The Isotopes cruised to a victory last night. The offense was powered by unlikely contributors. Rafael Ynoah went 3-5 with a triple, Roger Bernadina hit two home runs and drove in four, and Dustin Garneau went 3-5 with a homer and a double. Kyle Parker was the only PuRP contributor on offense. He went 2-5 with two doubles.
Starter John Lannan threw six innings, during which he allowed two runs on six hits while striking out two and walking none.
Double-A New Britain
The Rock Cats lost this pitcher's duel. Matt Flemer pitched a complete game, 8 2/3 innings, in the loss. Despite recording two outs in the ninth, Flemer allowed a couple of singles and a sacrifice fly, which was enough to push a run across the plate and end the game. The Rock Cats outhit New Hampshire, but they couldn't string them together to plate a run.
In a reversal of fortune, the Nuts held on to win this game, which saw the teams combine for seven errors on the day. Jordan Patterson hit two home runs, giving him eight on the year. The 23 year old is sustaining a very good season in Modesto. He's now hitting .308/.383/.575 in 284 plate appearances. Corelle Prime added a homer of his own. And Raimel Tapia knocked a couple of singles.
Zach Jemiola didn't have his best day from the mound. He allowed nine hits and five runs in six innings of work. He walked and struck out two. Sam Moll pitched a couple of scoreless innings to finish out the game. He walked one and struck out zero in his two frames.
Asheville crushed Lexington, scoring 13 runs on 14 hits on the day. But the story of the game is Lexington's goose egg. Starting pitcher Helms Rodriguez pitched seven innings of scoreless ball. He allowed six hits. Most impressively, he struck out six and didn't walk a batter. The 21 year old left hander is impressing during his first year of full-season ball. He'll likely make the jump to Modesto for 2016, and it's also likely he'll climb the PuRP list.
Omar Carrizales was the offensive star. He went 4-6 with a home run and four RBIs. He raised his season triple slash to .335/.375/.483 over 223 plate appearances in the hitter friendly South Atlantic League. Drew Weeks also had three hits and a home run. Shortstop Max George had a couple of singles and went 2-4.
Short Season-A Boise:
Rockies 2015 sixth round draft pick Jack Wynkoop got his first career minor league start, and it was a good one. He threw just four innings, but he allowed just one hit, walked one batter, and struck out four. Wynkoop is 21 and out of college, so it's possible that we'll see him move on to Asheville soon. You can read more about Wynkoop here. The Hawks couldn't hold on for the win, however, as Spokane tagged the Boise relief corps for eight runs.
On offense, catcher Hamlet Marte had a couple of doubles, and third baseman Kevin Padlo added two singles.
Rookie Grand Junction
Brendan Rodgers sat out again—he hasn't played since Tuesday. Without any official word from the organization, we're left to assume that he's injured in some fashion. Let's hope it's not a serious injury and/or illness in general, and preferably not a serious injury and/or illness to a body part essential for baseball activity in the near and distant future.
This game was a hit fest all around. Jonathan Piron went 5-5 with double and a homer, Cole Anderson went 3-4 with two doubles, and Colin Ferguson added a home run. Most of the damage done against the Rockies came at the expense of starter James McMahon, who allowed six runs on eight hits in 2 1/3 innings. A collection of four relievers, including Hunter Brothers (Rex Brothers's brother), only allowed one run for the remainder of the game.
Triple-A Albuquerque: TBD
Double-A New Britain: Ryan Carpenter
High-A Modesto: Konner Wade
Single-A Asheville: Ryan Castellani
Short Season-A Boise: Logan Sawyer
Rookie Grand Junction: Chad Zurat