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Colorado Rockies prospects: Raimel Tapia, Ryan McMahon lighting up the Cal League

A pair of Nuts are really shining in the CAL league. Raimel Tapia and Ryan McMahon continue to raise their stock.

Caitlin Rice

Modesto 13, Lake Elsinore 3 | Box |

Raimel Tapia went 3-for-4 with a triple, a home run, and three runs scored as part of a 15-hit outburst from Modesto in the first game of a doubleheader. It was Tapia's 11th home run and seventh triple of the season.

Drew Weeks added three hits of his own for three RBI and Michael Benjamin tallied a pair of hits including his 10th home run of the season.

Antonio Senzatela pitched seven innings -- which in a minor league game that is part of a doubleheader is a complete game -- and gave up three runs while striking out nine batters and not walking anybody.

Modesto 5, Lake Elsinore 3 | Box |

Game 2 saw another triple from Tapia and a 3-for-4 day from Benjamin. Ryan McMahon grabbed two hits and scored twice.

Alex Balog picked up six innings, allowing two earned runs, striking out five and walking one. Matt Carisiti recorded his 19th save of the season for Modesto, pitching the only inning of relief during the 14-inning day for the Nuts.

And just because I love the name I feel like pointing out that Jason Jester took the loss for Lake Elsinore in this one.

Asheville 4, Savannah 1 | Box |

Triumphant Tourists Officially Snap Sand Gnats Streak | Asheville Tourists News

With the win, Asheville snapped Savannah's 19-game unbeaten streak which dated all the way back to August 2. The Gnats had won 18 in a row before a rain shortened tie concluded their Sunday afternoon double-header. Savannah's last loss ironically came against Asheville over three weeks ago.

As far as Tuesday's game, the Tourists jumped out to a quick start and rode the starting pitching of Sam Howard. Asheville's lefty spun seven innings and limited the Sand Gnats to one unearned run. Offensively, Forrest Wall put the home team on the board with a first inning RBI single. Shane Hoelscher doubled in Wall to make it 2-0. In the fifth, Dom Nunez doubled and took third on a fielding error by Patrick Biondi. Roberto Ramos followed with a double to plate Nunez which gave Asheville a 3-1 lead. Nunez struck again in the seventh. The Tourists catcher led off the inning with a double and scored after consecutive wild pitches.

Howard struck out six and walked one. In his last ten starts he has an ERA of 2.36 with 50 strikeouts and 16 walks.

Boise 12, Vancouver 8 | Box |

Hawks Can Canadians 12-8 | Boise Hawks News

Trailing 2-1 in the top of the second inning, the Hawks put up a four spot that was capped off by a Marcos Derkes two-run single that gave the Hawks a 5-2 lead. The Canadians responded with an RBI double from Justin Atkinson before the Hawks broke the game open and put up five runs in third inning.

With the bases loaded, Nate Causey slapped a two-run single that was followed by a two-run double off the bat of Wilkyns Jimenez and the Hawks took a six run lead. Scott Burcham added an RBI single and the Hawks took a commanding 10-3 lead. It was short lived as the Canadians came roaring back, scoring five runs of their own in the fourth inning, aided by two wild pitches, and a bases loaded walk before Connor Panas smacked a two-run single that pulled the score to 10-8. Jimenez connected on a solo home run in the fifth inning and Brian Mundell added an RBI single in the eighth as the Hawks bullpen held steady and gave the Hawks a 12-8 victory.

The Hawks committed a season high five errors.

Kevin Padlo went 1-for-2 with an RBI, two walks, and a run scored.

Okla. City 8, Albuquerque 2 | Box |

OKC Pulls Away From Isotopes Late 8-2 | Albuquerque Isotopes News

Oklahoma City quickly jumped on the board with a Corey Seager solo homer in the first, but Albuquerque immediately responded with a solo blast of their own in the first courtesy of Cristhian Adames. It wasn't until the fifth when the Dodgers managed to retake the lead with a two-out single by Seager. OKC plated three more runs in both the seventh and eighth innings to pull away from the Topes. Albuquerque managed just one more run when Tommy Murphy led off the ninth with a solo homer.

Cristhian Adames mashed a solo home run in the first inning, providing one Albuquerque's only two runs, and finished the game 2-for-4 with a run scored, an RBI and a homer. Adames has now hit safely in 21 of 24 games in August. During that stretch, he is batting .396 (38-for-96) with 14 runs scored, three doubles, a triple, three homers, seven RBI and 11 walks.

