Both the Tourists and the Drive went without a run through the first two innings but Asheville broke through in the third. Ryan Stephens led off the frame with a solo Home Run. Two batters later, Max White drove in Luis Jean with an RBI groundout. Dom Nunez jumped into the act with an RBI single and Yonathan Daza also contributed with an RBI fielder's choice.
The Drive made two errors in the four-run frame. Greenville managed one in the bottom of the third but Jean responded with an RBI single in the fourth. Javier Guerra's solo Home Run off Castellani in the bottom of the fourth made it a 5-2 game but the Drive would never come any closer. Castellani retired all eight batters he faced following the Guerra long ball. Asheville plated one in the fifth on a Daza RBI single and capped off the evening with a three-run ninth. The Tourists stole four bases in the final frame to erase any thought of a comeback from the Drive.
Nunez paced the Tourists with three hits in five tries. He hit his 19th double of the season and stole his sixth base. Dom is slashing .379/.487/.877/1.164 in the second half. To be any hotter, he'd have to be named Carlos Gonzalez.
Yonathan Daza is hitting .419 over his last ten games.
Forrest Wall went 1-for-5 and scored twice.
Castellani gave up two earned runs on four hits, striking out six and walking one.
Albuquerque took an early lead on Tommy Murphy's two-run home run in the second inning, but Fresno quickly answered with three runs in the third. After the Isotopes tied it on Cristhian Adames' RBI single in the home half of the third, the Grizzlies once again regained the lead at 5-3 with a two-run fourth inning. Both team's pitching staffs then settled in to string together several scoreless frames until a two-out opposite-field RBI double by Roger Bernadina in the eighth brought the Topes within 5-4. With one out in the bottom of the ninth Adames crushed a ball to the 400-foot sign in center field, but Fresno outfielder Andrwe Aplin made a highlight reel catch at the top of the hill to take extra bases away from the Isotopes.
Designated hitter Tommy Murphy continued his recent torrid pace, mashing his fourth home run in as many games. Murphy belted a two-run homer in the second inning to give Albuquerque an early 2-0 lead Tuesday evening. It was his only hit of the game in four trips to the plate. During his last four games, Murphy is 8-for-17 with six runs scored, two doubles, four homers and seven RBI.
Adames -- who had been known as a defensive specialist until this season -- brought his batting average up to .306 with yet another multi-hit performance.
At this point, especially with the team more in sell mode than not (hopefully) I have no idea why Adames isn't getting run at the major league level. The Rockies must see something (or not see something) that I don't.
In the sixth, the Ports (58-56; 20-24) had runners at the corners with Devin Burke on the mound in relief for the Nuts (59-54; 26-18). Burke tossed an errant pickoff throw to first which allowed Jacob Nottingham to score. In the eighth, Matt Pierpont (L, 5-4) allowed a leadoff single, but induced a potential double-play grounder to second baseman Wilson Soriano who whiffed on it putting two runners in scoring position. The eventual winning run scored on Nottingham's sac fly. In the ninth, the Nuts loaded the bases, but Correlle Prime bounced into a game-ending double play against Corey Walter (S, 3/5).
Scary news in this one: Zach Jemiola had to leave early with some shoulder pain:
Modesto Nuts starter Zach Jemiola points to his shoulder and is out after 3 1/3 innings. Was en route to his 2nd straight good start.— Ron Agostini (@ModBeeSports) August 12, 2015
Raimel Tapia and Ryan McMahon each went 1-for-3, the latter adding a walk.
Grand Junction was just 2-for-11 with runners in scoring position as they drop to 2-10 in the second half. They have lost their last nine games decided by a run. Through three innings, the Rockies left four men on base while the Voyagers were held to a single runner, but in the fourth, Johan Cruz singled with one out. He scored when Zach Fish singled to put the Voyagers on top. That was the only run Great Falls scored against Parker French, who scattered three hits over five innings. He struck out a season-high eight, without surrendering a walk, but with him out of the game, the Voyagers tagged Juan Pena for three runs in the sixth. Daniel Suero finished with two hits, including a double, it is his 18th multi hit game of the season.
20-year old all-star center-fielder Daniel Suero is hitting .316 in 39 games with Grand Junction.
In the fourth inning, with the Emeralds already leading 5-2, Eloy Jimenez punched an RBI single that chased Hawks starting pitcher, Jack Wynkoop. Angel Lezama entered and Andrew Ely jumped on his first pitch, sending it over the right field wall for a three-run home run to extend the Emeralds lead to 9-2. The Emeralds broke the game open in the fifth inning, sending 10 batters to the plate and scoring five runs on five hits to push the lead to 14-2.
The Hawks responded in the bottom half of the inning, scoring three runs on a Kevin Padlo RBI double and a Brian Mundell two-run home run, his third of the season. The Emeralds added one run in the sixth inning on a wild pitch before the Hawks tacked on three runs on home runs from Luis Castro and Kevin Padlo. However, the damage had been done and the Emeralds completed the three game sweep of the Hawks, winning by a final score of 15-8.