Player of the Game: Sam Howard/Yonathan Daza
Offensively, the Tourists struck in a big way the bottom of the second. A Shane Hoelscher double sandwiched between two walks loaded the bases with no outs. Yonathan Daza then laced a triple into left-centerfield that cleared the bases. Daza promptly scored on a Ryan Stephens double.
Blake Shouse pitched the final three frames to notch his first save of the season. Daza finished 3-for-4 while Hoelscher, Stephens, and Dom Nunez all recorded extra-base hits. The Tourists walked a total of seven times; five off Crawdads' starter Cody Buckel. Asheville has won four games in a row and holds a 17-8 record since the All-Star Break.
Sam Howard tossed six innings and did not give up a run, scattering seven hits. He struck out four and walked one. In his last ten outings, Howard has a 3.83 ERA with 43 strikeouts and 15 walks.
Since the break, Dom Nunez (in 19 games) has posted a .371/.506/.774 line with seven home runs which comes out to a 1.280 OPS. During the stretch, he has walked 18 times and struck out four.
Player of the Game: Trevor Story
Jamie Romak signed as a free agent with the Arizona Diamondbacks in November 2014. Since then, he has demolished the Isotopes, with whom he played the 2014 campaign. In 15 games this season with Reno, Romak is 18-for-55 with 14 runs scored, two doubles, a triple, five home runs, 17 RBI and 12 walks against Albuquerque. His fifth-inning three-run homer gave the Aces a 5-4 lead that they would not relinquish.
Trevor Story continued his recent hot streak and is still an extra-base machine for the Isotopes. He finished Wednesday night's game 2-for-4 with two doubles and an RBI. The infielder now has eight hits in his last 17 at-bats with four runs scored, three doubles, three home runs and six RBI over four games. Since joining Albuquerque, 13 of Story's 19 hits are for extra-bases.
Story's OPS since joining the Isotopes is .859.
Most of the damage came against Jair Jurrjens who gave up six runs in five innings.
Cristhian Adames recorded a base hit in four at-bats and also threw down a nasty web-gem stop at third base -- a diving stop and strong throw.
Kyle Parker added a late RBI double, Dustin Garneau had a two-hit day, and Corey Dickerson tallied a 1-4 night and drove in a run in his first rehab appearance at the Triple-A level.
Player of the Game: David Dahl
David Dahl went 3-5 with a double, two RBI, and a run scored. In his last 30 games, including a rehab assignment in Boise after spleen surgery, Dahl is hitting .300/306/.433.
Jordan Patterson went 2-5 and hit his first home run at the Double-A level. He has an .824 OPS since joining the Rock Cats.
Will Swanner hit his second pinch-hit home run of the week.
Kevin Padlo went 1-3 with two walks and two runs scored. He is sitting at a very solid .963 OPS through 31 games with the Hawks.
Hamlet Marte went 2-5 and hit his third home run of the season. Marte is hitting .308 and slugging .500 in 28 games with Boise.
The DSL Rockies were held to just two hits, Luis Brito's double being the only one for extra bases. Luis Guzman pitched 5 1/3 innings, giving up three runs on five hits, striking out three and walking two.