Trevor Story drew two walks and Rex Brothers threw a clean inning of relief with a strikeout.

Bowie 5, New Britain 3 | Box |

Mike Tauchman grabbed three hits including an RBI double, continuing his excellent recent stretch that has seen his season batting average climb to above .300.

Shane Carle pitched seven innings, allowing five runs, striking out four and walking one.

Idaho Falls 9, Grand Junction 5 | Box |

Sloppy fifth dooms Rockies | Grand Junction Rockies News

Grand Junction loaded the bases in the first inning and took the lead on Sam Hilliard's sacrifice fly. Chris Keck followed Jonathan Piron's leadoff single in the second with his fifth home run of the season to make it 3-0 Rockies. Idaho Falls got on the board in the fourth after Mike Nikorak walked the first four in the inning, but Christian Talley followed, retired the first three batters he faced, keeping it 3-1 Rockies. Following the big fifth inning, Josh Banuelos scored a run when Kyle Pollock grounded into a fielder's choice to make it 9-3. Anthony Brito stopped the run of nine straight when he tripled home a pair in the bottom of the seventh.

Nikorak finished with three innings pitched, seven walks, and three strikeouts, but was only tagged for one run.


Albuquerque 11, Okla. City 6 | Box |

Isotopes Score 11 Unanswered To Beat OKC | Albuquerque Isotopes News

Oklahoma City built a five-run lead through the first five and a half innings, but Albuquerque saved the best for last. A one-out double by Rafael Ynoa plated the first Isotopes run of the evening in the bottom of the sixth and got their offense rolling. Trevor Story singled in Ynoa and advanced to second on Cristhian Adames' single. First baseman Wilin Rosario then mashed a three-run home run to tie the game. After allowing the first two runners to reach in the top of the seventh, Nelson Gonzalez induced a ground ball to third base on a 3-2 pitch, beginning a 5-4-3 triple play to end the inning.The Isotopes would score three in the bottom of the seventh, highlighted by Story's double, and three more in the eighth, highlighted by Tim Wheeler's two-run home run.

The Isotopes turned a triple play in the seventh inning of Wednesday night's game. It was Albuquerque's first triple play since September 9, 2009 against the Memphis Redbirds in the Pacific Coast League playoffs. The Topes triple play Wednesday night went Rafael Ynoa (3B) to Cristhian Adames (2B) to Wilin Rosario (1B).

Trevor Story went 3-for-5 with two runs scored, three RBI and two doubles Wednesday night. The prospect now has 40 doubles and 73 RBI between Double- and Triple-A this season. Story also has seven triples and 18 homers on the year.

I'll add to that Story's 21 stolen bases to only two caught stealing this year.

Story's slash-line after 49 games in Triple-A looks a little pedestrian at .269/.314/.490 but that still amounts to a 108 wRC+ which is impressive when you consider he is still just 22.

Cristhian Adames, who has been considered a defense-first prospect increased his wRC+ to 117 and would almost certainly be getting regular playing time at the major league level by now if not for the presence of Jose Reyes.

Tyler Matzek pitched a picket-fence inning. He allowed one run, one hit, one walk, and one strikeout.

Lake Elsinore 5, Modesto 2 | Box |

Nuts Suffer 5-2 Defeat Against the Storm | Modesto Nuts News

Ryan McMahon drove in both runs for the Modesto Nuts in a 5-2 loss against the Lake Elsinore Storm on Wednesday night at The Diamond. McMahon cracked a RBI double in the fourth to give the Nuts (64-65; 30-28) an early lead. Later in the inning, the Nuts were unable to tack on and stranded the bases loaded against Storm (47-82; 16-43) starter Brad Wieck (W, 2-6). McMahon also cracked a solo home run in the ninth. Wieck struck out Troy Stein to leave the bags full which started a run of ten out of the final eleven batters retired to end Wieck's night. The southpaw worked seven innings and struck out five while allowing just four hits. Zach Jemiola (L, 5-4) was good in his return from the DL. Jemiola worked four innings and allowed just one earned run in the bottom of the fourth. The righty struck out one and walked one.

Man, is it good to see Jemiola back out there again. If you can't root for him, I can't root for you.

McMahon's home run was his 17th on the season and in the second half he has posted a .313/.370/.577 slash to go with some interesting splits. Ryan is hitting for better average at home than on the road, which is odd since Modesto is one of the more pitcher friendly parks in the CAL league. But he is hitting for more power on the road, giving him a higher road OPS than home OPS.

