Player of the Game: Trevor Story
Each team jumped on the board in the first inning. Trevor Story mashed a line drive over the left-center field wall to give Albuquerque a 1-0 lead, but a two-RBI triple by El Paso in the home half of the first gave the Chihuahuas the lead. It wasn't until the fifth inning when back-to-back doubles from Cristhian Adames and Kyle Parker reignited the Isotopes offense. Adames drove in one run, while Parker picked up two RBI on his double. Tim Smalling then singled in Parker to make it 5-2. Albuquerque added another run in the sixth on an Adames single. El Paso scratched out a run in the sixth and ninth innings but could never erase the deficit.
Infielder Cristhian Adames continued to tear the cover off the baseball Wednesday night, going 2-for-5 with a double, a run scored and two RBI. His double in the fifth inning began Albuquerque's four-run rally that gave the Isotopes the lead for good. During his last 12 games, Adames is now batting .491 (27-for-55) with 10 runs scored, five doubles, two homers and 14 RBI.
Eddie Butler tossed six innings and struck out seven batters, giving up three runs on only two hits. The bad news is that he did walk four batters but the seven strike outs is very encouraging as is the low hit total.
Rex Brothers got the save, striking out the only two batters he faced and he has a 3.13 ERA over his last ten games.
Player of the Game: Shane Carle
After facing the minimum through the first two innings, Gabriel Ynoa began the third by surrendering back-to-back singles to Charley Thurber and Zach Osborne. After being sacrificed into scoring position by [Shane] Carle, Joey Wong got New Britain on the board with an RBI single to left. With men on the corners, Wong broke for second on a dirt ball, intentionally inducing a rundown. While he was tagged out by Brock Peterson in-between first and second base, Osborne came down to score from third, beating Peterson's throw to the plate. New Britain took their first lead of the series in the sixth inning, when Juan Ciriaco doubled to left with one out. The next batter, Mike Tauchman, drove him home with a single to center. Ynoa would retire the final seven batters he faced.
Carle threw six innings, giving up seven hits but only two runs while striking out six and walking three.
Carlos Estevez picked up his second save at the Double-A level. He has 14 strikeouts to three walks and four runs given up over his last 12 innings.
Player of the Game: Alex Balog/Dillon Thomas
Alex Balog was dominant and Dillon Thomas was a single shy of the cycle in the 7-0 win against the Inland Empire 66ers on Wednesday night at John Thurman Field. Alex Balog (W, 1-2) allowed just three baserunners in his seven-inning shutout. The righty allowed just a double in the second. Andrew Daniel reached on a wild pitch after a strikeout and Pedro Ruiz walked. Balog struck out five during the Nuts' (42-41; 9-4) third shutout of the season. Dillon Thomas drove in Rosell Herrera with a two-out double in the first. He doubled the Nuts' lead with a three-run blast in the third. In the fifth, Thomas whacked a two-out triple and scored on a wild pitch. Needing just a single to complete the cycle, Thomas struck out swinging in his final at-bat.
Raimel Tapia recorded just one measly hit. He has a hit in 22 of his last 24 games including 13 multi-hit performances.
Ryan McMahon smacked an RBI triple, and Jordan Patterson didn't get a hit (which was odd) but still contributed to the offense by drawing a walk, stealing a base, and scoring a run.
Balog appears to be back, and criminally under-slotted on my PuRPs ballot. Oh, well.
Player of the Game: Roberto Ramos ... again
For the second game in a row, the Asheville Tourists found themselves involved in an extra-inning affair; this time at home against the Greenville Drive. For the second game in a row, Asheville's Roberto Ramos came to the plate with two runners aboard in the 11th inning. The result of the second occurrence: the exact same as the first; a three-run Home Run to win the game. In the bottom of the fifth, Dom Nunez clubbed a solo Home Run to put Asheville on the board. The Tourists then rallied with two outs in the home half of the seventh to tie the game. Luis Jean doubled home a pair of runs and then scored on a double by Weeks.
Nunez is hitting .406 in his last ten games but his resurgence is likely due to increased patience, which has always been a calling card of his. In those ten games, Nunez has walked ten times to just three strikeouts. He has four home runs over this stretch.
Carlos Polanco gave up 10 hits in five innings and struck out five without walking a batter.
Angel Lezama was knocked around for six runs on ten hits in just four innings.
David Dahl went 0-3 with two strikeouts, but hey, at least he is back out there again.
Kevin Padlo was 0-2 with two walks but Boise just couldn't get anything going on offense in this one.
Manuel Melendez went 3-4 with a triple and a run scored and Pedro Gonzalez added a hit and an RBI.
Jorge Oviedo threw six innings, allowing two runs on six hits. He struck out two and didn't walk a batter.