run single to right, and Max White, an RBI single to left center. Sean Dwyer also worked a bases loaded walk. The five runs were more than enough for Grahamm Wiest who was making his Tourists debut. Wiest rolled through six innings, scattered five hits, and allowed only one run; which was unearned.
Wiest struck out five and walked two.
Wes Rogers went 1-3 and stole his 38th base of the season in only his 52nd game. His total now leads all of minor league baseball. He has been caught four times.
Omar Carrizales got another hit and a walk, bringing his season OPS to .876 which includes a .345 batting average. He has struck out only 20 times in 113 at-bats.
Player of the Game: Mike Tauchman
Mike Tuachman went a gaudy 4-5 with a run scored, two doubles, and three RBI, providing all the offense that Shane Carle and Shane Broyles would need to secure a victory for the Tourists.
Outfielder Dean Espy also had a solid game, going 3-4 with two runs scored a double and an RBI, and Will Swanner hit his fourth home run of the year, a solo shot in the sixth.
But is was the Shanes who won this game.
Carle pitched seven strong innings, scattering seven hits but only allowing one run to cross the plate, despite not striking out a single batter. It helps that he only gave one free pass.
Broyles struck out two batters in two innings and gave up a a run on the long-ball to Yandy Diaz.
AAA: Aaron Laffey
AAA Game 2: Yohan Flande
AA: Bryan Evans
A+: Antonio Senzatela
DSL Rockies: TBD