Player of the Game: Jon Gray/Kyle Parker
A pair of doubles by Kyle Parker and Angelys Nina in the second inning put Albuquerque on the board first.
After Las Vegas plated an unearned run in the third inning, the Topes responded with an RBI double by Trevor Story to extend the lead back to 3-1. Parker doubled in another run in the sixth before Albuquerque broke the game wide open in the eighth inning, highlighted by a Roger Bernadina three-run home run.
In typical Jon Gray fashion, the right-hander allowed a leadoff triple to begin the game then struck out the side in the first to strand the runner. Gray went on to toss five innings of one-run ball. The only run he allowed was unearned. Gray scattered three hits, while striking out seven. He only walked a pair of batters, and 56 of his 84 pitches were strikes. Sunday marks the fourth time this season Gray hasn't allowed an earned run in a start and the 10th time he's surrendered three total runs or fewer. Parker turned in a 3-for-4 night with two doubles, two runs scored and two RBI. During his last 19 straight starts, Parker has nine doubles and 15 RBI.
Story went 2-5, with a double and a strikeout.
At this point, lines have been drawn on the Gray matter (these are going to get old quick) but either way it is likely we see him in a big league uniform very soon.
Gray may or may not have been seen hugging his teammates after being removed (at only 84 pitches) which may or may not mean he is being called up ... or traded ... or has been selected to be the next recipient of the super soldier serum. Stay tuned to Purple Row for updates.
Player of the Game: Drew Weeks
Purple Row's Charlie Drysdale reports:
Asheville had been trailing for nearly the whole game when outfielder Drew Weeks strode to the plate in the ninth inning with the bases loaded and two outs. The Florida native took a hanging curve and drove it into the left field corner, lifting the Tourists to a 5-4 victory over the Greenville Drive.
Third baseman Shane Hoelscher spent most of the night as a thorn in the side of Greenville pitchers. The 22-year-old tied the game in the second with a two RBI single. He later knocked a solo home run so deep, it bounced off a patio table and hit the glass window on the porch of one of the apartment buildings overlooking left field.
Greenville's vaunted young infield was on display Sunday afternoon, as Cuban defector Yoan Moncada led off with a single and later scored the first run of the game. Moncada was signed in the off season by the Red Sox for a reported $30,500,000.
The Drive's third baseman Rafael Devers was the youngest Future's Game representative during the All-Star festivities last week, and hemay have been auditioning for a future Home Run Derby when in the fourth inning he launched a deep drive over the 416 foot section of the fence in right-center field.
Asheville's bullpen was a key component of the win, as relievers Yoely Bello, Jerad McCrummen and Josh Michalec pitched five shutout innings to close out the game.
Player of the Game: Alex Balog/Raimel Tapia
In the bottom of the eighth, the Nuts' (48-45; 15-8) Troy Stein scored from third on a botched pickoff attempt from Storm reliever Eric Yardley (L, 2-4). Emerson Jimenez went from first to second on the error before Raimel Tapia drove in the game-winning run with a RBI single. Corelle Prime whacked a homer in the Nuts' win. Wilfredo Rodriguez collected two hits with a RBi and a run scored. Alex Balog was good in his start. The righty retired the first eight he faced and allowed just three runs with three strikeouts and no walks.
Balog pitched seven innings.
Raimel Tapia only had one hit in this game, but it was the big one. It was the first hit in his last eight at-bats which has plummeted his batting average in the last 30 days (102 ABs) to .373. -- his last ten games to .432.
Corey Dickerson recorded one hit in three at-bats in a rehab start.
Prime's home run was his 11th of the season.
David Dahl went 2-4 with a double and a run scored and committed his first error of the season. He sits at a .272 batting average through 47 games with New Britain.
Noel Cuevas grabbed two hits and two RBI and Will Swanner hit his 12th home run of the season in his only at bat (pinch-hit) on the day.
Starter Harrison Musgrave pitched six innings, giving up three runs on six hits, including two home runs. He struck out six hitters and didn't walk anybody.
Player of the Game: Daniel Suero
Grand Junction jumped in front with a pair in the first inning after their first three batters reached with base hits. Mylz Jones singled to start the game and after he got to second on wild pitch, Daniel Suero singled him in. Jensen Park followed with his third triple of the season. Brantley Bell doubled home a run in the second to get the Mustangs on the board, but the Rockies put up a 4-spot in the third to make it 6-1.
Suero followed Jones' triple with an RBI single, and after the Rockies loaded the bases, Chris Keck cleared them with a 2-out double. Billings scored five times in the fourth, four coming home with two out, and they took the lead in the sixth when Dalton Carter hit a 2-run double. The Rockies immediately got those two runs back, but Brantley Bell hit a 2-out, 2-run double to give the Mustangs the lead for good.
With 2-out in the eighth inning, Suero and Park hit back-to-back triples, but Sam Hilliard grounded out to the shortstop on a close play to end the threat. Collin Ferguson led off the ninth inning with a walk, but was thrown out trying to steal second for the game's final out.
Suero was 4-5 with four runs scored and two RBI. The 20-year old center-fielder has a .368 average and a .944 OPS through 24 games with Grand Junction.
Player of the Game: Max White/Carlos Herrera
The Hawks got on the board in the bottom of the first inning on a Nate Causey RBI single before the Indians put together six unanswered runs on Hawks starting pitcher, Javier Palacios. The Hawks put three runs on the board in the third inning. Brian Carroll led off with a walk and scored on a Max White RBI triple. Carlos Herrera and Hamlet Marte each added RBI singles and the Hawks cut the lead to 6-4. The two teams traded runs in the sixth inning before the Hawks erupted for four runs to take the lead in the seventh inning.
Marcos Derkes led off with a towering solo home run over the right field wall, his first of the season. White followed with his second triple of the night and scored on a Herrera RBI single that tied the game at 7-7. Tyler Follis then reached on a fielding error and scored on a Brian Mundell two-run double that gave the Hawks the 9-7 lead. That score would remain until the top of the ninth inning when the Indians scored three runs and took the lead off Hawks reliever, Cristian Quintin. The Hawks threatened in the bottom of the ninth, bringing the tying run to third base but could not score as they fell to the Indians by a score of 10-9.