He also has only a slight dropoff from an OPS of .907 against righties to an OPS of .873 against lefties.

Both of these splits have been concerns for McMahon in the past, and through almost an entire season at High-A he has now shown some remarkable consistency. On the season, Ryan has a wRC+ of 144.

Savannah 4, Asheville 3 | Box |

Guillorme Drives Gnats With Four Hit Night | Savannah Sand Gnats News

Asheville (34-23/66-61) started the scoring on Wednesday with a leadoff double from Roberto Ramos. Ramos scored the first run off Gnats' starter Casey Delgado on a double form Cesar Galvez. Delgado received a no-decision for his 6.1 innings of work. Savannah (37-18-1/76-49-1) answered in the sixth with a leadoff double of their own from Guillorme.

Guillorme came home on an RBI-single from 3B Eudor Garcia. Tied at one, Galvez gave the Tourists the lead in the seventh on a sacrifice fly from Omar Carrizales. Guillorme led off the eighth with a double to center and the Gnats down 2-1. Garcia collected his second RBI with another single to score Guillorme and tie the game again. With one out, the Gnats loaded the bases on a single from 1B Michael Katz and a walk to LF John Mora. DH Tomas Nido plated two with a single to right, giving the Gnats their first lead of the game. Asheville added a run in the eighth on a solo homer from Ramos.

Helmis Rodriguez had another nice start, going six innings without allowing a run while striking out six and walking three.

Forrest Wall hit his 12th double of a truncated season. He seems to have fallen into a rhythm lately, posting a .348/.427/.528 line over his last 23 games.

Boise 5, Vancouver 2 | Box |

Hawks Continue to Streak; Drop Canadians 5-3 | Boise Hawks News

The Hawks wasted no time scoring, putting up one run in the first inning when Scott Burcham scored on a Brian Mundell sacrifice fly. The Hawks added a second run in the third inning when Brian Carroll laced an RBI single to centerfield that gave the Hawks the 2-0 lead.  David Hill received the start for the Hawks and pitched four and 2/3 innings allowing six hits and two runs that came on an Andrew Guillotte RBI bunt single in the third inning and a Gunnar Heidt solo home run in the fifth. The Hawks tacked on three more runs in the sixth inning on a Nate Causey RBI sacrifice fly and a Heidt fielding error that allowed two runs to score off a Wilkyns Jimenez grounder. Dylan Thompson entered and shut down the Canadians in the ninth inning to pick up his second save of the season.

Kevin Padlo drew two walks, bringing his OBP with Boise up to .418 over 61 games. He also somehow has 32 stolen bases this season.

Padlo is now one month past his 19th birthday and sits at a wRC+ of 165.

Orem 6, Grand Junction 3 | Box |

Homers doom Rockies in loss to Orem | Grand Junction Rockies News

Kenny Towns and Sam Koenig hit their first home runs of the season, while Alex Abbott hit his eighth, half coming against Rockies pitching. As a team, the Owlz had 13 hits, 12 by the top five in their order. Towns, Abbott, and Brendon Sanger had two, while Koenig and Jared Foster added three. The bottom four in Orem's lineup combined to go 1-for-15. Foster singled Kenny Towns with one out in the first to give the Owlz the lead, and he singled home Sanger with two out in the third to make it 2-0.

They added to the lead in the fifth. Towns homered with one out, and Foster scored on an Alex Abbott single to make it a 4-run game. After Jose Rodriguez left the game, the Rockies scored an unearned run in the seventh. Rodriguez tossed six scoreless innings, earning his third win of the season, and the Owlz extended the lead in the eighth with the back-to-back homers by Koenig and Abbott. Grand Junction gave itself a chance to comeback. Daniel Suero and Brendan Rodgers brought home runs in the eighth, and the Rockies had the tying run at the plate, but Tyler Nevin grounded into a fielder's choice, and the Rockies didn't mount a threat in the ninth.

Over his last ten games, Rodgers is hitting .325.

On the season, his numbers have been unspectacular. He currently sits at a .267/.340/.405 slash but he has been dealing with some fatigue and also just turned 19 eight days ago.

Bowie 5, New Britain 0 | Box |

Jordan Patterson and Pat Valaika each hit a single. And that was it for New Britain's offense.

Ryan Carpenter continued an impressive streak with the strikeouts, tallying nine, but was still tagged for five runs over six innings.