Shane Carle tossed seven shutout innings, working around seven hits. He struck out four and walked one, improving his record (I know, I know, but still) to 13-6 this season. Carle has shown a repeatable ability to work through traffic, limit big hits, and pitch effectively out of the stretch this season. His ERA sits at 3.40 in just over 130 innings pitched.
The Rock Cats grabbed nine singles and only one extra base hit in the first game of the double-header. The double hit by Jordan Patterson was his 12th in 24 games with New Britain.
Joey Wong had two base hits in three at-bats and scored twice.
The second game of the double-feature began with a home run from top prospects David Dahl, his fifth of the season. That was all the scoring they would getm though Mike Tauchman continued his hot hitting with another two-hit performance.
Matt Flemer pitched 4 and 1/3 innings giving up 11 hits, but limiting the damage to four runs. The outing raised his ERA to 3.35. He has pitched 142 innings this season.
Sam Moll extended his scoreless streak to 6 2/3 innings, also known as his entire Double-A career so far. He has struck out eight, walked two, and given up two hits since getting the call.
The loss sinks the Nuts (59-56; 26-19) into a tie for first place with the Ports (59-56) in the Wild Card Standings and the Nuts will need a win on Thursday night to avoid a sweep. With a one-run advantage entering the seventh, Melvin Mercedes tied the game for the Ports with a two-out, infield, RBI single against Konner Wade. Wade worked seven innings with just three hits leading to two runs, only one of which was earned. In the eighth, the Ports took the lead against Rayan Gonzalez (L, 1-3). Tyler Marincov drove in the go-ahead run with a RBI single. Marincov then stole second base and scored on B.J. Boyd's RBI single.
Ryan McMahon went 1-for-4.
Fresno Grizzlies (68-48) right-handed pitching prospect Mark Appel shut down the Albuquerque Isotopes (51-66) for the second time this season Wednesday night at Isotopes Park as the Grizzlies cruised to an 8-2 victory. In two outings against the Isotopes on the year, Appel has thrown 15.0 innings with two runs allowed, seven hits, two walks and 18 strikeouts. Fresno wasted no time taking control of Wednesday's game. The Grizzlies plated three in the first and added four more in the fourth and fifth to take a 7-0 lead before the Isotopes ever got on the board. Albuquerque's first run came on Angelys Nina's RBI triple that scored Roger Bernadina in the bottom of the fifth. The Grizzlies scored their final run in the top of the ninth, and the Topes responded when Trevor Story scored on a groundout in the home half of the inning.
Trevor Story was the only 'Tope with a multi-hit day, going 2-for-4 and raising hit OPS in 35 games at the Triple-A level to .829.
No team led by more than one run at any point. Asheville's Carlos Polanco went toe to toe with Greenville's Jalen Beeks. Polanco went seven innings, surrendered four hits, and struck out four in the no-decision. The only run the Drive managed off Polanco was an unearned run in the second inning. Asheville finally struck off Beeks in the fifth. Ryan Stephens clubbed a solo Home Run to tie up the score 1-1. It is the second straight game Stephens has homered. In the seventh, Beeks surrendered an unearned run when Michael Chavis bounced a throw past the first-baseman JT Watkins to allow the go-ahead run to score. Greenville managed to tie the game with a run in the eighth but Asheville responded in the ninth. After Shane Hoelscher singled to lead off the inning and took second on a sacrifice bunt by Dom Nunez, Yonathan Daza stepped to the plate. Daza fouled off several pitches before single back up the middle to plate Hoelscher and put the Tourists in front 3-2.
The Hawks wasted no time getting on the scoreboard, putting up one run in the first inning on a Kevin Padlo sacrifice fly that scored Carlos Herrera, who reached after being hit by a pitch. Logan Sawyer held on to the lead and never let go, mowing through the Dust Devils lineup, allowing just three hits with four strikeouts while tossing five shutout innings. The score held until the seventh inning when the Hawks added two runs on back-to-back RBI singles from Scott Burcham and Padlo to push the lead to 3-0. The Dust Devils got on the board in the bottom half of the inning, taking advantage of three walks and two hit batters by Hawks relievers to pull to within one at 3-2. The Dust Devils tied the game one inning later when Peter Van Gansen whacked a two-out RBI single. The game remained tied and moved into extra innings where the Dust Devils won it in walk-off fashion courtesy of a Justin Pacchioli RBI double, securing the 4-3 victory.
On Wednesday night at Suplizio Field, Tyler Nevin and Jonathan Piron hit next to each other in the Grand Junction Rockies lineup. They combined for five hits and three runs in the Rockies 3-1 win over the Great Falls Voyagers, ending a 9-game losing skid. Piron had three hits in four at bats, while Nevin had a pair, including a home run, his second of the season, in the seventh, which tied the game at one. Piron followed Nevin's homer with a single, and after he stole second, Chris Rabago doubled him home to give the Rockies their first lead of the night. Nevin scored on a passed ball in the eighth.