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There was a lot of action on the farm that got lost on the Tulowitzki trade this week, highlighted by a Sam Howard complete game shutout in Asheville.

There was a lot of action on the farm that got lost on the Tulowitzki trade this week, highlighted by a Sam Howard complete game shutout in Asheville.

Monday, July 27th

New Britain 4, Binghamton 1 | MiLB.com Box |

Will Swanner went 2-3 with a HR, his 14th of the year, and two RBI.

Joey Wong had three hits and scored three runs. David Dahl went 1-5.

Ryan Carpenter threw seven innings and gave up seven hits but only one run. He struck out three and walked two.

Austin House recorded his 20th save of the season.

Modesto 5, Stockton 2 | MiLB.com Box |

Dillon Thomas went 3-4 with two doubles and Ashley Graeter went 2-4 with a HR and four RBI.

Konner Wade pitched 7 2/3 innings, giving up one earned run on five hits, striking out two and walking one. Wade has a 3.74 ERA in his last ten games with 34 strikeouts and 14 walks.

Asheville 2, Rome 0 | MiLB.com Box |

Howard Goes The Distance; Blanks The Braves 2-0 | Asheville Tourists News

Sam Howard became the third Tourists pitcher this season to pitch a nine-inning complete game and the second to do it without allowing a run. The first batter of the game, Stephen Gaylor, tripled off the centerfield wall for Rome. Howard bounced back with a short fly-out followed by two strikeouts stranding Gaylor at third.

The rest of the game was a breeze for the Cartersville, GA native.

With the score still 0-0 in the bottom of the eighth, the Tourists put runners at first and second. Dom Nunez came to the plate with two outs in the frame and worked a deep count off Evan Phillips. After a number of foul balls, Nunez roped a double off the top of the scoreboard in right-centerfield plating both runners. Howard took the mound in the ninth with the lead at his back. Sam immediately attacked Rome's hitters and retired the side to culminate his masterpiece. The Georgia Southern product's final line read: nine innings, four hits, no runs, no walks, and five strikeouts. He needed only 81 pitches. Howard has not allowed a run in his last 17.1 innings on the mound.

Sam Howard, though.

Ogden 12, Grand Junction 7 | MiLB.com Box |

First half ends with loss in Ogden | Grand Junction Rockies News

Ogden was the beneficiary of 11 walks and four errors on Monday night as they led 12-1 after scoring eight runs in the sixth inning. The Rockies rallied for two in the eighth and four runs in the ninth inning before Bernardo Reyes got Daniel Suero to ground out to third to end the game. Collin Ferguson, Jensen Park, Campbell Wear and Jensen Park had two hits for the Rockies. Ferguson, Wear and Mylz Jones scored a pair of runs.

Sacramento 10, Albuquerque 0 | MiLB.com Box |

Sacramento 10, Albuquerque 1 | MiLB.com Box |

Guh.

The Isotopes lost two games in one day by a combined 19 runs. There really aren't any silver linings in those box scores, but feel free to look for some.

Eugene 9, Boise 5 | MiLB.com Box |

Emeralds Outshine Hawks 9-5 | Boise Hawks News

The Hawks scored two first inning runs on a Kevin Padlo RBI double and a balk from Emeralds starting pitcher, Oscar De La Cruz to take an early 2-0 lead. The Emeralds responded in the bottom of the first with two runs of their own, highlighted by an Ian Rice RBI double off Hawks starting pitcher, Angel Lezama.  After loading the bases in the fifth inning, a Brian Mundell RBI sacrifice fly followed by a Hamlet Marte two-run double, gave the Hawks a 5-2 lead. That would be all the offense the Hawks would produce as the Emeralds scored seven unanswered runs on Hawks pitchers to take game two of this three game series by a final score of 9-5. Carlos Herrera stole two bases and is now tied with Drew Jackson of Everett for the league lead at 21. Forrest Wall made his Hawks debut and went 1 for 2 with a single, a run scored and a walk.

Wall's start was part of a rehab assignment. (As opposed to being a demotion.)

DSL Mariners1 10, 5 | MiLB.com Box |

Joel Diaz and Jose Gomez each went 2-5 the latter adding a home run. Pedro Gonzalez was 0-5 with three strikeouts.

