Triple-A Albuquerque (46-55)
Trevor Story continues to emplot baseballs around Triple-A parks. Story hitting three doubles was the arc of yesterday's story. Story also had three RBIs in the climactic victory, which was another part of the story. Story is now hitting .301/.333/.663 in his storied 87 plate appearances since being called up. Story still struck out in 23 percent of his plate appearances and has walked in just 4.6 percent of them, these chapters suggest that he's an unfinished story. But the production the 22 year old Story is showing in the high minors is both an encouraging and exciting narrative. Story story. Story.
(That will never happen again.)
Double-A New Britain (47-52)
In other news about recently promoted batters who stubbornly haven't missed a beat, Jordan Patterson went 3-3 with a double, two runs scored, two RBIs, and a walk. Patterson has only been in Double-A for nine games and 34 plate appearances, but in those games he's hitting .367/.441/.600. David Dahl had a rough day at the plate in the Rock Cats' win. He went 0-4 with three strikeouts. Starting pitcher Shane Carle didn't have his best outing either. He threw six innings, allowed seven hits, and gave up three runs. He didn't walk a batter and struck out two.
High-A Modesto (52-46)
Ryan McMahon had a big day with the bat to help the Nuts win. McMahon went 3-5 with a pair of doubles. He scored a run and knocked in one. Raimel Tapia went 0-5 with a walk and saw his batting average plummet to .321.
From the mound, big righty Alex Balog had an uneven, but encouraging, day. In the first two innings, Balog allowed three runs on four hits and a walk. In the following four innings, however, Balog gave up just two singles, didn't walk a batter, and struck out five. In all, he allowed three runs on six hits, but he only walked one batter and struck out seven.
Single-A Asheville (49-49)
Josh Michael allowed two runs in the top of the ninth to squander the Tourists one run lead. The Tourists never got it back. It was day of offense at McCormick Field. Omar Carrizales had a triple, and Josh Fuentes and Robbie Perkins each had a solo home run, accounting for all of the Tourists' runs in the loss.
Short Season-A Boise (13-24)
Carlos Herrera and Brian Carroll each had four hits on the day, helping the Hawks win. Kevin Padlo was hitless in his four plate appearances. He struck out once.
DSL Rockies (20-28)
Official PuRP Pedro Gonzalez had a rough go yesterday, as his 0-5 game included three strikeouts. Nobody else was able to muster much offense either, as the DSL Rockies were held to just four singles. Starting pitcher Breiling Eusebio had a nice day. In his six innings of work, he allowed four hits, zero runs, and struck out seven to zero walks.
Rookie Grand Junction (20-16)
Mike Nikorak's second game was not as shiny as his first, and it raises serious questions about whether or not the Rockies have broken him already. Nikorak pitched three innings. He gave up six runs (three earned) on six hits, one of which was a dinger. Nikorak walked two batters and struck out three.
Brendan Rodgers sat yesterday's game out. Newly minted PuRP Tyler Nevin went 1-3 with a double and a walk.
Triple-A Albuquerque: John Lannan
Double-A New Britain: Matt Flemer
High-A Modesto: Zach Jemiola
Single-A Asheville: Carlos Planco
Short Season-A Boise: David Hill
Rookie Grand Junction: Parker French