Tuesday July 28th

Albuquerque 7, Salt Lake 6 | MiLB.com Box |

Albuquerque Plates Four in Ninth to Shock Salt Lake | Salt Lake Bees News

Albuquerque scored four runs in the bottom of the ninth, as the Isotopes rallied for a 7-6 win over the Salt Lake Bees on Tuesday night. Albuquerque trailed 6-3 going into the bottom of the ninth, but Kyle Parker, Tommy Murphy and Roger Bernadina opened the inning with consecutive singles off of Bees' pitcher Kurt Spomer (2-2) with Parker scoring to make it 6-4. Bernadina stole second base and catcher Rafael Lopez' throw went into center, scoring Murphy and advancing Bernadina to third. Tim Smalling followed with a single to center to bring home the tying run. With one out, Brock Bond singled moving Smalling to third and a passed ball on Lopez allowed Smalling to score the winning run.

Modesto 7, Stockton 6 | MiLB.com Box |

Nuts in Seventh Heaven After 7-6 Win | Modesto Nuts News

Down by three in the ninth, the Nuts were down to their final strike with the bases loaded. Dillon Thomas struck out with two outs, but the ball snuck past the Ports' (53-47; 15-16) catcher allowing Correlle Prime to score and Thomas to reach. Ryan McMahon followed and tied the game with a two-run single. In the tenth, Wilfredo Rodriguez whacked the go-ahead home run on the first pitch from reliever Joel Seddon (L, 7-7).

Raimel Tapia went 1-4.

Asheville 3, Rome 2 | MiLB.com Box |

Inside-The-Park Home Run Lifts Tourists To 3-2 Victory | Asheville Tourists News

Omar Carrizales stepped to the plate with two outs and no one aboard in the bottom of the seventh of a 2-2 game. Rome's starter, Yean Carlos Gil, delivered a pitch that Carrizales lifted into deep right field. The ball traveled off the right field wall with outfielder Braxton Davidson giving chase. The Braves right-fielder crashed into the wall attempting to make the catch. He was unable to pick himself up off the warning track. With Davidson not moving, Carrizales went racing around the bases to score the eventual winning run. Davidson ended up coming to his feet after the play and remained in the game. Asheville's starter Helmis Rodriguez labored through five innings but only allowed two first inning runs.


Grand Junction 9, Ogden 6 | MiLB.com Box |

Rockies rally to win second half opener | Grand Junction Rockies News

On Tuesday night at Lindquist Field, the Grand Junction Rockies found themselves trailing by a run in the ninth inning of the opening game of the second half after leading 5-0, but thanks to a 4-run rally they beat the Ogden Raptors 9-6. The ninth inning started with a Tyler Nevin strikeout, but the six men after him reached base.

Daniel Suero singled, Chris Rabago reached on an error on what could've been a game-ending double play. Jonathan Piron singled home Suero to tie the game, and after Chris Keck was walked intentionally, Bobby Stahel reached on a fielder's choice, allowing the Rockies to regain the lead, with some help from Raptors pitcher Lenix Osuna. He tried to start what could've been an inning ending double play, but his throw to second was wide left, that allowed Rabago to score, then Mylz Jones singled home Piron and Keck to cap the inning.

Kyle Freeland made his second start and struck out six in four innings. He did not allow a run. Freeland has thrown seven rehab innings in Grand Junction. He's given up two hits, zero runs, and nine strikeouts to two walks.

Boise 5, Eugene 1 | MiLB.com Box |

Welmon Slices Through Emeralds | Boise Hawks News

Colin Welmon received the start for the Hawks and pitched brilliantly, going five innings and giving up no runs and two hits while striking out five to pick up his first win of the season. Carlos Herrera led off the game with a walk and Marcos Dereks and Terry McClure followed with RBI singles to give the Hawks an early 2-0 lead. That score would remain until the ninth inning when Kevin Padlo led off with a solo home run, his fifth homer this season. Following back-to-back walks, Nate Causey ripped a two-run single to give the Hawks a 5-0 lead. All-Star Kevin Padlo stole his 20th base of the season … Carlos Herrera is now batting a team high .309

Binghamton 3, New Britain 0 | MiLB.com Box |

Mike Tauchman got two hits ... and that was pretty much it offensively for New Britain.

Ryan Arrowood pitched five innings and did not give up a run. He allowed four hits while striking out three and walking one.

DSL Rockies 5, DSL Mariners1 4 | MiLB.com Box |

Joel Diaz went 3-4 and is hitting .319 on the season.

Antonio Santos pitched four shutout innings, giving up only two hits.

THURSDAY, July 29th

Albuquerque 4, Salt Lake 1 | MiLB.com Box |

Isotopes Beat Salt Lake 4-1 As Gray Shines | Albuquerque Isotopes News

Albuquerque wasted no time jumping out front with a two-RBI single by Tim Wheeler in the second inning. Right-hander Jon Gray kept the Salt Lake lineup at bay for five innings, and the Isotopes added another run in the sixth on Wheeler's second RBI single. The Bees managed to scratch across a run in the top of the seventh, but infielder Trevor Story quickly answered with a monstrous solo home run in the home half of the inning. Matt McBride made his first start since being activated from the disabled list on Tuesday and promptly extended his team season-longest hitting streak to 18 games with a single in the first inning. The outfielder finished Wednesday evening 3-for-3 with three singles and a walk.

Having spent 20 days on the disabled list, McBride's 18 game hitting streak began way back on June 16. During that stretch, he is batting .441 (30-for-68) with 19 runs scored, 10 doubles, three home runs and 16 RBI. Starting pitcher Jon Gray turned in a very strong five innings of work, striking out eight. He only walked a single batter and scattered three hits. His most impressive frame was the third when the right-hander worked around a leadoff triple by striking out a pair of hitters and inducing a groundout to end the inning with no damage done. Gray threw 50 of his 70 pitches for strikes.

Gray, in his last ten games, has a 3.48 ERA in 54 1/3 innings pitched, striking out 69 and walking 23.

Binghamton 11, New Britain 4 | MiLB.com Box |

Will Swanner went 2-4 and hit his 15th home run of the season.

Mike Tauchman was 2-4 with a triple and scored twice.

Harrison Musgrave had his worst/unluckiest outing of the season. He only lasted an inning and two-thirds and gave up six hits and eight runs, though only one of them was earned.

Modesto 3, Stockton 2 | MiLB.com Box |

Benjamin Propels Nuts to 3-2 Victory | Modesto Nuts News

The Nuts (56-46; 23-9) extended their winning streak to eight games and complete their road trip a perfect 7-0. In every game on the trip, the Nuts either took the lead or tied the game in the seventh inning or later. On Wednesday night, the Nuts trailed by a run entering the eighth.

Michael Benjamin, Jr. cracked a go-ahead two-run homer off reliever Taylor Thompson (L, 0-2) to give the Nuts their first lead of the game. Matt Carasiti (S, 14/16) tossed another perfect ninth inning. Devin Burke (W, 2-1) pushed his scoreless streak to 15.1 innings with 2.1 frames out of the bullpen. Antonio Senzatela started for the Nuts and worked 5.2 innings allowing two runs on six hits with six strikeouts and only one walk.

Vancouver 5, Boise 4 | MiLB.com Box |

Hawks Fall to Canadians in 12 Inning Affair | Boise Hawks News

The Hawks kicked off the scoring in the bottom of the first inning, putting together a two-out rally highlighted by RBI hits from Brian Mundell and Hamlet Marte. The Canadians put up one run in the top of the second inning before Steven Leonard smashed an RBI double high off the left field wall in the bottom half of the inning to give the Hawks a 3-1 lead. That score held until the sixth inning when Sean Hurley hit a bases clearing three-run double to give the Canadians their first lead at 4-3. Marte slapped an RBI single in the seventh inning tying the game at 4-4. The Hawks threatened in the ninth but were turned away as Marte was thrown out at home plate trying to score on a Nate Causey base hit. The game would travel all the way to the 12th inning before the Canadians tacked on one run to take the victory by a final score of 5-4.

Ogden 14, Grand Junction 8 | MiLB.com Box |

Rockies routed in series finale | Grand Junction Rockies News

An unearned run in the first inning put the Rockies in front, but Jordan Tarsovich tied the game with a home run in the second inning, and they added a run in the third. Medina worked out of a bases loaded, no out jam in the fourth. He allowed two runs in four innings of work, but was tagged with his first loss. The Rockies tallied single runs in the sixth, seventh and eighth inning, and put up a 4-spot in the ninth for a third straight night. Jonathan Piron hit a 3-run homer to bring in their final runs of the night. Piron had three hits, while Mylz Jones, Collin Ferguson and Bobby Stahel had two. Sam Hilliard walked three times and added a triple.

DSL Orioles2 4, DSL Rockies 1 | MiLB.com Box |